It’s 95 degrees outside. You’re sweating. It’s humid. The pool is still open. You might think it’s a tad bit early to be shopping for your Fall and Winter wear, but you really should think again. Fashion designers were looking at this year’s colors and trends as far back as two or three years ago. If your goal is to be a fashion plate and not a fashion victim, get busy. Here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Color trends
Pantone, “the world-renowned authority on color” for than 45 years, calls Fall 2008 a “season of change.” They declare that the season will be defined by rich, elegant and vibrant hues.

“Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the Fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008.”
Pantone’s full Fall color slate includes Royal Lilac, Caribbean Blue, Twilight Blue, Shady Glade, Aurora Red, Withered Rose, Ochre, Burnt Orange and Shitake.

Winter, a time for cool and inner reflection, brings with it a vibrant and rich set of color trends. Texworld’s color trends, four in all as profiled at FashionTrendsetter.com, range from rational and minimilistic to feminine and playful and authentic to futuristic modernity.

The color trends for Winter 2008, says FashionTrendsetter.com’s editors, are “a reflection of a society that is more multiple and networked than any before it. Community and individuality permit each individual to live their own identity and style more than ever before.”

What to wear
Women — Ellen DeGeneres and Jodie Foster are going to be very fashion forward this year because the look is pant suits. Yes, pant suits. Already commonplace in the world of business, they just got upgraded to trendy. Look for tailored jackets and wide-legged pants with the Winter monochrome steel greys, blues and bold blacks.

Men — Straight off the runways of Milan and Paris, men have a fabulous selection of business and casual attire this Fall and Winter season. Turtlenecks, overcoats, Charlie Chaplin hats, daring belts and black on black with splashes of red and orange are the goods for the cool/cold months.