As a long, hot summer draws to a close, here are the forecasts to help you get ahead on this year’s fall fashion trends. So what are we going to be seeing?
Gold metallic is set to be the stand out color for the season, along with other shiny, glitzy, silver, bronze and brass colored fabrics. What fun! Tops, skirts, pants -everything is gleaming and sparkling, and were also seeing lots of plain fabrics with delicate gold designs.
Dresses and blouses have lots of ruffles at the neck and hemline, in skirts and sleeves and the fall trend in sleeves this year is over long, over wide and highly exaggerated. Sexy, off the shoulder tops and dresses with flowing and billowy short or long sleeves are really big. 80’s style one shoulder tops and dresses with loads of ruffles, and one arm tops are also in.
Although flowers are not usually chosen for fall, this year sees lots of exquisite floral prints employed in a range of garments from sweatshirts to flowing long skirts and elegant dresses. Plain, one color long-sleeve dresses with turtlenecks are worn under fancy sleeveless our flouncy sleeved dresses made of lightweight fabrics, so you can show off your prettiest cocktail dresses at any time.
Velvet is the season’s top fabric and is seen in many Renaissance style designs with bell sleeves, corsets and capelets in bold, rich colors – stunning.
Talking of colors, tan is the color this fall, in all its varieties from soft camel to muted khaki. This classic color is classy and chique and everyone looks good in it, and pumpkin spice, a muted orange color which works well with different skin tones and has also been featured a lot this year. When it comes to color combinations, the rather strange sounding dusty pink with a muted yellow color, actually works really well, and has been employed in many fall collections.
Pantsuits have made a big come-back, thanks largely to Hillary Clinton. These slim fitting, clean cut, colorful and stylish outfits are a must in the power wardrobe of today’s business woman. Pinstripes are particularly popular and are good for lengthening and flattering the figure and for the younger generation, there are mini skirt suits. For relaxing after a hard day at the office oversized hoodies remain a comfortable favorite, and this year they are sporting large logos on the front.
Fur remains extremely strong again this fall in bold colors and wild prints. You need to be able to handle the attention in one of these stunning coats, or opt for a slightly less ostentatious faux fur stole worn across the body.
Shearling bomber jackets are back, but this year the classic aviator-style comes both cropped or in a cocoon shape. Plaid overcoats with big buttons and wide collars are big, and this year sees them in clean, muted and subtle colors especially greys and tans.Keeping coats in the shiny trend of this fall, patent leather is the stunning and practical choice for trench coats, and the summer season’s nautical trend continues with calf and ankle length navy overcoats.
Platform shoes are back!! as are chokers. Many dresses this season come with a matching choker which tends to be wide and covers the whole neck, or bring any outfit up the minute by tying a thin glittery scarf around your neck.
The story of how a U.S. working man’s garment came to become a vital piece of clothing in the wardrobes of men, women and children around the world is a true story of American enterprise.
The man who started it all was Leob (later Levi) Strauss. He emigrated from Bavaria to join his brother at his dry goods store in New York and then headed out to San Francisco to open a second store when the gold rush boomed in 1853. He saw the need for some tough trousers to stand up to the extreme conditions and heavy duty labor the workers faced in the mines, so he started out making some no-fuss hard-wearing work trousers from some sturdy brown cotton tent fabric he had in stock. As the trousers became popular with the miners Levi started using denim.
The name denim comes from the French term “serge de Nimes” serge (a twill) from Nimes (a French town). The weavers of Nimes had tried to produce a cotton corduroy similar to that made in Genoa Italy. They failed, but thankfully they did produce the fabric which came to be known as denim, which has warp threads dyed originally with indigo, while the weft threads were left white. As the weft threads passed over two or more warp threads this created the characteristic blue on one side and white on the other, of denim.
