Sporty separates are at the forefront and can cover our stay-at-home lifestyle of late. Having and wearing layers is a time-tested formula for rotating your wardrobe and changing your look, so… let’s enjoy the variety layering offers. Heaven knows we’ve had enough monotony in our lives these past months!
This season: Classic Elegance is Updated
A surprising hot pink joins the usual autumnal colors, as does the regal purple.
Rich russet and spice shades, gold. The favorite camel, toasted nut and rum tones. Chocolate browns, grey and the hybrid “griege” (a grayish beige).
Olive greens, and forest greens like spruce, or herb greens like bay and thyme.
Fashion is still trying to push wearing mismatched patterns with no coordinating colors. Please ignore this confusing idea!
Leopard in caramel-brown shades and also tortoise which has a more irregular pattern.
Florals in deeper shades, but still lively. Botanical prints in medium to deeper shades.
Paisleys, medallion prints in a medium scale. Tie-dye is back.
Small checks are strong as are menswear blended plaids, especially the Glen plaid, which can be worn by all the harmonies. Stripes in various widths.
Color-block patterns are geometric, large, and graphic arts looking. Falls and Winters can wear these depending on the color combo.
Tweeds in more colors than greys and browns. A red/indigo is one combo.
Knits from casual and cozy to dressier versions, some with sparkle. The pointelle open-stitching has a feminine look. Bouclé knits are in the dressier category.
Fleece, including the Sherpa fleece, which has a more nubby texture.
Faux leathers, dull or shiny corduroy, suede and the more drapable ultrasuede.
Sparkling sequins on clothing and accessories.
Sporty separates cover our current stay-at-home lifestyle. Having and wearing layers is a time-tested formula for rotating your wardrobe and changing your look, It echoes the cozy theme this season.
Collared shirts in prints, plaids, and solids. Layer under a pullover or cardigan. Corduroy shirts could layer over a top, doubling as a jacket.
Tops with ruffled necklines, sculptural or asymmetrical necklines, as well as the rounded or V necks.
Sculptured, full or detailed sleeves continue into this season.
Tunic lengths in a variety of tops. Wear over narrow pants.
Cowl-neck cable sweaters. Some have an over-sized cowl. Falls should fold them over into a V. Cowl-neck ponchos. Some have a pointed collar and hemline. (Good for he Fall Harmony.)
Cardigan sweaters at hip length. Longer open-front cardigans. Zip-front cardigans. 1/4 to 1/2 zip knit pullover sweaters are called half-zip sweaters.
The new twin set is soft with a longer open-front cardigan. Wear it over a tee in coordinated colors, or over a print shirt.
Vests in a new longer length and belted. Shorter versions have no belt.
Quilted vests layer on some warmth, and can add color, especially over a neutral.
All leg shapes are in. Choose your best look: wide to skinny, straight-leg to flared. Wider or looser pants require a simple skim-the-body top.
Pant waistlines have moved up from low-rise.
Cords in many colors. Velvety cords offer a sleeker, less bulky look.
Leather pants in colors or neutrals.
Stretch velvet pants are comfortable, and offer a more polished look. A change of shoes and/or top moves them from casual to dressy.
Fuller, long dressy pants with flat waistbands or the paper bag cinched waist.
V-neck overalls are ultra casual and best for the younger set.
Longer straight skirts, some with wrap closures, or an inverted V-shape opening in the center front, allow for ease of movement.
Belted button-front pencil skirts in longer lengths, or near the knees.
Denim maxi skirts, and dressier maxi skirts.
Pleated skirts, some are short, as well as longer.
Dress lengths are mostly hovering around the knees… slightly above the knees to mid-knee, or they drop to just below the calf.
The newest dress is a cozy, soft sweater dress. Some have cables or pointelle stitching details for neckline interest. There are mock-turtle, turtle, cowl, and crew-neck choices. They come in moderate to longer skirt lengths.
Three quarter sleeve fit and flare wrap dresses with a knot front (not a bow).
Denim button-front shirt dresses.
Casual, loose, polo top style dresses with shirt-tail hemlines.
A new style for comfort is the soft hooded sweatshirt dress. The top is loose and the skirt is comfortably straight. Wear sneakers, slip-ons, or ankle boots.
Midi-length dresses. Casual styles can be worn with boots or chunky-heel shoes.
The classic blazer is a wardrobe staple. This season they are fitted, or deconstructed with a bit of drape. They are made in tweeds, plaids, checks, menswear stripes and solid color knits. Some are double-breasted, some a more feminine single-breasted button fit.
Draped front jackets and cardigans. A must-have sweater jacket can add polish when worn with your jeans. Color-blocking on some of these styles.
A more modern 3/4 length jean jacket brings an updated fresh look to the usual short version.
Mixed fabrics on jackets like denim fronts and backs, with sweater-knit sleeves.
Quilted jackets, some in the new thinner, yet still warm, fabrics.
Trench coats in the usual solids. What’s new is seeing them in checks and plaids.
Ponchos are always an alternative outer-wear option.
The gold metal predominates. Chains, plain to abstract. Long single strands wrapped around and around the neck. Medium-long strands. Beaded chains, long or short with multiple stones.
Hoop earrings in round, free-form, or angular shapes. Drop and dangle earrings.
Delicate pearl earrings and necklaces are nice for the Spring Harmony.
Nature themes, vintage styles and pendants in classic to stylized shapes, some with natural stones, or dressed up with sparking stones or glass beads.
Wide cuffs. These can be worn over a long sleeve top. Bangle bracelets. Stretch bracelets.
Many shoe styles have added embellishments. Fringe, tassels, buckles, wide bows, prints, bright colors, and the newest look is the fleur de lis on the toe.
High heels with wide statement bows. Kitten heels with dainty tie bows, though some have wide bows. Some medium-high chunky heels have a leopard or tortoise pattern accenting only the heel portion.
Mary Jane style, both heels & flats, with more modern cross straps, in colors and neutrals.
Loafers, always comfortable, in solids, prints, and sparkling buckle or chain details.
Tapestry prints on shoes are versatile, because of the wide variety of colors they go with.
Driving moccasins with more refined styling. Tassels and the fleur de lis are on some.
Sneakers sport interesting prints, textures, and many color combos.
Ankle boots in leather, suede, croc embossed, or calf hair. Rich colors predominate. The leopard print is popular.
Over-the-knee boots. They’re worn with equestrian clothes.
Small to medium crossbody bags keep your hands free to shop or use your phone.
Satchels in leather or suede, plain or in prints. Totes for carrying “your life” in them.
A clutch for evening in dressier fabrics, or with added sparkle.
Scarves to accent solid or quiet-color tops or dresses. Cozy, warm, knit scarves to wear with jackets and coats.
Belts, narrow to wide. Decorative belt buckles.
Watches with colorful bands.
Fleur de lis details on many accessories.
Masks in designs to accent your harmony or personality.
During This Crazy Time We’re Aall Living In
Your personal colors are a support system for you.
Color affects your mind, body, and spirit. It can soothe and relax the mind, ease body tension and lift your spirits.
Add fashion to the mix and you can have some creative enjoyment in getting dressed.
This newsletter gives you the latest trends from which to choose, even if shopping may be limited, and hopefully, inspiration to stay on track with your personal style.
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
Continuing Your Winning Impressions
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