Fall 2020: Decorum Please!

Fall 2020 is nothing if it’s not proper. Necklines are getting a bit higher and skirts are trendy a bit longer. Lace, frills and billowy sleeves are everywhere. Not to mention every Victorian era extra: bows, satin and lots of beaded trim. And this trend can mix with others, Metallics and Ivy League clothing also can have Victorian era detailing. So let’s take a look at the bits and pieces of this trend and see how it can work for you.

One of the best things about this trend are the high neck blouses.

Satin Billow-Sleeve Top

Even a simple blouse like this one from Banana Republic can elevate a pair of pants or skirt. The neckline is a bit higher, the sleeves are billowy and it is made out of Satin. This top in your closet is definitely a nod to this trend.

Anthropologie is also getting in on the higher neck blouse trend. Their Charla Ruffled Blouse has a few more Victorian elements as well, the lace inset and ruffled neck also add to the trend. Here it’s worn with denim but this top would look just as great with a higher waist wide pant or worn loose over skinny pants tucked into boots. It’s a statement top!

You can modernize the Victorian era trend by doing your high neck top in a color other than white. The Idina Eyelet top from Anthro comes in black and white and is a great modern top because it’s little shorter which means it works perfectly with higher waist pants and skirts. And I love that the neck has a ruffle too!

Floral Ruffle Mock Neck Top

And don’t be afraid of print. Ann Taylor’s Floral Ruffle Mock neck top is the perfect modernization of a Victorian top. The floral is delicate and the ruffles are a bit demure, it’s a great piece.

But this trend is more than just high neck tops. You can do the same thing with a sweater as the weather gets a bit colder.

Image number 1 showing, Puff-Sleeve Sweater Top

The Puff-Sleeve Sweater top from BR has exactly the look we would want in a cozy sweater to channel the Victorian era.

Image number 1 showing, Puff-Sleeve Sweater

And they have the same look in a long sleeve version.

A little less serious but still Victorian is Anthro’s Isadora Puff Sleeve Sweater, the color and the embroidery give it a hip vibe.

But let’s get away from the high neck tops for a minute. I think you call understand how important a high neck top is this season, you are going to see them everywhere. What other kind of tops can echo the Victorian trend?

Ruffle V-Neck Blouse

Ann Taylor provides one of the answers with their Ruffle V-Neck Blouse, it comes in 3 colors, off-white (shown), black and pine. Do the pine if you want to modernize it a bit. Green is still super strong and will work great for fall 2020.

TRAPEZE BLOUSE - Long-sleeve, tie-neck blouse

Or take a look at the Wilfred Trapeze Blouse from Aritzia. The higher neck has a tie which is a great option for this trend. The sleeves are still billowy and it comes in 2 great metallic shades, this silvery bark pine and shimmery navy, so it nods to the metallic trend as well.

Lace-Sleeve Blouse

Lace tops are another way to nod to this trend. WhitehouseBlackmarket’s Lace Sleeve Blouse is the kind of top you should be looking for.

Pointelle Boat-Neck Sweater

And if you are not a high neck sweater girl try something like BR’s boatneck pointelle sweater. The delicate stitch of pointelle works really well for this trend.

Aside from tops there are other items of clothing that really echo the Victorian era as well.

TWIRL SKIRT - Pleated, chiffon midi skirt

The Wilfred Twirl skirt from Aritzia works so well for this trend. It comes in 13 colors including some softer colors like blush and pearl grey which really do look Victorian when work with a puff sleeve top:

TWIRL SKIRT - Pleated, chiffon midi skirt
FANTASY SKIRT - Tiered taffeta skirt

You could also wear a tiered skirt like Wilfred’s Fantasy skirt which is made of tiered taffeta. Black or white this skirt would be amazing with a high neck top to echo the trend.

ELETA SKIRT - Linen wrap skirt

You could even wear a tulip hem wrap skirt with this trend, The Eleta skirt from Wilfred has this look. Any skirt that is long and has a flow to it would work, even all those satin skirts we talked about

SLIP SKIRT - Satin midi skirt

the Babaton Slip skirt, from Aritzia, in any color with a delicate top would work and most of us already have one of these in our closets.

Even though very few Victorian women wore pants, pants are a huge part of this trend because it’s 2020 not 1898.

Logan Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pant

Banana Republic’s Logan Trouser is the perfect pant to work with a Victorian vibe. It comes in lots of colors and plaids too.

The Easy Wide Leg Pant

Ann Taylor’s Easy Wide Leg pant is another option. Tuck your shirt into this pant and wear a great belt or booties to make the look right.

Any high waist pant can work. A straighter or wider leg is more fashionable now, but even if the leg is skinny and you tuck it into boots with a ruffled or high neck shirt you are hitting this trend.

Dresses work here too.

Lace Dress With Ribbon Belt

WHBM has some great lace dresses like this one with the Ribbon belt that would be perfect. Or you can go longer

Floral-Print Soft Maxi Dress

this soft floral print maxi dress also from WHBM can be Victorian, especially with the tie neck.

An embroidered tiered maxi dress would be perfect here as well. The Cassie Tiered Maxi dress from Anthro is perfect when worn with booties just like the Victorian ladies did.

Speaking of booties, there are a couple of options of shoes and boots that work really well with this trend.

The lace up bootie, is perfect here and you can see them all over in all price ranges.

Anthro has these Jeffery Campbell Gamine Lace up booties which would work with skirts and dresses as well as pants and denim.

Or try a suede version from Schultz, the Granny lace-up bootie is also at Anthro.

Knee high lace up boots work too, these are from Silent D also at Anthro. I am showing you the Khaki color, they also come in black and neutral beige, because it would be great to wear a softer color with some of the blushes and off whites that are prevalent in this trend. And you don’t have to stick to solid colors, the Victorian women didn’t. Try a tapestry lace up bootie

by Jeffrey Campbell at Anthro to use a current print with the Victorian era look you want. And if you want to wear a shoe with this trend choose one with a bow detail like

Patent Bow Lizard-Embossed Flats

these Patent bow Lizard embossed flats from WHBM. Heels can work here as well, especially with wider trouser pants. Try a pair like

these Monk Heel Shooties by Jeffery Campbell at Anthro. They echo a bit more of the men’s wear Victorian look but would still work great.

Other accessories here include any hair accessories you want to wear.

A Chenille knotted hair band would work great here. Find this online at Antho.

Tan, Blue & Pavé Hair Clips, Set of 2

A set of jewelled hairclips would be great, these are at WHBM online. And around your neck nothing is more important with this trend than pearls! If you have your mom’s or grandmother’s this is where you wear them. If not pick a strand that makes a more modern statement

Pearlized Crystal Statement Necklace

like Ann Taylor’s Pearlized Crystal Statement necklace, it’s modern and Victorian at the same time. Wear pearls on your wrists, ears and fingers too. Pearls were the go to jewellery in the Victorian era!

Pearlized Double Drop Earrings

Wear these Pearlized Double drop earrings also from AT for a modern vibe on this trend.