By the 1860’s the popularity and reputation of Levi’s work trousers, which at that time were known as “waist overalls”, meant that not only miners but also cowboys and farmers all swore by them! In 1873 he incorporated the idea of an immigrant tailor from Russia called Jacob W. Davis, whom he met in Reno, to use rivets to strengthen the seams. This new style started to be called jeans probably because of the connection with Genoa. These two started working together and by 1880 Levi Strauss had patented his design, which now included the famous orange stitching, the decorative arcs on the back pockets, rivets, watch pocket, bar tacking, product codes, and the leather patch with the two horses, unable to rip a pair of Levi jeans apart. He had laid the firm bases of a highly successful company.
Since these guys started the whole jean business many other designers and manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. A whole myriad of design changes and innovations have come and gone. There have been trends and fads and fashion statements. The humble jeans has become a participant on high fashion runway and yet still remains standard wear for workers around the world.
This year fringed, raw-edged, and cropped jeans are in. The favored fabrics are optic white and deep distressed denim. There’s embellishment and embroidery. Flared and kick-flare designs. High-waisted, fitted jeans cropped at the ankles. Miniskirts and all in one shorts. Loose and cool raver specials made for free movement. Slightly distressed, high waisted, stiffer, skinny jeans and the traditional boyfriend jeans are now with a slightly fitted, ankle peg design.
So be part of a great American success story and get yourself a new pair of jeans ….soon.
Trends for this spring and summer 2016 season are fun and varied, and one of the hottest new styles is using sleepwear as outerwear. Flowing garments in silky, satiny, shimmering fabrics with tons of lace, and very feminine, are no longer confined to the bedroom. They can be proudly worn by a confident woman just about anywhere. Keeping in the feminine mode ruffles made from flimsy fabrics with lots of movement add a romantic air to this year’s wardrobe and there’s lots of sexy Latin influence with frills and flowing fabrics. Necklines range from plunging to high ruffles and flouncing sleeves and bouncing hems embellish the beauty of the female figure. Translucent and transparent fabrics are popular and there are lots of bows, particularly oversized ones, at the chest, neck or waist along with knots and lace-ups add to the feminine beauty.
Bare shoulders are definitely this year’s hottest trend from daily wear to wedding dresses. Shoulder cut-outs, off the shoulder, asymmetrical necklines, strapless, and single straps, all let you show off some shoulder and extra skin. Sheer panelling, peek-holes, mesh, lace and crochet are also hot, and garment s including these fabrics should be worn over simple black underwear to enhance the contrast of the bare skin. Wow!
The waistline is emphasized this season and can be accentuated with a synched waistline or highlighted with the unusual paper bag waist. Legs are also showcased with center slits, ending just above the knee, and very high side slits. Puffed up Victorian style sleeves are popular as are maxi skirts and dresses with layers, pleats, prints and slits. Floral print prairie dresses make a comeback and crumpled fabrics, pre-creased and rumpled have returned to the joy of those who hate ironing! Pleats, micro pleats, knife pleats and knifed hems however are also hot and these contrast with their precise clean forms.
In practical work wear the 2016 season sees lots of Linen, especially in pants suits in soft subtle colors. Boxy jackets, which are roomy but fitted and cropped to the waist are worn with wide cropped pants, and capes and robes are also popular. There is a strong marine influence with lots of tones of blue like indigo, blue hydrangea and periwinkle, with contrasting white stitching, buttons and embellishments. Other hot shades this season include marigold, custard, persimmon, and orange shades in general.
For the daring there are bold power suits in bright colors with strong prints, stripes, wide shoulders and accompanied with playful ties, and there is a range of geeks and nerds fun wear in sparking shimmery glittery fabrics with strong colors. Gamine style or genderless clothing featuring bizarre combinations are also strong this year. Other rather strange touches this season include loose strings hanging from tops, shirts and pants, and frayed or raw hems which make the garment appear to be inside out! Suede remains big adorned now with fringes and made more exciting with cut-outs and high-waisted leather mini-skirts with fringes, and fringed hems in general are back.
2016 sees many variations of the simple oxford shirt, now coming in a range of subtle shades and with quirky original touches and it is this year’s indispensable garment to wear underneath a fantastic range of 90’s style bra tops. Couple these with jeans with frayed hems and flowery patches and you’re ready to hit the street!
