Spring 2021 Trend Styleout

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It appears that parts of the world are slowly opening and adjusting to their new normal. People are dining out, shopping, and traveling, all in hopes that we are rounding the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. As we start to socialize again, our minds are turning toward that looming question, what am I going to wear?

We missed most of our social opportunities for 2020, so a lot of us are planning to double up in 2021. Twice as much traveling, twice as much time with family and friends, and twice as many lewks to be seen in. There are more than 25 projected fashion trends for spring 2021, so it may be a little tricky to stay on top of things this season, but Fashion Reverie has found a way to do it! We’ve taken the twelve best trends for spring 2021, broke them down into duos, and created an easy style out for each pair.

This guide will help you tackle the trends, get your money’s worth from your closet, and stay on your friends’ best dressed list.

Polo Ralph Lauren maxi dress: $243
Jonathan Simkhai cropped cardigan: $385
Gas Bijoux earrings: $109
Aurelie Bidermann bracelet: $252
Paris Texas shoes: $297
MLouye bag: $381

Maxi Dresses & Stripes

Maxi dresses are a springtime staple. They are an unceremonious way of sloughing off the winter layers, and allowing your wardrobe to give way to lighter, freer fabrics. They come in a variety of colors, prints, and patterns, but stripes are what spring 2021 is calling for. This season, don’t limit stripes to just your attire. Add striped elements to all parts of your outfit including your jewelry and bags … but don’t overdo it.

Heron Preston x Calvin Klein bra: $52
Liviana Conti wide leg pants: $167
Alo bomber jacket: $119
Maria Black earrings: $53
Nialaya Jewelry necklace: $99
Dee Ocleppo purse: $231
Patrizia Pepe heels: $201

Wide Leg Pants & Bralettes

This is like a game of peek-a-boo. Bralettes as shirts are a warm weather aesthetic. It shows how smoking hot your body is, but also keeps you cooler when the temps are too turned up. Wide leg pants also let air circulate and help you cool down quicker than tight, form-fitting clothes. Put it all together with a pair of statement heels, and you have a funky, artsy outfit that could have Rihanna taking notes.

Vanessa Scott sheer blouse: $64
Hanro bra: $59
Dry Lake sequin pants: $114
A.W.A.K.E Mode bag: $257
Estella Bartlett bracelet $38
8 By Yoox heels: $110

Sheer & Sequins

In another game of hide and seek, opt for the two trends of sheer and sequins. The sparkle will certainly catch their eye, but the transparency will make them do a double take. Sequined clothes can be fun and playful or chic and sophisticated, so try both ends of the spectrum. Sheer clothes are sexy, but be sure to wear under garments that match either your flesh or the outer garment. You don’t necessarily want to show all your goods, but you want to keep them guessing.

Alice + Olivia top: $141
LHD shorts: $188
Borsalino hat: $184
Missoni earrings: $111
Roger Vivier fringe bag: $378
Birkenstock shoes: $301

Folks-Inspired and Fringe Bags

Not everyone is ready to jump back into futuristic and fashion-forward attire. Some people want to continue taking life slow and easy. During this pandemic, a lot of us took stock of our place in the world. We learned more about various cultures around the globe, and we revisited our own heritages. There’s a resurging fondness for where we come from, and that appreciation also trickles down to fashion. There’s an uptick in interest in responsibly sourced clothing, and a lot of that clothing comes from small, local manufacturers whose design aesthetic comes from their indigenous culture. It’s always good to celebrate and support different cultures, but just make sure it is an appreciation, not an appropriation.

Alexis top: $253
Sportmax skirt: $375
Alison Lou earrings: $145
Ports 1961 ring: $182
Furla purse: $430
Sandro Paris sneakers: $245

Monochromatic & Pastels

What, on the surface, seems like the easiest trend can actually be one of the most difficult to execute. Monochromatic outfits look beautiful when well done, but they can look like a tragedy if done poorly. Luckily, pastels make it easier. The soft colors simplify the blending of hues, thereby allowing you a better chance of pulling off the monochromatic look. It is incredibly difficult to find an outfit where everything matches perfectly—you must take into consideration color, material, and sheen. But when you do find that holy grail of garb, it’s like a chef’s kiss. Pastels are an easy cheat code. Go for it!

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania shirt: $181
DSquared2 shorts: $249
Kasun London necklace: $248
Bering watch: $215
See by Chloe purse: $423
Amina Muaddi boots: $1,775
MM6 Maison Margiela bracelet (used as an ankle bracelet over the boots) $114

Screen Prints and White Thigh-High Boots

What used to be called ghetto fabulous would now be considered urban chic. The mix of downtown elements, like graphic tees and denim, with uptown elements, like accents of precious metals, is the beautiful melding of two worlds. When you add short shorts and tall boots into the equation, the result is a sexy outfit worth its weight in gold. Thigh high boots are a serious matter, and when they are all white, they are making a bold statement. That’s also what screen-printed shirts do. So, if you’re going to wear them, especially together, you might as well give the people something to talk about.

