Fall is here once again. As I shop my closet for what to wear and browse online, I can’t help but notice this season’s key trends. Yes, I know. I’m a little bit late. But I was enjoying the warm weather so much that I found it hard to put my sandals away. Now that the temperature has officially dropped and the rain is here, I’m officially ready for boot season.
KEY BOOT TRENDS FOR THIS SEASON
Biker boots are back this autumn, complete with buckles and straps. Create a rough yet feminine look by pairing your biker boots with a satin skirt or a lace dress. There’s no better time to unleash your inner bad girl.
THIGH HIGH BOOTS
Take your sexiness up a notch with thigh-high boots. Not new to the runway, thigh-highs are a trend that keep coming back to life. Only this time, the boot has resurrected with more of a slouchy effect. Think ample silhouettes compared to the usual skin tight look.
PYTHON PRINT BOOTS
Python prints slithered down runways during fashion week, and just may be one of autumn's biggest comebacks. Take front and centre stage with a pair of show stopping snake print boots. You’re sure to make an entrance this fall.
LACE UP BOOTS
What better way to pay homage to punk culture than with the lace-up boot. Designers silently gave a nod to Vivienne Westwood as lace-up boots pranced down the catwalk. Whether ankle length or knee high, lace-up boots can add an edge to any ensemble.
Cowboy boots have slowly made their way back to the mainstream. Celebrities have been seen wearing cowboy boots for a few years now. It’s no wonder why they're on everyone’s trend spotting list.
In case you didn’t hear, metallic boots are trending in a big, big way. Think gleaming silver, gold lamé, and even bright sequins for fall. This trend is for anyone who wants to be seen and heard. Add a touch of pizazz to your personal style by jazzing up a simple outfit. Metallics are the way to go if want to create a bold look.
SQUARE TOE BOOTS
Expect to see a lot square toe boots this season. Fashion’s undying love affair with this structured silhouette continues into winter 2023. A square toe boot can make any outfit, and even elevate a minimalist look.
CHUNKY SOLE BOOTS
Chunky sole boots are trending again. Reminiscent of late 90’s fashion, the chunky ankle boot has taken up fancy particularly with Gen Z and fashionistas alike. They are comfortable, sporty looking and easy to wear.
Winter white is always in vogue, so get yourself a pair of white boots if you don’t already own a pair. They are the perfect way to offset any outfit and subtly add some flavour. White boots match perfectly with this season’s subtle tones and look great with cream, beige, or shades of brown.
If ever there was a fabric that gained widespread popularity this year it would have to be denim. Denim has taken 2023 by storm and infiltrated the hearts of fashionistas everywhere. Renowned for its durability and versatility, denim is used to create everything from clothing, shoes, accessories, and even furniture. It's no wonder why this heavy-duty fabric has moved from casual street style to high fashion runways.
THE HISTORY OF DENIM
Denim has its roots in a lesser known fabric called dungaree, which has been produced in India for hundreds of years. The word ‘dungaree’ originates from the Hindi word ‘dungri’ which a thick hard wearing fabric produced in the region of Dongri, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay).
It was introduced to the Western world by traders during British colonial rule, and made its way to Europe. The fabric quickly gained traction and was used for various purposes, including workwear. By the late 19th century, dungaree became associated with labourers and known as the fabric for the ‘working man’ (e.g manual labourers and those with industrial occupations) because of its sturdiness.
The fabric that is affectionately known today as denim was created in Nîmes, France sometime in the 17th century. It was originally called “serge de Nîmes” after the French city. But as its popularity ensued and time went on, “serge de Nîmes” was eventually shortened and replaced by the word “denim”.
Denim soon began to replace dungaree as the choice fabric for workwear, and gained global prominence. The famous fabric became wildly popular in the United States, where the first pair of jeans was created by a German known as Levi Strauss in the mid 19th Century. Over the years denim has transitioned from being a durable fabric essentially used for workwear to one associated with casual, easy to wear fashion.
Sometime around the mid 20th century denim made its first fashion debut. It became insanely popular amongst youth subcultures and counterculture movements in the 1960’s and 70’s as a symbol of rebellion because of its ruggedness.
Judging by the crucial role serge de Nîmes played in the evolution of denim and how it is worn today, it’s clear that this humble fabric of has come a long way since the 17th Century. Denim has stood the test of time, making a fascinating transformation from a modest fabric worn by workers to a well renowned fashion staple.
DENIM TRENDS 2023
Fast forward to 2023. Denim continues to grace the runway with creative deconstructed looks, oversized silhouettes, and skirts of maxi-length proportions. Here are a few of the Beauty Disruptor's top picks for this season.
DENIM TOP PICKS