Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall Fashion Trends

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
- George Eliot

Transition gracefully from summer to fall…

Fall always seems to sneak up on us with its crisp yet warm air and occasional falling leaves, and it leaves us stranded in our summer clothes.

I recently held a wardrobe analysis session with a client, she really has a great basic wardrobe, but we talked about adding pieces to update it a bit. So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite updates for fall. Adding just a few key pieces can update your wardrobe in an economical way.

The good news for those of you on a budget (who isn’t these days) is that many of your summer clothes can transition nicely into fall.

Dresses and skirts can be warmed up with tights, cardigans (don’t forget the belt), and some cute short boots (booties). Layering is great way to go from warm to cool, and vise versa. Scarves and pashminas are still going strong, and will help keep you warm when there’s a chill in the air. Carry your ruffle spring/summer blouses into fall by wearing them under an updated fall jacket or sweater.

You can really update your fall look with a few new trends, and keep within a budget. Here are just a few:

Faux Fur is a trend for Fall. Try it on a sweater coat (also a fall trend). Anthropologie has a nice chunky fur trimmed sweater jacket, the Rushcliffe Cardigan at $148.

Sweater Coats & Cardigans: go chunky, fur trimmed or coat length. J Crew and Banana Republic have great cardigans. I really like Boden’s Metropolitian Cardigan Sweater Coat at $148. And you can’t go wrong adding Gaps Shawl Cardigan to your wardrobe at $49.50. Don’t forget to belt your cardigans for an updated look.

Men’s inspired shoe: another big fall look and they are comfortable. Anthroplogie has great oxfords - they are a bit pricey. I like Banana Republic’s Reno High Heel Oxford at $140. Talbots has some nice men’s inspired loafers, and Piperlime has a great selection with a variety of prices.

Military Boot. Gaps Suede Wedge Bootie at $79.50 is great. Again Anthropologie has some great boots, but they are pricier. Piperlime has a good selection with a range of prices.

Retro: full skirts, long skirts and the 50’s inspired look. I have to say that Anthropologie does this look very well and the pricing ranges from $78 to $198. Talbots Bead Dot Shirtdress is very classic and priced at $149. Remember; when you do a full skirt keep the top more fitted.

Mixing prints and textures is a great way to pull your summer wardrobe into fall. Feminine print blouses look great with a fall hound’s-tooth pant or skirt. Fall’s hot colors are: cobalt blue, gold, purple camel, emerald green and red. To spice up a monochromatic look add camis, scarves, printed or textured tights in these colors. If you’re a more daring individual, then checkout the colorful tights at

I hope this has helped. I would love to talk with you about a wardrobe analysis; maybe we can find some hidden gems in your closet that will expand your transition wardrobe.

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