—Carl Ayers

 

Rock It or Leave It: Trends to Avoid or Embrace in 2021

Ah, 2020. The year that took decades. The Black Lives Matter protests; the overcrowded hospitals; a precarious and divisive election; almost no red carpets; Met Gala canceled, and New York Fashion Week online.

So many fashion houses collapsed. Century 21 went out of business when they were dropped by their insurers. And yet, somehow between celebs, designers, Instagram, and fashion magazines, believe it or not, some fashion trends came into vogue. Some were great! Some need to be left in the trash heap that was 2020.  Fashion Reverie is here to let you know whether you rock it or should you leave it alone?

Trends you need to rock!!

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Tie Dye

This trend was just delightful and was perfect for 2020. While it appeared on celebs and on runways, the enjoyable thing about this trend is it’s a project you could do at home! Grab your honey or your kids and make it a fun afternoon. Perfect for dyeing sweatpants which become the unofficial uniform of the pandemic. It’s a great way to bring rainbows to dark days.  Let’s keep this going in 2021. We still need enjoyable home crafting projects and bursts of color during these interesting times.

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Comfortable Footwear
With all of us stuck at home due to lockdowns, sexy heels were quickly abandoned. Why bother with heels when you can’t go anywhere? Heck, why bother with shoes at all? Admittedly, some designers took it way too far, with Jason Wu presenting his spring 2021 collection on models wearing sliders. Sliders on a runway? Hey Jason, this is one step above going to the bodega in your bathrobe.  Many predictors are saying sneakers will be the next big thing for 2021 and Fashion Reverie is saying awesome!

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Protest Clothing

No, no, no, we’re not talking about those wackjobs and howdy doody insurrectionists at the Capitol a few weeks ago. But last year, the death of George Floyd and the election that defeated Donald Trump, resulted in waves of protest clothing. Let’s keep this going in 2021. Not only did the pandemic expose horrifying holes in public safety and welfare, the pandemic also shined a light on continued police corruption. Christian Siriano and other designers showed protest clothing can be as chic as it is inspiring. Climate change and the pandemic remain very real dangers. The price of freedom is constant vigilance.

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Cashmere

Cashmere has never gone out of style and exploded in 2021. It began with Katie Holmes appearing in a bralette made from cashmere and expanded as people were looking for ways to stay comfortable while stuck at home. Cashmere is so wonderful, not only is it soft and cozy, but well-cared for cashmere pieces can last for years. We’re not going anywhere anytime soon in 2021. Let’s live in luxurious comfort!!

Trends that should be abandoned

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Harnesses
Right before lockdown happened in winter 2020, luxury leather harnesses worn over clothes were all over the runways. That trend was embraced as it looked great on Instagram. Okay fine, but it’s time to let it go. It was fun while it lasted but now it looks like you’re trying too hard. Toss it into the back of the closet with the belt bag we gave up in 2017 when we realized Kylie Jenner had just rebranded fanny packs.

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Animal Prints
When March 2020 rolled around and we were suddenly working from home, furloughed, or simply fired (sorry), we all comforted ourselves thinking, “this can’t last long.” What’s on Netflix?” Then Tiger King burst on the entertainment scene and the popularity of animal prints shortly after.  Carol Baskin—still not in jail, but long since kicked off “Dancing with the Stars”—endlessly decked out in tiger prints was no doubt delighted, but for the rest of us the novelty wore off fast. Okay, time to put this trend to BED. Animal prints are so difficult to wear and now they are just so dated!

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Fringe
It seems like every year a trend pops up that has consumers going “Ummm, no thank you.” Despite appearing on several runways at fashion week and being sported by a few celebs—Emme Roberts sporting not one but two 2020 trends the above outfit—ringe never took off. While fringe genuinely does have practical applications—helps coats dry faster)—this trend now just looks desperate. It was barely a trend in 2020. It will be nothing in 2021.

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Belly Chains

Where do designers get their ideas for the next big thing? Occasionally, you’ll hear them talk about famous models that ‘inspire’ them. No one would begrudge fashion designers their muses, but it may cloud their judgment to the needs and wants of the average consumer.  If you’re looking at Coco Rocha or Kaia Gerber for ideas, you may forget that very few women have the genetic gifts that give them flat muscled stomachs.

That said; with most female consumers not sporting six packs why popularize belly chains? A handful of celebs wore belly chains, but consumer with their pandemic pounds just rolled their eyes. Let’s throw this baby out with the 2020 bathwater. 

