Nothing but Knits

This season Knits are paramount to every fashion look.  When we look at Fall 2019, a few things stand out: lace, satin, velvet, head to toe color and prints.  The one thing they all have in common is that they all need knit pieces to finish the look.  And not only do knits fit into every other trend for fall, they are a trend all on their own and can be layered one on top of the other to acheive this fall’s coveted edgy look.

What kind of knits are we going to be wearing? Chances are your knits from last fall can work again, especially if you have them in black or any of the great color hues that are on trend this fall.  Now is the time to keep that pumpkin colored turtleneck.  The 2 other colors you may want to add to your knit collection are purple and some sort of green shade. CHELSEA28 Open Front Long Cardigan, Main, color, NAVY EVENINGMODCLOTH Balloon Sleeve Funnel Neck Sweater, Main, color, GREENYou can choose any style that works for you.  The longer cardigan is still strong for fall and in a rich purple shade from Chelsea28 at Nordstrom it can go from work to play.  If green is your color then maybe try something a bit trendier like ModCloth’s Balloon sleeve funnel neck sweater.  Both are not expensive and can make a statement in your closet and you will find them at Nordstrom.

You can use knits as your base layer as well.  A great round neck or V-neck knit top can be the start of the layered knit look.product photoA thinner knit like Banana Republic’s Italian Merino-Blend Crew neck could be a great base.  It comes in 8 different colors and looks great because you can wear it closer to the body. Perfect PulloverAnn Taylor also has a great Viscose Nylon blend pullover for you to layer with.  I love the cuff detail.  Knit TurtleneckOr you can use a knit turtleneck like this one from Anthropologie as your layering piece.  Your base layer doesn’t have to be solid.  Play with this season’s prints and plaids, it will only make your outfit look more interesting.

Knits can work on the bottom too.  Knit skirts, everything like ponte or a rib knit pencil skirt Ribbed Pull On Pencil Skirtlike this one from Loft can work for your new knits look. BLACKOne of my favorite knit skirts is the slim skirt from Eileen Fisher in washable crepe.  I wear mine all year round and it always looks great.  If you love ponte knit, which I do because it always looks great, never loses its shape and never fades, you may want to include ponte knit skirts and pants in your wardrobe.  They go great with a layered knit look. Believe it or not you can find a great fitting classic ponte knit skirt like this one at Talbots. LEITH Ponte High Waist Kick Flare Pants, Main, color, BLACK TAN THIN GRIDOr get a great pair of ponte knit pants like this pair from Leith at Nordstrom.  Either buy pieces that are classic, like pencil skirts and straight leg pants or go for things that echo this Fall’s trends.  A a line ponte skirt or a cropped high waisted knit pant, especially in plaid or one of the it colors, will make your wardrobe pop!

Once you have the layering top and/or knit bottom, because you can always wear your  layered knit look with denim or trouser bottoms.  Then you can add other pieces keeping in mind trends and texture.  Remember this season an edgier look is in.  So maybe you want to add Slide View: 1: Basel Zebra Cardigana Zebra Cardigan from Basel at Anthro.  This cardi would work with a black light knit layer underneath perfectly. Slide View: 1: Cressida Wool Sweater CoatOr play with a knit Sweater Coat as a layering piece.  This one is from Cressida and you can also find it at Anthro.  A great thing about a longer cardi or sweater coat is that you could add one more layer underneath like a knit vest or shorter fitted cardigan. SIDNEY VEST - Deep V-neck sweater vestBabaton at Aritzia has this fabulous Sidney vest that comes in Charcoal or Oatment and would be great layered underneath a cardigan. Or you can choose a close fitting shorter cardigan like this Washable merino wool one from BR.  Each piece that you layer should be little heavier than the one underneath and lighter than the one on top.

I usually use a long sleeve knit crew neck t-shirt as my base.  I have them in lots of colors and you can Crew Neck Classic Teefind them at places like Joe Fresh, so you don’t have to spend a fortune.  From there you can add whatever you want on top, like a vest and heavier cardigan.  product photoAny oversize cardigan works.  This is the Aire oversize cardigan from BR but there are lots everywhere.  Anthro is a great place to search for interesting cardigans or take a look at J. Crew or Nordstrom.

Make sure you accessorize too.  Knit scarves can add an additional layer.  The heavier the knit looks in a scarf the better this season.  So try something like Stripe Scarfthis Stripe Scarf from J. Crew or Slide View: 1: Mimi Fringed Wrap Scarfthis Mimi Fringed wrap scarf in lots of different colors at Anthro. Or if you are really motivated make your own! That rustic knit look is really in this fall, so a handmade scarf would definitely work.

And another trick to make your look edgy is to belt your top layer, so if your top layer is a cardigan, maybe think about adding a belt. product photoPick something with texture or detail like this Double Grommet Belt from BR.  And don’t be afraid to add knit tights in colors if you are wearing a skirt. NATORI Wool Blend Tights, Main, color, BLACKColorful or textured tights are exactly what you want to wear this season, so pick either a color that works with your outfit or try a textured pair like these from Natori at Nordstrom.

And finally wear a chunky boot or shoe with your knit layered look.  Try a boot that has it’s own texture like suede. Slide View: 2: Dolce Vita Soleil Western Knee-High BootsIf you love the cowboy trend try suede textured cowboy boots like these from Dolce Vita at Anthro.  Or if you prefer something a little more classic tryBLACKa casual suede wedge boot by Eileen Fisher.  Just try and keep to the same color story for your shoe as your outfit.  It doesn’t have to be a boot or bootie, there are lots of choices this year. A sneaker could work just as well for a layered knit that is casual Penelope Chilvers High-Top Sneakersjust make sure they have some texture or a pattern like Penelope Chilvers high top sneakers at Anthro. Slide View: 2: Chie Mihara Shae HeelsOr if your look is for work or a bit dressier, try a textured shoe like something in velvet.  I love this Chie Mihara Shae Heel Mary Jane at Anthro, they would look great with a knit dress or skirt and colored tights.

You can layer your knits over your outerwear as well, perhaps a great wrap belted over a basic winter coat. BR has a great collection of wraps this season, product photothis Leopard Wool Blend poncho wrap would look great belted over a camel or black coat.

Play with your looks, try layering in your own wardrobe.  Find a close fitting shorter cardigan or vest and try layering it underneath a chunky cardigan, or next time you put on your wool coat try a colorful or patterned wrap over top and secure it with a belt around your waist.  I also love turtlenecks layered under other sweaters once the weather gets a bit cooler.  Make this look your own by using your own scarves, wraps and sweaters, have fun with it!

If you need help making these trends work for you, then maybe you want an hour or two of personal styling.  I can even come into your own closet and help you make outfits of what you already have.  Right now I am booking appointments for November, so book soon so you don’t lose the spot you want.  Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com to book appointments or to ask any fashion question you may have.

Next week we will talk about the New Utility looks including Quilting and Fleece and how they are not just casual this Fall.  So stay tuned!

