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Mei Xu
October 7, 2021

The Revel Edit: Your Guide to Fall’s Hottest Styles

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing three major trends.

Unexpectedly, the mini bag became a symbol of something that was missing in our life over the past year and a half: Hope!

Finally, after all the summer months of declaring “we are going back to work, back to school, and back to the norm”, it finally does feel we are indeed “back” to a lifestyle somewhere between the pre and post-pandemic era. For those who are still searching in their closet and looking through social media for style inspirations, we are here to help. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing three major trends along with pieces from our fall collection that will help you transform your style and make dressing for fall a breeze so you can look good and feel good!

Fall Trend #1: Suiting up

As soon as the temperature drops in the evening, expect to see suits and suit jackets on both men and women. There is always a sense of sharpness to this traditionally menswear staple. From the quality of the fabric, the structure of the shoulders and collars, to the overall flattering fit, suits and blazers can showcase a new form of modern femininity in women. At the same time, it lends an extra burst of confidence to those wearing them. Whenever I wear a suit I love, I feel extra powerful and ready to take on the day!  

A woman in a dress carrying a jacket with another in pants and a jacket.
(Left: Beige Vest Dress, YoYo Taylor. Right: Black Blazer, Black Crop Pants, YoYo Taylor.)

There are also several, more unexpected trends for this fall including oversized blazers and cropped jackets. Oversized blazers have taken root as the look continues to stay hot several years in a row. Whether it is pairing it with a floral French tea dress, a tank top with shorts (purposely so your shorts disappear under the large top), or when it is worn over a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans for the colder months. There is an unshakable urban coolness that comes with such a mix and match. You also don’t need to buy those expensive men’s suit jackets, just simply buy one or two sizes above your usual size.  

The cropped look—specifically cropped jackets and tops—became a wardrobe staple right around the time my stepdaughter, Lara, would use a pair of scissors to cut off her brothers’ shirts so that she could wear them with her baggy jeans. This worked like a miracle every time because the tops Lara cropped were often vintage and the mix of retro prints with modern jeans would finish her look beautifully.  

Cropped tops are everywhere for young women, from summer’s tanks and t-shirts to sweaters and hoodies. It particularly helps those who want to accentuate a pair of long legs! Chanel has often been credited with starting this elegant marvel of a design: a marriage between tailored suits with sensual, cropped length means it can be at once feminine and powerful, while being flirty and elongating. In other words, it is the most beautiful creation for women who wish to look taller instantly.

A woman in blue jeans and a blue blazer.
(Blue Double Breasted Blazer, YoYo Taylor)

No matter what catches your fancy this fall, an investment in an elegant suit jacket will be your first ticket back to reality. Not only it is going to make you confident and powerful, but it would also be versatile enough to carry you from day to night. All you need is a little bit of attitude that goes with it!

Fall Trend #2: All About Silk

Yes, you read that right! Silk is the word, and it is everywhere. You can hardly look at any fall fashion collection without seeing a silk blouse, a silk pleated skirt, a silk evening gown, or a flirty silk cocktail dress.

A woman in a silk dress and heels.
(Ruched Silk Midi Dress, Jiran Designs)

And the best part, is that people have gotten used to this sensuous and elegant material. Their luminary sheen adds a touch of glamor in the evening—all you need to add to a silk slip dress is a red lipstick and a pair of high heels! During the day, pair a well-tailored jacket over the same slip dress and it looks immensely chic. Here we show you how the same slip silk dress goes from day to night! 

Two women in silk dresses holding wine
(Midi Cowl Neck Silk Slip Dresses, Jiran Designs)

Silk skirts have also popped up as a great compliment to beautiful shirts, sweaters as well as cropped jackets. Coming in a wide variety of colors, silk is here to help you this fall/winter season just as it has been a staple in the warmer weather!

Fall Trend #3: Mini Bags for the Lady Please

I must say, I initially did not get how this mini trend for handbags could be sustainable. Surely people like myself who put their whole life in a bag would never settle for such little storage. How can we put our laptop, our cosmetic bag, our wallet, our sunglasses, magazines, snacks, and a water bottle in a mini bag?

A pink mini-handbag.
(Braided Handle Bag, Double X)

Maybe it is one of the few positive impacts of the pandemic, or maybe it is the adorable eye-candy nature of mini bags, but it survived through the harsh shutdowns when our only fashion moment was our daily walks with our dogs and the occasional, more formal zoom calls when only our top half was visible. Unexpectedly, the mini bag became a symbol of something that was missing in our life over the past year and a half: Hope! Hope that we can celebrate special moments with our friends and family; Hope that we can resume exploring and traveling to new countries; Hope that we can touch and laugh and hug without fear; Hope that we can finally look and feel our best—and to be able to share that with others.

A woman carrying a mini-handbag.
(Alice Metallic Mini Jelly Shoulder Bag, Carmen Sol)

At Yes She May, we have our own share of mini bag success! It first started with our summer straw bags—a must-have for those lazy beach days. Then we introduced Carmen Sol, an ex-Valentino designer that makes sustainable and rose-scented bags from a unique, jelly material. We were delighted to launch the second collection from a brand called Double X. This brand, based in Shanghai and owned by two female designers released a line of modern, geometric shaped bags that span sizes and colors. Last, but not least, we recently launched a luxury Italian brand, Alexandra De Curtis whose Rome-based company innovates with double sided leather to make their bags ultra-lightweight and sturdy. Their mini bag styles with bold colors are a favorite for many.

An orange mini-handbag.
(Siena Mini Satchel, Alexandra de Curtis)

My hope is that smaller bags also let us think of essentials we must carry with us. One no longer needs a big wallet now that you can use Apple Pay or other digital payment. And indeed, a mini bag is not only good to look at, but also great to carry around full time. It is the easiest way to reduce the burden to your shoulders and back. So this fall is going to be quite a colorful and fun one, for fashion at least! 

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