August is upon us my friends, and you know what that means – Pre-Fall wardrobe planning – Xmas time for the clothes obsessive, me included. There’s something about the early fall clothing roll-outs that gets me so excited and giddy with anticipation. August is a great time to investigate what’s trending in order to be better prepared to know which pieces are the best cost per wear. Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball and know which items to add to your wardrobe that will last you for seasons to come. That’s where current trending items gives you an idea of what will be on the hot list and what would be a great investment to add to your wardrobe for the fall. Fall/Winter 2017 is all about decadence, luxury, high-end luxe with themes that reflect feminism (girl power), moody exuberance, political statements (Americana), and Lady-like innocence. What better place to start my investigation into current trends than my favorite store, Anthropologie. There are quite a few trends going on at my go-to store, so I had to narrow it down, focusing on the ones that caught my attention the most. So, in my Anthropologie Exploring Fashion Trends for August list, I’m currently obsessed with Floral, Embroidered, Racer Stripes, Ruffles, Metallic, Polka-dot, and Faux Fur Shoes and Accessories. If you’re not an Anthropologie member, what are you waiting for – sign up here to get great perks and notifications for sales, events, etc. Currently, Anthropologie is offering 20% off dresses & jewelry in US & Canada stores & online for a limited time. Discount reflected in cart. Excludes full-price BHLDN dresses & jewelry & previously placed orders. Cannot be combined with other offers. 24/7 Free Ship $150+ for AnthroPerks members. There’s a lot to cover so I’ll get right to it . . .
I mentioned floral way back in my Spring/Summer Floral Trend Post and it’s not going away anytime soon. Fall/Winter floral takes on a darker mood with darker elegant somber prints (Think Spring Blooms in the Darkest Winter), blooms amidst dark backgrounds. The Bold Blooms Maxi Dress (also at the top of this post) sets the mood that fall floral has arrived. Wear it now and then add a denim jacket or cozy cardigan into the fall. What I especially love about this print is you could wear it year round.
The Twisted High Neck Tank is one of my favorite floral prints in the fall roll-out. It would be perfect to pair with a skirt and blazer for work and then silk trousers or even jeans to go out. So many possibilities and lots of cost per wear for many seasons to come.
Another ruffled floral cutie is the Ruffled Floral Blouse by Paper Crown. The bold yellow blooms lighten up the dark navy background. Love the feminine ruffles along the collar and around the hips – nice sleeve length for fall.
The Riley Floral Top is an easy choice to throw on and look put together, and has an additional sporty vibe going on with its stripe collar and cuffs. Love to have this one sooner rather than later.
Another fantastic choice in a fall floral kimono is the Verdure Floral Kimono – eye-catching floral sketched blooms pop against the fall green background. Pair it with a metallic cami and racer stripe pants for an effortless look.
Floral gets luxe in the Briley Velvet Floral Kimono – a romantic floral print on a great cover-up – use it instead of a blazer, cardigan or wrap to amp up any outfit.
The Bordered Floral Kimono takes on a luxe bohemian aesthetic of fall floral foliage from well-known UK brand Bl-nk.
Another fantastic floral kimono choice would be the Aster Floral Kimono – a robe like kimono with a great elongated length, a v-neck and an exquisite floral print that adds a touch of romance and drama (shown with these jeans and these shoes).
The Zadie Lace-Up Skirt by Maeve is on point with its eye-catching floral blooms and lace-up detailing. Sign me up to try this baby on real soon.
The Isabeau Dress by Yumi Kim has a fun vibrant floral print and a fitted tie-front bodice gives a feminine touch – wear now or wear later with a denim jacket, a bomber, long cozy cardigan or even throw a sweater over it, the styling options are endless into the fall.
If you’re looking for more romantic floral print, the Nevaeh Floral Dress has got it plus lace. Anthropologie describes it, “Delicate flutter sleeves and a pretty floral print makes this slimming stunner an event-ready silhouette.” I totally agree.
The modern funky floral print of the Catria Floral Dress takes a modern approach to flower mixing. This print reminds me of wild field flowers in subdued fall colors – loving the sleeve and hem length, perfect for fall dressing (shown with this bag).
The Liv Floral Midi Dress pushes floral up a notch with its pleated style and versatile midi length. Rich florals in wines, tone-down yellows and pinks makes this midi perfect for elegant fall parties and events.
Nanette Lepore creates a dazzling sexy silk floral number in the Winnie Open Shoulder Silk Dress – the red background really pops with the chic floral blooms and asymmetrical hem.
Floral Fairy-tale bliss describes the beautiful floral, Little Red Cashmere Scarf. I want to display this delightful quirky charming print anywhere in my home, because I love staring at it so much. Yes, please.
The Clare V Floral Foldover Clutch has me fawning over it multiple times a day at the Anthro site. This chic abstract floral prettie is a no brainer to accessorize any fall outfit.