 

Until next time…

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Fall 2019 Romantic Grunge and Punk

Yes, this Fall’s Romatic trend has a lot more edge than last year’s.  Although there is nothing wrong with recycling a great romantic top or pant that you bought last year, I certainly will be doing that.  But this Fall you need to add edge or a bit of grunge.  If those aren’t your style than try making your Romantic look more Grandma Grunge by adding layers and layers of jewellery and scarves.  This way you can still look like you, but more current.

If you wanted to start from scratch this Fall, the first thing you need is Lace. Slide View: 1: Cherie Lace BlouseIt doesn’t have to be black but I think this Cherie Lace Blouse from Anthropologie is too beautiful not to post.  I particularly love the puff sleeves and that the piece underneath doesn’t come with it so you can wear your own cami or tank or wear it over a basic black dress!

Colored lace is important too! If you are tired of black lace then try Slide View: 3: Isabinda Lace Blousethis adorable Isabinda blouse also from Anthro in this stunning lavender.

You can do lace on the bottom too.  Remember our lace pencil skirt that we should all have in our closet? If you don’t have one get one! Ann Taylor has one online Petite Lace Pencil Skirtin Navy or head to Nordstrom and grab STANDARDS & PRACTICES Tori Lace Overlay Pencil Skirt, Main, color, BLACKa skirt like Standards and Practices Tori Lace overlay pencil skirt.  You can never go wrong with a basic pencil skirt in your wardrobe.

The second thing you need is texture. Think Velvet, Satin and plush fabrics to all mix with your lace.  The way the fabric looks and flows is very important in this trend.

Slide View: 4: Gauzy TurtleneckMaybe try a gauzy turtleneck from Anthropologie to layer over a satin midi skirtSOMETHING NAVY Midi Slip Skirt, Main, color, BLACK. This skirt is by Something Navy at Nordstrom.  I am in love with the midi satin and printed skirts this season with a closer fit top.  It’s very feminine and very Romantic.  Or try a suede or faux suede look  Faux Suede Belted Pencil SkirtAnn Taylor has lots of faux suede and mixed with black or off white lace this skirt can take you to work and out for the evening!

Velvet is still important this year.  You can grab a velvet blazer and where it almost everywhere.  Pick something that will stand out, like a strong color ALICE + OLIVIA Macey Velvet Shawl Collar Jacket, Main, color, MERLOTlike this one from Alice + Olivia at Nordstrom in Merlot.  Or pick one with some detail to the actual material, like ALICE + OLIVIA Macey Crushed Velvet Blazer, Alternate, color, BLACKAlice + Olivia’s crushed velvet blazer also at Nordstrom.  Wear these over your textured bottom or with pants or jeans.  Velvet isn’t just for evening any more.  The idea with these two jackets is to dress them up and down.  Remember the key to the look this season is to make it edgy.  So lace under velvet and then with denim or wide leg pants on the bottom.  Edge your look with metallic accessories or interesting shoes.

One of the ways to bring last year’s clothes, lace tops and pants, velvet pieces, etc. into this year’s trend is by accessorizing.  Choose a shoe or boot with detail, DOLCE VITA Coltyn Bootie, Main, color, RED SNAKE PRINTit could be as simple as adding an animal print to your bootie collection, this bootie is the Dolce Vita Coltyn Bootie at Nordstrom.  Or try something with more embellishement, if you are comfortable with that,Slide View: 1: Schutz Glitter Ankle Bootslike these Schutz Glitter ankle booties at Anthro.  Or go for something with a punk/grunge edge likeDAVID TATE Mood Bootie, Main, color, BLACK SUEDEthis Mood Bootie by David Tate at Nordstrom.  What ever the embellishment is,  needs to show, so these would be great with cropped wide leg pants and a fitted top.

Above are the basics on this year’s Romance trend.  To make it Grungy and Punky choose things that are age appropriate, not something a teenage girl would wear, and that work with the story you are trying to tell.

So if your story is head to toe one color, which is huge this year, then add jewellery to make it either grungy or punky. CRISTABELLE Crystal & Imitation Pearl Multistrand Necklace, Alternate, color, SILVERYou can make your statement wearing a statement necklace like this one from Cristabelle at Nordstrom.com.  Then layer on the pearl and silver bracelets too.  Remember this year more is more, if you are layering jewellery on.  Just keep it working with your own style.  If you are not a jewellery person, choose either a layered wrist or a layered neck and then a simple earring.  If you are comfortable with heavy details, then layer it all on. KARINE SULTAN Manon Layered Necklace, Main, color, GOLDGold is definitely more popular than silver this year and rose gold the most popular.  We will have a jewellery blog by our expert Shoshana Lewis later in the fall to explain it all.  If you are wearing golds, reds, oranges or greens stick with gold tone jewellery.  Choose a layered necklace like this one from Karine Sultan also at Nordstrom.  Then either layer more on, maybe pearls and a layered wrist and big earrings or make your statement with just the necklace.  You of course are going to layer down to work and layer up more for an evening out.

The other part of this trend I want to talk about is the Grandma Grunge trend.  What is Grandma Grunge?  It’s layering older looking jewellery styles, like your mom’s pearls with a new edgy necklace and then instead of a blazer layer, putting a cardigan on top of your lace, satin and velvet.  Here is how it can be layered for a woman to get this vibe. Start with a pair of lace pants or a lace skirt. VERONICA BEARD Gemini Lace Pants, Main, color, BLACKI happen to have a pair of lace pants from Ann Taylor that look very much like these from Veronica Beard, trust me they will work with everything!  Add a top layer in either satin or velvet, product photolike this Satin Smocked Tie neck blouse from Banana Republic.  This style would look great tucked into the above pants.  Then start your layering of jewellery and accessories. ISABEL MARANT Lowli Studded Asymmetrical Belt, Main, color, BLACK/ SILVERMaybe choose a studded belt like this one from Isabel Marant at Nordstrom to go around your waist.  Then choose a layered necklace BAUBLEBAR Amber Layered Chain Y-Necklace, Main, color, SILVERlike this one from Bauble Bar at Nordstrom.  You can choose to layer your wrist or not, remember the top is smocked and long sleeve so no one will really see your wrist unless you pull up the sleeve.

For your shoe do either a pointy toe bootie or shoe Slide View: 2: Dolce Vita Serra Ankle BootsI kind of like these western looking boots by Dolce Vita at Anthro because they look a little unexpected with lace and satin (which is the vibe we are going for in Grandma Grunge).  And for the final touch wear a big fitting cardigan over top like thisWOVEN HEART Waffle Stitch Cardigan, Main, color, BLACK with a waffle stitch, this is Woven Heart’s Waffle stitch cardigan and you can find it online at Nordstrom. The open cardigan in a rougher look won’t hide your accessories or edgy belt and it will further edge up the look.  I used black as a base but this season use any rich color as your base.  Perhaps your bottom piece is teal or a forest, change your accessories to gold tone and pick a satin top or velvet top in a color to match or compliment.  And you can switch to denim on the bottom too, just keep the denim dark on the bottom.  Wide dark leg jeans would look great with a satin top and pointed toe boots.

If you have questions about this look please just ask.  It might not be an everyday look for you, but give it a try the next time you are going out, you may like it.

If you want help with your own style or have questions please email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com. I am booking styling appointments now for November so book early to get the time you want.

