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What Women Want: Key Items and Color Trends for AW 16/17

In keeping with the classy aura fashion has about it these days, women will be wearing feminine and flattering—but forward—looks for the Autumn/Winter 2016/17 season.

Global trend-tracker Fashion Snoops outlined seven fall/winter trends for womenswear, with outerwear playing a principal role in ensembles for the season, hemlines edging lower and pants getting wider.

The seven trends for womenswear are: Raven, Method + Madness, Varsity Daze, Weekender, Prairie Trail, Jetsons and Up All Night.

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The dark but luxe looks that speak to this trend channel Edgar Allen Poe’s poem of the same name.

Rich raspberry and deep navy are apparent, as are jewel-tone purples and greens. Materials are adorned with embroidered floral patterns and brocade.

Boho maxi dresses with high necks, peasant sleeves or plunge necks will be big, as will the midi dress with long sleeves in an A-line shape or with a mock turtleneck. The floor duster, a major must-have for the season, comes belted or with a cinched waist to complete a rich, tailored look.


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Method + Madness

Think fashion meets medicine when it comes to this trend, colored with almost clinical whites and creams and in silhouettes to suit.

Colors are cool and almost pastel, like cream, blush, a rose-hued shadow grey, lavender and blue-toned grey.

Midi dresses will be key, with necklines ranging from turtlenecks to strapless. Tunics with elongated silhouettes and equally long sleeves, and floor dusters also play into the trend. Key culottes will come with standard flat fronts, or creased fronts and even wrap waists.

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Varsity Daze

A bit of a throwback to school days, Varsity Daze pulls vintage stripes, cardigans and collegiate numerals into a look that still says chic.

Colors are bright with a ‘70s air, like marigold yellow, cognac, sky blues and light pea.

Skirts will come pleated with high waists, sweaters will be slightly oversized with V-neck fronts and rounded shoulders. Tailored and tapered track pants will still be prevalent and the slouchy fit sweater dress completes the trend’s staples.


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The Weekender

All about comfort, The Weekender trend taps into soft textures, fur, chunky knits and blanket-like, cozy coats.

Colors are earthy and neutral, with off-whites and rusty Bombay brown, deep greens and a cool grey-based blue.

Culottes appear again in this trend, this time made as knits with elastic waists. Sweater dresses and floor dusters are must-haves here too, though a bit more maxi and relaxed than in the Method + Madness trend.


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Prairie Trail

Channeling the bohemian vibe in a slightly new way, looks apparent in the prairie trail trend pull in paisleys and lace effects for peasant-like tops, dresses and shirts.

Creams, tans, whites, reds and merlots color the look.

To fit the trend, the ubiquitous floor duster gets a fringe and lakes on more of a robe style. Pants are fitted and suede with fringe sides and high waists, and the shift dress gets slouchier, almost poncho-like with half sleeves and scoop necks. The trend’s key element, the prairie dress, falls somewhere between midi and maxi in terms of hemline, with a full skirt and plunge neck, sometimes peasant sleeves.

Peasant blouses, poncho sweaters, box pleat dirndl skirts and woven turtlenecks with sheer inserts will also be key.


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Fashion heads to the future a la ahead-of-its-time TV show, The Jetsons, with bold colors, patterns and prints.

Orange and yellow highlight the trend, with mod blues and lime greens apparent too.

The turtleneck permeates the futuristic look, though sleeves will be fuller and more rounded. Pants are cropped and flared, skirts are A-line with fly closures and inverted pleats, and the tailored single-breasted blazer with fly pockets and a higher apex completes the look.

Short tunic peplum tops, midi skirts with open slits and buttons, and A-line dresses with empire waists and plunge necklines are also must-have staples.


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Up All Night

Not your average night wear, looks in this trend tap into the sporty-meets-chic mix pervading today’s getups.

Blacks, reds and rich navy are key colors.

Sweatshirts and hoodies speak to the sporty side, while slim fit elongated knits with scoop necks and spaghetti strap camis with lace insets add to the glam. The puffer jacket is the outerwear item of choice for the trend, but the season’s update includes shrunken, more cropped versions that look a bit more like bomber jackets.


Here, 20 must-haves for women for fall/winter:

  1. The biker jacket. This coat will come with contrast sleeves, in shrunken silhouettes and with a moto style.
  2. The blanket coat. The floor duster will be one of outerwear’s most important pieces for the season, designed in a robe or wrap style.
  3. The cape. This season’s capes will come mini, with slit sleeves or as ponchos.
  4. The floor duster. The ankle-length coat will be the season’s oversized outfit topper, and even sleeveless iterations will make an appearance.
  5. The parka. Oversized but chic, parkas will come with detachable fur collars and patch pockets.
  6. The bow blouse. Channeling the classic and feminine, the bow blouse will be a key piece, with high necks, bell sleeves and attached ties.
  7. The cami. The spaghetti strap tank tip with a lace V-neck is back.
  8. The peasant blouse. This ever-feminine style will come adorned with lace embroidery, tie fronts, bell sleeves and plunge necks.
  9. The duster. A shorter take on the floor duster, this midi length outwear article will come with a shawl collar, in asymmetric silhouettes or short, hitting about mid-thigh.
  10. The elongated knit. A chic version of the sweater, the elongated knit will be slim fit and flattering, with a scoop neck or side slit.
  11. The long cardigan. In keeping with the cozy, blanket-like looks, the long cardigan will come with a shawl collar, front pockets and as a V-neck.
  12. The A-line dress. This feminine, belted waist dress will feature pleat fronts, mock turtlenecks and long sleeves.
  13. The boho maxi. Peasant sleeves, midriff side cutouts and wrapped effects will be apparent in one of the season’s staple dresses.
  14. The midi. Another A-line silhouette, the midi will also have long sleeves and a mock turtleneck, and cut-out fabrics and flocked burnouts keep the silhouette up to date.
  15. The A-line skirt. A-line also makes an appearance in shorter skirts with fly closures, inverted pleats and wrap styles.
  16. The dirndl. This beyond-the-knee full skirt will come with box pleats, high waists and with the ever-apparent a-line silhouette.
  17. The maxi skirt. For fall and winter, the maxi skirt gets a sassier update with quite-high slits and banded waists.
  18. The cropped flare pant. Whether crease front, flat front or slim, this silhouette will be popular for pants.
  19. The culotte. This wide, cropped pant isn’t going anywhere—for the season, styles will be crease front, flat front or wrap waist.
  20. The high waist crop pant. Cropped is key for the season’s bottoms, and this pant will come slim fit, with double welt pockets and in carrot silhouettes (wider at the top, more tapered toward the bottom).