Fall Fashion Trends

At the request of my sister, and several others, I am posting my fashion trends for the season. These are guidelines! The point of fashion is to express yourself so don’t be a slave to what’s trendy. Enjoy!

Born to be Wild: Get your motor running in moto jackets, leather leggings, buckled boots, studs, grommets, and more. This season it’s all about exploring your wild side by adding a little bit of leather and a lot of attitude! My personal favorite in this category is the moto jean. It’s an easy way to embrace the trend without looking like you just rode in on your chopper.

Prep School: Preppy, but never stuffy, celebrate the season in rugby stripes, houndstooth, and plaids. Mix with leather for a punk look, or stay true to your collegiate roots with chambray, white blouses, and pleated skirts. This is where menswear styling comes on strong. Look for structure and fit. Never be afraid to alter piece so they fit perfectly!

Glamour and Glitz: Sequins, fur, and shine are no longer just for special occasions. Pair sequins with denim, fur with leather, and silk with nubby wool. It’s all about opposites. Remember, fur does not have to be real. There are some great faux furs that will embrace the trend while staying true to your beliefs.

White Out: The crisp white shirt is your wardrobe staple this season. Personally, I own several of the same style since they tend to dirty easily. Update your look in a tunic style or choose one with zippers rather than buttons. Details matter! Buy it and wear it with everything. Choose one that can be laundered rather than dry cleaned, and note that a well-worn white shirt doesn’t last forever. It will wear out and yellow. When that happens, it’s time to retire it!

Bootie Call: Boots this year range from high to low. Wear a short bootie with leggings, dresses, and jeans. Choose OTK (over-the-knee) styles for the same pieces to update your silhouette. Whatever you choose, look for cut-out details, studs, buckles, and mixed materials. OTK can be tricky as the trend shortens legs and can look tacky if the boot has a high heel. Keep it proportionate. Make sure it hits right above the knee and choose a flat heel for the most polished silhouette. Booties are the most versatile. Check out the pull-on Chelsea style for maximum chicness. It’s a comfortable, classic boot that you can wear for years.

50 Shades of Gray: While black and dark indigo denim will always be in style, update your closet with a shade of gray. Charcoal, heather, fog or mist, whatever you choose will look fresh and new. I like a worn look on gray jeans, but no distressing. This is my new go-to for pairing with navy, black, chocolate and yes, charcoal. A simple skinny style is my favorite, but there are many options out there and you can’t go wrong with them.

Opposites Attract: Black and white goes from summer to fall effortlessly. This classic duo looks as modern today as it did decades ago. Wear your white jeans (yes, after Labor Day) with a black turtleneck to channel Jackie O, or pair a crisp white blouse with a black shift dress to take a summer piece into fall. Whatever you do, black and white is IN! Heads up: black and white is coming on strong again for Spring 2015. This is a great time to invest in classic black or white pieces. Modern prints are also a great choice.

Flat out Fabulous: Believe it or not, flat shoes are becoming the go-to style for fashionistas everywhere. This is great news to those of us who don’t want to teeter around in heels all day. Pointed-toed flats, oxfords, loafers, sneakers are all acceptable alternatives to heels. While the menswear-inspired smoking flat popularity is waning, I’ll still be sporting mine, but adding a pair of black patent oxfords to my closet.

Fashion should be fun, regardless of your personal style. Take these guidelines for what they are: guidelines. Have fun and enjoy the crisp, cool weather in style!

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