Next week we will look indepth at the knit trend for fall, we kind of flirted with it today but Sweaters are huge for fall so we will dive deep!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Colors Part 2!

Last week we talked all about how strong the colors of Purple and Green are for Fall 2019.  They probably are the “newest” colors to be that strong.  But as I said before Fall 2019 is nothing if it’s not colorful.  So if Purple and Green aren’t for you then don’t worry there are so many others there will be at least one great color that can wake up your black, grey and navy pieces.

ORANGES AND YELLOWS

Earthy tones and brights are both strong for Fall 2019.  But two of the colors that can brighten any outfit are the deep oranges and mustard yellows that are everywhere this fall. This Max Mara Cashmere Coat in Copper is one of the many shades of the Orange family that you see for Fall.  This would be a great color for a head to toe look too.  Max Mara’s stretch jersey dress in Orange is the perfect piece for under the above coat if you wanted head to toe.

Orange is all about at Anthropologie.  I am a casual dresser so even though I love dresses and skirts, I usually only wear them when I am going somewhere special, or to work.  The rest of the time I live in jeans and pants.  This pant and coat paired together from AnthroSlide View: 5: Paige Nellie High-Rise Culotte Jeansmakes me want an orange pair of pants!  The pant is the Paige Nellie high-rise Culotte in Dark Orange baby corduroy, it also comes in Dark Plum.  The coat is Anthro’s own Plaid Jasper Coat and it would also go great with anything denim! Anthro also has this great Frida Pommed Hand-Knit Pullover,  Slide View: 2: Frida Pommed Hand-Knit Pulloverthat could be the little orange pick me up you are looking for. And if a more vibrant orange is your thing then maybe try Slide View: 1: Knit Column DressAnthro’s knit Column Dress.  I prefer the more coppery tones of orange but if you don’t this dress is great.

All of the fall oranges can go back to the classic colors, orange looks fantastic with browns and camels.  I also love copper and orange with dark denim and animal print.

You can also keep your footwear in this family. SAM EDELMAN Hilty Bootie, Main, color, TAWNY BROWN FAUX PATENTSam Edelman has the perfect Tawny Brown Faux patent in a bootie that would be great with denim or some of the looks above.  If that’s too bright for you Vince Camuto also makes a great Dannia Bootie in Rusty Orange that can work too.   VINCE CAMUTO Dannia Bootie, Main, color, RUSTY ORANGE PATENT LEATHERBoth the above booties can be found at Nordstrom.  Or to balance out a coat or dress for work or a night out try Slide View: 1: Emma Go Lea Heeled Bootiesthe Emma Go Lea Headed Booties in a great copper snake motiv from Anthro.  This kind of bootie color combination would be a great compliment in a head to toe orange/copper look.

The Yellow and Mustards for fall work alot like the oranges.  They all can go back to the classic colors and are fantastic with dark denim.  Or go with a gold tone, that shade of yellow can work on a lot of women.  One of my favorite pieces for fall is  Soft Satin Smocked BlouseBanana Republic’s Soft Satin Smocked Blouse in Autumn Gold.  As a matter of fact it is on the way to me right now! It’s not too mustard and is dark enough gold that it looks really rich.  I like this color back to black and denim and even with leopard print as an accent. Of course this blouse comes in tons of other colors and a leopard print, but this is a fresh new color that can brighten up last year’s pants and skirts.

Anthropologie is heavy on yellows and golds in their early fall collection. One of my favorite online pieces is the Bonnie Ballon-Sleeved Pullover. Slide View: 4: Bonnie Balloon-Sleeved PulloverIf you remember from our first fall intro blog we talked about the importance of sleeve detail for fall 2019.  The balloon sleeve or bishop sleeve is one of the newest and hottest looks.  You will also notice in all the tops how the sleeves are billowing away from the body for fall.  Maybe try one piece with this sleeve.  And at $88 this is a great price to try it at.  Sometimes a great top is all you need to brighten your day Slide View: 3: Nina Lace TopAnthro’s Nina Lace top in Gold could do just that, notice the sleeve detail.  For most places September is still too hot to get into sweaters, so try a piece like this in cotton and nylon to use as a transition piece as you switch from summer mode to fall. Slide View: 1: Dalton Wrap Maxi DressThe golds, yellows and mustards also work great in a print.  Plaid is huge for fall and this Dalton Wrap Maxi dress from Anthro could be the perfect dress to take you from work to play.  For work you could pair this dress with STEDMAN WOOL COAT - Mid-length, wool coatBabaton’s Stedman coat in Rich Carmel and for play Denim Trucker Jackettry a slightly darker denim jacket, this is the Trucker denim jacket from BR.

Don’t be afraid to wear you golds and mustards with animal print either. A gold tone blouse under an animal print coatLeopard Print Top Coatlike this look from  BR is a fantastic way to express your trendy look for fall.

Footwear with golds and mustards can be more subdued.  Wear browns and neutrals, unless you are going back to black, then you can wear black.  But a great bootie like this one from Vince VINCE Havana Notch Bootie, Main, color, ROASTED CASHEW SUEDEin a roasted cashew color is a great neutral color to wear with your golds, mustards and yellows.

 

RED AND PINK

We saw quite a bit of red last fall too.  Red is almost becoming a neutral color because it can work like a classic color and with olives and greens but it is also an accent color that can wake up classics. Max Mara’s Icon Coat comes in True Red.  If you want you could wear red head to toe, but I love it when it is paired with blacks and denims and even greys and camels. j.crew: mixed embroidery drapey top, right side, view zoomedJ. Crew has a great Mixed Embroidery Drapey top that comes in Bright Ruby, again notice the sleeve, it’s a modified balloon sleeve. And of course with the strength of plaid, we all want a plaid shirt. Slide View: 1: Grayson The Hero Checked Buttondownthis Greyson the Hero checked button down walks the line between reds and pinks and would be fantastic with all your dark denim. Slide View: 1: Jessamine Floral BlouseOr try a red print tunic, the Jessamine Floral blouse would be great back to denim and navy and even work with camel. Both these tops can be found on the Anthropologie website.

I do wear red head to toe now and then.  Avery Straight-Fit Washable Italian Wool-Blend Ankle PantI have BR’s Avery pant in Red from last year and a blouse in the exact same red and I do wear them head to toe with black shoes for a dressier occasion that I don’t want to wear a skirt to.

Pinks really run the gamut for fall from true pink to burgundy to fushia and back into purples.  You can totally accent your purples with pink for a fresh fall look. Ann Taylor has this look down pat.Chevron Sweater  Their Chevron striped sweater mixes Magenta back into dark Plum.  Stand Collar Slit Neck BlouseThey also have a fabulous Stand up Collar Slit Neck Magenta Blouse that can take you from work to play to an evening out. Again notice the sleeve detail.  Or take this magenta color down to the bottom. Doubleweave Tie Waist Wrap SkirtAT has this Double Weave Tie Waist Wrap skirt in Violet that could really add life to your work wardrobe.  And for a more casual look the Nina Lace Blouse from Anthro above also comes in Slide View: 1: Nina Lace Topa Deep Berry color that could be just enough pink for you.

