Hot California Fashion Trends: What’s Hot and Happening in Cali Style


JUNIORS: Cell phone, iPod, Blackberry, oh, and schoolbooks….today’s teens are toting a hefty load. Hence, the exploding market for bags. BB Dakota’s fall collection includes 18 pieces, all under $150, such as a giant tote in red patent leather, and a plaid number. “They look like a lot of stuff that is going on in the better brands,” says BB Dakota CEO Gloria Brandes. Other labels to know include Zinc and Hot Kiss.


Hot California Fashion Trends


DENIM: R.I.P. low-rise jeans…it’s all about the high-waist. “The high-waist level flares have been a really big deal,” reports James Hammonds, denim buyer for American Rag Cie in LA. Orders for jeans with rises in excess of nine inches are also flying out the door at Cali’s Serfontaine, Hudson, Jainesse and Seven for All Mankind.


Hot California Fashion Trends


CONTEMPORARY: Couples that dress together stay together? A hot spinoff of the layering trend is unisex dressing, and labels like Corpus and Grandma’s Glock offer simplified sizing – XS to L – in baggy linen shorts with ’80s-style paperbag waists, and striped tees and hoodies that can double as oversized cardigans and dresses. Colors are toned down grays and burgundies, in sex-blind fabrics like cotton jersey and cashmere.


ACTION SPORTS: Active type sports like skate, surf and snowboard naturally gravitate toward an environmental bent. Volcom’s organic tees, bags & hats donate sales proceeds to 1% For The Planet – a charity devoted to environmental causes that Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia helped co-found – while Vans kicks feature eco-chic materials such as hemp, bamboo charcoal lining, and natural crepe rubber. Organic cotton and earth-friendly dyes are featured in the new line of tees and bags from Quiksilver’s $647 million junior brand Roxy.


Hot California Fashion Trends


SWIM: Multi-tasking has carried over to the swimwear market, where a cover-up from Haverhill Leach (formerly an accessories designer at Mayle & Kate Spade) fares equally well at the beach as over jeans, or a bikini top can double as a bra. “The biggest trend in the industry right now,” explains Melanie Michaud, marketing director of Diane’s, a swimwear retailer, “is being able to mix up sportswear and swimwear.”


DESIGNER: Punk touches like shift dresses with cross-body zippers that can show as much (or little) as you want have helped turn Riser Goodwyn into an Eva Mendes and Kirsten Dunst fave (of course it helps to be Rosetta Getty, wife of oil heir-turned-actor Balthazar Getty). Sold at chi chi outlets like Kirna Zabête (New York), Ron Herman (Los Angeles) and Mario’s (Portland, Oregon), new fall styles will include skinny leather pants and cocktail frocks with inserts made from metallic leather.


Hot California Fashion Trends

ACCESSORIES: Girls like Uma Thurman, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Kirsten Dunst have all been sporting nerd-chic glasses from non-nerd labels like Miu Miu and Oliver Peoples, whose specs have also shown up on Nicole Kidman, Mandy Moore, Courtney Cox Arquette and Jennifer Aniston. For a recent Los Angeles party in L.A. for Viktor & Rolf, Chloë Sevigny showed up in a pair of horn-rimmed showstoppers from New York’s Fabulous Fanny’s.



Fall Fashion Trends for 2017

Seasonal Looks: From Sweater Coats & Dresses to Motorcycle Jackets & Peg-leg Pants

Women’s fashion this fall is about the pared-down chic of sweater dresses and coats, tie-up blouses, tapered pants and top-handled bags.

Familiarize yourself with the key looks for fall winter 2017. Update your wardrobe with the more sedate styles if you want your outfits to transcend seasons.

This season is about pared-down chic with sleek form-fitting dresses or a simple sweater dress. Must-have looks include a sweater coat worn with long slouchy boots and accessorized with a top-handled bag. For the more adventurous, throw a feminine motorcycle jacket over a printed dress or wear this season’s new look peg-leg pants, cropped at the ankle.

Fall Fashion Trends for 2017

Here are 10 of the best of this season’s stylish new looks:

  • This is the season of the sweater dress or coat. Choose one that is not too bulky so that it flatters your shape rather than swamps it. Choose from military styles, double and single-breasted or traditional wrap-around.Fall Fashion Trends for 2017
  • For simple chic, you can’t beat a sweater dress. The look is stylish and chic. For a more on-trend look, team it with knee-length slouchy boots and a wide belt.Fall Fashion Trends for 2017
  • Let this season’s bold bejeweled necklines speak for themselves. Leave the chunky necklaces and earrings and home to avoid overkill.
  • Invest in a feminine motorcycle jacket which you can throw over dresses as well as pants, to toughen up a look. These never go out of style and are stylish for any age-group, provided you don’t go too overboard with zips and high-fashion studs.Fall Fashion Trends for 2017
  • A relaxed jacket, a boxy loose jacket, cropped or waist-length for pulling over dresses and jeans. If it’s a blazer style then roll up or scrunch up sleeves for an even more casual look.
  • Tie-up blouses — an updated version of the pussy-bow blouse. Forget high tie-necks, this tie up blouse has a lower neckline with the loose ties worn on the side, rather than directly under the neck.Fall Fashion Trends for 2017
  • New season — new trouser style. Peg-leg pants are big this fall. These are cropped 7/8th length versions which finish just above the ankle. Wear these if you dare — the pleated detail and tapered legs can give the illusion of shortening the body and making waist and hips look larger. Cigarette pants teamed with a relaxed jacket or sweater dress is a more slimming look.  
  • Pare-down highly printed dresses and tops with block-color turtlenecks, worn underneath. This sharpens the look and makes it more sophisticated. If you don’t like prints but want to be fashion-forward then update a little-black-dress with this fall’s fashionable lace. This is one look that never really dates, but has appeared back on the runways in full force this season, especially Prada.Fall Fashion Trends for 2017
  • There is a distinct military feel to this fall’s fashion, with coats, dresses, and blouses embellished with military flogging and brass buttons. You’ll even find military detailing on sweater coats.
  • Jewel tones are the colors of the season with berry hues, with russets, purples, and plums. These dark, sophisticated shades give a welcome shot or color to a winter wardrobe and are slimming for most figures too. These rich colors can be worn at any age, and suit almost all skin tones.

Fashion Accessories for Fall

There are also a number of distinct fashion accessory trends this fall, from chunky necklaces to silk scarves to snoods. The hottest seasonal style in It-bags is a structured or slouchy top-handled bag. Carry one in the crook on your arm for that celebrity A-luster look.