Spring summer trends 2016 outfit set:
At least that’s what Alex Bilmes the editor of Esquire magazine feels. He considers both a lightweight navy blazer with a business shirt, navy chinos, and loafers, and a Polo shirt with a light knit sweater and a cotton bomber jacket to both be examples of smart- casual outfits. The “smasual “look for men is impossible to define as it’s more than just that vague middle ground between a formal suit, and jeans and a sweatshirt. It is really a new dress code for men where you are free to express yourself without the traditional rules about what can be worn with what, when and where. It requires some thought and planning, and combinations should be carefully chosen to create a harmonic balance in order to achieve the desired effect- comfort with style.A smart but not overly formal jacket is essential, maybe with a subtle design, like a tweed, or texture like corduroy or a slightly unusual color. Combine your original jacket with some perfectly fitting jeans in a solid dark color which are blemish, stain and rip free. Straight but not tight legs with turn-ups are in, if you feel comfortable with that. A pair of classic Chino style casual pants are another option. Again they must fit well to look good. A classic Oxford shirt with a button-down collar, brilliant white and perfectly pressed is a great option as it looks good with or without a tie. Shirts that can be worn both tucked in or left out give you more room to play, and don’t be afraid to go for bold solid colors with contrasting cuffs, buttons or collar. Patterns should be subtle, refined and delicate.
T-shirts or polos must be impeccably clean, pressed, of a high-quality cotton and without words. If you need some extra warmth a fine knit sweater with a V-neck can be worn over a shirt or try an elegant waistcoat over a T, or perhaps a zip up cardigan. Shoes are perhaps the most important part of the whole outfit and should be casual but spotlessly clean and brilliantly polished. A rounded toe Chelsea boot in a dark color or some tan handstitched leather brogues are classy choices. For a more casual footwear invest in some loafers, these slip on shoes should be worn without socks and can be used with jeans, pants or even shorts! Accessories are also important.Place a carefully folded handkerchief in the breast pocket of your jacket for an aristocratic touch. Use a simple smart leather bag and a belt, maybe with a discreet deign or texture, but not “crafty,” that match your footwear A real watch, not a digital one, is essential. A stylish hat like a Fedora, a Panama or something unusual like a flat cap can enhance your unique style, but beware baseball caps and beanies should never feature in your smart-casual wardrobe.
Smart-casual is about feeling and being comfortable with what you are wearing. Try to introduce just one or at most two elements to achieve a combination which is sophisticated and makes you feel good. Have fun!
Fall is here and as the weather starts to turn colder it’s time to purchase some new sweaters to keep the chill at bay. This year sweater trends are chunky and oversized with lots of varied textures, but of course this style is not suitable for every occasion so check out the wide range of sweaters, cardigans and vests that are available in the Romeo and Juliet Couture collection. Here you will find the perfect garment for every occasion.
Since entering the US market in 2002, this young design house which started in Europe in 1999, has made a name for itself as one of the leaders in contemporary fashion. Inspired by the big name designers and fashion houses of Europe they are always up to the minute with the latest fashion trends. Romeo and Juliet Couture offer the latest styles at affordable prices, and the company’s policies of promoting respect and dignity for all people means that you can be sure that the clothes you are wearing have been produced in fair and favorable working conditions.
The collection includes sweaters, cardigans and vests which will keep you warm and looking great throughout the colder months, and you will find garments for all tastes and venues. Lengths vary from high cropped to the waist, below the waist, butt-covering, mid-thigh and down to the knee. Necklines are turtle, crew, scalloped, polo and Vs. Collars are rounded, pointed, asymmetric, crossed over, over-sized or discreet. Sleeves are full, raglan and kimono and can be worn down to the wrist or rolled back on the lower arm. Colors are strong and bold, or subtle and muted. Designs are striking and contrasting with bright symmetrical patterns, stripes and words, or softer marled and mottled shades with subtle tone changes of the predominant color. A technique known as intarsia is widely used, with threads of different colors inserted to make striking and intricate multi-colored designs. Textures are varied and fun, cables, ribs, twists, holes, nets, patches, inserts and many more intricate knitting stitches like grandma used to do. Materials are both synthetic and natural, frequently blended to offer the best of both options. Faux-fur vests are a must for this season and Romeo and Juliet Couture offer several which look like they have just stepped off a Paris runway, but with a reasonable price-tag.