And mix pearlized bracelets with metallic ones like this set of Dannijo Brynn Bracelets from Anthro.

The accessories are the easiest part of this trend because we all have some sort of pearl jewellery we can mix and match to make this trend work for us.

Next week we are going to talk about the new Suiting Trend for Fall 2020. And all those high neck blouses we spoke about at the beginning of this blog are going to be the go to tops for the new suit. So stay tuned and we will talk about that next week.

You can play around with your fall trend looks too. Mix some of your plaids with your Victorian pieces, that would work great. If you have a baby doll dress from last season where it with lace up booties and tights, that works too. And if you want more look at all the websites from the stores I featured in this blog. It will give you great outfit ideas.

You can ask me any fashion questions you want at Suethefashionista@gmail.com I haven’t been doing any in person styling appointments but if you need me we can always Zoom or Skype. And please use that email address for any blog suggestions you have, once we are finished all the Fall trends, if you have a suggestion I can blog about it.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay fashionable!

Until next time…

Fall 2020: It’s all in the Details

Fall 2020 is nothing if it’s not detailed. The key to most of the trends this fall is taking styles and detailing them in a way to make them current. If you didn’t buy one new article of clothing this fall, you could take all the basics in your wardrobe and detail them and they would be right in style for this season. In this blog we are going to talk about those details and show you pieces and ways to use these details in your own wardrobe.

Fringe

It’s hared to tell if Fringe detailing ever really went out of style. But it’s here this fall and all you really need is one piece with fringe detail to make the statement.

Anthropologie.com has this great Josey Fringed sweater that can make the perfect statement your wardrobe needs.

Or you can try Anthro’s Sara Fringed Kimono, a layering piece like this can be worn with everything.

Fringe Tweed Double Breasted Jacket

Or how about adding some fringe to your jacket. Ann Taylor has some great fringed pieces that will make you look chic for every Zoom meeting you have.

Image of NANETTE nanette lepore Fringed Sweater Dress

Or try a dress with Fringe detail at the sleeve and hem. This dress is from Nanette Lepore and can be found at Nordstrom Rack.

And if you want some Fringe but don’t want to jump into a brand new piece of clothing why not try

Fringe Ruana Wrap

a Fringed wrap or scarf. This wrap is from WhitehouseBlackmarket but you can find them everywhere.

LAUREN FRINGE SCARF - Long fringe scarf

And Aritzia has this great Lauren Fringed Scarf which comes in 7 colors and can be worn as a scarf or as a wrap. Something like this is great when there is a chill in the air.

You can Fringe your accessories too.

Fringe Hoop Earrings

Loft has these great Fringed earrings.

Image of Sam Edelman Willice Fringe Bootie

Or you can fringe your shoes or boots. These booties are from Sam Edelman and you can find them at Nordstrom Rack.

Metallic

We talked alot about Metallic detailing in our very first blog for Fall 2020, but we will touch on it here as well. Adding a metallic detail to anything you are wearing is not only trendy on it’s own but works into 2 other trends for Fall, the Metallic trend and the Ivy League goes Punk trend.

In that first blog we showed a lot of metallic clothing and shoes and how that works as a trend for Fall 2020. Right here I am going to show you how to add one piece to what you have at home to acheive this look as part of the Detailed trend.

You could add just a top or sweater to make this look in your closet.

Striped Ribbed Turtleneck Top

Loft has this great Stripped Ribbed Turtleneck top in a color called Iron Ore that you could add to denim or dark bottoms and layer underneath sweaters. Or something that’s even easier is just having a cute cardigan in a metallic that you can throw over everything

Shimmer 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

and Loft also has this great 3/4 sleeve shimmer cardi that will work great.

But the easiest way to add metallic to your look is to use an accessory.

Mixed-Metal Pendant Necklace

A necklace that I think is fantastic is this Mixed Metallic Pendant necklace from Whitehouse Blackmarket. It is very trendy to mix your colored metals together, like gold and silver or rose gold and silver, so something like this would work.

Beaded Barrettes, Set of 2

Or try adding beaded metallic barettes to your hair. These are also at WHBM.

Brogue Oxford Mule

You could even do a bit of metallic detail by wearing a metallic shoe. This Brogue Oxford Mule is from Banana Republic.

I don’t want to talk too much about metallic jewelry as we are going to have a blog from Shoshana Lewis from Shok designs later in the fall to go through all our Fall jewelry trends. But anything big and metallic like a broach, necklace or bracelet will also hit this trend.

Bow Detail

I love Bow details!! And the Bow trend is so important this Fall it’s in 2 trends as well. It’s a great trend on it’s own here in Details and you will see it again in Decorum Please when we go over the Victorian Era influence on fall fashion.

My favorite way to wear bow detailing is in a shirt.

Petite Tie-Neck Blouse

This Tie-Neck Blouse is from Banana Republic. They have lots of options for tie neck tops. To me this is the simplest way to nod to the bow trend.

Bow Blouse

Ann Taylor also has a great bow neck blouse and this one also has the puffed 3/4 sleeve that is important as well.

Image of Nina Leonard Long Sleeve High Tie Neck Dress

You could also do a dress with bow detailing at the neck or sleeve. This is a knit dress from Nina Leonard and it’s available at Nordstrom Rack.

But another way I love bows is as an accessory.

Velvet Bow Hair Tie Set

How about a set of Velvet Bow Hair Ties! These would be great if you didn’t want to do bow clothing.

Chain-Link Bow Belt

Or how about a belt with bow detailing, this belt from WHBM also has to bonus of metallic details as well.

Glass Crystal Bow Shoe Clips
Glass Crystal Bow Shoe Clips

And what about these adorable Crystal Bow shoe clips. They can work on pumps and flats to make a statement (also WHBM).

Or you can just get a great pair of Jill Bow-Tied Loafers at Anthro that you can wear with everything. I love these! They come in cream as well.

Lingerie Details

Yup! Lingerie details are here again this fall. But most of us aren’t going to wear bustiers or skimpy tops. We are sophisticated. So how do you add these details to your wardrobe without looking too young or inappropriate?

Well we can use lace and satin to set this tone. Lingerie details can also mean wearing fabrics and accents that are used on fancy lingerie as well. A

Anthropologie has some great lace pieces that can work here and will work again in your Decorum please Victorian trend.

This Ivory Lisbetta Lace Blouse from Anthro can be worn casually or with a suit or dressy pants.

And this Sydney Lace Blouse is the perfect piece to peak out from under a jacket or sweater to make a Lingerie detail statement.

WHBM Outlet Wide-Lace Trim Cami

I tend to run cold all winter so I wear camis under everything.
Maybe this season wear a cami with a little lace peaking out as a nod to this trend. This cami is from WHBM and comes in white too.

If lace isn’t your thing maybe try wearing a satin finish shirt.

Petite Soft Satin V-Neck Blouse

This Satin V neck Blouse from BR comes in other colors and looks great all the time. And if you want to just touch on this trend try this sweater from Ann Taylor,

Lace Ruffle Neck Sweater

it just has a touch of lace which is all you need.

