Some are heading back to the office, or meeting friends for lunch or dinner, and we are shopping in a store so we can actually see, touch, and try on clothes to get the right fit.
This Season: Step Out and Step It Up Without Giving Up Comfort
This time of year we welcome the rich, earthy tones.
Spicy reds, including rusty shades. Burgundy, plum-ish tones and the unexpected soft rose and fuchsia pinks. These pinks are for Springs or Winters, though some fuchsias are too strong for Springs, so be careful.
Golds, caramels and cognac in both lighter and darker shades.
Olive variations and other forest greens. Wear these with the above colors. They are nature’s neutral plus.
Deep teals and blues and, of course, denim blue.
Brown is making a comeback! (I can see you Falls smiling.)
More neutrals are camel shades, navy, black, greys, and grey-beiges, referred to as greige or taupe.
Plaids, Stripes, in a variety of mixed versions from small to large, and with irregular spacing.
Paisleys. Falls and Summers need blended or winding paisleys. Springs can do the smaller repetitive paisleys. Simple, stylized versions for Winters.
Many types of animal prints, including leopard. Black in those are OK, but not white, nor high contrast from light to dark.
Abstracts, museum inspired, and artistic wearable art designs. Most of these have Winter Harmony colors. Falls need to choose those with no white. Springs can wear small to medium scale designs.
Patchwork. Be sure to check the scale as well as colors. Small, up to 3” for Springs. Falls begin at 3” ad go up. Summers and Winters will ignore them.
Knits. Smooth to ribbed, tweedy, or cabled. Falls can wear the bulkier, angular, or traditional cables. Waffle-weave knits offer warmth because the weave traps heat.
Stretch corduroy in colors and neutrals. The fine wale can be dressed up, and is the most figure friendly.
Bouclé fleece is a more texturized fleece, and also a bit dressier.
Faux Suede has a nice drape to it. Fringed edges add casualness.
Denim is ubiquitous… used on dresses, skirts, shirts, and jackets.
There’s always a new take on Fall/Winter classics. Just pay attention to your Harmony’s style lines, designs and the scale of them, and textures. (The Fall Harmony can do all textures.)
Easy, yet polished tops are at the top of the list.
Tunics continue to be popular. Wear them over slim pants when the tunic is a loose style. Cozy chenille tunic hoodies.
Ruffled collars and sleeves. Front pintucked or pleated details on knits and cottons. Also embroidered leaves or flowers.
Johnny collar sweaters. The placket is open and short with no buttons.
Something new is the long sleeve cotton polo. They have a regular shirt collar, button placket, and button cuffs.
Zip collar sweaters worn zipped up alone, or layered over a print, or contrasting color, tee or shirt. Let the shirt’s cuffs show; the lower hem can also show.
Mixed media print shirts. Denim and corduroy shirts could be worn open as a jacket. Plaid flannel shirts can serve double duty, too.
Sweater vests are an excellent layering piece and can give a top and pant outfit a finished look. Pullover V-neck, or button-up styles.
Quilted vests, long and short. These can be layered over a jean jacket or sweater, and also under a blazer when short. Fleece and cable knit vests are cozy.
Choose your best length and width. They’re all out there.
Many fabrics and colors are available. This is a chance to add one or two N+ colors to your basic 2 neutrals pant core wardrobe.
Leather leggings and pants. Gaucho pants are new (again). They can be dressed up with heels, or worn with tall boots for a long, lean look..
Jeans from leggings (Jeggings) to straight, relaxed, or wide; cuffed to rolled, or plain hems. Embroidered design accents.
Pants and jeans with a self-tie at the waist. Cargo Pants.
Casual Joggers for at-home comfort, or a sporty look.
Cardigans, Jackets, Coats
So many options in this group…. Some cardigans can also be used as your jacket.
The flyaway cardigan is elongated and flares at the hemline. Some are pleated for extra style.
The girlfriend cardigan is looser than a classic style. Wear it either over a tailored shirt, or softly feminine blouse, to suit yourself.
Sweater jackets. Many are mid-thigh length. They are a 3-season item. Button them up worn over a tank top, or leave open over a blouse or turtleneck sweater. Some have a handy hood.
Sweater wraps worn as a shawl or one side tucked into a loop.
Traditional and over-sized blazers, and shirt jackets. Taller and slimmer figures can pull off the oversized blazer best; otherwise, you will look like you’re wearing a man’s jacket.
Ruched-sleeve Blazers have a 3/4 sleeve length with a pushed-up-sleeve look.
Statement jackets, either because of the beautiful color or unexpected design or animal print.
Bomber style jackets are updated in faux suede, knits, or tweed. The leather one is the classic.
Quilted jackets. A new stylish wave stitch is offered, as well as the usual straight or geometric stitching.
Ponchos are styled to be casual in large, or mixed, stripes in textured knits. More polished ponchos are made in refined wool or cashmere, and in subtle neutrals. Capes are a dressier option, and can be worn over a cocktail dress.
Coats are classic or with asymmetrical closures. Some have animal print linings and a hood.
Lightweight knit dresses in prints and solids. Straight, but not tight, or flared.
Sweater dresses will take you many places. Some can be dressed up, or be more casual with button sleeve detail. Fit and flare styling is always becoming.
Knit dresses smocked through the waist and midriff offer a flattering fit.
Casual denim and fine-wale corduroy shirt dresses. Comfortable, and a nice change from pants.
Evening or cocktail dresses are short to 3-4” below the knees, or longer. Straight to a gentle A-line shape. Slits or asymmetrical closures in the skirt. One shoulder and other asymmetrical shoulder styles; also, soft, fluttery ostrich feathers accenting the shoulders.
Medium to large ruffles on the bodice or hemline. Satin, floating fabrics, and some sparkle and glitz.
Wearable art in many metals and stones, or colors.
Chains that are light and airy to larger link chains. Short to long chains with added stones or beads for detail. Chunky chains.
Glass and stone pendants and necklaces. Mosaic glass bead bracelets.
Tortoise shell bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Stretch bracelets and bangles.
Pins with leaf and other nature themes.
Comfort is key in shoes this season. And colorful solids or prints continue from last season.
Platforms with thick heels. High thin heels. Both styles in neutrals, colors, and fabrics.
Bring on the boots… tall ones, short ones, and even shorter booties. Equestrian buckles or side ties. Sturdy heels to thin kitten heels.
Endless loafer styles. Tassels, buckles, bows and knots. Embossed, exotic motifs, fabrics in cheetah, plaid, checks. Solid colored leather as well as classic neutrals.
Simple flats can be casual or dressy, neutral or colorful..
All styles offer similar color, fabrics texture, and print design options as the shoes.
Satchels, tote bags, cross-body bags, and the newer wristlets. Wristlets are for just a few items, have a loop strap to dangle from your wrist to be hands free.
Felt and faux suede hats with leather band details.
Scarves in many prints and plaids to fill in a jacket or coat neckline, or as an accent to a plain outfit
If you don’t want to tie the scarf, you can simply lay it flat around a lapel.
Headbands, barrettes, belts, plain, woven, or in stripes and animal prints.
You all know I teach you how to use your neutrals in a more effective wayby always adding color to the center of your neutral outfit, particularly beiges.
Doing this will add flair and direct interest to you; otherwise, you will simply disappear.
Queen Elizabeth agreed. She once said, “I can never wear beige, because nobody will know who I am.”
The bottom line: if it
doesn’t look good on you, it’s
not in style.
Continuing Your Winning Impressions
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