Some of the fun things about fall fashions are the opportunity for dark colors, heavier fabrics and more layers. This fall will be no exception, and most fashion insiders predict that the most dominant trend will be in textures.
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Two of the places that will see the most dramatic uses of this trend are shoes and leg wear. Plain leather and cloth are out for fall. Instead, expect to see velvet, embossed leather, reptile skins, fake fur, and lots of embellishments on shoes. Sequins, beads and other metallic trims will be seen on everything from pumps to flats. Shoes made from a combination of materials such as leather and suede, animal print trim, and metal heels. Don’t expect to see any boring shoes on fashion runways this fall.
The interest in textured leg wear will also continue, especially patterned nylons, fishnets, and embroidered tights. These will range from wild crocheted patterns to lace net and metallic styles. For career wear, women will have plenty of choices in muted pinstriped stockings, pin dots, and subtle patterns in opaque tights. Animal prints will also be prominent in leg wear, with some designers incorporating fur and feather patterns into the weave.
Outerwear will also feature rich textures. Loosely woven wool, brocades, velvets and dimensional fabric will be in everything from coats to handbags. Sweaters that resemble hand-knits, fringe trims and chunky and fuzzy yarns will make sweater season a treat for the senses this fall. Satin will also play a big part, and although the fabric is smooth, the surface reflects light. This makes shadows seem deeper than they really are, and will make this fall’s oversized jackets look rich and luxurious.