Or do an about face and wear your pinks on the softer side, Anthro has Slide View: 4: Mae Striped Pulloverthe Mae Striped Pullover that you can pair with Pilcro’s Blush High rise Bootcut Cords for a head to toe look, with just a bit of other colors thrown in. Slide View: 1: Evanio Rose Embroidered JacketYou could also try this Evanio Rose Embroidery Jacket to marry the soft pink and dark rose together.  Great with denim and back to browns, camels and navy.

Pink and Red are great colors to wear to make your classics come alive.

 

THE CLASSICS

The classic colors are as strong as ever.  You can never go wrong with black.  Black is and will always be the essential color to base your entire wardrobe around.  But with all of the other colors that are so on trend this fall, black takes a back seat.

Banana Republic’s September Edit is full of Black and white pieces. Houndstooth Sweater TopYou could freshen your black with this Houndstooth sweater top that you can wear like a top or a vest. Houndstooth Oversized Coatigan SweaterOr grab a Houndstooth caridgan to wear over everything from blacks to denims and camels.  This sweater even works over reds.  Since everyone already has lots of black bottoms and dresses in their wardrobes, you can likely wear your basic blacks from last year and just punch them up with either black and white pieces like these from BR or reds, pinks and golds. And never fear to use black for this season’s trend of head to toe.  This look is on Max Mara’s website and in some of it’s advertising and no matter what your age or shape, head to toe black always works. I actually once did a whole trip to Europe in head to toe black with one pair of jeans, so I know it can be done.

Camels and Browns are very prevalent this fall too. But again they take a back seat to the trendier colors. STEDMAN WOOL COAT - Mid-length, wool coatYou could never go wrong with a Camel colored coat, and the Stedman Coat from Babaton comes in many shades of Camel, it goes over everything.  BR is using camel as a great neutral Ribbed Long Cardigan Sweaterfor fall.  And nothing is more essential as a neutral for fall then Camel colored suede booties j.crew: western boots in tan suede, right side, view zoomed.     The western influence is still strong in boots and J. Crew has these Western boots in Tan Suede that will go with everything!

Browns are being worn back into animal prints this fall in a great way.  Dillon Classic-Fit ShirtBR’s Dillion shirt comes in a Cheetah print that will take care of any brown craving.  Save your browns for boots and shoes to tie in with all the greens and golds. STEVE MADDEN Subtle Snake Embossed Chelsea Boot, Main, color, BROWN CROCODILEA boot like Steve Madden’s Subtle Snake Embossed Chelsea boot can be worn with lots and lots this fall and is a great alternative to black boots. A rich brown bootie with an embossed pattern like this can even work back into Purple and Red.

Grey is another classic you will see spots of for fall.  Especially paired with burgundys and wines.  Stick to a darker grey if you are wearing it close to your face or as outerwear, save the pale grey for bottoms. STEDMAN WOOL COAT - Mid-length, wool coatBabaton’s Steadman Coat in Charcoal is the kind of grey you want your outerwear to be. Merino-Blend Long Cardigan SweaterOr keep your greys in knits like this BR Merino wool Cardigan.  VINCE CAMUTO Ponte Knit Skirt, Main, color, DARK HEATHER GREYOne of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe is a ponte grey knit pencil skirt, I reinvent it every fall with different color pieces.  This skirt is Vince Camuto and you can find it at Nordstrom.

 

I know this was a bit longer of a blog, but we have now gone through all the fall colors that you will see in stores and magazines.  Don’t be afraid of color this Fall and go into stores and try on the different shades of purple, green, gold and orange until you find the one that works for you.  Then you can always wear it back to denim and classic colors that are already in your own wardrobe.

Do you need help negotiating all this season’s colors? I am booking styling appointments for early October right now. Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Next week we will look at the Romance trend with all it’s grungy and edginess.

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Colors! Part 1

Fall Colors are Fabulous!! Not only is it great to wear all the rich tones, there are so many this year that if you only wore solid colors for the whole season, you wouldn’t get bored. Color is as important as Black this season and Black is as strong as ever.  But this season color is so much more beyond the basic black, grey and camel that embodied last fall. Let’s start with the two strongest trends in colors and then go into all the others you can pair with them and of course back to black, navy, grey and camel.

PURPLE

The newest color you will see everywhere are all the different shades of Purple. And there is a shade of purple for everyone.  There is no such thing as you can’t wear purple or at least one of the shades of purple.  There is a shade of purple to suit everyone.

Everyone of our favorite stores has tons of purple for fall.  CONAN PANT TERADO - Cropped, slim-fit dress pantAritzia has their best selling Babaton Conan Pant Terado in this beautiful Cardamon color.  Pair it back to black, grey or camel or head to toe with the Babaton Power BlazerPOWER BLAZER - 3/4 rolled sleeve blazer or the Babaton Kirby sweater KIRBY SWEATER - Lightweight, belted cardigan.  Here it is broken up with black, but you could do SLEEVELESS POWER BLOUSE - Sleeveless, matte-satin blouseeveryone’s favorite Babaton Power Blouse in the same color too. Pleated Midi SkirtAnn Taylor is showing this Shadowed Violet Midi Skirt. They show it online back to a pinkier purple top or animal print.  You could treat Purple as a neutral and pair it back to plaids and animal print.

Leather and faux leather is a big part of fall this year, if you want try something that takes you to that trend and works with all the purples. Slide View: 4: Veronica Buttoned A-Line SkirtAnthropologie is showing this Veronica Buttoned A line Skirt in a faux leather.  This would be great with tone on tone tights and boots. HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Bias Cut A-Line Skirt, Main, color, PURPLE DEWBERRYAnd if you love Lavender, try this Halogen Bias Cut A-Line Purple Dewberry.  Remember lady like is in, and this skirt will be beautiful with winter whites and navy. Slide View: 1: 7 For All Mankind Alexa Ultra High-Rise Straight Velvet JeansIf you want something quintessentially purple, try a pair of 7 for all Mankind Alexa Ultra High Rise Velvet Straight Leg jeans.  They are from Anthro and you can wear these everywhere.  They pair with golds and blues really well and of course back to black too!

If Purple isn’t your thing then maybe just pick up an accessory or shoe that you can wear with other things. BOTTEGA VENETA 54mm Round Cat Eye Sunglasses, Main, color, MELANGE VIOLET/ BLUEA pair of Purple Sunglasses from Bottega Veneta at Nordstrom could be worn all the time. MULBERRY Small Darley Leather Crossbody Bag, Main, color, OXBLOODOr a small cross body Oxblood colored bag from Mulberry could be all the purple you need to add. CC CORSO COMO<SUP>®</SUP> Jullia Flat, Main, color, PEACOAT NUBUCK LEATHERYou could Purple your flats and wear them with Perfect Control Top Tightsa pair of opaque tights in the same color, then you are giving a nod to the tone on tone look and tights and shoes the same color will make your legs look miles longer.

You will see Purple pop up over and over as part of other trends for fall, but if you wanted it could be a trend all on it’s own.

 

GREEN:

Just like Purple, Green can be many things this fall.  It goes back to other colors and stands on it’s own.  There are tons of shades of greens this fall, everything from Forest to Pistachio, so pick one that suits you and own it.  Even though purple is the it color, you can make the same statement with Green, it is like the 2nd place it color this fall.