Shelley’s London Brocade Slide Sandals exhibits a timeless luxe with it’s floral brocade tinged blooms and easy slide access. I think I’ll pose like the model in the picture to show everyone what I’m talking about.
The Bisue Ballerinas Square Toe floral Ballet Flats has an understated elegance about them, and the floral printed square toe makes it one of my favorite flats of the early fall season.
For an upscale totally modern chic take on abstract floral print, the decadent Pour La Victoire Rickie Heeled Boots has me gasping for air. Word on the fashion street is that heels are also going to take center stage when it comes to contrast and materials. This wood grain block heel, along with the eye-catching print makes these boots gorgeous and refined.
I mentioned my love for embroidery in this post and I’m still enamoured, that’s not going away, if ever, in this lifetime. So you can add the Embroidered Poncho Pullover to the growing list of embroidered pretties that make me smile. It has a chic understated way about it with it’s lovely neutral embroidery on the sleeves. I get calm just thinking about it.
The Harlow Embroidered V-Neck Pullover looks ultra good from the front or the back – white blooms and ruffled sleeves gives this an elegant boho vibe – definitely worth wearing.
There’s a vintage haute couture vibe emulating from the Diti Embroidered Blouse, and I want to capture it and sell it in a bottle. Embroidered sequin sparrows, florals, and a delightful bow round out a ultra chic top.
The Allora Embroidered Top by Akemi + Kin has me wanting to wear it anywhere during the fall. The 3-d floral embroidered print is all kinds of gorgeous that is also, gasp, machine washable.
There’s just the right amount of floral embroidery on the sleeves of the Avery Embroidered Pullover. A sweatshirt with style – layer it over a stripe top, or anything for that matter.
I’m always on the look-out for an easy effortless way to look put together with minimal effort, the Horatia Embellished Jacket is just that easy. Neutral embellished embroidery and bat sleeves lends its way to fall style.
Vibrant embroidered flowers are demanding you to take notice on the Souza Embroidered Jacket from Seen Worn Kept.
Floral Embroidered blooms abound on the Montana Embroidered Kimono – high-end decadent luxe, worth the investment.
“Floral Embroidery makes this straight pair perfectly weekend ready”, from the Anthropologie peeps describing the Pilcro Mid-Rise Boyfriend Ankle Jeans.
There’s that elegant refined tulle overlay with gorgeous embroidery again. The Sita Tulle Skirt doesn’t disappoint with all it’s beaded embroidery jazzing up the hem.
The Stevie Tasseled Dress is an embroidered tasseled dream of a dress with it’s pullover-styling, tie-waist detail and removable slip.
Seeing a close-up of the Stevie Tasseled Dress makes it even more enticing – Well done Eva Franco.
Tote bags are the coveted accessory item for fall and roomy enough for all your essentials. The Momo Design Embroidered Glimmer Tote Bag adds a touch of glamor with eye-catching metallic and embroidery to a classic carryall, with each one being one-of-a-kind.
The of the moment flower embroidery makes the suede open-toe Nanette Lepore Martina Embroidered Heels all the more special – a knock-out that for sure will get you noticed.
Loving these neutral playful See By Chloe Embroidered Florals Heeled Sandals – I can’t keep my eyes off the floral embroidery showcased on the heel. And the neutral colorway would go with everything, a true winner in my book.
The embroidery close-up on the Sandal is divine. Me wants.
There’s a romantic timeless vintage appeal with the Seychelles Callback Embroidered Boots – great monochromatic embroidery and a fantastic color for fall. Seychelles advises, “Try pairing these boots with knee-high socks for a layered look that is effortless cool.”
Trending: RACER STRIPE
If you’ve been keeping up with fashion street style, racer stripes can be seen all around the world – on models, celebrities and fashionistas alike. Predominantly shown running down the side of pants, but also can be seen on bomber jackets and accessories, the effect is an effortless sporty ultra cool look, and fall ready. The Striped Silk Wide Legs are at the top of the heap for racer stripe glam with it’s combo with silk – a no brainer choice to add to any fall capsule wardrobe (shown with this tank).
Technically not a typical racer stripe, but I couldn’t help but add the Layered Stripe Skirt to the mix. The fold-over waist and elongated multi-stripes reminds me of racing lanes. Whether it belongs in this category or not, I’m a big fan.