—Cameron Grey Rose

Resort 2021 Travel Style Out

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2020 was certainly not the year to globetrot. With some countries restricting admission to foreigners, travel was at times virtually impossible.  If you are a savvy traveler who plans ahead, you may have postponed your 2020 trips to 2021. This has given you more time to decide the details of your trip—what sites to see, where to eat, and what outfits to wear.

In the fashion season cycle, “resort season” comes right after the holiday season, and leads into the spring. This is the time when people leave their cold weather residence and vacation in a warmer climate until their hometown climate is suitable for their return. Some travel the world to locales like South America, the Caribbean, or cruising around the Mediterranean. Others use this time to extend their holiday vacation and take a small cross-country trip.

No matter whether you travel across an ocean, across the country, or across the state, you’ll want to look your best while on vacation. We’ve created 6 wonderful looks for trips around the world (or around town) so you remain chic while hitting the streets.

Caftan: MC2 Saint Barth $162
Long Shorts: Wins $95
Slippers: Blue Bird Shoes $175
Sunglasses: Chimi $149
Bracelet: Swarovski $99
Bag: The Jacksons $105

Mediterranean Cruise

Everyone dreams of taking a Mediterranean cruise. Marbella. Nice. Monaco. Venice. Athens. Some of the most luxe ports in the world. Part of the fun of cruising is disembarking and exploring the coastal towns. No one will mistake you for a local in this outfit. But when you’re this chic, you’re never out of place.

Coat: Goldbergh $598
Pants: Peak Performance $429
Gloves: Rossingnol $120
Sunglasses: Italia Independent $201
Bag: Off-White $592
Boots: Moncler $695

Skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado

Not everyone wants warm weather. And not everyone wants to travel to Europe to hit the slopes. Breckenridge, Colorado is one of the most ideal ski towns in the United States. Brave a black diamond run, if you dare. But if you just want to take it easy, pull up to the toboggan slopes in this ensemble, and then relax by the campfire with a hot toddy.

Vest: Philosophy di Lore $391
Turtleneck: Balenciaga $495
Jeans: D2Squared $720
Boots: Chloe $700
Sunglasses: Garrett Leight $336
Bag: Golden Goose $578

Southwestern Dude Ranch

Sometimes a city slicker wants a change of scenery. If the rustic life is for you, head to a dude ranch. But don’t leave all of your big city sensibilities at home. You don’t have to look like a ranch hand while down on the farm. Let your wardrobe say “I’m here to vibe, not to work.”

Bathing suit: Versace $650
Sarong: Amir Slama $476
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik $975
Sunglasses: Sestini $420
Necklace: Monies $1,134
Bag: Valentino $1,116

Destination Trip – Port Antonio, Jamaica

If you want isolation in close proximity to great food, music, and culture, there’s no place like the 5-star resort Trident Villas in Port Antonio, Jamaica. It’s so serene that you may not want to go home. Look your best as you live your best life alongside your private infinity pool or the private beach. If you want to head to town, put on your sarong and go. Simple, yes, but simple can also be sexy.

Jacket: Alexis $682
Shirt: Natori $174
Pants: Sportmax $525
Head scarf: Emilio Pucci $294
Bag: Mansur Gavriel $495
Shoes: Stella McCartney $560

Cultural Trip – Petra, Jordan

Full of history (dating back as far as 7,000 BC), Petra is one of the most reverential cities in Jordan. When visiting, most people respect the Jordanian culture and dress accordingly. The temperature can rise and fall quickly, so it’s smart to wear layers.  This outfit provides a mix of layering and modesty for you to enjoy the sites with the respect that they deserve.

Loungewear set: Rails $89
Robe: Vivis $50
Socks: Marni $51
Slippers: Emporio Armani $70
Necklace: Kurshuni $39
Sleep mask: Morgan Lane $110

Staycation

Sometimes the best vacation is a staycation. Put your feet up and relax in the confines of your own space.

No packed airplanes. No pricey hotels. No language barriers. The most you have to travel is from your bed to the kitchen to the couch—I doubt you’ll get lost. For an extra assurance of peace, put your phone on do not disturb. Enjoy.

—Carl Ayers

2020 Fall/Winter Ladies’ Coat Guide

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The coat you choose to wear is the single most important purchase you’ll make this fall. Factor in social distancing and outdoor dining, and your coat is everything. As this is the case, splurge and deck yourself out in more than just one fall coat. 

In addition to watching countless fashion shows, Fashion Reverie polled a dozen of our fashionable girlfriends and others of different ages and walks of life and asked them to participate in a game of fantasy fashion. We posed a simple question. “If you could order any coat right now, what would it be?” The response was overwhelming and came in at a rapid-fire pace. Almost every single woman included a long camel coat as her dream coat, and everyone had more than one coat on her respective list. Also making the ladies’ lists were puffers, the updated trench coat, fun furs, plaids, and wool coats in varying citrus tones.

