Fall Prints You Can’t Wait to Wear!

I am not a huge print person, but there are a few prints that are classic enough to never go out of style and work across your wardrobe year after year.  Fall 2019 is no exception. This Fall is full of exceptional prints and very creative ways to wear them.  These are the prints that everyone wants to have in their closets!

There are 3 main prints or patterns that are trending for Fall 2019.  Even though this fall is wide open with almost anything goes, the 3 main groups really do encompass most of them.  The trends are: Animal Print, Plaid and Florals.

Animal Print:

One of the best things about wearing animal print is that it can work across your wardrobe from edgy to classic.  There are different prints in this family too, if you are not a fan of leopard print you may love a snake skin print or a giraffe or zebra print.  Lots and lots to choose from and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the look.

I bought J. Crew’s Tippi sweater in Leopard print last fall women's tippi sweater in leopard - women's sweatersand it has become my go to piece to wear with everything from jeans to skirts.  I don’t believe it’s available anymore but if you want a classic style of sweater maybe tryJ.CREW Tippi Snake Print Sweater, Alternate, color, CARAMEL SNAKEthe same sweater in a snake print.  You can buy this year’s version at Nordstrom. If you love leopard print but don’t want a sweater maybe try a blouse. Banana Republic’s soft satin smocked blouse comes in a great leopard print. Or try their washable silk version in a black and white leopard print. Or forgo leopard completely and go for a giraffe print Br has that too!  Or try something in a Zebra print instead. product photoYou could do a Zebra print in black and white or in a black camel combination at BR.

Don’t keep animal print just to tops if you are feeling more adventurous.  product photoproduct photoIn either a straight leg Avery pant or a Wide leg BR has lots of different looks in animal prints.  One of my favorite things this fall is HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Bias Cut A-Line Midi Skirt, Main, color, TAN ANIMAL PRINTthe new bias cut midi skirt. I love it in prints and solids.  I have this animal print skirt from Halogen at Nordstrom, it fits great and hangs beautifully.  It also comes in some great florals and solids so if you want a print or solid skirt that wil work with everything, get on it before they are all gone.  They are a great price so they are selling quickly. Ann Taylor has some beautiful leopard pieces and they are a little more subdued Spotted Turtleneck Top, this grey melange turtleneck is one of those pieces you could wear over and over.  Or jump on the faux fur trend and nothing says faux better than a great fuzzy Leopard Print Faux Fur Funnel Neck Coatanimal print coat, this one is from Loft. Or try KISSY FAUX FUR COAT - Leopard print faux fur coatone from Aritzia, both will keep you warm on cold winter days.

Animal print can also work for accessories and shoes.  That is also on trend this fall.  A great pair of animal print booties from BR or pumps womens Laney pumps in leopard calf hairfrom J. Crew or even flatsPatricia Leopard Print Haircalf Bow Flatsfrom Ann Taylor can make your outfit work on a higher level.  Or try an accessory in animal print like j.crew: devon camera bag in leather with leopard calf hair, right side, view zoomedJ. Crew’s animal print Camera bag or womens Reusable everyday tote in leopardtheir reusable tote can elevate your everyday look.

 

Plaid:

Plaid is as big if not bigger than animal print this Fall.  Plaid works absolutely everywhere from casual to formal and in every accessory and in every color combination.  Everyone needs to have plaid in their wardrobe this year.

One of my favorites is this plaid ankle pants from AT The Ankle Pant in Plaid. Plaid is great on the top or bottom, and I love the idea of an ankle pant that looks great with booties. product photoproduct photoYou could do the same look either in a black or grey combination plaid from BR.  MODCLOTH Prim Class Hero Plaid Skirt, Main, color, GREEN PLAIDOr try a plaid skirt.  This one is from ModCloth at Nordstrom. Blackwatch Plaid Sweater SkirtYou can wear a plaid skirt a bit dressier like this Black watch plaid skirt with a velvet waist at AT. LEONA SKIRT - Button-front plaid pencil skirtOr try a simple front button plaid skirt from Wilfred at Aritzia for the office.

Plaid can be worn on top too, in any number of style ways. Slide View: 5: Rosetta Cropped Plaid JacketTry a cropped plaid jacket from Athro in regular or plus sizes, looks great in all sizes! Slide View: 1: Davina Plaid Mock Neck SweaterOr try a plaid mock neck sweater in a chestnut color combination.  Both styles are from Anthro.  And never be afraid to have a couple of plaid shirts in your wardrobe, one you can wear to work or for dressier occasions and one for casual days . You can find both these shirts at Banana Republic.