Anthropologie has a really great selection of racer stripe pants (and a bag) worthy of any fall wardrobe. Some of my top picks from the picture above from Top, Left to Right:
- Striped Military Joggers – an easy stylish track pant in a great color
- McGuire Ibiza Mid-Rise Skinny Cropped Jeans (red stripe)
- Tracy Reese Side-Striped Trousers – refined draped track style
- Petra Striped Track Pants – another great color in a track stripe style
- Clare V. Simple Supreme Tote Bag – a racer stripe down the middle
- Striped Chino Trousers – chinos get in on the racer stripe trend
- Mother the Insider Crop Step Fray Mid Rise Jeans – bold stripes
- McGuire Ibiza Mid-Rise Skinny Cropped Jeans (nude stripe)
- Fan Printed Trousers – an easy throw on and go racer stripe style
Of all the items on my Anthropologie Exploring Fashion Trends for August list, ruffles were what I was most excited about trending. Anthropologie used to create all of these beautiful girly romantic tops and skirts that were beautifully crafted with ruffles. Sadly over the years, it seemed that Anthro was steering away from ruffled romanticism in favor of modern straight lines. I’m excited to report that Anthropologie is slowly making ruffles a come-back and I need more romance in my life – who doesn’t want to feel feminine and girly, and ruffles as a design element gets the message across. The Ruffled Open Shoulder Pullover does a flirty job when using ruffles to expose shoulders – I’m in love again (shown with this bag).
Hurray! The Lianne Ruffled Top is now back in stock in the white colorway, get it while you can. I’m loving it in the dark purple and sky color as well – Love it!
Hurray Again! The Ruffled Gingham Top is also now back in stock. I’m absolutely in love with the ruffled tiered sleeves and fall ready gingham print in green.
Anthropologie has some great options when it comes to ruffle magic – in tops, shirts, jackets and dresses. Some more of my top ruffle picks from the picture above, Top, from Left to Right:
- Ruffled V-Neck – want it in every color
- Current Elliott Ruffled and Striped Tee – stripes AND ruffles, YES!
- Printed Ruffle Maxi Skirt – looks like a beautiful ruffled layered cake
- Hanalei Off-The-Shoulder Top – a boho cropped dream
- AMO Ruffled Military Jacket – love the back row of ruffles
- Gwyneth Open Shoulder Lace Blouse – an easy top to dress up or down
- Ruffled Poplin Top – what a way to ruffle those shoulders
- Ruffled Hem Tank – I’d wear this under all kinds of bombers or cardi’s
- Elisha Ruffled Pullover – another ruffle sleeve dream
- Minnie Ruffle Cardigan – Love!
- Antilles Ruffled Pants – flowy ruffle pants to pair with everything
- Azelie Tiered Floral Dress – selling out fast
When it comes to bags, The Marie Turnor Ruffle Crossbody Bag has just the right amount of intrinsic ruffle style in a leather peach color bag.
In the bootie category, the Hudson Aretha Suede Booties made use of a ruffle and tie in the back of the shoe – what a nice ruffle surprise.
Seychelles has some fantastic chic ruffle options, first, the Seychelles Downstage Ruffle Flats are eye-catching in yellow (the gray is not bad either), and I’m also loving the Top Rated Seychelles Larissa Ruffle Sneakers, great in the pink AND olive suede.
Metallic continues its trend of taking center stage in accessories and clothing items for the fall and winter. Take a look at my J.crew post to see what I’m talking about. In other words, metallic shoes, bags and clothing items are what will be seen everywhere in the coming seasons. Anthropologie’s Shine Tank is a great little metallic number to dress up and down under bombers, blazers and cardigans.
Everyone should have access to a metallic little dress – the Metallic Knit Dress has got you covered in glimmering style in silver or black metallic, and the easy pullover styling and drawstring waist is great for so many body types.
I mentioned the Glisten Knit Wide-Legs way back in this post and it still is holding strong as a top rated metallic winner. So easy and effortless and not going out of style anytime soon (shown with this tank and these sandals).
There were so many great metallic clothing choices, I had to narrow it down in my top picks above. Top, from Left to Right:
- Ruffled Metallic Top – easy and effortless
- Shimmer Shine Cami – this has been seen with everything at Anthro
- Brie Metallic Cami – metallic texture fun
- Striped Bell Sleeve Blouse – just the right amount of stripe metallic
- Marcia Metallic Skirt – a shiny cute skirt
- Shimmered Tee – who doesn’t love a metallic t-shirt
- Pleated Metallic Skirt – loving a pleated metallic skirt option
- Uma Pleated Midi Skirt – this green metallic is da bomb
- Metallic Cropped Pants – a dressy option instead of tuxedo pants
- Metallic Knit Dress – a must have little metallic dress
- Mykonos One-Shoulder Dress – beautiful metallic polka-dots
- Glistened Knit Wide Legs – a top rated fan favorite no brainer
There’s a great selection of metallics in the jewelry, bags and shoe departments. One in particular is the glistened shimmer metallic beauty, the Chainmail Scarf Necklace – begging you to get your inner rocker glam chick on.
I’m crushing hard on the Momo Design Metallic Contrast Tote – if I could, I would sleep with it clutched to my chest – looks like it could work for a make-shift pillow also.