Have fun browsing through our large of Romeo and Juliet Couture selection, you are sure to find many options to satisfy your needs without emptying your pockets. Whether you are looking for something to wear tot the office,
out to lunch with the girls, dinner with the boss, or taking the dog for a walk you will find quality garments at great prices in up to the minute styles. Whether you have an idea of what you want or are seeking inspiration, look no further. Keep warm and look good with the Romeo and Juliet couture sweater collection for this fall and winter.
”Out to lunch with the girls” OUTFIT
”Something to wear in the office” OUTFIT
This fall season sees several styles coming back from the 70s, 80s and 90s with new twists, some old favorites and, of course, some fresh new ideas.
Puffer coats and oversized jackets are big, with interesting textures and add-ons, in strong subtle colors. Last year’s trend for shearling coats remains, but this year there are many more style varieties, including cropped jackets, oversize coats, and nubby vests; and why not, there are few things to keep you warmer than a shearling coat.
Oversized sweaters in heavy chunky knits, with deep relief symmetrical designs, and highly textured Aaron styles, like grandma used to make, are huge. They predominate in one single color and should be balanced with a slimmer look below like the fabulous range of leggings that are available this season. Leggings in fresh colors with geometric patterns and fun textures are everywhere.
Faux-fur stoles can be worn around the neck or slung over one shoulder and held in place by a belt at the waist or a sash tied above the bust. Faux-fur is also seen in big, long overcoats and even in shoes and boots!
Layering is really big, with dresses over trousers, sweaters under dresses, crop tops over shirts, have fun!
The old favorite, the turtleneck is back, but this year’s twist is using it underneath short sleeve, of sleeveless mid-thigh dresses, with knee high or over the knee boots. The hottest reincarnation is in black leather, wow!
Flares are back. Breaking away from the skinny silhouette, flares add shape and volume to your figure. Try making your legs look longer by using high heels or wedges with them.
The blazer has become longer and leaner this year. Try it with relaxed chinos for after work or with a full matching midi skirt to make a statement in the office.
Last season’s fringe trend has developed into the wider and rather more refined, at least in look if not in name, car wash skirts, both full length and to the knee. Team them up with a smart blouse or top for an elegant look.
Floral prints are not what you’d expect for fall, but this year they are present with strong, dark background colors like teal, navy of red. They should be combined with more traditional fabrics for cold weather like wool and suede, for a fresh, new look.
It’s back to the 80s with the crazy glamor of the disco era including shiny cropped bomber jackets, and watch out neon’s back- but it’s all grown up. Now those fierce intense colors are used in combination with grays, black, navy and camel colors in exciting simple and refined outfits. Oversized extra pointed collars on shirts and as the neckline dresses are another example of revived 80s maximalism, along with really big buttons.
Futuristic sci-fi designs giving sleek silhouettes with hyper color hues contrast with brocade prints and high necked lacy Victorian-style blouses. Black lace pants are really hot. Lots of intricate, ornate embroidery is seen in evening wear where the trend is sleek, sparkly and strapless.
Ankle boots have grown this season to mid-calf with chunky heels and are perfect for cropped pants and midi skirts, while combat boots are combined with mini-skirts, fur coats, and even evening dresses.
The season’s color is brown, and while that may sound a bit boring but there are loads of tones and combined with rich colors like copper and maroon look great.
While black is always easy, because it goes with everything, this season it just goes with itself. It’s black from head to toe, so to break up the monochromatic monotony by using different textures, patterns, and layers.
Not to be outdone all white is also in this fall, or more correctly off white. A warm creamy white is the in thing and again exciting textures and contrasting adornments break up the monotony.
