Belk is one of my favorite department stores and our Nashville area Belk at Cool Springs Mall is fantastic. I worked with Belk on my fun Valentine’s Day post so I was excited to meet up recently with the Nashville fashion blogging scene at a fall fashion forecast event.
The delightful Arlene Goldstein (@BelkFashionBuzz) led the evening and we also were treated to some great wine and appetizers courtesy of Red Pony in Franklin. We all left with some fun leopard goodie bags. I got a gorgeous Jules B statement necklace and one of my favorite beauty items in the bag is Michael Kors Glam Jasmine perfume. It’s my new favorite fragrance!
Belk is all about modern Southern stylish looks and there are three overall looks shaping what you’ll see in Belk this fall, according to Arlene:
His Is Hers - The menswear look is in. This is a textile driven look and tweeds, especially, are hot. Grays, wines, and browns, especially my all-time favorite camel, are hot. Two of my fave patterns – snake and cheetah – are going to be popping up this fall. I loved it when Arlene commented, “cheetah is my favorite color.” Tartan plaid is also in, although of the three patterns she mentioned it’s my least favorite. Arlene mentioned the menswear look inspired by Pharrell Williams and his signature fedora will be an influencing factor. Shirt dresses are also hot as well as the “dressier” athletic look.
Complex Simplicity - This look is all about clean lines with unexpected details. Fall jumpsuits are in (Arlene was wearing gorgeous snakeskin print jumpsuit) and are an extension of the summer romper hot this season. Assymetrical wrap dresses, the clean modern look of leather and high-quality pleather, and the mixing of materials and textiles make up this look.
Rebel Rebel - Think leather and lace, block heel black boots with hardware, and mixing pearls with chains and stacking bracelets. As Arlene says, these are “not your mama’s pearls.” “Be a mix master and rule breaker” this fall.
I loved that Arlene noted that versatility equals value for so many savvy women shoppers now. We want pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways and many women are becoming adept at shopping their closet. “The modern Southern woman likes a completer piece, like the creative cardigan or trophy jacket,” Arlene noted. Think about it, don’t you have that one fantastic jacket or sweater that you could wear almost daily?
Some of this fall’s most wanted fashion items include:
- The creative cardigan
- Novelty vest (an alternative to the jacket and can be worn over sleeveless tops or long-sleeve)
- Fashion sweatshirt
- Statement neck
- Over the knee boots
- Satchel bag
- Mixing metals (no matchy matchy jewelry!), with the return of yellow metals and rose gold
I also learned the term shootie, which is a shoe/bootie combo, such as the gorgeous black wedge shoe from Bandolino shown below and the Jessica Simpson shootie (both at Belk.) I’m loving the wedge shootie as it looks super comfy and this mama just can’t do spike heels!
Here’s a Polyvore board I’ve put together inspired by the Belk event. What trends are you liking?