Seasons are about to change and
fashion is gearing up for the fall 2014 trends.
Dresses continue to be a
popular choice with working women
of all ages, shapes and sizes, often taking
more formal suits.
Some styles can go easily from
with a simple change of accessories, while other
styles such as classic, tailored
are more work appropriate. Many of the
offering dresses in more moderately priced
diffusion collections design with the needs of
in mind. Look for labels such as Ralph
Lauren, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and DKNY to
name a few.
Colors are deepening as cooler temperatures
beckon. Black and white patterns are
holding over from summer but neutral grey and
chic, crisp black are now combining in
edgy career dresses that are boardroom ready.
Menswear inspired patterns such as houndstooth,
tweed, and plaid mix masculine power with
feminine silhouettes to create fresh looks for
the office. Look for contrast trims in
leather, pops of bright color, or prints.
are proving a favorite this year as a bold
counterpoint to the more monochromatic and
classic black looks
that have dominated. Blues are a style story
that range from classic navy to bolder hues with
punch. Soft orchid plays to more feminine looks
in solids and prints. Warm gold in micro suede
textures add depth. Pattern is still in play
with baroque filagree and classic animal prints
joining the menswear inspired trend. Some
fashionistas are moving away from patterned
dresses in favor of mixing patterns into looks
through accessories such as shoes and boots. Why
not try a pair of floral heels or
patterned flats with your
classically tailored solid dress?
Asymmetric hems can go
sharply angled or softly ruffled. As hem
lines begin to come down, fluted looks are
beginning to appear creating a curvaceous Mad
Men style. Along with close fitting
sheaths, more forgiving fit and flare
silhouettes, faux wrap, shifts, and surplice
dresses are readily available as the weather
Knits continue to dominate the
plus-size dress market, but more structured and
tailored styles in wovens with only a hint of
stretch are also trending this fall.
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