And we will talk way more about lace and satin next week in Decorum Please.

Embellishments

As we’ve seen above just about anything can be an embellishment. Use patchwork pattern scarves to add a bit of detail to your winter coats.

To me a a patterned scarf like this Calliope Textured scarf from Anthro can make your outfit.

Or use a bandana print, also from Anthro, to dress up your denim.

Jeweled Buckle Slides

Wear a jeweled buckle on your slide, like this slide from WHBM.

Face Mask 3-Pack − Graphic Florals

I have even been accessorizing my outfits with face masks. Wear a printed face mask to match the trend you are wearing. You have to wear them whenever you leave the house anyway so you might as well buy ones that work with your wardrobe. These are from BR.

Pearlized Crystal Statement Necklace

And you can always use a statement piece of jewelry, which is the perfect embellishment to any outfit. This necklace is from Ann Taylor.

Jewellery, Belts, Scarves and hair ties can all be the embellishment you need to make the Detailed trend yours.

I didn’t talk much about broaches. But if you have an old broach from your mother or grandmother those are perfect to add embellishments to jackets and sweaters too!

Details are super important for Fall 2020. Any extra detail you can put on your outfit from a bow to a belt will make you chic.

Next week we will explore the Victorian trend for Fall 2020 in Decorum Please. Everything I posted about can be found online in both the US and in Canada. Right now with Covid 19 on the rise again in both countries do your shopping online as much as you can, you don’t want to risk getting sick to pick up a top or scarf, shop online.

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Fall 2020: Fall Prints featuring Patchwork and Tapestry!

Fall 2020 is a season strong on prints. Most of us love to wear prints mixed with our denim or solid bottoms. Two fall’s ago Animal print emerged as the fall print to own. Animal print is one of those prints that never really goes out of style, as a matter of fact, this fall it has become a neutral and we will talk more about that in a bit. Last fall, Plaid was all the rage and it is still as strong as ever. Two new prints or patterns in fabrics has emerged this fall. One is Patchwork which is actually a fabric detail and not so much a print and the other is Tapestry. And not forgotten is the Fall floral trend of darker florals which everyone always gravitates to. So let’s go through all the print/pattern categories one by one and see how you can wear them.

ANIMAL PRINT

I said above that Animal print has become a fall neutral. And what I mean by that is that Animal print is so everywhere now and so prevalent in a lot of women’s wardrobes it can be treated like a neutral. So like your jeans or your black pant you can pair it with almost everything.

One of my favorite fall looks in Animal print is from Ann Taylor

Animal Print Long Open Cardigan

They are showing their Animal print long cardigan with the matching Animal print turtleneck. They have done this print in a Deep Sepia color so that it looks almost like a dark neutral and you can pair this with almost anything.

Image number 5 showing, Pleated Midi Shirt Dress

Banana Republic (which generally shows very neutral clothing) is showing this fabulous Cheetah print Midi shirt dress ( and I love that they have a picture of a model who is a real size, 14, for me to show). It can be one of those dresses you wear dressy with sandals or casually with boots. Great with a leather jacket over top too on date night. I love animal print so much I even bought from BR

Face Mask 3-Pack − Animal Prints

these Animal print facemasks that I wear everywhere. Anthropologie does their own versions of everything so why should it be different with Animal print.

This Cheetah print back Pullover could be your go to sweater for Fall.

And I adore this Marrakech Sueded Moto Jacket in a Grey motif. Subtle enough to wear over everything!!

I wear my animal print with denim and every solid color I own. But you can also wear it with checks and other patterns as long as you keep the color tones the same.

PLAID

Plaid is something that everyone has, and wears all the time. Last fall I bought Plaid, you could say I was mad for plaid!! Plaid is a huge trend for fall. It is part of the trend we talked about last week, The Ivy League goes Punk. In that trend we wear plaid with distressed bottoms and metallic details like chains and pins etc. But Plaid can also be an entire trend on it’s own.

Plaid Jacquard Mock Neck Sweater

I love the look of Plaid being the centerpiece of your outfit. In this sweater from Ann Taylor plaid is in a different colorway than the typical and a great sweater with navy, denim and camel. Last fall I bought a plaid top at Ann Taylor and it became one of my go to pieces.

Plaid Smocked Puff Sleeve Top

This fall you could make the same statement with Ann Taylor’s plaid smocked puff sleeve top. Wear it with everything!!

Plaid on the bottom works great too! It’s a modern and fresh alternative to denim for casual days. Try Banana Republic’s sloan skinny pant in plaid

Image number 5 showing, Mid-Rise Skinny Sloan Pant

and wear it with your tees and runners or with boots and a blazer. And a great way to add more plaid to your wardrobe is by doing a great scarf or wrap in plaid.

Anthropologie has you covered with this Piper Plaid Motif scarf. Comes in 3 different plaid colorways too.

PATCHWORK

Patchwork is the new kid on the block in fall prints. It is definitely a fashion statement to wear something Patchwork this fall. Nordstrom has a great Diane Furtstenburg jumpsuit that is all you need for this trend.

Or you can make your denim patchwork. Nordstrom has these jeans from B Sides

which take Patchwork casual to a whole new level. Or try a Cali Patchwork Peasant Blouse from Anthro

You will really only need one piece to make a statement for Fall. If you don’t want to do an item of clothing then try an accessory like your shoe or bag.

Anthro has these great See By Chloe Patchwork Ankle boots.

Or try this Medium Patchwork Tote from Akris at Nordstrom. You can easily make a statement wearing a patchwork accessory and sometimes it will work better in your closet than an item of clothing.

TAPESTRY

We all probably have something in Tapestry, maybe a scarf or wrap we have had for a while. Now is the time to pull it out again. Tapestry is a little more understated than the other prints we have talked about.

You could do it in your clothing with a great Tapestry dress by Etro at Nordstrom.

Or pick up a Tapestry Future Ex-Boyfriend Shirt by Le Superb also at Nordstrom. But what I think is the best way to make your own Tapestry statement is to do it in Boots!

Jeffrey Campbell has Tapestry ankle boots and you can find them at both Anthro and Nordstrom.

FALL FLORALS

So Fall florals never really go out of style either. Every fall we see our share of dark florals and this year is no exception.

Floral Cinched Waist Wrap Top

Ann Taylor has lots of dark florals and this Floral Cinched Waist Wrap top is exactly what I am talking about. Wear it with denim or dark bottoms or wear it under your suit. Florals can liven up anything you wear.

Floral Midi Dress with Slit

Banana Republic is showing midi and maxi dresses with slits in dark florals these are fabulous with boots and a long coat. Aritzia has great floral tops that will go with everything.

TEMPEST BLOUSE - Smocked prairie blouse

Mix Wilfred’s Tempest Blouse with your browns, camels and dark denim.

PEPLUM BLOUSE - Cropped, peplum blouse

Wilfred’s Floral Peplum blouse comes in 5 tone on tone colors and works everywhere in your closet.

And one of the best ways to wear dark florals is in fall’s newest accessory (and most important one too).

