Trendz Fall Fashion Show
Quote of the day: “The older I get, the more I’m conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn’t it?” Sandra Cisneros
I showcase many companies and their products on my blog, and I truly love the small businesses and local communities stores. I introduced you to the neighborhood store in my community called Trendz this summer. They are not only a wonderful boutique with fun clothes, but the women who own it are a treasure to know and love. One of the best things about this store besides the people and items, is that the clothing is affordable.
The owner’s names are Jen and Nancy and are pictured below. Before I go any further, I need to apologize for the quality of these photos, as the evening was inside an event center and we weren’t able to control the lighting. And I won’t show you every outfit that we modeled, but I wanted to give everyone an idea of the trends that you will be seeing this winter.
Before I get into the show, let me give you some information. Jen and Nancy have this fashion show every fall and spring to introduce their customers to the new items that will be at the store. The best part? They ask their own customers to be the models for the show. What this means is the models aren’t your typical young, one size models. We were all ages ranging from almost 40 to almost 80 and all sizes too.
This makes the clothes relatable which is exactly what all retailers should be doing.
As a model, we don’t receive any compensation for our evening, and we don’t keep the clothes. We are able to get a discount on anything from the store that night, but basically we are volunteering our time and having a blast to boot.
So the day of the event, all models are treated to getting our makeup done by a local makeup artist, and having our hair styled by the salon in the strip mall called Salon Nevaeh (which is heaven backwards).
We then walked through our “runway” and practiced where to go. You can see there is also some liquid courage supplied since this is a new experience for all of us. I’m showing mom, Nancy & I in our practice run in the photos above and below!
Now onto the big trends that you’ll be seeing a lot of around your area too. Since Trendz Boutique does not sell their items online, I’ll link to a couple of options if you’re interested. Or possibly you may have some of these pieces in your closet already?
Ponchos are such a fabulous item that were all over the runway at this show. I’ll also introduce you to the other models we were blessed to meet and now call our friends.
Below is Nicole who is wearing this colorful poncho that I ended up purchasing that evening. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it on the blog soon. At first I thought I could knit it, but it’s woven instead of knitted which appeals to me because it’s so unique.
Also check out that Nicole is wearing a dress extender under her poncho. The 3 of us wore one of these on the blog this summer if you want other ideas of how to style it.
Here is another fabulous poncho, this time on Robin, who is a photographer. I’m going to start picking her brain to hopefully get my photos to be so much better.
If you’ve been looking for a burgundy poncho, then this ruffled one could be your new best friend.
We all know how stripes are such a fun print so adding them in a poncho, makes a fabulous statement. Here’s another one to shop if you like this idea. Notice there is a pin on the collar of my mom’s poncho as decoration.
And here is Nancy in a shorter, more fitted poncho. She also has a clip on her collar, and she even purchased this one. If you have a short sleeved poncho, then layering a top under it can be perfect for the cooler weather. In this outfit, Nancy’s wearing a sheer top, but you really could wear almost any kind of long sleeve top under it for warmth.
Lace up & Criss Cross Ties
The lace up detail and any thing with these crossed ties have been big for awhile. In fact, I showcased some flats that have this feature last fall for mom, Nancy and myself.
Below I’m wearing a sweater with this design along with some pumpkin colored corduroys.
And then my top below has the criss cross design. If you find that the v-neck seems too low for comfort, you can always wear a cami underneath. When we posted this summer about our Trendz Boutique experience, I also told you about the Mod Loops.
These Mod Loops are basically a piece of lace that you can wear tucked into your bra instead of having an entire camisole on. This is great if you tend to overheat easily. BUT also you can wear these Mod Loops under the bottom hem of a shirt which you’ll see Nancy wearing later in this post. Vicki, who lives in Littleton, sells these at Trendz and other boutiques and you can see other ways to style them on her Instagram page. Or you can check out the video here.
Let me also point out this fabulous faux fur jacket that both Nancy and I purchased. I’m wearing it with fur lined leggings that somehow came home with me too! Considering I’m always cold, I thought these were perfect.
Another item that has been finding it’s way in every store I visit is velvet. We styled velvet earlier this year on the blog, and it’s back in full force now that the temperatures have dipped.
Robin is showing a velvet shirt with a criss cross tank under it. For those of you who tend to be warm all the time, then the shorter sleeve versions are great for you.
Another model in the Trendz Fall Fashion Show is Michelle below. She’s wearing a velvet kimono that could be a great way to dress up any outfit.
I categorized the rest of our outfits under other and will point out the specifics as we go.
Michelle has on both floral and plaid together which is a great way to mix your prints.
I’m not sure if you noticed that Nicole was wearing a hat in the first poncho photo. Hats are another great winter item. We usually think of knitted caps for the cold weather, but the felt hats are great too.
Of course scarves are a fabulous accessory we think of with the autumn months, and I love how Nancy fancied up this dress with both a fringe scarf and a long necklace together.
Michelle also got to show off her shoulders in this off the shoulder sweater. I know most of us consider the off the should trend for the warmer weather. But it’s such a elegant way to feature our shoulders, that wearing it as a sweater could work nicely for your fancy events.
One last detail that you’ll probably be seeing at the retail stores is anything with stars on it. Nicole is wearing a top with the stars all over it. And notice she’s sporting another hat too.
One of the other reasons that I love Trendz Boutique so much is they really support the local community.
We all modeled outfits designed by a 17 year old named Kevin. Kevin has made shirts and caps with the logo Unbound on them to bring together his love of design and graphics. He even came on stage with us and gave us a laugh or two!
Friends and Finale
Thanks to our friends that came to cheer us on at the fashion show. You may recognize Cindy on the far right, since she’s been on the blog with us before styling summer shirts. She drove all the way down from Erie, which is an hour drive. It was so nice to have women out in the crowd that we knew and were supporting us.
Here’s a quick shot at the end of the Trendz fall fashion show below. You can see that Nancy and I were raising our glasses in a “Cheers” to such a fabulous event!
Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know! I hope if you’re ever in the Littleton area, that you’ll stop by Trendz Boutique and tell them that Jodie’s Touch of Style sent you!
P.S. I was honored to be featured on Imogen’s Inside Out Style site with an interview! I hope you’ll click over and read it!
Even if you wouldn’t consider purchasing your clothing online, it can be helpful to look through my links to see what is available! It certainly doesn’t hurt my feelings, if you click on them but don’t like them. Just so you know, one of the ways I make money from this blog is through these linked items.
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