Holt Renfrew Fall 2011 Trends

Although many of us are in denial, the official start of fall is just around the corner. For style hounds, the cooler weather can actually be exciting; scarves, boots, hats, and gloves are a few of the pieces we get to add to our arsenal of accessories.

When looking towards red and orange leaves, breezy afternoons, and cooler nights, who better to ask what fall wardrobe trends to invest in than Holt Renfrew?

I attended Holts’ Fall 2011 trends session and got a sneak peek of the essential, classic, and hottest items of the season from none other than Holt Renfrew’s Vice President of Fashion Direction, Barbara Atkin.  Barbara outlined the key items to focus on this fall, and I even got to ask her a question that will make purse addicts jump for joy.

Holt Renfrew Fall 2011 Key Items List

The Clutch – Simple and classic, clutches are making a big comeback this year.  Think big with a portfolio clutch, or keep it classy with a more delicate clutch with clean lines.

Knitwear – Avoid looking bulky by focusing on fall pieces that skim the body.  Add a belt to cardigans, sweaters, and jackets to give your silhouette some shape, and pair knitwear with accessories like funky furs, short gloves, and wide brimmed hats.

The Trouser – Women’s workwear is borrowing style inspiration from men this season.  A menswear inspired tailored trouser with an emphasis on cut, fabrication, and detail is a must.  Look for slim, wide leg, or pleated trousers, and match them with feminine accessories like bow blouses, skinny belts, and ankle boots.

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The Coat –  When it comes to coats, the bigger the better.  Find a bold coat that is warm and well-made; look for elongated and enveloping styles like maxi, cocoon, and blanket coats.  Think ponchos, capes, and cloaks, but keep in mind that these trendy coats should still be fitted and figure flattering.

The Skirt – Pencil skirt hemlines are dropping this season, and below-the-knee is the focus for fall.  Sultry and polished, pair a pencil skirt with a blouse or tank and cardigan duo.  Full skirts are also returning, and with details like pleats, geometrics, and prints, it’s bound to be a flirty fall.

After viewing all of these stunning pieces, I started to think about the fashionista on a budget. I got the chance to ask Barbara what she would pick if she could only invest in one piece for fall. Her answer only fueled my already existing addiction: a show stopping purse.

Invest in totes, flapover, printed, and oversized bags.  Look for a purse with something unique and the attention to detail that a long-lasting bag will have.   Keep an eye out for purses that will stand out in a crowd; pattern, shape, texture, stitching, shape, and cut are important factors to keep in mind.

All this fall fashion is making the end of summer a little easier to accept.  Saying goodbye to summer can be heartbreaking, but saying hello to fall can be exhilarating.  I say, bring on fall fashion.

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