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The Eternal Classic

The camel coat has been a longtime staple of minimalist fashion houses such as Max Mara, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren. Favorites range from long belted ones to sporty double-breasted car coats such as the one Ali McGraw wore in “Love Story” (1970) and Marilyn Monroe wore in “Let’s Make Love” (1960). No matter which of these you choose, this coat makes a statement of quiet, classy luxury. Shades run the gamut from classic camel brown to the palest of beiges.

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Sporty Spice

Puffer coats have always been popular for their warmth and as of late, for their great style. The new crop of puffers makes a statement in punchy pink, pristine white, and bright red. Moncler makes the ultimate puffer coat, the padded front jacket, in a delicious sherbet pink.  The North Face’s white label free Move Down coat will have you looking like a snow angel. Last, but not least is Amazon’s runaway smash hit, the Orolay thickened down jacket, aka the “Amazon Coat.” This puffer has been an internet darling since 2017. This season, it’s been updated to include a feminine fur-lined hood.

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The Trench Coat

As American fashion couturier, Ralph Rucci, once told consumers, “If you’re just starting to build your wardrobe, the trench coat is a must.” Burberry practically owns the patent on this item. This fall, they’re offering it in with a flirty tulip hem. Also, from Great Britain, is the upcycled trench from Colville, an eco-conscious brand co-created by former British Vogue Editor, Lucinda Chambers and Molly Molloy. The Colville upcycled trench has a unique twist that British fashion designers are renowned for. If you’re floral obsessed, ModCloth’s set for the rainy days at Kensington Gardens trench coat is your go-to.

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Citrus Crush

 It’s impossible not to fall in love with activist/actress, Gabrielle Union, all over again when she’s wearing her forever or never lemon yellow peacoat by Japanese designer, Mira Mitaki. Happily, for Fashion Reverie, Mackage has one that comes very close. For the budget conscious, Jenkoon’s peacoat is a deeper tone of yellow and perfect as an easy car coat.  For those who loved the vibrant green Chanel Lily Collins wore in “Emily in Paris,” Amazon has you covered with a version by Tanming for $48.

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Fun Furs

Furs made the list as well, but in 2020, they’re as far removed from your grandmother’s mink coat as could be.  The late great Karl Lagerfeld can be credited for making fur fun during his tenure at Fendi. His longtime collaborator, Sylvia Fendi, has continued the tradition, and showed statement-making, oversized cheetah print fur. Other designers have taken note and delivered their version of fun furs both real and faux. While they’re not “a basic,” they’re certainly a mood-lifting indulgence, well worth having.  Hipsters will fall in love with Stockholm based Stand Studio’s zippy patent leather and green faux fur Fay jacket.  Also, from Stand Studio, there’s the Nino coat, in an eye-catching black and white checkerboard pattern. If you’re experimenting with fur, Lulus’ cozy slate blue long faux fur keeps the chill away and channels your inner diva.

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Plaid Princess

Plaids typically look either super preppy or can verge on the frumpy side. These beauties do neither. Isabel Marant Etoile has the Elayo, a Parisian chic long coat with a large, soft plaid pattern, perfect for windy city nights. AllSaints and Old Navy round-out the group for more casual interpretations, all ideal choices for a weekend in the country.

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Eco Love

American designer, Deborah Sawaf, didn’t even show the Chicago Denim Coat in her New York Fashion Week video, but she didn’t have to. Fashionistas found this great Thale Blanc coat online themselves and have made it her top seller this season, and it’s no wonder why. The ethically sourced denim does not use any chemical dyes and employs minimal water usage. Stylistically, it’s classic chic with a twist, thanks to the organic fringe detailing. This beauty goes with anything and is made in Los Angeles to reduce shipping waste.  Available in full and knee length. What’s not to love

—Vivian Kelly

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2020 Outerwear Styleout

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Coat, bag, shoes, and a mask. The four core essentials for your cold weather accoutrement. We’ve spent the past eight months in various stages of lockdown and social distancing. As we’ve begun to emerge from our bubbles of isolation, here comes winter to send us right back inside. Well, not all of us.

If you are going to brave the dropping temps, please do it the right way. In this month’s style out, we’ll let you get creative with your own outfits, but we are giving you the final touches to pull it all together. So bundle up, duh. Wear a mask, of course. And K.I.S.S.—keep it smartly stylish.

Coat: Burberry $1,250
Mask: Ralph Lauren $39
Bag: Bally $682
Boots: Jimmy Choo $995

Winter Blues

The winter blues doesn’t have to be sad. Blue, whether royal, navy, or sky, has always been a smart and classy color option. When worn head to toe, other colors can be overpowering, yet full-on blue can be powerful. So go ahead and assert your fashion dominance with this tonal look.

