Western, Retro and Layered Simplicity
A fall preview of mom-approved styles
It’s that time of year again. What to buy? What not to buy? What’s in? What’s out? Every major fashion publication, online and offline retailer, style influencer and blogger have shared their take on the subject.
It’s encouraging — and liberating — that 21st century fashion continues to debunk the importance and relevance of trends. It’s also inspiring to see a real shift in fashion consciousness.
A growing number of consumers want to know where their clothes come from, what they are made of and other details they previously didn’t worry about. These consumers often support designers and companies that place importance on socio-economics, environmental footprints and giving back to their communities. DÔEN, SVILU, Brother Vellies, Christy Dawn, Beatrice Valenzuela, Khokho, Pansy, Alabama Chanin and local Raleigh Denim Workshop are a few designers who value these principles. They are a part of the “slow fashion” movement, which prioritizes quality manufacturing to lengthen the life of a garment. These pieces often carry higher price tags, but — as with just about everything — you get what you pay for.
I was first introduced to slow fashion a few years ago during a New York City fashion and food retreat, during which I had the chance to meet womenswear designer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. She helped awaken me to the idea that a slight shift in mindset can lead to major change.
But the best fashion advice for busy moms remains the same: Keep it simple and wear clothing that flatters your heart, mood, shape, personality and, sometimes, alter ego. Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel good.
Also, don’t think about following rules so much, but do educate yourself and others so you can understand your designer’s ecological footprints and the industry’s environmental impact. Make your shopping process a thoughtful one by investing in pieces that stand the test of time.
Cheers to a new generation of consumers who continue to decide for themselves what’s in and what’s out. Here’s a roundup of what’s on the 2018 autumn and winter fashion frontier. (Price-conscious alternatives are provided for some of the more expensive pieces.)
Home on the Range
Feel feminine in New York Label Batsheva’s Gingham and Ruffle-Trimmed Cotton Skirt; matchesfashion.com, $286. Price-conscious alternative: Zara Cotton-Pleated Skirt in brick; zara.com, $49.90.
Silk, Satin and Sequins
Seek inspiration from your mother’s or grandmother’s silk scarf collection. Mix and match color and print with strategic draping and asymmetrical hemlines, as you can with Preen Line Blossom’s Floral-Print Asymmetric Tiered Skirt; lyst.com, $283.
Get creative by draping and wrapping an oversized scarf on your head or across your neck to achieve a pulled-together style that also combats chilly temperatures.
Ganni’s Dainty Georgette Dress
Photo courtesy of MATCHESFASHION.com
Extend Your Wardrobe
Top breezy, silhouette summer dresses already hanging in your closet with sweaters and oversized cardigans. Many pre-fall 2018 collections look like an extension of spring.
Snazz up your hair this season with:
- Valet’s Lulu Barrette in Multicolour; valetstudio.com, $30.
- Valet’s Mafalda Barrettes in Jade; valetstudio.com, $35.
- Jennifer Behr bows or barrettes; jenniferbehr.com; prices vary.
Note: Prices may have changed since press time. Check websites for updates.
Helen Banzet Wallace is a freelance writer, fashion blogger and mom. Her work has appeared in local and regional publications.