Friday, August 5, 2011

Color and fashion trends - fall 2011

I bought my mom this fringe purse from H&M last Christmas. It was an impulse buy. I totally had to get it for her. But as I walked away I started doubting myself. Was it really as cool as I thought it was? Would she even like it? Turns out it was one of the best gifts I've ever gotten her. She said she's never had so many compliments on a purse before. Whew! Fringe was in.

I've been contemplating designing my own handbag. And as I started making sketches and jotting down ideas, I realized I'd better figure out what colors will be "in" this fall. Wouldn't want to make a new handbag in last year's colors, now would I? haha to be honest, I don't even know what they were.

After googling fall fashion 2011, here's what I found. The colors for fall 2011, according to Pantone:

Interesting palette. As I understand it, according to Pantone, the combination of muted tones as a base (like gray) in combination with a pop of color like bamboo, honeysuckle, deep teal (any one of the above) will be gracing our fall fashion.

So I've got the colors, what about the style trends?

According to, the following will be in for fall '11
  • 70s fashion
  • Pleats
  • Fur clothing
  • Bell bottoms
  • Wide leg pants
  • Sheer maxi dresses
  • Brightly Colored Pants
  • Leather Skirts
  • Chic Ponchos
  • High Slits
  • Mid-Calf Skirts
  • Tuxedo Dressing
  • Graphic Tartan
  • Graphic Stripes
  • Duster Coats
  • Yves Klein Blue

Hmmm. Handbags and accessories seem to have their own trends as well...from clutches to oversized, buckles and fur, you name it (according to FashionSpot).

As for my handbag? After all that, I'm guessing I'll stick to neutrals so it can be used across more than one season. Maybe I'll even make two. I have to admit, I'm not one to change purses every year. And even though the color is pretty, I don't see myself sporting a bright pink honeysuckle purse anytime soon.

Curious about where all our fashion trends come from anyway? I found a few articles you might find interesting.


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