Jackie’s Loft in Bristol is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Owner Jacquie Carroll is well known for her well-curated collection of stylish-meets-practical designer women’s wear sizes 0 to 14 (everything from denim and t-shirts to day dresses and special occasion evening wear) and accessories. “The fall 2016 color palette will be led by blue,” she insists. “I’m also seeing a lot of warm soft pastels for early fall to ease us into the season. I particularly like all the blush pinks mixed with light gray for early fall.” Velvet will be the most popular fabric this season, she says, while a lot of mixed haberdashery fabrics including checks, herringbones, pinstripes and glen plaids will be in-demand. “Extreme ruffles and extra-long sleeves are another trend we will see,” Jacquie predicts. “There will also be a lot of one-armed tops and one shoulder looks – and everything will be flared this season.” Certainly with everything from menswear looks for women to animal prints to stripes mixed with checks, fall fashion promises to offer a cornucopia of statement style.
Does it sound too overwhelming? “Don’t be afraid – it’s all very runway,” she insists. When it comes to outerwear, Jacquie says color block and windowpane prints will be hot. “Toggle coats, patchwork coats and cropped pea coats will be popular… you’ll also see winter coats get a summery spin in cheery colors including orange sherbet, baby blue and bubblegum pink.” For those of a certain age, accessories will be reminiscent of the mid- to late-‘90s, if Jacquie’s forecast of chokers and long, dangling earrings comes to fruition. “[And] girls with pearls… lots of pearl jewelry. We will also see the return of the brooch,” she adds. As for footwear? Another flashback. “Chunky sole boots – think David Bowie – will be very strong and so will menswear inspired shoes and combat boots.” Ma’am, yes ma’am!
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