Face masks are here to stay for a while. If you love florals get some face masks in floral patterns. These are from Anthro, but Banana Republic has floral ones too and I find the BR ones fit really well. You are going to have to wear face masks for the forseeable future so buy ones that work with your wardrobe. And buy ones you like. You will wear them more if you are excited about wearing them. And everyone needs to wear one, everywhere you go.

So that’s a quick over view of what Fall 2020 prints and patterns look like. They like Metallics and Ivy League will work with a lot of the other fall trends as well.

Next week we will talk about the trend It’s all in the Details. Because if fall clothing is one thing it is detailed.

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Fall 2020: When Ivy League Goes Punk!

We all remember back in the 1980’s when most of us were in University exactly what the Ivy League trend looked like. Preppy was the word with loafers, chinos and polo shirts. Even the guys were into it. And when Preppy went out of style Punk and Grunge emerged. This trend kind of mixes it all together. It’s the plaids, geometric prints and preppy attire with Punk (and a tiny bit of Grunge) details. So accentuate your looks in this trend as much as you dare. If you grew up in the same era as me you are going to love this trend!

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This look from Marie Claire magazine puts this trend into view. Metallic detail represents the Punk accent and the plaid represents the Preppy. This look is from the Dior show.

Stella McCartney RTW Fall 2020

Women’s Wear Daily features this fabulous Buffalo Check Stella McCartney coat.

But let’s put this trend into perspective of how we are going to wear it without the designer price tag. To me J. Crew has always embodied the Preppy look. And with online shopping it is just a click away. Look for checks and plaids.

Boyfriend blazer in plaid Italian stretch wool

J. Crew’s Boyfriend Blazer in Plaid Checked Italian Wool is the perfect jacket for denim and Zoom meetings.

High-rise Peyton pant in plaid

Their best selling High-Rise Peyton pant comes in a great Plaid that will work with everything, especially a great denim jacket.

Silk-twill tunic in speckled plaid

You could even just do a fabulous Silk Twill Tunic in a speckled plaid to hit this trend.

Pleated midi skirt in plaid

Or try a great plaid pleated midi skirt, in some great unexpected colors.

But to take Plaid to the next level you need to add a punky accent or two.

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I am in love with this Balmain blazer from Saks 5th Avenue. It’s preppy enough with the classic plaid and double breated front but they have added a huge chunky emblem that takes it to the next level!

Last winter I bought some great Plaid tops from Ann Taylor and Loft that I will totally pull out this fall again and just wear accessories that can add that punk detail. Plaid was everywhere last fall, if you still have it by all means wear it! This Fall Loft has a great top that would work so well under blazers and sweaters if you just wanted to insert a bit of plaid into your wardrobe

Plaid Ruffle Sleeve Shell

And Ann Taylor has a knit checked top that can do the same thing

Plaid Knit Top

I love it when the patterned piece in your outfit is the focal point. But for this trend you need to add one more. So with all these great plaid pieces what would you add to take it to the level of the Balmain blazer?

Chunky chain-link necklace

A great chunky chain gold necklace would do the trick with all the tops above. This one is from J. Crew. Or buy a two pack and layer your heavy chains

Lasso chain necklace 2-pack

Remember with punk accents it’s ok to go a little overboard.

Anthopologie has this fab Parker chain belt that would add just enough chain detail to acheive the look you want.

Or just use a belt with a big accent on the buckle like this Aubrey belt from Anthro. Or try adding a broach to your jacket and be progressive at the same time

This proud 3 pack gender inclusive pin is at exlusive at Nordstrom.

And adding a Charm Chain Broach by Alexander McQueen to anything you wear would immediately elevate your Prep or classic look to sophisticated punk.

Geometric prints are also a big part of this trend.

The Designer shows for fall were full of Geometric prints. This look is from the Alexander McQueen show. And you won’t need a lot of this print to make a statement.

Striped Ruffle Shell

Try adding this Stripe Ruffled shell by Loft to your bottoms and give a geometric nod to your outfit.

Zig Zag Fringe Sweater

Loft also has this cute Geo print sweater with some fringe (another big trend for fall we will get into later). Or do your Geo print on the bottom with this great knit pencil skirt

Pull On Pencil Skirt

Punk this skirt from Loft up with a denim jacket and chunky jewellery.

Spotted Shirred Raglan Sleeve Top

This Spotted Shirred Raglan Sleeve top from Ann Taylor would be a great way to add one piece of a Geo print to an outfit, and it also ties in a lot of the fall colors too boot!

If your smaller like me, becareful of how big your wear the Geometric print and keep it one piece.

Accessories are huge in this Prep to Punk trend. Everyone has a plaid scarf in their closet. Here is when you pull it out and wear it with denim, chino and wool.

It doesn’t have to be Burberry but now is the time to pull out what you have.

And who wouldn’t love this Cinnamon Plaid Caplet from Anthro. They have tons of this kind of look online so check it out! http://www.anthropologie.com

And there are two quintessential styles of shoes that work with this look.

Of course, the loafer is an absolute go to shoe with this look.

Academy loafers with tassels

J. Crew’s academy loafter in any color would work with this look.

These heeled Jeffrey Campbell Loafers from Anthro have the built in chain detail your outfit needs. And I have a great pair of embellished Paul Green black loafers that I will pull out with this trend, this year’s version would work just as well

You can find Paul Green at http://www.nordstrom.com .

The other quintessential shoe is actually a boot. The lace up bootie is a must with this look.

You can go casual and chunky like these Silent D Udana Lace-Up Boots from Anthro.

Lace-up boots in suede

And I love these Suede Lace up boots from J. Crew. You could also wear Chelsea booties here too.

Pick ones with a stand out detail, like these ones from All Black at Anthro.

I personally think a black bootie or shoe is what you want with this trend. But if you are doing your plaid or geo print in an unexpected color, like the purple and orange above, try a color of shoe or bootie that will compliment the look.

Lace-up boots in suede

Do your lace up bootie in this light pecan color. Or maybe wear a neutral color ballet flat

Kiki ballet flats in leopard calf hair

Both of these looks are from J. Crew.

As an alternative I also like a metallic loafer. This one from Donald Pliner at Nordstrom would add that Punk element to your outfit.

So that’s the look in a nutshell. The Preppy looked was based on denim and chino originally. But you can wear this with Wool bottoms in solid colors, like black and grey. Olive is a strong color for fall and so is Red, you can add both these here as basics or accents. We should all have a lot of plaid and basic colors in our wardrobes from the last few falls, so you can pull those out again and add a broach, belt or shoe to take it to this fall’s look.

Next week we will dive a bit deeper into Fall Prints and talk more about the Patchwork trend, Animal print, Fall Florals and Tapestry. And now that we are in October you should see way more fall items in your favorite stores and online. Right now everything I feature can be bought online, just because with Covid if you are like me you prefer not to go into a lot of stores right now. And of course with every trend you should still wear your face mask. You can buy a plaid face mask at almost any store. Or buy an embellished one. So far I have been sticking to solid colors but when I come across some great ones for fall I will add them into one of the blogs.