Coat: Love Moschino $525
Mask: VPL $16
Bag: Nº21 $573
Boots: Sies Marjan $995

They Are Green with Envy

We all want others to appreciate our sense of style. Appreciate, … not copy. There’s a little extra pep in our step when we know our clothes look good; even more so when we see people do a double-take to get a second look. Everyone can’t look this good, but thankfully, you can.

Coat: Jejia $781
Mask: Baobab $22
Bag: Bulgari $669
Boots: By Far $585

The Icewoman Cometh

What’s winter without fur? (Faux or vintage, please!) Animal prints are always in season and we are seeing them carryover from the pre-fall collections. Combine that with your winter white, and you’re set for a chic walk about town or night on the prowl.

Coat: Parosh $514
Mask: Vida $18
Bag: Pinko $495
Boots: Guiseppe Zanotti $600

Leave Him on Red

The cold weather months are known as cuffing season. But sometimes you don’t want to cuff because the chase can be more fun than the catch. Or, you may just want to keep your options open. Either way, live your life and enjoy the thrill. And when you’re done, move on to the next one.

Coat: Marc Jacobs $795
Mask: Christy Dawn $21
Bag: Elleme $455
Boots: L’Autre Chose $480

Working In The Trenches

Your attire doesn’t always have to be punched up. Simplicity goes a long way. Classic, timeless styling can be just as appealing as flashy ensembles. Maybe you work in an industry where an understated wardrobe is de rigueur. With a few thoughtful accents, your attire can elevate from basic business to big boss!

Coat: Stand Studio $501
Mask: Bielo $20
Bag: Kenzo $346
Boots: Baldinini $635

Apres Ski Avec Moi

Whether relaxing in the ski lodge in Aspen or running the streets in Brooklyn, you want to be warm, and, of course, stylish. And what’s more city chic than a bubble coat and combat boots? Add a brushed cotton mask to keep your face safe and warm, and you’re ready to face whatever the elements throw at you.

—Carl Ayers

Fall 2020 Styleout

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It is officially fall. What a year it’s been, and we’re not even done yet!

We can’t spend time wishing for more summer days or dreading the oncoming cold. Heck, some of us are excited for the frostier months. Either way, there are errands to run, people to see, and outfits to be seen in! The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed things down, but it hasn’t completely stopped fashion. Even though many of us have not gone shopping for new fall wardrobes, there are still some autumn fashion trends to look out for.

If you like the trends that Fashion Reverie has assembled below, shop the look. Or better yet, shop your closet and use the looks as inspiration to create new outfits that you already own. Fashion is not all about buying. It’s also about creativity and ingenuity. Have fun. Fall in love all over again with what you already have in wardrobe. But if you still have the shopping bug, maybe pick up a few new pieces here and there.

Argyle

Autumn has arrived, but you may not be ready to fully jump into your fall wardrobe. Ease into the mood with clothes that give you that autumn feeling without making the full commitment to the seasonal changeover. This sweater dress is the perfect piece to help you slowly transition into the end of 2020.

Argyle knit dress: Semicouture $287
Oversized earrings: Alessandra Rich $327
Necklace: Loveness Lee $214
Ring: Federica Tosi $151
Purse: Kurt Geiger London $238
Boots: Del Carlo $270

Shades of Nude

Nude is general and relative. It’s also a neutral hue that is good all year long. Whether used for summer khaki or winter timberland, pinks, peaches, and browns are a safe color pallet that works well for almost everyone at almost any time.

Pinstripe sleeve knitted top: Monse $1150
Pleated flared trousers: Kirin $530
Trench coat: Marco de Vincenzo $1000
Sunglasses: Chloe Eyewear $434
Bag: Loewe $790
Shoes: Valentino Garavani $1245

Plaid

Tartan. Glen. Buffalo check. Plaids are an evergreen essential to every wardrobe. Just because it’s a fashion staple doesn’t mean that it plaid has to look the same every time. Experiment and make it sexy.

Turtleneck sweater: Marni $510
Plaid dress: Moschino $1625
Beret: Undercover $240
Gloves: Gucci $1570
Bag: Salvatore Ferragamo $720
Boots: Casadei $586

Fur

Some like it real. Some like it faux. Either way, fur is a great way to go! Remember, it doesn’t always have to be chic and proper. Sometimes it’s more fun when it’s funky! Add a quirky fur piece to your wardrobe to add a bit of spice while battling the elements.

Turtleneck: Wins $164
Pants: Messages $160
Sunglasses: Michael Kors $95
Purse: Marc Jacobs $255
Coat: Apparis $195
Boots: Lola Cruz $173

Patchwork

For some, Fall is about returning to the basics. It’s about reconnecting to your homestead and communing with nature. If yours is an earthy vibe, you may dig the look of patchwork prints and groovy accessories.

