Key Pieces to Update Your Fall Wardrobe

 

Each season the big question is, “What pieces can I add to my wardrobe to fashionably step into the new season?”

I want to share some recent suggestions of Teri Agins, New York fashion Columnist.

Sculpted military jacket.
Sculpted military jacket.

Military Jackets: This is the season to add a fitted navy military jacket complete with brass buttons, braid and military details for the perfect update for your favor jeans. This jacket needs to be sculpted to your body but it will add a snappy upgrade for tailored slacks and other separates as well.

Bell Sleeves:

Bell-sleeves add drama.
Bell-sleeves add drama.

Tired of the traditional basic sheath dress? This simple addition will transform that sheath from basic to dramatic. You will find bell sleeves on not only dresses but sweaters and jackets. Let the bell sleeve add a note of drama when you make a sweeping hand gesture.

Pumpkin is back in the spotlight.
Pumpkin is back in the spotlight.

Pumpkin: This is not just for Halloween. If you have noted that a bright pumpkin color is cropping up more and more, it’s not your imagination. This bright color is once again on the popular list this fall. Orange is not an easy color to wear so choose wisely. If you have cool toned skin, orange will tend to turn your face into a pumpkin color. It can be beautiful on the person with warm toned skin. Consider trying other shades of orange such as peach, apricot, or coral to find the right complement for your coloring.

Boots with stacked heels:0400092826719_247x329 After years of stilettos, take a break with one of the many boot selections featuring sturdy stacked heels. These will be a more casual look so will work best pants or sporty outfit. Your feet will love you for it!

Choose one or two of these  suggestions and – Voila! –  you have a whole fresh look for the fall/winter.

 

As Seen on the Runways

 

405New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks have given us a peek into what designers want us to wear in  spring of 2017.  Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until spring to update our fall/winter wardrobes.  Stores already have some of the future trends for you to buy this fall.  This week we have chosen some of these new trends that you may want to add to your fall/winter wardrobe .

As usual, the runways were filled with designs that push the limit.

Gucci lead other labels as the trendsetter. This bold style by Gucci reminds me of playing dress-up as a little girl.  For a little girl of 4 or 5, more is always better!  Need I mention the sunglasses? This pink plaid jacket could be a nice wardrobe addition but will be best on the lady with enough presence and scale to carry the large scale of the plaid and the jacket collar.  Plaid is always sporty – the larger the plaid, the more sporty while a small plaid is more refined. A blouse collar is best when it mirrors the shape of the jacket collar.   Otherwise, the lines conflict with each other.

Wide-legged, high waisted trousers.
Wide-legged, high waisted trousers.

Trousers with a high waist and wide legs are in stores now. It gives a refreshing break from the skinny jeans and will be excellent for a triangle build. Cropped pants and wide legs will not be as flattering if you do not have long legs. Straight trousers will give you a visually longer leg line.

Do you remember the exaggerated shoulders from the ‘80’s? They’re back!  Just look at the Gucci plaid jacket.

Have some fun with a jumpsuit.
Have some fun with a jumpsuit.

Stores are presenting a wide selection of jumpsuits for fall. You will have many choices for evening but there are some very attractive styles for daytime. Jumpsuits are quick and easy but fit can be tricky. Not only do you have the usual challenges with fitting through the hips, rise, and waist but you also need to consider fit through the back and bust as well as not being long or short waisted. Some alterations can be done but they might get costly.

Check out the stores for your favorite new trend to update your wardrobe.  Be sure to choose the one that looks fabulous on you!

Images from Saks.

Be Casual and Comfortable with Style

Transform jeans and tee from "blah" to "wow"!
Transform jeans and tee from “blah” to “wow”!

 

I am amazed to see how much more casual people are dressing now. Of course, I love reasons to dress up but I also love wearing jeans and a cute top around the house or to run errands. The balance is to bridge from torn jeans and a non-descript, baggy tee shirt that might be appropriate to wear while cleaning the garage to looking chic and casual.

Fit is a must. There are jeans and there are jeans. Since jeans have become a staple in most everyone’s closet, there are jeans to fit every body. A good friend of mine who is a grandmother, wears jeans and a classic sweater or crisp shirt much of the time. She usually wears black jeans and a neutral top, perfect to express her a well-groomed classic look. Adding a simple favorite necklace, she is always appropriate for lunching with a friend, a shopping excursion or even a week in Europe. Her secret: A polished conservative look supporting her style that affords huge versatility in a wide range of settings.

Friday Casual Day at the office.
Friday Casual Day at the office.

Wearing a statement necklace can transform “blah” into “wow”. Look at the lady wearing black skinny jeans with a black tee shirt. The necklace transforms her black on black from ordinary to stunning. Adding heels and a dressy clutch make it appropriate for the theatre or dinner.

Jeans for casual Friday at the office can portray professional when worn with a white blouse topped with a jacket, accented with the bold turquoise necklace. Don’t you love the boots?

Of course, a blouse doesn’t need to be classic white. This pink checked blouse worn with dark blue jeans makes a statement of its own. Adding bracelets and a creative statement necklace turns this into a showstopper. It is not a look for the shy and retiring but would be perfect for that confident person with great presence.

Casual style impact with color.
Casual style impact with color.

It doesn’t take much to transform from a casual look that elicits a yawn to smiles and compliments!

Flea Markets, antique shops, resale shops and the like are great places to find unusual statement jewelry. It need not be expensive but must have character. Don’t forget to check out family jewelry boxes for forgotten pieces.