Stay safe, stay healthy and be kind.

Until next time…

Fall 2020! The Metallic Craze

The Metallic craze is taking fall clothes and accessories by storm. We have seen chain detail, etc the last couple seasons but this season you will be actually wearing it. Sequins are also really important and they fit right in here. Evening and daytime you will see sequin and metallic clothing like you haven’t in a long time.

Probably the best way to wear the metallic trend is by wearing one article of clothing that is metallic.

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I have already shown this look from Bruno Cucinelli in the fall preview but one piece is all you need to make this statement. A metallic jacket would work perfectly to add this to your wardrobe. Stick with more of a gold or copper tone as opposed to silver or pewter.

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The Babaton Slip Skirt from Aritzia is another great way to add a little metallic shine into your closet. It comes in 9 colors and wear this skirt casually with a tone on tone sweater or accent sweater and boots. You can also wear it dressy if you want. I own 2 of these skirts, a maroon colored one that I wear with a tone on tone velvet top or grey as an accent and a black one that has become one of my go to’s with a white t-shirt and flat sandals in the summer and with any sweater or shorter top and boots in the winter.

To me this is where you add more leather to your closet. Leather is huge in clothing and jackets for fall, and metallic pieces in leather can pair with everything.

An item like this Brisa Metallic Cropped Faux Leather Moto Jacket from Anthropologie can be worn with everything. Wear it over dresses and pants and even to your office if you have a creative workspace. If the shine is too much for you, you could take it down a notch and still get a bit of a metallic effect by wearing a solid color of leather

Anthro’s Josefine Faux Leather Buttondown can be worn as a shirt or jacket and still gives of shine.

And for the bravest soles try your metallic bottom. These are Cynthia Rowley Metallic Silk Wide leg pants from Anthro. Pair them with black to make a strong statement.

But for most of us we just want to add a little metallic into our wardrobe. So how would we do that? Well you could do that by doing fabric in a metallic color like in the Babaton skirt above or

maybe these Leeza two-tone Satin Joggers from Anthro. And if that is still too much try having your metallic piece be an accessory or shoe.

Skinny metallic Italian leather belt

J. Crew has this skinny metallic italian leather belt you can wear with everything.

Nordstrom has this Marc Fisher Pointy toe boot that could add a small metallic touch to an outfit.

I have shown these before but these Guilhermina Leather Ballet flats from Anthro would be a great metallic touch.

Or how about a pair of metallic colored sneakers for your Covid casual days. You can find these at Anthro too.

And if you would rather wear your metallic as an accessory. Try a great metallic tote

The carryall tote in metallic

from J. Crew. Or go a little smaller with

Thacker’s Ring Handle Cross Body Bag at Nordstrom.

Try a mtallic hairband or

Barette, both of these can be found at Anthro and can give you outfit a little punch.

You could even do a metallic dot or thread running through your top or sweater.

Metallic Pointelle Cropped Sweater

Like in this Metallic Pointelle Cropped Sweater from Banana Republic.

Or have a little sparkle in your jacket from Maje at Nordstrom.

And if all else fails and you want a little metallic try wearing a metallic mask, you can find these at places like Saks Fifth Avenue and other online retailers.

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I kind of collect metallic pieces like caridgans and little tops whenever I see them. Sometimes a metallic top under a black suit can make your outfit.

Sequins are really more for evening in everything I have seen from Fall so far. And you don’t have to stick with metallic colors. Try red or dark green or black.

Bottega Venenta had this fabulous red sequin dress at their Fall show. Definitely a show stopper!

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Mango.com has this sequined midi dress that you can wear day or evening. Remember this fall midi is the best length.

You can add sequin detail to your blazer like this one from Cinq a Sept at Nordstrom.

Try your seqins in a poncho like this one from Fabiana Filippi at Nordstrom.

You could even wear your sequins in a cardigan like this one from Fendi.

Or if you are like me and find these a bit overwhelming try just a bit of sequin detail

This Stella Sequin Cardigan from Anthro could be all you need! And if you really want to shine but worry about sequins on your clothing try

metallic boots from Sam Edelman that are a cross between sequins and space age.

We will be talking about this craze way more as we move through fall, because it is a trend that can work with all the others. We will see metallic and sequin detail when we look at the Ivy League trend, Decorum and Victorian trend and of cours when we look at Fall details and Outerwear. It can be both a main piece of your outfit or an embellishment and you can wear it almost any way you like. So if you have some great sequin skirt or blazer or a great shiny sweater or top, now is the time to pull it out and start wearing it again.

Next week we will look at Ivy Leagues in detail and how the punk influence has really changed it for Fall 2020. I welcome your questions and comments, you can always reach me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com for any fashion querie you have. In the next few weeks stores online and inperson will be moving into their true fall clothing. So take a look online and see what is out there.

Until next time…

Fall 2020! Part 2

Last week we finished talking about the Victorian Trend in Decorum Please. This week we are going to finish our Fall 2020 preview and cover off Suiting, Fall Colors, Fall Dresses, Fall Outerwear and finally Fall Shoes and Accessories. We will have a Fall jewellery blog from our jewellery expert, Shoshana Lewis, but that won’t happen until November. So likely I wouldn’t talk about jewellery too much before then. If you can’t wait check out Shok Designs on Instagram, Shoshana is always posting what is new and on trend there first.

The New Fall Suit

A lot of women have gone back to the office, as Covid restrictions ease up. And even if we are still working from home, most of us need to look professional for our Zoom meetings. The newest trend for suits for spring was the Bermuda short, well we have another new twist for fall. This year the midi skirt is the new go to piece with your blazers.

This is the look from Fendi’s fall show. A longer skirt with your blazer. And the other big trend in suiting is the untailored look. Everything slightly oversized.

Here is Acne Studio’s version of untailoring.

Frankie Shop Pernille oversized woven blazer

Here is a more realistic look from the Frankie Shop on Net a Porter or

NEW MARGAUX BLAZER - Double-breasted check blazer

this is the new Margaux Blazer from Wilfred at Aritzia. And I am really going to encourage you to shop your oversize suiting from Aritzia and support a great Canadian company. And with your suiting now just your blazer should be oversized, your pants should be too

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This is the Mariposa Blazer from Wilfred and the pants are the Santos pants. This is the look of fall suiting.

SANTOS BLAZER - Belted cropped blazer

And to me if you are wearing a longer skirt you need to have your blazer accentuate your waist. The Santos blazer from Babaton at Aritzia does just that, here it’s paired with the Bramble skirt.

Fall Colors

This Fall’s color palette encompasses almost everything. Metallic shades, Rust, Grey, Dark and Chartreuse Greens, Red, Dusty Pink, Royal Blue, Olive, Black and Camel. Black is back in a big way and Grey is the new black. Accents like Red, Marigold and Rusty Oranges are important especially in tops and sweaters.

The sweater jacket or coatigan is big for fall, so look for a color of gold that is a bit darker if you want to try marigold. This is the Tippi Sweater Jacket from J. Crew.