Midi dress: Ganni $203
Antique resin necklace: Camila Klein $70
Black buffalo horn necklace: Isabel Marant $93
White Mother of Pearl horn necklace: Nialaya Jewelry $89
Bag: Zac Zac Posen $295

Caped Crusader

Not all superheroes wear capes, but you certainly won’t be committing a fashion crime in a stylish cloak this fall. Don’t fall victim to the cold weather. Wrap up and head out in style!

Sweater: Theory $296
Pants: Alice + Olivia $234
Cape: Ermanno Gallamini $506
Sunglasses: Chloe Eyewear $284
Bag: Louvre $328
Boots: Geox $225

—Carl Ayers

 

Trends to Expect from Digital Fashion Weeks

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Just like the rest of the world, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is adjusting to a “new normal,” thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. With the majority of this seasons’ fashion designers presenting their collections via computer screens and smartphones rather than live runway shows, fashion brands may now have to adapt their collections and design aesthetics to fit a digital audience. What might translate well on the runways may not always translate as seamlessly in a digital campaign. And though fashion weeks in London, Milan, and Paris are going forward with more in-person shows compared to New York, many designers are still opting for digital presentations in those markets as well.

The trends that editors, stylists, and customers can expect this year will be a little different. Fashion Reverie has curated some potential trends that you should be on the lookout for this Fashion Month.

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Bras that Pass as Shirts

With people having less of a reason to dress up, and work from home expected to continue for some companies through 2021, the bra as a shirt trend could be here for a while. 2019 became the year that celebrities re-energized the bra as shirts trend before it even had a chance to really hit the runways. Now, as consumers opt for comfort or luxury style, the trend is making its presence known.

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Heavily Patterned Face Masks

Designers are cashing in on the new essential fashion accessory, face masks. Of course, high fashion designers on the fashion week runways won’t be expected to produce your standard neutral-colored face masks or mundane cloth masks. Expect designers to give us everything from maximalist patterns, like florals and diamond prints, to bejeweled sequin fabrications.

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Statement Earrings

Designers are focusing more on accessories that can work those who choose to leave the house and those who are sequestering and communicating via Zoom and WebEx. Enter big statement earrings—a great look for those who live in places where they can be out and about, and still great for those safely working from home and trying to make a fashion statement on a video call.

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Statement Choker Necklaces

Trends from digital fashion weeks continue to be about the accessories.  Designers can be expected to create statement choker necklaces to help customers accessorize and accentuate from the neck up. The headshot has never been more valuable than in a world where digital conference calls are the new water cooler hangout spot.  

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Oversized Handbags         

These days, your purse has to hold more than your standard wallet, phone, and keys. Everything from spare face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes have become part of the morning purse check before you leave the house. Designers are expected to accommodate for these extra needs with XXL-sized handbags that will have both the usual compartment for your cell phone and room for a Costco-sized bottle of hand sanitizer.

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Camp Shirts

Somehow, out of the fashion trends that emerged during the COVID-19 lockdown, the one that might be the most surprising is camp shirts. Camp collars have long been a part of leisurewear, but with the options from neutral colors to bold patterns they come in, a lot of people are loving this shirt more than before. As people are more casual with fewer days spent in an office, the camp shirt has become the relaxed trend that we may flock to.

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The Shirt Vest

The menswear vest, sometimes referred to as a waistcoat, is finding popular traction again. The trend originally came about in the mid ‘00s thanks to Kate Moss, and has recently been seen on the runways of Saint Laurent and Victoria Beckham. The vest-as-a-shirt’s return to glory was brought on by an increased need for comfort and a simple piece that can be dressed up for a digital meeting or dressed down for your walk in the park. The shirt vest is poised to be the next spring/summer wardrobe staple.

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Righteous Reds

Red is one of the first colors that stands out to the human eye. At the recent digital fashion shows in Milan and Paris, many designers from Casablanca to Etro worked to incorporate red in some form into their collections. Red is an attention grabber whether it’s on video, at a physical presentation, or in a photo. Red also adds some fiery flare to spring/summer collections from the runway to your wardrobe.

—Kristopher Fraser

 

Fashion Reverie’s Biweekly Styleout Looks Back at Iconic VMA Moments

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Summer is winding down, so that means one thing, the MTV Video Music Awards! The 2020 VMAs are being hosted by one of our favorite multi-hyphenates, Actress/singer/Author/Talk show host Keke Palmer. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s show will be different. Instead of being inside a physical venue, the show is taking place at various outdoor spaces across New York City. There will be no live arena audience, and therefore, no red carpet.

What’s an award show without a red-carpet fashion review? Dreadful! We always look forward to seeing the style of our favorite music artists, so Fashion Reverie has created a little fashion retrospective and fashion inspiration for you! Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic VMA fashion moments, and see how you can turn those outfits into looks of your own.