There are lots of shades of Green.  We will touch on Olive and Khaki here but really deal more with those colors in our Utility trend later.

One of the best colors is the deepest forest green. Aritzia is calling it Scarab and you can do it in all the Babaton classic pieces. POWER BLAZER - 3/4 rolled sleeve blazerThe Babaton Power Blazer, CONAN PANT TERADO - Cropped, slim-fit dress pantthe Conan Terado Pant, POWER BLOUSE - Long-sleeve, matte-satin blousethe Babaton Power Blouse, SADIKI PANT - High-waisted, wide-leg dress pantsthe Sadiki Pant, their new high waisted dress pant (it also comes in black and this pant is a must have if you need a new pair of dress pants!).  Many dresses and tops too.  This green is a color so many women can wear.  Wear it head to toe with STEDMAN WOOL COAT - Mid-length, wool coatthe Babaton Classic Steadman coat in the same color.  Or break it up with black, camel, beige or even denim.  I would wear the Power blouse with dark jeans and black shoes, you can totally use your denim as a neutral with all the fall colors.  This green even looks great back to animal print.

If your life is more casual like mine, I would probably buy one of the pieces above and pair it with denim.  What I would be wearing more often is Slide View: 2: Sheena Embroidered Jacketa jacket like the Sheena Embroidered jacket from Anthro that I could wear as a layering piece under a coat.

Or if Green truly is your color, then play with the different shades.  Slide View: 1: Button-Sleeve TurtleneckGo for this Holly colored Button Sleeve Turtleneck paired with Slide View: 2: Pilcro High-Rise Skinny Corduroy JeansPilcro’s high-rise Skinny cord.Slide View: 1: Josie Cardigan  Or go for a true Forest colored sweater with the Josie Cardigan, so great with your dark bootcut jeans. Or try everyone’s favorite style of pleated midi skirtwomens Pleated midi skirtin Academic Green from J. Crew and pair it with j.crew: tissue turtleneck t-shirt, right side, view zoomeda matching tissue weight Turtleneck and Slide View: 1: Hansel From Basel Opaque Tightsfind a pair of matching tights, then your will be rocking the look from head to toe.  You can also break up green with denim, black and even the different shades of mustard and yellow Slide View: 3: Josie Cardiganjust like Anthro does with the Josie Cardigan above!

Green is more or less what you want it to be.  Wear it head to toe or break it up with other colors or prints. As far as accessories go, I can’t say Green shoes are going to be as strong as the different shades of purple in shoes and boots, but definitely scarves and bags are where you will see it. NORDSTROM Wool & Cashmere Poncho, Main, color, OLIVE DARKA poncho or cape in a dark olive color would be great for a casual look with denim or black bottoms. TED BAKER LONDON Flourish Pleat Diamond Silk Scarf, Alternate, color, MID-GREENOr add a great scarf to your camel or black coat.  I like this one from Ted Baker at Nordstrom because it has a few other colors and echos the dark floral that is so strong for Fall.

I thought I might have to break this blog into 2 weeks and I was right.  Purple and Green are the 2 biggest color trends for fall.  Next week we will talk about some of the others, like Red, Orange, Mustard and how they all go back to the classic colors of Black, Grey, Brown, Navy and Winter White that we see every fall.

I encourage you to go online and get out into the stores and discover what fall colors you love.  I am booking styling and wardrobe appointments for early October and November right now.  To book an appointment or if you have a fashion question please email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com.

Stay colorful!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is here!!

Well, it’s not really here, it’s actually the end of August while I am writing this blog. But you can sort of see the signs of Fall already if you look hard.  School is starting, it’s cooler in the mornings and evenings and some of leaves are already starting to change just a bit.  Someone said to me the other day that she hates Fall, but she is thinking about the shorter days and the rain and slight chill in the air.  I on the other hand, absolutely love Fall! I love the change of seasons, I love not being too hot wearing jeans and boots, and most of all I love the color of everything Fall.

Fall 2019 is not just a rehash of last year or the year before.  It is actually new and exciting and just doing the research for this blog there are already things I am drooling over.  There are so many great trends for Fall 2019, you won’t know where to start.  I literally want to start buying as much of it as I can, it’s fresh and beautiful.  So let’s get started so you can be as excited about it as I am!!

Fall 2019 Trends:

COLOR:

And when I say color I mean color! Head to toe color is the strongest it has ever been.  And not just dark colors, wear brights (yes the same kind of brights and neons we saw for spring) or wear pastels or wear earthy tones.  Wear what looks good on you and wear it head to toe!ARLEMHere is a picture from the Max Mara website http://www.maxmara.com, this is the type of head to toe I am talking about.  LABBROAnd you can do the head to toe color in any color you like, here is another example in Black, also from Max Mara. Even head to toe Pistachio is a great look! And not just your clothing but color your tights to match your outfit. Colored tights are a huge trend for Fall.

But one of the other things I want to talk about when it comes to color is that everything goes for Fall 2019.  Reds, Oranges, Mustards, Greens, Grey, Black, Brown, Pinks and many more.  But one of the strongest new color is going to be Purple.  You are going to want something Purple! VINCE CAMUTO Faux Wrap Top, Main, color, MERLOTAnd every shade of purple too! This is a Vince Camuto blouse in Merlot, which is a great color to wear if you need something warmer next to your face. MADEWELL Rhyme Top, Main, color, SERENE LAVENDERIf you love the softer shades try a Lavender blouse by Madewell. Every shade of Purple is strong from Eggplant and Wine to Lavender.  Just wear what suits you.  And if you are not a purple fan, just give a nod to it in your accessories.

I will go into colors for Fall 2019 in depth starting next week, we may even take 2 blogs to talk about it, there are so many great colors and color combinations for Fall!

 

ROMANCE:

Romantic styles are as strong as ever.  But not like we talked about last year.  There are two sides to Fall 2019’s Romantic trend.  One is the dark rich floral prints and tones (yes, purple will pop up here again). But it isn’t just pretty dark florals, it has a bit of an edge to it.   Remember the punk trend? Well, this Fall’s Romantic trend has edgy punk pieces placed right along side of your oversize dark floral blooms. And what is the other side to this year’s Romantic trend, well let’s call it Grandma Grunge.  Antique looking tops with knits piled on top, then another knit and add pearls or a blingy broach.  You can put both sides together by wearing lace and then adding either a more casual knit piece or a combat boot. . Here is a more realistic way to really work this trend, for now wear a lacy dress with a white tee and edgy boots, later add a black cardigan and dark patterned tights.

There is so much in this trend, and you don’t have to take it to the grunge level if you don’t want to.  The Florals are beautiful and the lace is exquisite. Slide View: 2: Myra Tiered BlouseThe Myra Tiered Blouse at Anthropologie is beautifully romantic and you can wear it with your jeans. Slide View: 3: Raquel Lace SweatshirtOr try the Raquel Lace Sweatshirt also from Anthro, you can wear this with a mid pleated skirt or casual with denim.

There is a ton to go through so we will dedicate an entire blog to explaining how to buy and wear this look for fall.

