Fashion Forecast

Vogue 1210 - DressFall/Winter 2010

For fashion followers looking for a whole new look this season, you are not going to find it. In fact most of the items you may already have in your closet!

What’s “new” is how you are going to put them together. . .

Vogue 1212 - CoatWhenever the weather turns chilly, outerwear takes on the main focus. You have a lot of choices this season with the cropped bomber Vogue 1036 or aviator jacket, Vogue 1198, vying for first place. Next in line is the anorak, Vogue 1097 and the above the knee trench.  In the higher price brackets, you will see coats with plenty of detailing. Take a look at my new Vogue 1212 for a terrific new coat with details to match.

What does look new is a longish cardigan sweater or vest in big chunky yarns.  Try Vogue 1124 with its asymmetrical hem for a look which is right on target. When making the cardigan, make sure that the sleeve is cut with the greatest stretch of the knit around the sleeve.  Updating the cardigan look this season are chunky yarns and belting, using either a narrow or wide belt.  If you plan to belt the cardigan, lengthen Vogue 1124 4 inches to keep the proportions flattering.  What will you be wearing with this cardigan look? A great-looking straight skirt! Vogue 1082, Vogue 1045 or Vogue 8672, any length goes.  Another dance partner with the cardigan or a big sweater is the walking short, Vogue 1184. I just made a pair in a lightweight wool plaid. I love wearing them with ribbed tights and flat boots.  I never thought I would love walking shorts, but I love these!

Vogue 1034 - Boot CutPants and jeans are close-fitting or boot cut, but don’t stash your full pants too far back in the closet because they will be back again in spring.  You might want to make my boot cut slim jeans Vogue 1034 or my discontinued narrow pant Vogue 8136, which has a great looking fitted jacket included which comes to the other fashion item, the fitted high hip length jacket.   Make your slim pant in denim, baby wale corduroy, real lamb leather, wool crepe or good quality cotton twill.

You will want to fill in your blouse wardrobe this season, making one in silk charmeuse.  This dressy looking piece is often worn with jeans or straight skirts. My two favorites are Vogue 7903 and Vogue 1165. Wrap styles never leave the scene because they are so flattering. If you haven’t made Vogue 1164, what are you waiting for?  This wrap top is flattering on everyone with guaranteed no gaposis if you stay tape the neckline.

Vogue 1210 - DressThe best-looking dresses have some sort of drape detailing. You should definitely make Vogue 1210 in a soft drapey knit. If you have difficulty choosing knits, I would recommend you go online and get samples from Christine Jonson. Since Christine had a sportswear business, she has knowledge of knits and their properties, which many fabric buyers do not. I have never been disappointed in a knit from Christine and loved and used every piece.

To me what makes the fashion so uninspiring this season is the color palette. Once again the stores are full of black, charcoal grey, deep taupe and a bit on deep indigo blue.  Upscale T-shirts and blouses come in the same dull color range. Another good reason to be happy you sew.  Stripes give us some relief to add a bit of punch.  I plan to make a few more Vogue 1109 in 4-way stretch stripe knits this season and Vogue 1049, my favorites.  If you own a fur vest, get it out this season, especially if it is in Mongolian Lamb.

Details you will want to include in your wardrobe: fur collar and cuffs, draped necklines Vogue 1085, fringe, ruching, draped and shirred sections.

Belt styles are both skinny and wide, worn belted at the waist or on an angle at the high hip when worn with tunics. Tunics, especially with large cowl necks, Vogue 1197 are popular again this season.  This cowl neck pattern also includes a terrific slim pull on pant pattern, which can be make in a knit or a woven.

BootsWhat you may want to purchase this season is a great pair of boots. Newest to the boot scene are platform booties with chunky details and stud detailing. Tall boots come in different lengths, often with a turned down cuffs and laced detailing.  Slim pants and jeans are often tucked into the taller boots, which lengthen the leg and give the silhouette a hip appearance.  Many of the new boots are more masculine-looking, more of a biker boot giving you a more rugged appearance.  Even the cowboy boot returns. For many, it never left.

The slouch bag reigns supreme with more hardware showing this season. As in seasons past, the colorful bag is often the focal point of the outfit, but a good basic bag in a neutral soft leather will always be a friend.

Pile on multiple bracelets or go for one dramatic wide cuff.  Both earrings and necklaces make a bold statement, but not when worn at the same time.

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