Corset top: Burberry $699
Full length tulle skirt: Loulou $1,278
Gold necklace: Saks Fifth Avenue $270
Earrings: Latelita London $100
Stoned necklace: Ela Rae $328
Belt: Moschino $295
Shoes: Francesco Russo $242

Madonna (1984)

At the first MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna performed her hit “Like a Virgin” wearing a combination bustier/wedding gown, including her “Boy Toy” belt. Later, while performing, she rolled around on the floor, revealing her lace stockings and garter beneath her dress.

Asymmetrical jumpsuit: David Koma $1,465
Earrings: Yvonne Leon $1,154
Ring: John Hardy $495
Skull necklace: Alexander McQueen $450
Purse: Philipp Plein $1,700
Shoes: Saint Laurent $1,695

Lil Kim (1999)

In 1999, Lil Kim had tongues wagging with her purple asymmetrical jumpsuit that exposed a pastie-covered breast. What made everyone’s jaw drop to the floor was when icon Diana Ross unabashedly jiggled Kim’s exposed breast on stage.

Dress: Rotate $284
Earrings: Gigi Clozeau $300
Necklace: Alighieri $253
Ring: Mulberry $225
Bag: Little Liffner $448
Shoes: L’Autre Chose $332

Aaliyah (2000)

Sadly, 2000 was Aaliyah’s last appearance at the MTV VMA’s. That year, she changed out of the simple black dress she wore on the red carpet, and donned a fur-trimmed yellow tiger-print dress to accept her two awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.

Thigh-high romper: Boohoo $25
Necklace: Effy $268
Tennis bracelet: Swarovski $177
Ring: Gucci $205
Waist bag: Supreme x Lacoste $309
Boots: Superga $143

Lady Gaga (2010)

The famous meat dress. Using raw meat to create her dress, headpiece, and to wrap her boots, Lady Gaga continued to push the culture forward with her fashion and performance art.

Jumpsuit: Versace Jeans Couture $364
Oversized earrings: Alessandra Rich $311
Sunglasses: Christian Roth $276
Ring: Marni $95
Bag: Alexander Wang $446
Shoes: Sergio Rossi $481

Amber Rose (2015)

In 2015, Amber Rose hit the carpet in a bodysuit covered in the derogatory names she’s been called, bringing awareness to slut-shaming. She has continued to embrace her sexual liberty, and proudly embraces the curves of her body.

Blazer: Norma Kamali $174
Shirt: Fenty $590
Pants: Goen J. $476
Earrings: Vetements $350
Ring: Sophie Buhai $1785
Shoes: Saint Laurent $895

Beyonce (2011)

After Beyonce announced her pregnancy on the 2011 MTV VMA’s red carpet, she performed her song “Love On Top” later in the show. At the end of the performance, she literally dropped the mic, unbuttoned her Dolce & Gabbana blazer, and showed the world her baby bump.

—Carl Ayers

Pre-Fall 2020 Bi-Weekly Styleout

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When most of us think of change, we think of the spring. Snow melts, flowers bloom, birds chirp, and we clean out our homes in anticipation of fresh beginnings. However, we often fail to think of the opposite change that occurs six months later. The sun begins to set earlier, we feel a slight nip in the air, and we start looking to thicker, heavier clothes.

In the fashion landscape, the change in seasons is even more gradual. We don’t simply go from summer to fall. We enjoy a micro-season called Pre-Fall. This is a bonus designer collection that is, generally, too warm for the dog days of summer, but is right on time for a chilly breeze. This bridge season is often used as a prelude to the fall-winter collections, giving us a peak of what to expect from designers and retailers in the following months. However, you will often find pieces perfect for midsummer, as the collections reach the retailers beginning as early as May.

In this week’s style-out, inspired by the best pre-fall 2020 trends, Fashion Reverie has assembled a few looks that will help you ease into your autumn style.

Dress: Patrizia Pepe $77
Earrings: Eshvi $94
Necklace: Nialaya Jewelry
Bracelet: Aym $42
Purse: Danse Lens $263
Shoes: Dorateymur $295

Fly Me to the Moon

How can you not feel flirty in chiffon? Every woman feels girly in a bit of tulle. This season, designers such as Prabal Gurung and Carolina Herrera have paired down their larger, heavier gowns into light and airy dresses, perfect for those warm summer nights.

Dress: Alex Perry $1063
Earrings: Miu Miu $380
Necklace: Alexander McQueen $550
Bracelet: Maison Margiela $274
Ring: Annoushka $917
Purse: Alexander McQueen $1990
Thigh high boots: Iro $906

Who Wears Short Skirts?

If you’re on trend, then you do! And you wear short skirts with thigh-high boots. Hemlines are once again on the rise, so you better keep up. Micro skirts, like those from Balmain and Gucci, paired with ultra-long boots don’t show as much skin as you’d think, but it still gives (and gets) the look that you want.