A few rather surprising re-runs on the runways include patchwork, oversized patch pockets, and sporty ponchos!!
Fall trends 2015 outfit set:
Packing for a business trip can be a headache, but it is important to get it right -after all your job and your career could depend upon it.
First of all try to gather information about the venue of the meetings, the hotel you will be staying in and general information about the place you’re going to. Ask your workmates who may have already made the trip what to expect. If you are going to be flying, and it is just a couple of days, try and pack everything into a carry-on case, this avoids long delays at check in and waiting for your bag at arrivals. If the trip is longer and you need to take a checked bag do always pack an emergency outfit into your carry-on bag, just in case your checked case doesn’t make it in time for that first meeting! If you have very little time between arriving and the first meeting take the outfit you are going to wear in a garment bag and ask the hostess to hang it up for you, to make sure it arrives in pristine condition.
As with holiday packing, do not to pack something which you would not wear to a business meeting at home, and pack with a color theme so that each item can be used together with various items to expand your outfit options.
For the guys it’s pretty easy, a couple of pairs of smart pants both of which combine with the same jacket and a variety of finely tailored shirts. Do remember that ties, socks and shoes are really important, they give you the opportunity to express your personality.
For the girls it’s a little trickier. Take a smart jacket that matches with one, and combines with both a pair of elegant trousers and at least 2 skirts. Take several blouses, which combine with the skirts and trousers, cocktail dress(es), evening dress(es), a swimsuit and comfortable clothes for in the hotel and going to the gym. Plan beforehand how you will combine each article to form distinct outfits for each part of every day.
Take a scarf or wrap which can transform an outfit into something quite different and is useful on the plane if it’s chilly. Pack 2-3 pairs of shoes, preferably with different heel heights to give you different looks. Select garments made from fabrics which do not crease easily, like polyester, but it might be worth taking a travel iron to be sure you look your best. When packing remember to place the heavier garments at the bottom, shoes at the sides, and lighter garments on top. Remember to put all toiletries into a sealed bag, pressure changes in the aircraft can cause things to leak, which could be a disaster. If possible use a good quality hard suitcase which will protect your clothes from unnecessary squashing under other luggage, and pack full, so that everything doesn’t shift around, but not so full that everything is under pressure.
Pack elegant and serious to make the best impression.
Business Travel essentials outfit set:
Packing for your summer holidays can be difficult, especially if you are going to a place you are unfamiliar with. You obviously need to take into account the climate, and you are probably heading for somewhere warm, but do remember that even in hot places it can get chilly in the evenings, and after a day in the sun you can find a cool night time breeze quite uncomfortable. Pack a light jacket and a cardigan.
When buying new clothes to take on holiday it is easy to be tempted by different styles that you would not normally use, but remember that just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you’re going to be comfortable dressing differently. Never buy clothes for a holiday that you wouldn’t wear at home, the chances are you won’t even put them on and they will return home unused.
Start packing at least a week before you are due to go. Packing over time gives you chance to remember things you might have forgotten. Start out putting everything which you think you’d like to take into the suitcase. Two days before you are due to leave remove everything and consider carefully each item that you have chosen. When packing for vacations each clothing item needs to be multifunctional and versatile.
Group the clothes together to form different possible outfits. Choose dresses which work on the beach or out for dinner. Remember to pack at least one pair of lightweight trousers and one pair of shorts, of a neutral color which can work for a shopping trip into town or a stroll along the cliff path. Chose several tops which combine with these and try to keep a color theme for all the clothes you are taking, this will give you more combination opportunities. Try to make sure that each garment you chose can be used in combination with at least 2 others so you can have plenty of different options depending upon the situations you encounter.
You will need at least 2 bikinis or swimsuits for a weeks holiday, and a cover-up wrap or sarong is essential for getting to the beach. It can also be worn as a dress, a skirt and even as a wrap in the evenings.
