According to Nordstrom…Everything
– By Andrea Gaines & Valerie Cury
We love the toasty, winter whites that brighten up a cold January day. The crisp fabrics that herald the arrival of spring. The bare-skin shapes and accessories that take us through an effortless summer day.
But, there’s nothing like the frisky combination of vivid color, fashion-forward style and unexpected extras that drop in to greet us each fall – tempting us to spice up our wardrobe – and skip through some fallen leaves.
We asked Nordstrom Senior Fashion Director Shannon Schafer what that meant for Fall Fashion 2017. She took us through this flawlessly simple Fall Fashion Q&A. The fabrics, styles and attitude are so exciting!
Fall Fashion Q&A
What clothing pieces are key for transitioning from summer to fall?
Everyday velvet is an essential for fall – it’s no longer just a winter fabric! The opulent look can be worn for day or night and it’s become seasonless. Velvet separates, like skirts, pants, and blazers will be available, and velvet dresses are a staple this season. We love velvet in a bold color, and crushed or patterned, it feels very fresh.
Clean and simple denim is also a transitional must have. This season we love classic washes free of distress or worn accents. This cleaned up look feels freshest cuffed for a cropped look.
When layering, how should these pieces be styled?
This season is all about looser proportions and experimental layers that are purposefully disheveled and askew. Fashion is more relaxed than ever.
What colors are in style for fall this year?
Red is a must have color in women’s fashion this season. Red bags, shoes or statement clothing pieces are all great options we recommend for customers. For the boldest fashion lovers, we recommend trying a red hue head-to-toe for a monochromatic look.
Shoes can be tricky for this time of year. What shoes would pair nicely with outfits that transition from summer to fall?
Fancy flats are an opportunity to have fun with your footwear this season through novelty décor, bold color and prints. The freshest flats this season are pointy toes, mules and slides.
What are some rules you follow when it comes to fashion at this time of year?
This season, rules are meant to be broken! We love wearing velvet when it’s still warm, and layering short over long for a nod to the 90’s! Experiment and have fun, rules no longer apply.
For women, what jewelry or purses do you recommend for these outfits?
A decorative bag in velvet or brocade with embroidery or embellishment is a fashionable way to update your wardrobe this fall. Surprisingly, they can go with everything, and the more unexpected the pairing, the better.
A mega statement earring is also a must have this fall. Art earrings, bold hoops and long drops are worn as match sets or mono for a bold look.
MISA Los Angeles Selina Velvet Wrap Dress, $268
Tracy Reese Doubled Breasted Plaid Blazer, $398
Topshop Chuck On Blazer, $75
Topshop Holographic Vinyl A-Line Skirt, $75
SEA Eyelet Puff Sleeve Sweater, $350
Marques’Almeida Asymmetrical Bicolor Crepe Skirt, $465
Rag & Bone Duke Wool Blend Blazer, $595
Jimmy Choo Autumn Bootie, $925