Make an Entrance …Fall/Winter 2018 Accessory Trends

As the fall/winter season unfolds, embrace the autumn’s glow. As Albert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Creativity abounds on the runway, and this season you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) There is magic in the air. Add a bit of beauty, just like nature’s grand finale before it gives way to the quiet, white winter.

Be dreamy. Be outrageous. Be fancy. Be cool. Focus on the details, darling.

Think berries. Magenta is everywhere. Jewelry, belts, boots and scarves can be great go-to options with rosy pops of color.

Animal prints are back again. Leopard-print mules can be fun in exotic colors and boots with a zebra pattern or snakeskin can set you apart. Polka dots are making a quiet return, too, and you will see them on shoes, belts and scarves.

Velvet and corduroy are favorites this season. Their soft and durable textures are easy to move in and comfortable to wear. Don’t hesitate to switch out starchy pieces for these fabulous fabrics in a vest, scarf or belt.

Shiny, metallic accessories are popular as they add a touch of glamour and light. Sequins are being seen on gloves, belts and shoes.

Purses and bags are bigger and many of them look like shopping bags or plastic totes. They can be playful or luxurious, and you might dazzle others buy carrying one made out of  rich leather or studded with Swarovski crystals. A clip-on case or a bedazzled clutch is a nice option, if you want something smaller to carry… some women are opting to wear two at a time. Chunky chains on handbags, the quilted look and fringe bags are still going strong.

Glasses frames are larger. The 50’s glamour of big sunglasses paired with a head scarf, can be a commanding appearance. Cat-eye, translucent and futuristic looking frames are big this fall – in an assortment of colors to match or to contrast to your heart’s content.

Boots are earthy and Western, this season. Comfort is in along with function. Ankle boots, cowboy boots and all-purpose waders can look great with skirts or leggings. For fancier plans, patent leather in all colors is a perfect option.

Heels never go out of style, and this year there are sculptural heels, funky straps, and wild cutouts. Flats are always chic and sneakers are acceptable, too.

Cuff bracelets, chains, colorful gemstones, enamel and jade are favorites this fall. Mismatched earrings and statement pins are popular, too.

Belts are in big time. Skinny belts or big oversized corset belts in many colors and shapes are a terrific addition to skirts, pants and dresses.

Gloves, both short and long, are being seen in shimmery golds, bright colors and basic black.

Autumn is a mosaic of fantastic proportions. Blue skies and the yellows, golds and oranges on the mums and among the leaves are truly enchanting. Splendor. Bounty. Harmony. Luster. Cheer. Reverence. Pick your word. Then create a style that looks the part and don’t forget to smile!


Eva SooHoo

A mom of 2 amazing teenagers, a corporate executive turned entrepreneur, a runner, a BRCA2 mutation carrier, a previvor, and the founder of Eileen & Eva. You can reach her at eva@eileenandeva.com

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