Unless you are planning on taking an iron with you, or paying exorbitant hotel laundry rates, chose clothes that are made from lightweight synthetic fabrics such as polyester. These pack up very small, do not crease and will emerge from your suitcase looking great. Hang up all your clothes as soon as you arrive at your destination so any small creases will drop out. With these quick drying synthetic fabrics you can even rinse out a garment, hang it up to dry and put it back on.
Revise your clothes selection one last time before packing neatly into your suitcase. You will probably have been able to cut down to about half the original content, but you can be sure that the garments you are taking will offer you a range of comfortable and appropriate outfits for any occasion.
Happy Holidays 😉
Travel essentials outfit set:
Romeo & Juliet Couture Women’s Red Skinny Ankle Jean
DKNY Women’s Pink Gray Multiple Wear Knit Top
Free People Women’s Black Ethnic Pattern Pleasant Blouse
Calvin Klein Women’s Elegant Silver Swing Cardigan
French Connection Women’s Multi Jungle Print Denim Short
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Gray Short Sleeve Knit Top
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Pink Short Sleeve Knit Top
Ella Moss Women’s Black White Striped Sundress
Trina Turk Women’s Black Print Moderate Back Coverage Bikini Bottom
ViX Women’s Black Side Tie Full Bikini String Bottom
ViX Women’s Yellow Padded Front Ring Bandeau Top
The beaches of Brazil are famous not only for their vast expanses of golden sand and deep blue ocean, but also for their beautiful women who adorn the scene in their sexy bikinis. Brazilian cut bikini bottoms are notably smaller and cover less than their traditional counterparts, and they are sometimes just a string passing between the buttocks. When she started out Paula Hermanny specialized in these skimpy bottoms, which were a revelation, in more than one way, to the rest of the world! Now the young Brazilian designer has refined and extended her Sofia by ViX collection to include all tastes, and while her creations remain proudly Brazilian made, they are now available in fine stories in 28 countries worldwide.
What makes her designs so special is that she really understands the curves, shapes and fine lines of the woman’s body and creates garments which flatter, feel comfortable, and induce a feeling of confidence, well-being, femininity and sexiness. No wonder her designs are chosen by many top models, and now you too can enjoy that same sensations at an accessible price.
These solid red bikini bottoms offer sufficient covering behind to be worn for bathing and beach sports as well as being perfect for sunbathing. The legs are cut high at the front and the unusual sliders in the form of the gold ViX logo, allow you to customize the line for maximum comfort, and the opportunity to really show off your long legs. The roll over waist adds another dimension to this attractive bikini bottom, and is accentuated at center back with another small gold colored ViX logo.
Made from a quick drying synthetic blend fabric these bottoms are ideal for a perfect day at the beach- wherever it is.
The acclaimed Brazilian designer Paula Hermanny travels to the hottest beach resorts around the world seeking inspiration for her original designs. Tough job!!! -but someone has to do it! She named the company ViX, after her home, the beautiful island of Vitoria, where she started out in 1998 with a small line of Brazilian cut bikinis. She has now extended the line to include every type of beach wear, and she has earned herself a well-deserved reputation as one the most popular bikini designers of the stars.
This design is not only flattering it is also very comfortable, and the Sofia collection combines daring designs with a perfect fit, exceptional functionality and a touch of Bohemia. While triangle tops are normally more suited to the smaller bust this one is fully lined and has built in padding to shape and support the larger breast. The clever pleating where the triangle joins the halter strap provides the extra fabric needed to give you complete confidence and comfort, and the seam is accentuated by a small gold colored bead, that adds a touch of class.
The halter has an unusual sliding tube which permits easy adjustment, without needing to fiddle about behind your neck. The thin lower tie is knotted in the traditional fashion at the back, which permits a quick release and an easy re-tie, to sunbathe without tan lines, and this style is perfect for soaking up the rays.
While the striped fabric, of strong yet muted shades, has the appearance of a traditionally woven cloth, it is in fact a high-tech synthetic blend which dries quickly, and which has an exceptional ability to maintain its form, even when wet,- so you can feel beautiful, confident and sexy on the beach this summer.