I love that metallics are now varied in shades and colors – the Veja Copper Esplar Sneakers is on point in it’s shimmer copper tone.
Pilcro is capitalizing on the polka-dot trend by giving us the option of seeing it on a jean. The Pilcro Polka Dot Mid Rise Boyfriend Jeans are having a love affair with polka-dots, and I am too. I own about four pair of Pilcro jeans and I’m about to welcome these to the family (shown with this dress (as a jacket) and these sandals).
I giggle with glee when I see these jeans close-up. You’ll notice that the dots are in different shades of metallic colors. >Grabby Hands<
The Ilana Flutter Blouse by Seen Worn Kept is the perfect combo of flutter sleeves and polka-dots in a contrasting color combo.
Ruffles AND polka-dots, count me way in – the Ruffled Polka-Dot Blouse is divine in black and white, begging me to take it home.
And with a world were there is fantastic dotted trousers, you knew there also had to be a polka-dotted blazer too. Nothing says Americana style like the Classic Polka-Dot Blazer – loving the light fabric and contrasting floral inner lining.
The Tandy Skirt has been a big love of mine since I spotted it on a girl on the Anthropologie instagram feed, which I showed in this post. Delighted to add it in it’s polka-dot incarnation, and equally loving the new red colorway the skirt now comes in.
Lady-like demure describes the pink polka-dotted Diana Tulle Skirt – tulle is another hot item for fall according to j.crew in my post mentioned here. This midi silhouette, drawstring waist, and romantic pink colorway is tre chic (shown with this top, similar bag, and sandals).
The maritime party has just gotten started for August over on the Anthropologie site, as well as at other retailers. I love the combo of stripes and polka-dots – pattern mixing at its best. The Solstice Printed Wide-legs look fantastically paired with this striped top, this jean jacket and these sneakers.
I’m adding the Urge Cheetah Slides to this polka-dotted party to round out the last of my investigative polka-dot style trend findings. One word, Love!
Trending: FAUX FUR
In my Anthropologie Exploring Fashion Trends for August list, the last trend making it on my hot list has got to be faux fur. I’m talking mostly shoes here, but some bags, and a jacket also made the cut. The one jacket, the only fur jacket as of late on the Anthropologie site, is the coveted Mother Intarsia Long Boxy Jacket. If you have caught up on all the happenings of Fashion Street Style around the world, then you’ve seen faux fur jackets in bold colors and boxy styles on the streets of Paris and New York City. This particular high-end looking jacket is up-graded with stripes and a varsity number on the back.
Lots of great options in the faux fur shoe category – don’t you love when style meets foot comfort. Adding a fur element to your shoe wardrobe amps up any outfit it’s paired with. Velvet shoes are still trending hard, so the next revolutionary step would have to be faux fur. I’m giddy with anticipation on trying on and buying any one of these choices above. Fabulous Faux Fur Shoe choices, from Top, Left to Right:
- Rachel Comey Wit Mule Sandals – divine stripe fur with a round heel
- Silent d Faux Fur Sandals – a pop of red fur elevates these neutral flats
- Jeffrey Campbell Ioana Slingback Sandals – how comfy does these look
- Jeffrey Campbell Ioana Ankle Tie Wedges – a wedge, ankle wraps, and fur
- Carmen Salas Paz Faux Fur Slides – reminds me of a comfy cow skin rug
- Seychelles Nobody Else Faux Fur Heels – I mentioned these in this post
- Bisue Ballerinas Golden Velvet Ballet Flats – divine velvet bow fur poms
- Liendo by Seychelles Sierra Slip On Sneakers – just a touch of fur
- Matiko Hunter Faux Fur Slides – loving this deep hunter green fur
- Bettye by Bettye Muller Faux Fur T-Strap Heels – these t-straps are a must
- Jeffrey Campbell Lindsay Brocade Heels – my favorite of the bunch
- Date Faux Fur Top Sneakers – black on black fur – Luxe
A few notable faux fur bags made the cut – among them, the Sally Stripe Tote Bag is on the MUST HAVE NOW list. Loving the black and white with bold yellow stripes, it has me wondering if this tote could have made the Racer Stripe list. Other faux fur bag favorites are the Clare V Faux Fur Drawstring Pouch, the Joan Jett Striped Tote Bag, and the Rachel Comey Rebel Striped Pouch.
I hope you enjoyed my Anthropologie Exploring Fashion Trends for August list, I know it was a long thrilling journey into fall pretties, but there were so many items to be excited about, I just had to share. Time for me to get started on building my fall trending wardrobe. If you like hearing about trending items, be sure to check out my 5 Current Shoe Trends to Wear Right Now and also Anthropologie Top Picks of the Week for June. Happy Shopping!!