Anthropologie has this Miena Spotted Wool Sweater Coat, encompassing some of the go to fall colors.

Or the new long line Cardigans (Coatigans because they can be coats in warmer climates) in a great fall hue to accent all your grey, black and olive pants. We will talk a lot more about all the Fall colors in detail when we get to this blog. But in the meantime if you see a fall color you love you can wear it.

Fall Dresses

This season I am going to do an entire blog about Fall dresses, because dresses have become a go to item for daytime as well as evening. Dresses for Fall 2020 will have a lot of detail.

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Even your plaid dresses for fall will have some detail like this dress by Thorton Bregazzi at Net a Porter.

Shirt dresses are still important but do them in a great Fall color like this Delfina shirtdress from Anthro.

Nordstrom has Etro’s Paisley Shift dress. Back to our tapestries and paisleys, if you do a simple style do it in one of the stand out prints or patterns from Fall 2020. And probably the key to a great fall dress this year is to make sure it’s midi length, a little bit oversize and either a great print or color with a higher neckline

Which is everything this dress by Sara Lanzi at Nordstrom encompasses.

And also make sure dresses have embelishments, fancy collars, pleats, etc. Or you can even try a dress with a built in necklace

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Like this one from Bottega Veneta’s fall show.

I will dive into way more detail when we get to this blog.

Fall Outerwear

Fall outerwear could be 2 blogs there is so much to talk about. Outerwear is super trendy for fall and there is so much to choose from and so many trends.

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Bazaar has the fur and faux fur trend as the most important. It is super strong but I don’t think it’s the most important.

The Cape trend is even stronger this Fall than last fall. This is the Shiloh knit cape from Anthro, but there are capes at every price and knit and solid fabrics too.

RedValentino scalloped edge cape

This Red Valentino Scalloped Edge Cape is gorgeous, you can find it on
Far Fetch.com. Puffers are still super strong, and Aritzia just go in their newest fall shipment of their Super Puff coats. Wool and cashmere are also important.

Shearling is another big trend in outerwear.

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And Aritzia has you covered with a few new sherpa jackets including this Sherpa liner that you can wear under a wool coat for more warmth or on it’s own.

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You can also look for 80’s styling in your coats, like big shoulders and strong lapels. And finally, one more important note about Fall outerwear is that detail on a coat is as important as the coat itself.

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Fur collars, belt details, anything metallic. etc. You will want those details on your coats. We will get into much more detail later on in the coat blog. But keep these things in mind when fall coat shopping.

Fall Shoes and Accessories

Fall shoes will have all the details we talked about in last week’s blog and in this week. Patterns, metallic are both important. Color is important too. The biggest style change in boots are a lot of over the knee this year, if you can wear it.

These Seychelle’s boots are at Anthro. If you have longer legs jump on the over the knee trend, but if your like me and your legs are short, stick with boots right up to the knee and same color tights or pants. That will lengthen your leg.

Lace up boots are important too. Last week I showed a pair of tapestry lace up and this week I will show suede. These are Suki lace up boots from Anthro and do your lace ups in a great fall suede color or print.

Shoes can be square toe or pointed, both are strong. But do them with some sort of detail.

These square toe flats by Jeffrey Campbell have a great bow detail and they come in 7 fall colors including black patent. Embellish your loafers and slides

The more embellishment the better. All the above shoes you can find at anthropologie.com.

Kiki ballet flats with cap toe

And because it’s still a pandemic and a lot of us are wearing flats instead of heels, try a pair of ballet flats like these from J. Crew to bring your fall outfit to life.

Fall bags are pretty much following what they were for Spring. Large is better. Hobos, Totes, etc.

Leather Hobo Bag
Leather Large East-West Tote

Do them classic and elegant like these from Banana Republic or try a great satchel with some embellishments like this one from Gucci at Norstrom

GUCCI Small 1955 Horsebit Leather Satchel, Main, color, BLACK

Again I will go into a ton more detail when I do an entire blog about shoes and accessories.

So there you have it, your fall preview is done. Next week we will start looking into the metallic trend a little deeper. The weather is starting to change little by little but before we know it we will be looking for sweaters and boots to hold through the long winter months. If you want to shop early go for it, now you have an idea of what to look for.

Starting in October if you want to go through your wardrobe with me we can do it on Zoom. It will be by appointment only and please contact me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com for booking appointments and online rates.

If you are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, I wish you a very happy and healthy new year and for all those who don’t a very happy fall!

Until next time…

Fall 2020! Part 1

Welcome to the best fashion season there is. Fall is the chance to get back into your wardrobe and wear pieces that truly make you happy. I love summer but Fall is when I love my wardrobe.

We are going to quickly go through the Fall trends in these two introductory blogs and then in the coming weeks dive into them one at a time. Our last 3 blogs will be about Fall colors, Fall Dresses, Fall shoes and accessories and finally by the end of October or early November Fall Outerwear. Fashion is preceeding along like we are not really in a pandemic, but of course we still are. So shopping online will be your best bet for Fall 2020, I will do my best to post links to the outfits and items I show. And in our all our trends I will try and show you how to wear the trend while you are socially isolated and wearing your masks. Which are going to become fashion items all on their own too. If you have questions or comments please keep them coming and I will do my best to answer.

The Ivy Leagues go Punk

This trend takes the preppy look and turns it on it’s head.

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This fall everything has a bit of an edge to it.

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Harper’s Bazzar has both the Preppy and the Plaid mini trends all shown with a bit of edge. All your preppy looks will be modernized with things like punk accents and metallic details.

The last thing I want to mention as part of this trend is the look of the new Geometry prints.

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This Veronica Beard Jacket featured in Marie Claire’s fall fashion preview is a great example of a geometry print. All kinds of prints and patterns are in style for Fall 2020 and the Geometry print is the newest one.

The Metallic Craze

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This trend is

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exactly what it says. Metallic colors in leather and suede and sequins are back for dressy and daytime.

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Marie Claire magazine has the right idea with showing a fabulous Bruno Cucinelli leather jacket in a wonderful metallic. Paired with neutrals this is going to the the way to wear it for Fall 2020.

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Harper Bazaar’s Putting on the Glitz trend is also a great way to show the importance of Sequins in this Fall’s attire.

Anthropologie is already showing some great metallic pieces you could add into your wardrobe. The ballet flats above and the leather jacket would be all you need to introduce this trend into your own closet.

Patchwork, Tapestry and Fall Prints

One of the newest trends this fall is the Patchwork trend. Tapestry we have seen the last couple of Falls. But this year everything is more Lux.

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Vogue Magazine is showing this Alexander McQueen Patchwork suit as it’s favorite piece to illustrate this trend.

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Marie Claire has this Dodo Bar Or Patchwork dress. You will see alot of Patchwork in denim and shirting for Fall and one piece would be all your wardrobe would need for a nod at this trend.

As for Tapestry we will see that more in jackets, coats and accessories. Remember the trend from last Fall where it looked like your were wearing your grandmother’s drapes. Well you can use that reference again this fall.