Jacket: Anouki $425
Pants: Anouki $435
Blouse: Cynthia Rowley $295
Sunglasses: Chloe $345
Earrings: Natasha Schweitzer $335
Watch: Vivienne Westwood $361
Purse: Zac Zac Posen $177
Shoes: Sergio Rossi $348

If it Suits You

Smart suiting is always in fashion. Sometimes the trend is more fitted, other times the trend is more relaxed. With all that’s going on in the world, we don’t need any extra pressure. If you’re going to wear a suit, wear it your way. As seen with Stella McCartney and Thom Browne, the new rule is that there are no rules.

Blouse: La DoubleJ $735
Pants: Stella McCartney $925
Sunglasses: Fendi $380
Earrings: Undercover $308
Ring: Rosa de la Cruz $907
Purse: Saint Laurent $1850
Shoes: Malone Souliers $492

Spotted

Do animal prints really ever go out of style? NO! But the fashion industry always find a way to make it new. This season, you can stick with the traditional cat prints, or you can upgrade your purr to a roar with reimagined designs à la Adam Lippes or Ulla Johnson.

Kaftan: Care Of You $58
T-shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren $78
Shorts: Diesel $89
Hat: 8 By Yoox $70
Earrings: Natia x Lako $101
Necklace: Taolei $36
Bracelet: Years Mon $76
Boots: Strategia $164

Fringe Benefits

Poetry in motion. Dressed up, it can add flair. Roughed up, it can add attitude. Dressed down, it can feel homely. Elie Saab, Philosophy, and Hellessy demonstrate that fringe is truly the fashion accent for everyone.

Dress: Paul Smith $494
Sunglasses: Chimi $150
Earrings: Prada $320
Bracelet: Gas Bijoux $270
Ring: Ports 1961 $130
Bag: Isla $255
Shoes: Malone Souliers $451

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Yellow is the color of choice for pre-fall. Its brightness is not being sidelined as just an accent detail; yellow is the full-fledged star of the show. Seen in the collections of Valentino, Versace, and Bottega Veneta, this bright hue is reclaiming its time in the spotlight.

—Carl Ayers

 

End of Summer of Love Date-Night Dresses

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Think twice before canceling date night because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distance dating may be our new normal, but there is nothing wrong with getting all dolled up for a digital date. Keep the fire burning as love is only one phone call away; especially as we take a turn through dating apps. Fashion Reverie is here to help you keep them cuffed to the cam.

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Selfie/Andes Puff Sleeve Key-Hole Back Dress Beige $64.99

Catch all the feels in this summer nostalgic dress. This short-sleeve mini dress is both pretty and practical for any indoor dates you may have scheduled. Never mind the weather forecast, you can still fulfill your summer needs as you raise the temperature in this girly go-to.

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Lionne Clothing/Moremi Maxi $209

Every fashionista’s go-to, this classic silhouette is a wardrobe must-have. Elegantly chic, this maxi style dress is effortless fashion, to keep your date wondering if you got all dressed up just for them. Try pairing this relaxed number with a pair of drop earrings to elevate this look from chill to couture.

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LemLem/Tigist Tier Dress $545.00

Just because the date is via video chat doesn’t mean you have to be covered up. This off-the- shoulder tiered maxi dress is simply sweet, yet flirty. Don’t be afraid to show off your work-from-home glow as social distancing makes the heart grow fonder.

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TOBI/Fool Around Sage Multi Satin Floral Midi Dress $39

You’re blooming with love in this slip midi dress. Give them a taste of summer in this sultry flowing dress that has a floral print all over. Daring but delicate, satin dresses are a romantic dream; you’ve got a lot of love to give, babe, so share it with the world.

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TOBI/Every Breath Red Surplice Midi Dress $59

This summer 2020 of love, wrap dresses shall and will always be the most popular dress. Show off your figure in this body-hugging dress that accentuates your curves in all the right places. Remember ladies, confidence is your best accessory.

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TOBI/Sami Red Multi Ruffle Midi Dress $54

Now don’t get me wrong … I know facetime dates can seem a little boring. But, who doesn’t love a game of dress-up? Replace your old boring wall with string lights and add this flirty ruffle dress to give the illusion of a night out under the stars.

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Vivienne Tam/Summer of Love Frocks $267 to $300

Let your boho chic shine through is these summer frocks from Vivienne Tam. And the good news, they are on sale. Demonstrate for fancy for whimsy and great style with these colorful florals. You will be unforgettable!!

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Laquan Smith / Animalia Dress $594

Slip in this hot mini dress and I bet they will be calling for a second date. Designed for the iconic risk-takers, Laquan Smith’s fashions will ensure they keep their eyes on you and only you. Pair this long sleeve bodycon with a strappy bustier to give in to your wild side.

—Courtney Wilkins

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