As daylight saving time ends, we have definitely moved into shorter days, cooler weather, and embracing the holiday season. This has certainly been an unforgettable year as the coronavirus has caused global shutdowns and unpredictability in business across the world. This pandemic has effected buyers and influencers in the fashion industry. While many fashion houses were forced to halt production, one women’s designer clothing line has not changed the availability of their collection. Cabi has not streamlined their merchandise by providing less product or inventory. In fact, they have added to their product line by continuing new arrivals and even adding a third set of holiday new releases which will launch in December.
As a fashion psychologist what I do know is that even if you are not dressing the part, do not underestimate the power of great fashion looks and stories to elevate your spirits. Several fashion themes have emerged. The sleeve details are fun and flirty – big and ballooning. In addition, red has become a sought out color in jackets and dresses. This power color has been present during gloomy times as a way to demonstrate strength and overcome adversity. Gorgeous gold and shades of butterscotch and caramel have also found their place on the runway. This shimmering sparkling color has introduced vibrancy into any outfit or outlook. Fringe has also been a fun fall way to display color, texture and style. Nerdy knits and the studios cardigan looks have been great soft suiting options and convey a more relaxed look as we stay quarantined and work from home. The plaids, tartans, and houndstooths garments are ever present in the trends for the season. High waisted jeans and trousers, wide leg trousers and chunky sweaters tucked into feminine skirts also highlight a sign of the times.
If you are already thinking of your holiday gift giving, cabi’s holiday line is representative of how to serve every woman right now. They seem to have, what I would call, five essential pieces. In fact, you do not have to worry about size and each item serves a function. Every woman can always use a handbag. Do you need a handbag that will carry the kitchen sink (hand sanitizers, wipes, masks, tissues, lotion etc) or a belt bag/cross body bag that carries as little possible and is attached to your person? Who needs a statement necklace to dress up the tees, turtlenecks or relaxed solids to which we are gravitating? One can never go wrong with a heavenly wrap with fringe and fur or an oversized scarf with fringe and stars. These pieces represent warmth, cuddling and comfort all wrapped up in one. Great fashion forward gifts which also don’t want to be missed are velvet, sherpa, plaid, leather or jean jackets. A faux fur tote bag is not only a fashion statement but also may be used as a pillow on a car or plane trip. Booties or over the knee boots are also so fabulous for finishing off your outfit. One important tip for this season is that delivery will be slower then ever, so don’t wait until the last minute.
Although these last several months may epitomize the expression of “all dressed up, but no place to go,” nonetheless people still want to look good to feel good and continue to elevate their moods in order to keep a sense of normalcy. Beauty will never disappear and The world will eventually return to normal, and we do not want to be left behind in a fashion time warp.