Labor Day is over but for most of us the laboring now begins! That time to change over your wardrobe is quickly approaching and the dread of having to look in your arsenal is usually extremely daunting and overwhelming. I know the questions that loom over you constantly… What should I keep? What should I donate? What do I need new for the cold weather ahead and still look amazing? What can I afford?
Honestly, if you followed my Fall Must Haves from last September, you will need very little new pieces to be right on track and if you didn’t besides me shaking my finger saying ‘shame on you” I am certain if you take a thorough inventory of your entire closet (go to the back of your rack where you never pull from) you will find some items from this list that can be brought to the front of the rack again.
Fret not my pets… Again the trends are available in every price point you can imagine and many of the high end designers have done capsule collections with discount retailers like Target, Kohl’s and H&M just to name a few where you can get a version of their higher priced collections for pennies on the dollar to what it would cost in say Barneys or Neiman Marcus. So now I need you to take a deep breath, get a pen/paper or just print this article out and use it as your Holy Grail for Fall!
Grey is the new Black!
Not just for you but for the whole family. For the first time in a long time, many of the trends this season are fundamentally the same for men women and children. Grey is a neutral for fall and can be paired with just about EVERYTHING! You can wear it to balance patterns, wear it monochromatically (all the same color head to toe preferably in a mix of subtle hues differences or all the same hue if that’s better for you; but I prefer the mix of tones for dimension and character). It’s ok to give your traditional black suit a break this season. As a matter of fact, put them in the back of your closet and only pull them out for funerals this season. Let’s see how well grey works for you standing alone without it; you’ll be pleasantly surprised, I promise.
I always love how strong bold colors and patterns are balanced so beautifully with the simple addition of black and white; it is truly the great equalizer. This year will be no different; with the added help of the signature color grey when donning the HOT TREND and rich essences of BURGUNDY, REDS, CHOCOLATE and BLUES. These colors are reminiscent to of school uniforms; as I wore for many many years as a kid and loathed it. Now it’s refreshing to see these colors brought to life in fantastic fabrics (not polyester like those school uniforms) like chunky knits, rich suedes, cashmeres, fine wools, cool cottons and leather just to name a few.
The Bootie and Over The Knee Boot!
I couldn’t mention one without the other as they are both equally HOT Must Haves for Fall.
The Bootie is actually a year round essential but traditionally better accepted by the masses during cool/cold weather until recent. The over the knee boot is just as it states an “over” exaggeration of the standard knee hi boot but it has become a style essential for Fall. They both translate well from work to play and works beautifully with the pencil and flounce skirts (also a very popular staple for Fall).
Fit & Flare
Also known as the Skater Dress is a popular ultra-forgiving figure flattering dress for all body types. It cinches in the top waist (your smallest area; right above the belly just below the ribcage) and a-lines (/ \) from there. The skirt works well as a separate also paired with a fitted top of your choice (see Beckham in a great quality long sleeve tee with flare skirt). Whichever you go with, the one piece or worn as separates the idea and silhouette remains the same. The skirt will skim the hips for a flawless finish and deliver a shapely silhouette no matter whether you are a size 2 or 22 and the top will keep it tight and upright. The lengths come in ranges from mini to floor length so find the length that works best for your height. If you’re petite you are strongly advised to stay in the mini length. You need to show as much leg as possible and stay clear of the over the knee boot; its bootie or stilettos for you. StyleTip#1: You can add a wide belt to compliment the bootie or over the knee boot you pair with it or it works well with a simple stiletto. It comes is a wide variety of patterns colors and textures just make sure the silhouette is fitted at the top and wide and the bottom and you can customize the rest that feels good to you! StyleTip#2: If you have a Fit & Flare Dress that is in an evening dress fabrication or length (midi) you can still wear it to work! Pair it with a cropped denim or cropped varsity jacket for balance and wear a pointy flat (for added casual balance above and below) or a simple stiletto for the edgier fashionista; both very fashionable savvy and highly appropriate for daytime.
Fair Isle Prints
There’s nothing better than a soft knit sweater on a brisk Fall day. Now the sweaters you would just pull out to go skiing or for Christmas is now a go to all season long. The oh so comfy, home-y fair isle print (elegantly done by Pucci and Burberry this season) is coming out of the back of the closet, tossing the moth balls and wants center stage this fall. Its like look has us borrowing our fathers look. I personally would wear it more for a casual cute look paired with some fur lined boots and fitted cords but try them for yourself and see how you would rock them best for you. Regardless, how you wear them you wont be able to resist finding a crackling fire somewhere and roasting some marshmallow for old times sake.
I am so in love with drop crotch pants or rompers/jumpers because they are comfortable and they can be super stylish…its such a win win; I Iove wearing them! This season the next big thing that is dually comfortable and chic is the head to toe knit. Its like your favorite ice cream topped with candied bacon on top…something good made GREAT! Knits aren’t just for sweaters anymore! Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney showed us on the runways their version and Zara and H&M will be doing it too. Comfort, Stylish and Warm together in one complete look from head to toe for fall. Thank you guys; you’re the best!
Colored Leather Skirts
We saw colored leather in pastel this spring. I wore one from H&M for my rooftop birthday soiree atop the Manhattan skyline this past June. Leather for fall isn’t exactly a new trend, but for fall its being shown in almost every color of the rainbow. (buttery orange, electric royal blue, ravishing reds and so on proving that leather is so much more exciting than black and beige.
What girl doesn’t love a little sparkle in her life. We absolutely adore a great sparkle on our fingers and I’m not talking about our nails! Besides a great diamond the other perfect accents in your wardrobe. This season, from jackets, to boots and everything in between you will find shine. I’ll play along but the shine from a quality diamond on my digits still reign supreme with me.
With Fall/Winter there are certain trends you expect to see year after year with just fresh twists to keep it modern. Leathers and furs (faux and real) is a staple. This year they reached far into the 80’s for some designers and pulled out the old school shearling jacket that I remember as pairing perfect with EVERYTHING from Clark Wallabee Shoes to satiny silk wrap dresses my mom would wear for special occasions and put on her shearling coat like it was chinchilla. I was young and didn’t have one but i remember it being warm as hell when I wrapped myself in it wishing I was lucky enough to own one. Well that style has returned all over the 2014 runways and now the streets, but in fun colors and prints. What was once an old trend is new again and if you happen to still have your mom’s, dad’s or grandma’s old shearling in the attic…pull her out, take to a reputable furrier or your local major retailer like a Bloomingdales or Macy’s Fur Vault and have them work on it and give it life and luster again. That furry friend is sure to be a hit with the fashionable set whether you dye the fur a funky outrageous color or not.
This classic outerwear never gets the chance to hide in the attic because it really can be used year round. Even in the summer on rainy days a trench can be worn and be perfectly envogue. This season is no different. The variety of trench coats availabel this season is as long as it is wide in lengths, fabrics, weights, colors and styles. Pick one any one! There are losers as long as you own one. And what’s nice is the is one for every member of the family. It comes in sizes for toddlers and kids too!
The Extreme Turtleneck
I love anything that gives me warmth during these cold months. The extra high extra wide turtleneck collars are a MUST for those like myself. Be aware that some of the fabrications like some wools, angora or acrylic blends might not always be smooth against your skin. try wearing a thin moisture wicking turtleneck underneath to save you from the itch-ezzz.
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