These days we want to put comfort to work in everyday styles to take us from focus time to free time, and feel great anytime. Itís possible to be comfortable without looking sloppy by choosing styles with a little more fit and polish, as well as buying them in your best colors. That will be your effortless-looking style.
This Season: Casual, Yet Put Together
This is the time for deep, rich colors. There are, also, surprising brights in the mix.
The brights are rosy party pinks, red-orange, orange, saffron, and squash golds.
Mid-range and chambray blues, deeper teal-blues, jade green.
Elegant eggplant, red purples, redder plum shades.
Your N+ burgundy, forest and olive greens.
Spicy cinnamon browns, almond and camel beiges, greys.
So many to choose from, including some new creative options.
Menswear geometrics always show up at this time, usually in a small scale. If very blended to look textural, Falls can wear them. Springs can enjoy the crisper, more contrasted versions. All Harmonies can wear the Glen plaid in their neutrals.
Tartan plaids, tweedy blended plaids. Stripes.
Happy prints continue from last season. Small feminine florals, larger vintage wall-paper florals. Be careful with these. They often have conflicting color/design elements. Most are trouble!
Paisleys in small to medium scales. Paisley/floral combinations.
Bohemian designs in rich colors and intricate designs.
Animal and reptile designs. Whimsical animals are for the Springs.
A quilted print pattern is a new novelty print this season. The scale is small, and a fun look for Springs. They are inspired by independent crafters, and have a handmade look.
Countryside prints, which depict miniature scenes of old buildings and landscapes, are also new.
Tweeds are a Fall and Winter season staple. Corduroys.
Ribbed, cabled, waffle, and smooth knits. The cable knits look newer this season using diamond and abstract designs.
Many soft-to-the-touch fabrics like fleece and cashmere will make dressing for cool, crisp weather cozy.
Quilted fabrics feature insulation, or are reversible with a solid color side and a coordinated print side.
Button details. Sequins and crystals for sparkle and shine. Pearls trimming necklines.
Rich plush velour, velveteen, and velvet.
Active, made-to-move, comfy styles are perfect for this time of year when we want to get out and about to enjoy the crisp air. This is when dressing in layers works so well.
Below are some options:
STYLE - Tops
Shirts in cotton with pinstripes, checks, and florals. Corduroy shirts. Shimmery plush velvet, or velour shirts, will dress up your jeans.
Polos and sweaters with stripe trims on the collar and hemline.
Bishop-sleeve knit pullovers. The sleeve blouses at the wide cuff giving the top a feminine look. Puffy sleeves on blouses. Matching pearl buttons on cuffs.
Tunics look best over slim pants. There are peasant, Bohemian, or tailored styles. They have split-neck collars, cowl necklines, and asymmetrical seaming or closures for interest.
The sweatshirt is reimagined with stripes, simple embroidered designs, such as an outlined dog, floral, or leafy designs. It is cut in a more modern, tailored fit and has side slits.
Cardigans with long, open-fronts, or to-the-hip button fronts. Smooth and cabled. Some are in solid colors; some are in color block. Check for your correct scale when there’s a pattern.
Sweater vests, both short and elongated. Some with a hood, or cowl neck. Jean vests.
Quilted vests, always a great layering piece, as are puffer vests.
Generally, all widths of pants, from form-fitting to wide-leg are choices. Suit your figure as to which will be flattering for you. Straight leg pants look good on everyone.
Wide leg styles look best with higher heeled boots or shoes.
Narrow, straight, or ankle pants look good with flats or low, to high, heels.
Plaid pants in small to medium scale. The Glen plaid looks dressier as it’s a subtle blended menswear-type plaid, often seen on suits.
Corduroy pants, or jean-style.
Denim jeans in solids & darker prints. Buttons at the bottom sides.
Solid and print leggings.
Gala, flowing wide-leg printed pants. These can look more casual, yet polished, with a shaped knit sweater. A solid color pair could be dressy with a shaped, short, shimmery or sparkly top.
Prairie-style skirts. Denim skirts. Wrap-style skirts. Pair these with ankle or tall boots.
Midi length skirts in knits and flowy fabrics. Plain or printed. Add a sleek knit top.
Pencil skirts are a few inches below the knees, 40’s style. Some have an asymmetrical closure, maybe with a flat, wavy ruffle on the closure edge for a feminine touch.
For your best length, avoid the hem ending at the widest part of your calf when wearing your shoes. (Shoe height will determine the best length).
Fancy skirts with sparkle or shimmer. Short, below the knees, or longer lengths.
Pull-over jersey knit shift dresses with long or 3/4 length sleeves. They are easy to put on, and are as comfortable as a tee. Add jewelry and dressier shoes, then poof, it’s dressed up.
Sweater-style shift dresses are a warmer choice and have a polished causal look about them.
Fit and flare dresses. Lengths are short, just below the knees, or tea length.
Bohemian dresses with fuller sleeve and loose skirts.
Large puffed sleeved, straight-skirt dresses have an air of drama about them.
Dresses with complicated, asymmetrical necklines involving open spaces on the bodice and shoulder area. Even more drama going on, and definitely for a special occasion.
Jackets & Coats
A well-cut blazer is a wardrobe staple. Corduroy or velveteen will change its mood.
Knit blazers have a comfortable and relaxed look.
Loose shirt jackets. Long denim jackets, as well as short styles, in denim or a cinnamon brown, even a print.
Sporty zip jackets, both short and long.
Corduroy jackets, plain wind-breaker style, or quilted for a newer look.
Down puffer jackets. Capes/ponchos. Pullover, or with an asymmetrical closure.
Woven Ruana wraps.
3/4 length warm coats. Gold, cinnamon, or a forest green are great color choices. Camel or grey for a neutral color.
Layering your jewelry is the latest way to wear it.
Chain necklaces, short to long, classic to artistic. Layering delicate chains, along with adding one focal point, small to medium pendant to the mix.
Beaded necklaces in fashion colors. Long or short styles. Short ones with a whimsical theme.
Long pendants or tassel necklaces. Art Deco jewelry, using geometric cut-outs.
Pearl strands, bracelets, and earrings.
Earrings in delicate, drop styles with floral & other natural themes, in classical or whimsical designs. Geometric shapes.
Bangle and beaded bracelets.
Brooches with classic or whimsical designs. Also, leaf and other nature themes.
Prints, plaids, and other details can be seen on all shoe styles this season.
Buckles are prominent. Loafers with buckles, a whimsical motif, or in a print.
Boots with buckles. Short and long boots. The short ones are a little taller than the still popular ankle boots.
Chunky heels on pumps and boots. These are very comfortable.
Suede shoes are always a typical choice in this season.
Crocodile boots in colors. Cheetah and reptile print boots and shoes.
Kitten heels have low, delicate heels. Two inch heels give you height, and usually, are comfortable for most. The stilettos are not comfortable, but look great. The young set will like them for special occasions.
Platforms work well with wider-leg pants, as do higher heels.
Canvas Keds and slip-ons, ankle all-weather boots, all in plaids, prints, and colors.
Satchel bags seem to stand out the most. They are medium-sized, and hold enough essentials. They’re available in traditional leather tans, as well as in canvas, using plaids, prints, and colors.
Totes for carrying “your whole life” in it, or for shopping trips.
Square scarves in country prints, tied cowgirl style around the neck, or folded as a belt on jeans.
Cozy, warm jacket and coat scarves.
Felt hats, fun socks, glasses that take on a statement-look accessory.
Hair clips with pearls, tortoise finish, and dressier glitz..
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
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