If you prefer anonymity in your wardrobe to any bold statement of personal style, this is not your season.
Fall’s fashion could be called hyper-fashion with its exaggerated shapes, magnified prints and powerful
colors. Not to worry, there will also be romantic stylings and practical classic shapes using versatile,
as well as
This Season: The Look of Confidence
Burgundy: As versatile and chic as black, wear it with forest greens, your neutral-plus deep teal-blue, gold or peony pinks.
Gold: Woven into a neutral brown or cream, amber or yellowy golds.
Green: Emerald, jade and forest tones.
Blue: Teal shades, soft aquamarine blues, deep dramatic purple-blues.
Purple: Royal, grape and eggplant shades.
When using the darker color shades, pair them with a lighter neutral and then
they will pop, or go for a monochromatic (shades of the same color) look.
Camel, mocha, mink brown, grey and black are the neutrals.
Asian motifs. Geometric patterns usually found in menswear such as Glen plaids,
subtle stripes, checks. Bold graphic-art shapes.
Leafy, walk-on the-wild side prints, futuristic designs and paisleys.
Classic wallpaper prints. Blanket designs are for the Fall Harmony. Remember,
the colors should be blended with no white.
Prints demand minimal and simple jewelry. Often, earrings and a bracelet or
cuff are all that’s needed.
Chunky knits, lacy knits and soft cashmere. Stretch flannel, fringed fabrics, tweeds
and pattern-coated denims.
Leather has become easier than ever to wear with its newfound suppleness. Stick
with tailored, minimalist styles. Choose it in a neutral or a rich neutral-plus color
on your fan, not a bright shade.
Suede and croc-embossed leathers on accessories.
Brocades and super-embellished fabrics which are bejeweled and sparkling.
Add spark to your wardrobe with a few new strategic pieces and shop your
closet for the rest. While you do that, consider ridding your closet of items that are
truly out of style, don’t fit, or don’t excite you anymore.
Versatility is key. Find new ways to wear your favorite pieces and your closet will
feel much larger. Just the right jacket could be worn to work, or with your weekend
jeans for a casual, chic look.
Try wearing all your clothes instead of the same few things. They’re not doing
you any good just hanging in your closet.
You may want to have me help you in a wardrobing session. It’s listed at the end of
Camp-style shirts with roll-up tab sleeves.
Cardigans top tee-shirts, sheath dresses, and combine well with pants of all types.
Textured sweaters, some with patterns and cables.
Pretty blouses, print blouses. To change-up your look, add one of these instead of
the usual shirt-style.
Vests, both button-up and pullover sweater styles. These can really pull an outfit
Stagger your sleeve lengths by wearing a turtleneck under a to-the-elbow, or three-quarter sleeve sweater. A shirt or blouse works just as well.
Jackets & Coats
The classic blazer, the smart tailored equestrian jacket. The varsity jacket is
cropped for this updated classic.
Jackets with sophisticated, athletic, and sci-fi styling in innovative materials.
The newest coat is roomy with sculptural styling and in color. Tailored classic
coats. The trench coat in wools, tweeds and even prints.
The matched suit returns after several years of pairing separates. Skirt or pantsuits
are foolproof for business attire. Buy them in solid neutrals and your neutral-plus
colors, or in menswear stripes, Glen plaid, or tweed. Heels and good posture are
The suit jacket is nipped at the waist (with optional belt) and shoulders are
defined. No traditionally styled blouses this time around. A tucked in scarf, a print
pocket square, or a statement necklace can finish the look. Add a printed vest for
an alternate finished look.
The modern culottes, shown in tweed and solids, are longer and leaner in style;
wear with boots or heels.
Matchstick pants are not skin-tight, but are slim, and straight. Ankle pants are
tapered to just over the ankle bone. Your shoes are completely showing and have a
Corduroy pants are dark.
Denims are in colors, have embossed finishes and will
look dressier when they are dark.
Skinny pants continue on. They need fit or slim legs to go into them.
The pencil skirt. Mini, just above, to-the-middle, or even just-below-the-knee
Full skirts are flowy, not structured. Consider your waist. A slim one can do any
fullness. Curves benefit from pliant fabrics.
Wide hips need pleats that start several inches below the waist. Platforms and
ankle boots, not flats, are on the feet.
A-Line skirts flatter all figures, especially, when there’s a bit of flounce or flare at
The “little black dress” does not have to be black. How about red, burgundy,
deep green or shimmery bronzy-gold instead?
The waist-defining peplum silhouette.
The sheath plus a jacket, three-quarter matching coat or a cape. For a daytime or casual
look, add a shorter cardigan, buttoned in the middle, leaving the top or bottom
The shift (a less fitted sheath that hangs straight from the underarm to the hem)
Leather dresses are well-designed, simple with a flattering fit, and in colors.
Leather does not have to
Many special occasion styles with brocade, velvet details, feathers, lace, and
Boots & Shoes
Many boots to match the mood of your outfit, from casual to dressy.