KNITS:

I talked about knits briefly in the Romance trend, but knits are so strong for fall, they are a trend all on their own.  Believe it or not, I even started knitting and I am so excited to put some of my own creations along side every other knit piece I will be wearing. One of the huge trends in knits is layering one on top of the other. Knits are huge when you wear them together for Fall. Try adding a scarf to a chunky sweater, or wear a knit top and skirt together. CHARCOALEileen Fisher has some of the most fabulous knits and you can be guaranteed that the top will match the bottom. Try their Lux Merino wool mock neck top with the Lux stretch Merino wool pencil skirt in Deep Hemlock, or if Greens are not for you, you can do the same look in Charcoal or Black.  Start here and then layer on top with a scarf or hat that compliments.

Again there is a ton to talk about in this trend,  Fall is really all about knits.  So we will dedicate an entire blog to knits.  They will also pop up in other trends, just like the punk and grunge themed items will too.

 

QUILTING AND THE NEW UTILITY LOOKS AND FLEECE GOES MAINSTEAM:

Quilting itself is huge for Fall, so save all your puffy coats and anything you already have that’s quilted, chances are you will wear it.

Wear your quilting in coats, skirts and tops.  Bags and accessories can be quilted too. Slide View: 3: Fonda Quilted Utility JacketThe Fonda Quilted Utility jacket at Anthro is a great way to introduce something quilted into your wardrobe. SPANX<SUP>®</SUP> Quilted Faux Leather Leggings, Main, color, VERY BLACKOr try a pair of Spanx quilted leggings, available at Nordstrom or where ever you see Spanx.

The other part of this trend is the Utility angle.  The basic colors of Khaki, Beige and Winter White. You might even see a little Mustard in here too. Slide View: 4: Ryanne Utility Midi SkirtYou could even go all out in the Ryanne Utility Midi Skirt at Anthro.  This would look great into fall with a pair of boots, even cowboy boots.

Oversize is kind of the key to the New Utility.  Think oversize jackets or even overalls! Or maybe even a great Denim jumpsuit would work here Slide View: 2: Citizens of Humanity Miki Denim Utility JumpsuitPick one that shapes to your body, even if you do an oversize overall, it should show that you are still a female. This is the Citizens of Humanity Miki Denim Utility Jumpsuit from Anthro.  Great for early fall as shown and later with a turtleneck or mockneck underneath and booties.

Fleece could be a trend on it’s own, but it goes so well hand in hand with the whole New Utility look that I have to talk about them in the same blog.  Fleece, sweat materials and last year’s Teddy bear coats are all going mainstream.  Try your fleece in something unexpected like Slide View: 1: Stateside Carey Fleece Midi Dressthis Stateside Carey Fleece Midi Dress from Anthro.  Pair it with suede flat boots and add some knit accessories.  Or Slide View: 1: Shaina Fleece Pullovertry this Shaina Fleece Pullover also from Anthro.  Pair it with denim and quilted bottoms to really own the look.

A whole blog will be dedicated to this trend too.  There are a lot of subtle elements to this trend.  A lot of how you work this trend is how you put fleece, and quilting together to make them acceptable for everyday.

 

UPDATED CLASSICS:

Party Girl is out! Lady like and Proper looks are in! What do I mean by that? Well think about how great a patterned or printed blazer and jeans look with a boot.  Take it up a notch by adding some interesting accessories that you wouldn’t have added before and you have it.

With this look you really have to channel the 1990’s.  Think big shoulder pads, leather jackets and skirts.   You can still wear your flannel or plaid shirt, just pair it differently.

I saw this Etro jacket in a magazine and instantly fell in love 80062_3_1553186934I can’t afford it but I want it.  The look I saw was the same outfit with the belt on the outside. Etro picThis is the picture and I will be channelling this look just maybe not with a $2000 blazer.  But that’s what I am talking about, strong shoulders and an unexpected detail like the black belt with a beautiful buckel on the outside. This Fall you will want to belt your blazers and your coats.

Think lady like with edge. Adding an unexpected  item to your very classic, ladylike look. It could be a fleece lined boot, a chain belt or something with studs.

One other piece to this is the newest outerwear trend, welcome back the cape! Both Marc Jacobs and Chloe and showing them for Fall and in a another month they will be in all the stores at every price.  The one new piece of outerwear you should buy to wear with your updated classics is a cape.

We will go into more detail in an upcoming blog.  There is a new way to put classics together and accessories that bring it all together.  So stay tuned.

 

FALL PRINTS:

When we do our Fall Prints blog we will go into detail about plaid and how to wear it this year.  And go through Animal print.  It is super strong again this year.  It seems like animal print is becoming a classic for fall, so if you don’t have some now is the time. j.crew: leopard faux-fur coat, right side, view zoomedThis might be the fall you buy a leopard print jacket.  This one is from J. Crew and I know Aritzia has them too. Or think about animal print accessories, j.crew: laney pumps in leopard calf hair, right side, view zoomedJ. Crew also has the perfect pair of Laney Pumps in Leopard calf that you could back into your classics and romantics too.

There is really a lot to go through in both plaids and animal prints so we do that in an entire blog.

 

SHINE ON:

Shine is back and it is strong.  Think pewtery silvers and gold lame.  This trend will not only be about all the clothing (and there will be a lot of it) but also the accessories, bags and shoes you can add in here too!And you can think about adding shine to every day not just evening.  MARC NEW YORK Metallic Puffer Jacket, Main, color, SILVERTry a metallic colored puffer from Marc New York at Nordstrom. REBECCA MINKOFF Deanna Metallic Pleat Detail Blouse, Main, color, SILVEROr try this top from Rebecca Minkoff also at Nordstrom.  Gold is as strong if not stronger than silver.  And Rose gold too!

We will do a deep dive into this a little closer to holiday season and talk about accessories too.

I also may add in a denim blog if I don’t cover it in any of the above, this year it’s all about Bootcut, although wide and slim are still very much in style.

And if I don’t feel it’s covered we may do a shoe and accessory blog as well.  But shoes and accessories are such a huge part of all the above trends to get the look perfect we may not need to.

And as a special treat our great guest blogger, Shoshana Lewis from Shok designs will be back right before holiday season to get you ready for all the great new jewelery styles and colors.

There is so much to be excited about for Fall 2019!! And we will dive into all of it starting next week!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Your Closet Ready for Fall 2019

Even though summer is far from over, we are more than half way through August.  In the next few days stores will be putting all their Fall merchandise out, in a few weeks all the students will be back in school.  While you may continue to wear warm weather clothing for another month but basically the end of August means the end of Summer.  So while you are on your summer schedule now is a good time to get your closet in shape for the new Fall collections.  Pick a cloudy or rainy day and get to work.

Here’s what you need to keep and what you can get rid of, sell or donate:

 

Toss:

-Anything that doesn’t fit you any longer, it’s too short, too big or too small. There is no point in keeping clothes that don’t fit, they take up valuable closet space and if they are too small they make you feel bad about yourself, if they are too big they just look bad. And if you are over 45, truly question the length of your skirts, I have to say this mini skirts are for the young and I see way too many women who should not be wearing short skirts wearing them, not a good look.