If you didn’t buy any, this fall you can buy something like these Jeffery Campbell booties from Anthro to add it to your wardobe.

The other fall print I want to mention is Animal Print. No it’s not going away anytime soon. But this season it has become a neutral to wear with other trends and something to add detail to.

Anthro is showing how to properly wear animal print this seaso. Here it is accenting the detailed top underneath. This season wear one piece of animal print at a time and make it not the focal point of your outfit.

It’s All In The Details

And it really is all in the details for Fall 2020. Everything will be all about the details of your outfit. There will be Lingerie details, Fringe is huge again for Fall, Bows are making a come back and any type of metallic embellishment is trendy.

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Bazaar is showing a lot of Lingereie pieces and details in it’s Fall selection. If you do want to wear Lingerie styles this fall stick to neutral colors like black, off-white and beige.

Fringe could be it’s own trend for Fall 2020 but I put it here because it too should just be an accent in your outfit.

Marie Claire is showing this Eve Fringe-Trimmed Leather skirt by Stand Studio to illustrate this trend. And you will see Fringe everywhere, in sweaters, jackets and accessories. So pick the place it will work the best in your wardrobe. I personally love a fringed jacket or poncho like this one from Anthro

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Bows are back and can be an accent on anything.

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You could just add a t-shirt like this one from Zara. Or wear it on your ballet flat

like this Cole Haan Ballet flat from Nordstrom.

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Or have it be the feature in your skirt, like this Bow front skirt from Far Fetch. I personally love bows on bags and shoes, so that is where I will be wearing this trend.

Embellishment is one of the key workds for your fall wardrobe. And your embellishment can be anything, a bow, a collar, lace or ruffles. Just make sure you have some.

It can be as simple as this bow neck and ruffle sleeve in this top by Cece at Nordstrom. It can be a metallic trimmed collar on your sweater

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like this Dorothy Cardigan from Anthro.

Or find pieces that have their own embellishments like the lace details at the top of this Graciela Top from Anthro.

Decorum Please

In this last Fall 2020 trend we are going to cover this week, we are going to look at the Victorian themed trend. All the fashion that was in style in the late 1800s is making a comeback in this trend. Lace, Puffy Sleeves and Skirts, Frills, Ruffles and High-neck tops are all super strong for Fall 2020.

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Bazaar is concentrating on the shape of this look in it’s fall preview.

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Marie Claire is showing Coach’s Tie Neck Sleeveless Ruffle neck blouse to illustrate their version of this trend.

Coach Tie Neck Sleeveless Ruffle Blouse Light Blue

Anthro has farm rio’s Kelsey Blouse featuring Puffed Sleeves.

You will see lots of this style of blouse for Fall 2020. Anything high neck and smocked works in this trend. This dress is from Lafayette 148 New York at Nordstrom.

will work because of all the ruffles.

Or you can put it all together in this Isabel Marant etoile

Cotton Blouse from Nordstrom. Wear all your Ruffles and Lace with this trend as well.

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Tie-neck tiered dress in leopard crinkle chiffon
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Here you can see what I mean when I saw that Animal print is going to be a neutral for Fall 2020. J. Crew is showing a Tie neck Tiered Dress in Leopard Chiffon which hits this year’s Victorain trend perfectly.

Of course we will go into each of these trends in way more detail. But those are the first 5 Fall trends we are going to talk about. Next week we will cover off the rest before going into detail about each one.

Remember I love hearing from you and you can comment on this blog or ask me any questions you want at Suethefashionista@gmail.com.

Until next week…

What to Keep and What to Toss for Fall 2020

I know we are still enjoying all the summer we can. And I truly hope we get summer until the end of September. But as you know Fall is coming and the best thing you can do for your closet is get it ready. Every season I talk about cleaning out your closet, it is one of the most important things you can do.

Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or needs repairs you won’t make. It is just wasting space. Also take a good hard look at you haven’t worn in the last year. Chances are you don’t really like it or don’t like the way it looks on you and it’s time for it to go. If you feel you need help I can do Zoom or Skype with you in your own closet. It takes about 3 hours but you will come out with new outfits and lots of closet space. Contact me to see my rates for online appointments.

So what should you keep as you are going through your closet for Fall 2020. Here is my list of what you should keep if you have it:

Baby Doll dresses

Lots of us have styles like this, dresses that are billowy and fall to your knee.

Tiered Swing Dress

This tiered swing dress from Banana Republic is the type of dress you could wear into fall if you have it already. Anything with puffy sleeves and tiers can work with this trend for fall. So keep all your dresses that look like this, wear them now with sandals and into the fall with tights and knee high boots.

Balloon Sleeves

And not just balloon sleeves, keep all your puffy sleeved tops and dresses. Clothing will have a voluminous feel to them for Fall 2020 so any tops you have like this will still work.

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Banana Republic had this balloon sleeve blouse in lots of colors last fall, if you have something like this keep it.

Anthropologie has this knit balloon sleeve top on sale, lots of us bought tops and sweaters like this. You will be wearing them again.

Everything for Fall 2020 will have some sort of detail. If you have clothing with Ruffles

keep it or if you have tops with ties at the neck

Tie-Neck Top

you will be wearing them with sweaters and blazers so hang onto them as well.

Colors and Prints

Keep all your Reds, Olives, Rusts and the new color is Marigold (but you can still wear mustard). If you have metallics keep those too. Green is still strong but mostly Olive and Chartreuse.

Soft Satin Blouse

Colorful tops like this one from BR in soft satin that has good flow to it will be your go to for fall. So keep all your silky satin tops especially if they are in those colors above and of course black.

Prints are going to be really strong. If you have plaid keep it and animal print is one of the neutrals to put with other colors and we all have some animal print, so keep that too.

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Plaid is going to be worn either preppy or punky, so decide which you want and if you have a plaid blazer (or a checked or glen plaid one) they will all work. Blazers will be cropped as well, so those keep for sure.

Coats and Outerwear

Last year we saw a lot of plaid in coats, you will definitely wear those and if you have coats in reds, greys, blacks and camels, keep those too. The cape look is still super strong

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so if you were smart enough to buy one last fall, you will get more wear out of it. Ann Taylor had a great one and I didn’t buy it, hopefully you did and can pull it out again. If you want to get one, Anthropologie has some great ones that aren’t too pricey

This Shiloh cape comes in Olive (shown) or Navy and would be great in any wardrobe.

Puffers are going to be strong again. So keep those. Artizia has the super puff which a lot of us have. You will be wearing it again and again.

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Leather jackets and all leather clothing are still in style. If you happen to have a metallic leather jacket even better. Colored leather is strong too. Keep all your leather

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Seperates, skirts and suits

Yes to all of them. All your blazers you can pair with skirts. And the skirt suit, with a blazer and midi skirt is the newest suit trend. Bermuda shorts could still be worn with blazers, you just have to wear tights. Especially any tweeds and checks, those are great seperate pieces to put with a solid on the bottom or top. Use you ruffles and ties to add details.

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Here is Louis Vitton’s take on putting seperates together for his fall show. We can tone it down a bit, but this should give you a good idea of what to keep.

