You’ll want to elevate your basics this season. Wear feminine tops with tailored bottoms or jeans. Pair these with dressy flats or heels. Add jewelry or scarves to plain tops, making your basics special.
This season: The Many Moods of Autumn
t’s a colorful season with rich jewel tones on the horizon.
Purple, gold, green, blue, and the blue-green shades of teal.
Shades of red will liven up your neutrals, as will berry and burgundy hues.
Brown is making a comeback, with grey and greige being seen more, too. Other neutrals are camel, navy and black.
Watch out for more terrible prints. They would be better on wallpaper than on you.
There are some good classic menswear plaids and checks.
Plaids placed on point are more flattering on skirts. Windowpane plaids offer an uncluttered, simplified form of plaid.
Vivid geometric prints. Larger, bold stripes; some are large asymmetrical stripes.
Frontier calicos and bandana prints. These are for Springs.
Indian blanket designs. These are for Falls when in your colors. Remember: no white, but some black is OK.
Animal prints. Look for caramel and brown versions which blend better than light beige and brown, removing the busy look.
Paris iconic prints in a smaller scale are a Spring Harmony option.
Denim. Light wash to dark. Dark shades always look dressier.
Leather on jackets, shirts, skirts, and dresses, as well as pants.
Soft buttery leathers can be worn by all harmonies. Many colors are offered, not just the usual black and brown.
Soft faux suede made into dresses, as well as pants, shoes, and handbags.
Tweeds, deep ribbed or cabled knits, fleece, and shearling.
Crushed velvet and smooth velveteen will dress you up.
Satin and sequins for glamour.
Chiffon for softness and swaying movement.
Lace on everything. Faux fur trims on everything from boots to wraps.
There’s a Fashion Flashback going on. Updated looks from three decades, the 70s, 80s, and 90s, are showing up. You’ll see a new twist to old-school styles.
Sometimes it’s a 70’s print done in a new style, longer blazers from
the 80s, but more fitted, or a similar 90’s cut and style made in new hi-tech fabrics.
There Are Some Trends That Stand Out
A Trend To Ignore: Clashing colors and prints worn together in the name of “expressing yourself.” Please... don’t be a fashion victim.
Victorian: Summers and Springs can pick up on a touch of this style. Lots of lace, and collars around the neck. Filigree jewelry.
Parisian: Effortless, polished. Casual, but with a step up, like a cashmere sweater with jeans, a lacy top with a bow, or a striped tee worn with a sweater that’s buttoned, or folded in, and draped over your shoulders. Kitten heels, flats.
Disco: All things bright, shiny, and sequined. Wear this look with jeans to keep it casual, or go full-out on a dress or gown.
Americana: Prairie, western, cowgirl touches like leather, tassels, whipstitching, and neckerchiefs. Boots.
Retro Sports Styles: Track suits with loose pants and tops. Stripes on the sides. Keds.
Sleeves steal the scene with poufs, leg-of-mutton shapes, flare-sleeve cuffs, or bow accents at the wrist.
Bow-tie blouses, lacy blouses, front and side-tie tops, shirt-style blouses.
Lace-up front plackets are left unlaced at the top 2-4 grommets.
Short-in-front, long-in-back styles are still popular as is layering.
Asymmetrical neckline tops, some with asymmetrical hemlines, too. Great for Falls or Winters.
Pullovers with buttons on the shoulders and/or cuffs.
Figure-flattering ruched sides through the stomach area on knit tops.
Long vests. Keep these trim in cut so as not to add width to your frame if you’re shorter or heavier. Cozy long cardigans.
Interestingly designed cabled and ribbed sweaters with relaxed fits. Bulkier designs can be worn by Falls. Other Harmonies should look for flatter, more refined cables.
Waists are rising. Slim ankle pants. Dress them up with heels, or down with flats. This gives better proportions for shorter people. Trousers, some with wider legs, some with straight legs. Choose your best style. Culottes worn with boots, or dress them up with heels.
Leather pants are still on trend.
Buttons placed at the outer ankle on pants. Frayed or ruffled hems on casual styles.
Roll up your jean’s hems and wear with ankle, or just above the ankle, booties. You could add a 2-layered topper or a cabled sweater.
Track pants. (They have a stripe on the sides of looser pant legs.)
Prairie skirts, ala Laura Ingalls, boot skirts.
Paneled A-line skirts, and pleated skirts.
Straight skirts, short to a bit-below-the-knee.
Skirts with off-center side buttons.
The latest dresses for daytime have a modest-maiden look with high necks, some ruffled, and with long sleeves…. Think Jane Austen.
Long-sleeve mini dresses balance lots of leg with full coverage on top. This dress has a slim fit.
Denim dresses sport bigger cargo-style pockets.
Evening dresses with colored crystals and glittery finishes are noticeable for party clothes.
A glittery long sleeve mini dress. Lacey dresses. Velvet dresses.
Swishy wrap dresses in silk and velvet are a nod to the opulent 80s.
Tuck a drapey top into high-waist silk or velveteen pants as an alternative to a dress.
STYLE - Jackets, Coats
Longer blazer lengths, tuxedo styles. Some have the 80’s-90’s larger shoulders.
The denim jeans-style jacket. You’ll be able to choose from calico, medium florals and even Indian designs, as well as solid colors, like burgundy and teal.
Leather moto jackets, some in metallic or colors.
Quilted puffy jackets like the 70’s ski jackets. The quilting should follow your harmony’s line and design choices and scale.
The cape or Kimono robe-style offer an alternative to a jacket.
Always the trench coat, 3/4 to knee-length. Made in raincoat or wool fabrics.
Double-breasted, long officer’s coats. Wrap or Robe-style coats.
To the hip and below jackets. Skirts or pants. Pants might be flared, loose, or slim. Some ankle length, some to the instep. When flared or wide, don’t let them drag on the floor as fashion is showing. You could trip; they’ll quickly get soiled…. Neither is practical.
Wear with loafers, boots, or heels. Loafers do come in comfortable, yet higher, heel choices.
Long chains made of different materials and metals.
A mix of substantial metal chains with eclectic charms added to them… not dainty.
Opulent, Far East expressions on bangles, necklaces and shoes. Jeweled brooches.
Bold Bling for the 70’s disco look. Bold hoops with lots of texture. These are for the Fall Harmony.
Gemstones and Glass in many colors.
Collar necklaces sit at the base of a turtleneck, or with a collared top or dress. These have substance and are not delicate.
Zodiac symbols and star motifs echo the solar eclipse mood. Tassel accents.
Patent leather on footwear of all types.
Short, spiky heels on shoes and boots; High spiky heels, as well. Block, short or tall heels.
Flats and Slides.
Plaid, embroidery, tapestry, tweed, and floral prints on shoes.
Long, trim, sleek combat boots. Many lengths on regular boots.
Fortune cookie shaped bags are the newest shape. Interesting, but trendy.
Structured bags. Many prints and colors are offered. Slimmed-down shapes on totes.
Saddle bags speak of the western themes, as do tassel trims.
Circle bags are very Spring Harmony. They look like small hat boxes. Small, fun-size bags hold your lipstick in a cross-body style.
Oversize belts cinching in your waist. Springs —those with figures that can wear belts— should choose a belt no wider than 3” or it will overwhelm you.
A velvet bow in the hair, around the neck, or waist is more of the Victorian influence, as are pearl buttons.
Hip-hop hats. The French beret in wool felt.
Scarves, and the smaller kerchiefs.
Socks and tights are being swapped for fishnets to make plain black or brown skirts, and cropped or ankle pants, look dressier.
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
Continuing Your Winning Impressions
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