Monday, September 5, 2011

There's a Nip In the Air

...and frankly, it feels pretty good!  After this hot and muggy summer, a little crispness is a welcome thing.  The warm weather does always seem to fly by so quickly here in New England, but, as much as I will soon miss getting dressed by selecting two items; fall brings with it the promise of being a little more fashion-forward again!  I have finished poring over the fall Vogue and Glamour mags, and, want to share some fall trends, and, how Carmen and Ginger will help you sport them, beginning this week!

Trend #1 - Faux Fur

I do not shop at the mall much - even when I DO have money to spend! - but during last week's power outage my husband and I headed over to see a movie and I spotted this trend in just about every store window.  Faux fur! A reading of the September issues confirmed this as well - it is all the rage this fall!  And from Carmen and Ginger?  Well, feast your eyes on these items coming this fall:

1950's Faux Fur Trimmed Wool Jacket

1960's Faux Leopard Coat

1960's Crushed Velvet with Faux Fur Trim

Trend #2 - 1960's and 1970's Inspired Easy Breezy Dresses

Who does not love this trend?  Colorful, comfortable, washable and sexy!  How often do those words describe the same thing?  This is why these styles are so popular with vintage enthusiasts, they last and layer year after year, melding with other trends and continuing to enable your wardrobe to be both one of a kind yet trendy!  And from C & G?:

Tell me this bright pink coral dress does not look just like the Mulberry green dresses above?  And that sweet little peplum with added belt?  Perfect for office or evening!

Love the colors and sexy sheerness of this one - deadstock with tags!

Trend #3 - Leather

Of course, leather never goes out of style - especially for fall!  What we love about this season's trends, however, is that there is a lot less of the coloring, coating, quilting, and bling of leathers of recent seasons and just more, of well,...leather!  We love leather more in it's natural form and that is how you are seeing it this season.  In clothing, coats, bags and shoes, you are seeing more natural colors and textures and simplistic lines.  It is harking back to the late 1960's early 1970's trends and there is nothing we love to sell (and, personally, wear!) than this type of leather.  What we will be offering:

Amazing Ivory Leather trench and 70's patchwork suede hobo.

Supple leather jacket with terrific topstitching.

1960's pilgrim style boots with killer metal loop accents!

Classic Coach Messenger perfectly aged.

Can you rock this suede vest and snap skirt? 

Trend #4 - Color
This may sound silly, but, when you think about it, fall is often quite devoid of color.  You typically have caramels and plums and forest green, but, brights?  Not every season.  This season it is back with a vengeance; some 80's inspired, some 60's inspired but all of it designed to keep you on your toes and get you noticed!  We noticed the trend and will offer these items heading into fall:

An assortment of colorful bags.

Bright gold faux fur 1960's cap with satin bow.

Not just suede - PINK suede!

Outstanding Orange 1960's Hat for Fall

Trend #5 - Reptile

Animal prints often dominate the fall lineup, (last year leopard made a big return!) but we were a little caught off-guard by the amount of reptile prints we saw!  Bags, jackets, shoes, was everywhere and in every color!  We have a few pieces, and, will be especially on the lookout for more as we continue to find great items for the shop.  For now:

Reptile bags - both real and faux!

Trend #6 - Tweed, Houndstooth, Plaid and Textures

Classic treatments of these fall staples abound this fall.  Black and white houndstooth and tweeds, classic plaids and all other ways of these classic staples are seen.  These classic patterns and textures pair perfectly with the bright colors, thus making them a perfect fall couple.  We are supporting this trend with:

1960's Large Print Plaid Wool Cape

Just one of several tapestry bags in wonderful textures.

Trend #7 - Hosiery

Hosiery is making a big come-back this year in many forms.  First, because of Kate Middleton, evidently pantyhose are making a come back.  Here at C & G, we have not worn pantyhose since 1999 and have no intention of starting again.  Tights are always a trend, and, for us, a lifelong addiction!  What we loved seeing for this fall, however, is a return of socks.  Yes, socks!  Socks were everywhere; at ankle height, at knee height, peeking over boots and wrapped down over them.  We love this trend, and, although our age may make the ankle length a little tricky, look forward to showing off our knee-socks this season, albeit likely over a pair of tights.  For you from us:

A selection of vintage 1960's and 1970's NOS hosiery.

Perfect 1970's Candies to showoff the trend!

We also like this trend for extending your 1970's Brazilian peep-toes into fall...

Trend #8 - Mod

What vintage seller does not love a return of this trend?  Clean lines, classic shapes resilient fabrics and from a decade where cuts are forgiving and finds in good-condition possible!  We always have some mod items in all categories at Carmen and Ginger, in fact, if you click here you can see what is currently available!   Coming for this fall:

A selection of mod 1960's shoes.

1960's one-piece wool shorts jumper and 1980s (does 1960s) white boots.

Simple shape and lines with toggle closures give this a wonderful 1960's mod look.
With regard to when these hit the shop, we start listing fall clothing items in the shop this week.  We will begin with lots of hippie-influenced Boho items including leather bags, boots, shoes, coats and many dresses.  As typical, we layer our fashion between other listings so keep watching for an entire week of men's fall fashion, plus, one or two more weeks of more women's listings over the next two months.  We have much much more inventory coming than we can possibly show in this post!  Follow us on Facebook to see advance listings and to know exactly what is coming!

We want to mention two more trends before we go.  First, we were underwhelmed by the Banana Republic "Mad Men" line.  In fact, we were not even compelled to photograph it.  If it helps generate interest in vintage (as the show has done for several years now) great!  But, to release late 1950's shapes when the show is moving deeper into the 1960's seems out of step.  Lastly, there is one more trend we were VERY happy to see return: flare pants!  These flatter everyone, and, we are so, so, happy to see them back.


  1. Personally, I'm going with color, plaid/houndstooth and hosiery (err tights. I'm not a big fan of pantyhose either!) this season. I also adore fur (faux or real, but the real stuff is out my price range mostly). Thanks for the lovely "window shopping". I just adore that pink suede jacket!

  2. I'm with you on the tights! (I used to refuse to take mine off and slept in them when I was about 6). Now, I do wash them at the end of the day but boy do I like a good pair of (mostly) cotton tights! :-) Thanks for reading...

  3. thanks for distilling fall trends! I never seem able to extract these on my own from the mass of images in magazines. Will be watching closely for pink suede jacket!

  4. I saw that ad with the orange chiffon high neck dress under "Easy & Breezy dresses" and marked it to tell you about....didn't you find two very similar ones in the spring? I wanted to look in your Etsy shop for them but haven't had time. Great post~~fall & fall fashion are some of my favorites!

  5. TRVS - I did find two of those dresses (I think the same day we met for coffee!) and neither of them actually made it to the shop. The coral one like the pic above was sold at the spring flea, and, the multicolor went to a FB fan (see it in the pics of the Vermont event) before it hit the shop!

  6. great fashion show.


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