-Put away those giant oversize tote bags. They were all the rage for spring and last fall but this fall they are not.  I wouldn’t advise getting rid of them, they seem to come back every other year and if you invested in one or two, just save them.

-Slouchy boots were really strong last fall.  You may see a few this fall, but they are not the right boots for Fall 2019. There will be lots of other choices you will love coming up.

-Any A line coats, two years ago they were the coats to wear, not anymore. Stick to streamline coats and classic styles, those always seem to be in style.

-Fanny pack bags, they were in for Spring but Fall everything is more lady like, especially small very feminine bags.  So put the large ones away for now.

-Off the shoulder tops and sweaters.  We are finally starting to see the end of this trend. There are new trends in necklines so it’s definitely time to move on from this trend.

-All those shirts and sweaters or sweatshirts with sayings on them like Blonde or Brunette. Again those are pretty much done.  This season pictures on your tops are worth a 1000 of those words. Look for tops with pictures that look like they are painted on instead of tops with words on them.

-Low waisted jeans and pants. No one over 40 looks good in them anyway, so stick to high waisted (super strong for Fall ’19) or the always comfortable mid rise. You won’t see many low rise anywhere.  Truly fashionable women will be wearing high rise.

-The entire Party Girl look is out. So ditch anything that you still have from that trend. Fall 2019 is much more prim and proper but with an edge.

-One other rule I live by is that if you haven’t worn something in a year, it’s time for it to go.  For example, if you haven’t worn a coat, sweater, skirt or pair of boots last fall, you probably won’t wear it this fall (the only exception this year is your bootcut jeans) so if it’s in good condition sell it, or donate it if it’s a bit more worn.  I sell my good condition items every season and can make anywere from $800 – $2500 depending on how much I am selling.  This year I did a big shoe clean out, my shoe size has decreased since last year so no point keeping shoes that are too big even with an insole, so off to the resale store they went.

 

What to Keep:

-Denim is going to be strong.  Skinny jeans and Wide Leg are both strong. Cropped wide leg and skinny too.  But the new style of denim to wear is the bootcut! If you kept your bootcut jeans now is the time to pull them out, if not go out and buy a pair! And boot cut crops too!KUT FROM THE KLOTH Bootcut Jeans, Main, color, NOTIONA darker wash is great for Fall and Winter, these KUT from the Kloth Bootcut Jeans from Nordstrom are the type of new style you will want. The bootcut is super flattering on every figure. KUT FROM THE KLOTH Natalie High Waist Bootcut Jeans, Main, color, SEARCHKut from the Kloth even has larger sizes in their very flattering high waisted Nathalie Bootcut Jean at Nordstrom.

Exposed buttons on pants and jeans are in, especially on a cropped pant or jean. product photoYou can grab this great pair of dark wash cropped, high rise button from jeans from Banana Republic.

-Everything Purple is going to be strong and in every shade of purple from lavender to eggplant.  So keep anything purple you already have and if you don’t have this color in your wardrobe maybe consider it. Image of Velvet by Graham & Spencer Tovah 3/4 Length Balloon Sleeve Slub TopThe darker colors of Purple are probably more flattering for fall and winter but if you love the soft lavender, now is the time.  This top is from Graham and Spense at Nordstrom Rack, not only is the purple color important but the balloon sleeve is too.

If you are not a huge fan of purple, but want to nod to the trend then pick an accessory like a scarf or hat KATE SPADE NEW YORK stripe convertible knit mittens, Main, color, RICH INKor even pick a pair of gloves with a bit of purple on them as a nod to this trend. These gloves are from Kate Spade and you can find them at Nordstrom.  You will see purple in everything, coats, clothing, shoes, boots and bags.  So if purple is your color and I know a few women who love it, now is the time to invest and wear it constantly!

-Quilted everything! We all have puffy coats, and yes they are still super strong for fall and winter.  All those quilted vests and jackets, still going strong, especially if you have one in a bright color.  But quilting isn’t just for outerwear, it will be on skirts, pants, tops, and shoes, boots and bags. Slide View: 2: Dempsey Quilted A-Line SkirtHow about a Quilted A line Skirt? This skirt is at Anthroplogie.com right now.  If you love it grab it before it’s gone. SAM EDELMAN Hooded Puffer Jacket, Main, color, SPRUCEAnd if you need a new puffer coat for fall, shine is in, so maybe try something in a color (not black) with a sheen to it like this coat from Sam Edelman at Nordstrom.com

-Keep all your knits, especially anything with a bell or balloon sleeve.  Knits are going to be huge this fall, especially layered one on top of the other.  So any sweater that has a detail on the sleeve stays in your closet. Slide View: 4: Therese Balloon-Sleeved SweaterThis Therese Balloon-Sleeve Sweater is available at Anthro.  Nordstrom has some too, but in another few weeks to a month they will be everywere.  So if you love it buy one and if you happen to have one (also called a Bishop Sleeve) this is the Fall to wear it.

Keep all your animal print knits.  Leopard print sweaters are coming in every shade and style. You will also see them in pants and skirts, jackets and everywhere.  If you have them, keep them. J.CREW Tippi Leopard Merino Wool Sweater, Main, color, LEOPARDI bought this J. Crew Tippi Leopard Merino sweater last year, they don’t have it at J. Crew anymore but Nordstrom still has it, and I am going to be wearing mine this year.  You could also try something newer like a cardigan Sophie open-front sweater-blazer in leopard. This is J. Crew’s Sophie Open front Blazer cardigan, but you can find leopard print cardigans everywhere.  BR, Anthro and even Nordstrom have them, so choose one you like a stick with it.  If you don’t want a sweater try a skirt or blouse.  Those you can find everywhere too. product photoproduct photoBR has both of these blouses online right now, if you are adventurous try the Dillion Classic fit Shirt in Blue Leopard or if you are a leopard purist like me, the Sheer Leopard Print Peasant top is for you. product photoYou can even buy a Leopard Print Sheer Raincoat from BR but better act quick, they are already sold out of Small and Medium online.

And hang onto all your animal print bags and shoes too.

-Keep your men’s wear blazers. Blazers are super strong for fall, especially in a men’s wear print. If they have shoulder pads even better.  Those strong shoulders of the 1990’s are back again.  But this year add a punky adornment to that blazer either a studded belt or a chain broach. imageThe look is kind of like this image I pulled off google.  Search for the look if you want to know how to do it.  A strong belt over any blazer works, more powerful is a belt with studs over a blazer. Or think chains, you will see a lot of chain belted blazers.

-Good news is that all the fleece and Teddy Bear coats you bought last year are all still strong for Fall 2019.  Your fleece is for more than the gym this year, so perk up your fleece with color and detail. You can wear your fleece jacket with trousers this year or a skirt. But if you really want to take this trend with you Anthro has a fleece dress and pencil skirt Slide View: 1: Stateside Carey Fleece Midi DressSlide View: 3: Stateside Fleece Pencil Skirteither the Stateside  Fleece Midi Dress or the Stateside Pencil skirt would work this Fall.

