You know how annoying it is when stores begin stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations six months before the actual holidays? You feel so tempted to run through the aisles of creepy masks, mini Snickers and faux fir displays screaming "TOO SOON!!!"
That's sort of how I feel about fall clothes right now.
Don't get me wrong, I love fall clothes. I love cardigans and slacks and scarves. Cute jackets and boots and jeans. Love, love, love.
But the mere thought of them makes me miserable when it's 90 million degree outside, and the time for wearing sweaters and scarves without sweating is far, far away.
However, this is a fashion blog and duty calls. As long as I'm sitting in AC and sipping an iced latte, I think I can muster the strength to share some of the fall trends now making their way into stores. We should all be informed, even if none of us can wear them.
Look to camel and gray as the season's key neutrals, says Nordstrom National Fashion Director Gregg Andrews. And lovers of leopard and cheetah patterns, you are in luck. Animal prints remain fashionable.
Andrews says minimalism and utility chic are in. He says the latter look offers functional pieces that transition well from work to weekend. And minimal doesn't mean boring, he cautions. "Interest is created by intricate seaming, luxurious fabrics and innovative silhouettes," Andrews said.
Boots rule this fall. Andrews suggests looking to over-the-knee, military-inspired or booties to update your wardrobe. The freshest fit for pants mixes a tapered leg with a menswear-inspired trouser. Andrews says high heels and a defined waist make the style both feminine and flattering.
Don't put away that fedora just yet. "Hats have made a huge comeback," Andrews says. And look to satchels with updated shapes and unique hardware as the "it" bags for fall.
Deal Diva Colleen