They say that fashion comes round in cycles and this autumn it is the turn of folk fashion. Folk fashion is an even more hippy version of the ‘70’s bohemian vibe. Think Woodstock, Joni Mitchell, patchwork and paisley prints and of course, tons of tassels.
With folk fashion this autumn however, there is more emphasis on Russian and European cultures. So floral dresses and printed jackets are in vogue, alongside embroidered skirts, fur trimmed capes and smocks.
Designers have been busy on the catwalks this AW15 with several of the major players using folk fashion as their major vision.
Designers take on Folk Fashion
Christopher Bailey took inspiration from bold prints and featured patchworks and big patterns in his collection for Burberry Prorsum. He mixed an eclectic mix of fabrics (mainly suede) and included tasselled bags and boots in the range.
Creative Director Clare Waight Keller showcased a much more romantic collection for Chloé. Soft, low-waisted floating dresses in pastel peaches and taupes were contrasted with neckties and waistcoats.
Etro went for bright and bold colours in slim and tailored pieces which included maxi dresses and midi skirts. Their rich and opulent hues were emboldened by lush fabrics such as velvets, metallic brocades in patchwork and florals prints.
Back to the whimsical and romantic now, and Alberta Ferretti mixed and matched crocheted waistcoats, a staple of the ‘70’s look, with gorgeous renaissance art-inspired printed dresses.
Gucci tamed down their usual efforts with a delightful collection of subdued florals teamed with quirky clogs lined with fur.
Designers have a knack for mixing and matching the weird and wonderful, but how can you make sure you don’t look like you’ve overdosed from the 1970’s?
Six tips on wearing Folk Fashion
Stick to one stand-out folk fashion piece
When wearing folk fashion it is better to stick to one item that is full on folk, rather than try and match several pieces together. So pick either an autumnal looking frock, a long waistcoat with tassels, long knee-length boots, or high-waisted jeans. If you are wearing a flimsy blouse or smock, tuck it into a pair of trousers or skirt, or add a belt to give some sort of definition.
And remember, a folk dress doesn’t have to be a midi or longer length dress. Try a shorter one or in a different style such as skater or A-Line.
Try different colours
Browns, creams, beiges and faded blues are synonymous with folk fashion and can look a little dated when worn today. It is all about updating the look so try wearing pieces that are in different colours. Pick a bag in a bright red or pink with fringing, embroidery or patchwork.
Choose a dress in a bold green or purple and work in the classic colours to ensure the folk look is still evident. Or how about monochrome for a really stark folk fashion vibe?
Pick a patterned jacket
If you are the sort of woman that doesn’t like wearing a dress, then why not try a jacket instead? You’ll need to look for ones with braiding, embroidery, anything really with handmade finishes such as added fur or embellishments.
Match these showy pieces with plain items such as a white tee shirt and flared jeans for a laidback vibe.
Choose dresses that cinch under the bust
Dresses that cinch under the bust automatically scream folk fashion. It is because they look like a smock which are synonymous with the ’70’s. If the sleeves are also loose and ballooning this too adds to the style.
Pick floral or patchwork prints to increase the folk look.
Be bold with fringing
The best and easiest way to wear this trend is to buy a bag or pair of boots with detailed fringing on. If you cannot bear to wear a shoulder bag with tassels, how about a bucket bag? They often feature two small tassels on the front of the bag to tie the bag.
For those who don’t mind going full on, sling a fringed cross-body bag over your shoulder.
Have a look at crochet
There are tons of items that incorporate crochet into their design. Pieces that naturally lend themselves to crochet are gillets, waistcoats and cardigans.
If you don’t want to go full out on crochet, try for trims on bags and jackets.
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