-Keep all your plaid, all the flannel shirts and all the pants.  Even plaid coats and jackets.  You will still wear them. This year you will wear your plaid bottoms with new oversize knits or with fleece and any plaid shirt you have will look great over bootcut jeans. EQUIPMENT Cisse Textured Plaid Cardigan, Main, color, TRUE BLACK MULTIOr try something like this Cisse Textured Plaid Cardigan from Equipment at Nordstrom. Plaid is as strong as ever!

-Keep all your bright colors. Fall 2019 is all about color. Of course Black never goes out of style and all the classics are still strong, black, camel, navy and grey.  But we already talked about Purple, keep Red, Burgundy, Mustard and Olive.  You will be wanting to wear those colors too.  And all shades of each color, think crabapple red or butterscotch caramel or even chili pepper orange.  The more color for fall the better!

-Keep your jumpsuits! Wide leg, Slim leg and cropped, they are all still going to work for Fall.

womens Belted denim boilersuitDenim Jumpsuits are going to be everywhere.  This one is from J. Crew.

 

This should give you guys a really good guideline when going through your wardrobe of what you will want to hang onto and what you will want to toss.  Keep wearing your spring and summer for the time being but now that it’s mid August it’s really time to plan for Fall.  Do you need help figuring out your closet?  I am available for personal closet wardrobing.  I bet I can find all sorts of new outfits in your closet you haven’t even thought of.  If you want to book an appointment just email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com I am in Vancouver all of September and can help you get ready for fall.

There will be no blog next week August 28, but starting September 4 we will be going through all the fall trends and then each week one by one so you can see all that is out there.  Any questions about fashion please use the same email above.

 

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effortless Chic!

The thing about summer is always what to wear and how to wear it.  Fall and winter kind of work themselves out because you are either planning on staying warm or dry or mostly both if you live in North America. And spring you try to look brighter but still are focused on staying dry and warm.  Then comes summer and if you live anywhere on the West Coast it has been one of the most beautiful and warm summers ever!  The East is now just getting into its warmest part of summer and joining the West in revelling in summer’s heat and glow.  Effortless Chic in summer is all about staying fresh and true to your own style.

One of the best things about summer is dresses.  But I covered that in the last three blogs so I won’t go there today.  Suffice to say I believe in a cute dress, sandals and accessories and you can be completely dressed and polished with out too much effort.  But most of us don’t have endless money and endless closet space to have a dozen daytime dresses for summer.  So how else do you put together a cool look that is also polished and chic? I hope to show you some options you can adopt from using pieces you may already have in your own closet and just a small refresh.  Mind you right now all summer clothes are going on sale and it’s a great time to pick up a few pieces to carry though the rest of summer and to save for next year.  But let’s start with a few easy looks.

Here is a little look from Anthropologie featuring a draw string skirt by Cloth and Stone. Effortless, comfortable and cool.  Here it’s paired with tie up flats and it would look just as good with flat sandlas.  Notice how minimal the accessories are.  Then you are not tied down with any bulk.  This look will carry through the hottest, most humid day the weather can throw at you.

Another look from Anthropologie is this lace top by Harlyn.  When we talked about jeans, we talked about wearing a boyfriend jean with a top that just grazes the waist line.  This is a perfect kind of top for that.  Crop tops are huge this summer and will be strong going into fall.  Because we are not in our 20’s anymore it’s not that appropriate to show your mid drift all the time.  Look for crop tops that are a bit longer.  Anthropologie is a great place to find that kind of piece that will work with jeans, shorts, skirts, etc.

I have a lace top similar to this that I can pair with a lace skirt for dressy.20150730_093157As shown here. The lace in the top doesn’t exactly match the lace in the skirt but they are both a cotton lace and the same size pattern so they work together.  This season you can mix and match tones, colors and prints.  But as you get a bit more mature you want to stick to subtle things that use the trend.  So mixing laces that are similar works well.  I would pair this with delicate accessories and cute chunky sandals for a daytime event and high heel sandals for evening.

20150730_093235Here is the same lace top as above match with boyfriend jeans.  It is a ‘crop top” so it grazes the top of the waistband and same with the skirt above.  Here I would pair the outfit with high wedges, ballet flats or flat sandals that are a bit dressier.  You could also pair this with a pump for dressy.

You can also make effortless chic with shorts, or skirts.  I showed you a skirt look above.

Effortless and fun.  If you have the legs to wear this flutter short and tank.  It is a great, easy summer look.  Flats and cute necklace and you are all set to beat the heat and humidity in your day. Here is another shorts image ( from Anthropologie as well) where it is a bit dressier.  Soft Bermuda shorts and a cute top.  Pull the sleeves up over your shoulders and you could go to the office with this look.  Pair it with one of the little tops above and you change the look completely.

14th & Union Clean Knit Midi SkirtAnother option is a skirt. Midi ( like this one from Nordstrom Rack) maxi or mini they all work for summer. Wear longer shirts with fitted shorter tops and wear mini skirts ( if you can ) with tanks and tees.  I love everything with a denim jacket.  But right now it’s likely too hot for a jacket but it won’t be in September with this same look.

20150730_093451One more look I want to show.  Sorry the image isn’t perfect, I am still not the best photographer.  I got these cute sweatpants at Anthropogie this spring.  I wear them a ton.  The floral pattern and skinny cut work way beyond where a regular sweat pant would and I absolutely love them paired with this denim top from Lucky Brand.  They work in the summer with flat black sandals and in the spring with ballet flats.

20150730_095532One last piece that I just picked up so I can have effortless chic.  This is a chiffon tunic top.  Pair it with the boyfriends above and a cute sandal, Bermuda shorts or skinny black pants.  It will work with all.  I love the floral pattern and I love that it has a black background so I can wear it into fall as well.

Effortless chic is as much about putting pieces together as it is confidence.  Enjoy playing with the clothes you have in your closet.  Go out and buy a magazine and look for inspiration.  Surf the web for inspiration.  Have fun with your clothes and try on an outfit before you plan to wear it just to make sure it works.

One last note,  with summer not only do clothes become lighter so does your makeup.  No need to pile on layers of foundation in the summer.  Go out and buy a good bronzer.  I love the Oil of Olay ones. They have a cc cream that makes your skin look wonderful.  Want something with a bit more coverage try Clairns cc cream.  You can literally wear the bronzer, a bit of blush, mascara and gloss and your done.  I like to put on eyeliner as well since I am fair, but really less is more when it comes to effortless chic with make up in the summer.  I have a great make up artist friend, Luc Lacroix from Pure Studio in Vancouver, who I always turn to for advice.  And as a woman gets older Luc advocates for the whole less is more approach to eye make up and heavy foundation that settles in creases in your face.  I will ask him to guest blog in the fall about what is in store for fall make up.

Hair too needs to be effortless.  I love the way the undone bun looks with some of the looks I post.  I wear a high ponytail with big hoop earrings when it’s too hot for my hair down.  Think of chic ways to pull your hair off your face and neck.  If you have a look with a hair band everyday, change it up. Try half up, half down.  Or a chic low ponytail for evenings.  Lots to try and lots of look in magaizines and online.

Good luck playing with your effortless chic looks.  Please see my contact details on the about page and let me know how you are doing.