Fringe

Yes it’s back and super strong. We all have a few fringe pieces whether it’s a jacket, shirt, skirt or bag hanging around and now is the time to pull that piece out again.

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If you bought a cape or poncho with fringe, I did, then now is the time to pull it out. This is the new version from BR and it comes in camel and black.

And now is the time to pull out the fringe purse you have at the back of the closet

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you will get lots of wear out of it again.

Keep anything with a Bow on it, clothes, shoes etc. If you have platform shoes, they are coming back so keep them, and your loafers and knee high boots are still important.

When you clean out your closet make a point of trying everything on. Covid-19 has made a lot of us put on some extra weight, so don’t keep things you might fit into one day. Wear things that look good on you now. Keep your wide leg jeans to wear with chunky soled shoes and your skinny ones to wear with boots. And keep all your cozy sweaters.

One thing I noticed with spring is that a lot of the trends that we talked about women weren’t really wearing because they were working from home and not really going out. Even though you might be back at your office a couple days a week, most things are still online. So hang on to things you love, that fit and are comfortable. And yes, you can buy some new fall masks to wear with your fall clothes. Looks like we will be wearing masks everywhere we go until at the minimum the end of this year.

Do you need help getting your closet ready for fall? Do you feel like you lost your style over Covid-19 and need a little refresh. I am going to move all my styling and wardrobing appointments online. I am finding that all sorts of things can work on online platforms and I can work that way too. Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com if you want to work that way. I have a new pricing schedule as well for online. So contact me if you want to know what it is.

Starting in September we will go over all the Fall 2020 fashion trends and then each one in depth every week. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer and get your closet ready because Fall will be here soon.

Until next time…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!

Hi everyone! Just a quick post to let you know to get ready to shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Starting today in stores and tomorrow morning online. Prices are great and now is the time to get that one piece you want for Fall 2020 on sale.

Over the years I have bought wonderful things on sale, boots, coats and sweaters. I am a Fashion advisor to the Nordstrom stores and can tell you that this year their selection of Anniversary sale clothes and shoes are excellent!

Shop at Nordstrom.com and enjoy!!

Until next time…

The Beauty of a Great Summer Dress!

Summer time and the living is easy! Well, maybe not this year with the world still battling Covid-19. But now that we are in month 6 of the battle and some countries, like Canada, have gotten the upper hand, I guess we are breathing a bit easier. Not to say it’s time to take off your masks. Definitely keep wearing those until there is a vaccine. Masks have become the new normal for everyone, so wear one. Get some fun ones and match your great summer dresses to your favorite masks.

Speaking of dresses, there is no better time in the entire year to wear a dress. Dresses keep you cool and comfortable and can look incredibly chic with the right accessories. Let’s look at some of Summer’s best dresses and then see what we can pair them with.

I love a great Maxi dress for summer. I have tons of them and wear them a lot!

How about something like this Marya Maxi Dress from Anthropologie. It comes in 4 colors including this Brown motif. I love a cute print maxi for summer because all you need is a great pair of flat sandals.

SAM EDELMAN Juniper Studded Gladiator Slide Sandal, Main, color, SPICED CLAY LEATHER

These Juniper Studded Gladiator Slide Sandal from Sam Edelman at Nordstrom would be a great shoe for that dress above. Add some great bracelets from Shok Designs.

Mix and match your metallics in bracelets and layer them down your arm with this great Maxi!

Another great Anthro Maxi I have had my eye on all summer is

this stunning Marlene Tiered Maxi Dress. It comes in the sunny Orange, this gorgeous Pink and a muted Tan. But i say wear this dress bright as possible and pair it with metallic flats or patterned slides.

These Myron Slingbacks from Jeffrey Campbell also from Anthro in the pink combination would be great with the dress above. I would keep jewellery to your wrists and ears with this fantastic bright dress.

Image of trina Trina Turk Teardrop Hoop Earrings

These Teardrop Hoop earrings from Trina Turk at Nordstrom Rack would be perfect and add a few of Shok Designs colored bracelets

and you have yourself a great outfit!

Some women love their summer dresses a bit shorter. A great place to get a cute summer dress reasonably priced is Loft.

Square Neck Flounce Dress

They have some great dresses like this Square Neck Flounce dress, it comes in 5 colors and is only $115 Canadian. They show you on their website how to wear it too! I prefer a dress that comes to my knee if it’s short, but if you have great legs and your want to wear your sundress just above then go for it. Definitely keep your heel flatter if you are going shorter.

Modern Thong Sandals

Pair your shorter colorful dress with metallic thong sandals also from Loft and with this dress you could wear a necklace.

Try one, not all, of Shok Designs necklaces with a dangle or pearl dangle. Keep your necklace and shoes the same metallic tone, either gold or silver or perhaps rose gold.

Nothing says summer like a great white dress. You will see white dresses featured on every website you go to this summer. Banana Republic has one of the best white dresses.

TENCEL&#153 Shirt Dress

BR’s Tecel white shirt dress is perfect. It also comes in a cute blue stripe if you hate white. The skirt is lined in the white color and it’s tencel so it’s a natural fabric that breathes, so you will be cool all day long. Keep your shoes natural, white or do a contrast black sandal.

These Tasha heels from Franco Sarto at Anthro would be perfect with the shirtdress above. The black would be a great contrast. You can go either silver or gold with jewellery or do a colorful piece.

Shok designs has some fabulous multi colored bracelets you can layer or wear on their own. A nice pop of color on your wrist would work great with this dress!

For each piece you pick for summer you need to find a mask or wear PPE. I have decided to embrace the mask and have started to accumulate a few in different colors to go with all my outfits. You can find masks everywhere.

On the Anthro website you can find these Sanctuary masks in 2 colorways. They come as a set of 5 and are washable and reuseable.

Face Mask 3-Pack − Classic Florals

Banana Republic has masks on both their Canadian and American websites and they even have some that match the fabric of their dresses.

I love a local Vancouver Brand called Protech facemasks. They have new colors and styles.

White Lace Print WOMENS/ YOUTH Ear Loop
Black Lace Print WOMENS/ YOUTH Ear Loop
Water Colour Print WOMENS/ YOUTH Ear Loop
Daisy Print WOMENS/ YOUTH Ear Loop

These are my 4 favorites that they make for women. I love the lace pattern and am always wearing my daisy mask. They have solid colors too. Shipping is usually one or 2 days. Protechfacemask.com

This blog is just a little shorter because I know everyone wants to be doing something other than reading a blog in the summer. Soon enough we will be getting into Fall clothing and I have a strong feeling most fall collections will include masks to match. Right now it’s probably the most important accessory you can wear. And those blue disposable masks are ok for Costco but not for making a stylish impression.

Stay safe everyone and in the next couple weeks we will talk about what to keep and what to sell from your fall wardrobe. Hopefully sometime soon I can start personal styling appointments, but right now I am not taking any in person appointments. But I would love to hear from you and answer any fashion questions you happen to have. Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com

Until next time…