The one thing I love about plaid is that it can go to even the stuffiest office. Use Glen plaid and pair it head to toe to crush the competition.  This look is also from BR. Plaid blazers, toppers and jackets are everywhere this fall, grab one you likeSlide View: 2: Jasmann Plaid Wool Coatlike this plaid coat from Anthro and you can wear it with everything!  Oversized topcoat in plaid Italian stadium-cloth woolOr take your plaid topper long, like J. Crew’s plaid stadium coat.  LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Plaid Quilted Jacket, Main, color, LODEN PLAIDOr try a plaid puffer! Ralph Lauren’s plaid quilted jacket at Nordstrom is very trendy and would look great on you!  You can even make a plaid dress work no matter what the occasion.  Petite belted sheath dress in Black Watch tartanThis tartan dress from J. Crew can take you to work and dinner. Slide View: 1: Cloth & Stone Plaid Maxi ShirtdressOr embrace your casual side in a plaid maxi dress from Anthro.

Plaid accessories will always work to your advantage. Plaid PonchoCapes and Ponchos are very fashionable this year so why not wear a plaid poncho from AT now and then over your solid coat later. BR has a great houndstooth ponch that would be fantastic over your black suit or belted over jeans. And let’s not forget about our classic fall scarves , I must have at least 10 and wear them all winter long.  Plaid works in bags as much as animal print does and is a great addition to any outfit. Both the above scarf and purse are from BR.

Who doesn’t want a fabulous pair of plaid boots Sol Sana Florence Plaid Ankle Bootsthese block heel plaid booties from Anthro would be perfect. Superga Plaid SneakersOr how about plaid sneakers for your casual days, you can find these at Anthro too! Or try a pair of plaid pumpsModern Plaid Kaia Bow Block Heel Pumpsthese are from AT.  I have a pair of houndstooth plaid pumps from last year and I wear them all the time with black pants.

Keep plaid handy this fall, it is one of the strongest trends.

 

Florals:

The Floral print for fall is more of an add on print.  You aren’t as likely to wear it in coats, bags and shoes.  It is concentrated in clothing.  This season it is almost an artisitic flair to some of the floral prints and others are dark and edgy.  Take a look at them and decide how they fit into your wardrobe.

HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Tie Neck Long Sleeve Top, Main, color, NAVY- PURPLE OUTLINE FLORALSometimes all you need is a fresh look in a floral top, in new on trend colors, to update your work wardrobe.  This top is by Halogen at Nordstrom. VINCE CAMUTO Windsor Floral Chiffon Top, Main, color, DARK WILLOWOr try a top by Vince Camuto that you can dress up or down in one of fall’s hottest colors. Slide View: 2: Reverie Tiered Velvet TunicOr maybe even a pretty watercolor tunic from Anthro.  Pay attention to what makes the tops fresh this season no matter what print or pattern you choose, a high neck, a sleeve detail and an interesting fabric or at least a fabric that stands out besides having the print on it, is important for all your Fall 2019 tops.

But floral patterns aren’t regulated to just the top of your outfit.  How about all those wonderful bias skirts, those would be fantastic in a floral print. That same Halogen from Nordstrom skirt that I showed at the top of the blog in animal print also comes in some great floral prints. HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Bias Cut A-Line Midi Skirt, Main, color, BURGUNDY MULTI FLORALAnd I think it looks great in both prints!TWIRL SKIRT - Floral pleated midi skirtYou can even do a floral pleated midi skirt, Wilfred at Aritzia has the perfect one to dress up or down for winter.  And there are also floral pants you can wear. Slide View: 1: Devin Jacquard Utility JoggersThese Devin Jacquard Utility Joggers at Anthro can take you right from daytime to evening. Slide View: 2: Audria Jacquard JumpsuitSlide View: 1: Meredith Embroidered Maxi DressOr let a floral jumpsuit or dress be your calling card this fall.  You will find tons of choices in both styles in floral patterns in every store.  Both the jumpsuit and the dress above can be found at Anthropologie.

And floral scarves and wraps make a great addition to any wardrobe. TREASURE & BOND Kite Sleeve Wrap, Main, color, NAVY FALL FLORALMADEWELL Bandana, Main, color, MIRAGE BLUE MULTIA great floral wrap or banadana can work in your wardrobe not just this season, but for many years after! Wear the wrap over all your dark romantic looks, especially with lace.  And use your floral scarf underneath a plaid jacket or blazer, just make sure they have similar colors. Both the wrap and scarf can be found at Nordstrom.

Use all the patterns and prints that are strong for fall 2019 across all your trends.  Wear your animal prints with all your solid colors to break them up and plaid works so well with knits and classics.  Florals just work everywhere, they work across all the trends and are great for a casual look or dressy one.  Other that wearing one color head to toe, by the way you can do this with prints too, push prints into your everyday wardrobe.  To wear a print or pattern head to toe keep the same print and color in your top and bottom.  That too is on trend this fall!

Next week instead of diving into the Shine trend we are going to look at fall outerwear.  Which will be our last October Blog.  I am going to use the Shine trend to open up our holiday blog month the 1st week of November. So stay tuned!!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2019: Updated Classics

Updated Classics is probably the largest trend for Fall 2019 besides the Color trend.  Especially for women over 40 who don’t want to reinvent themselves or their wardrobe every season, Updated Classics is a great trend for you.

There are a couple of ways you can look at this trend: 1) You can view it as a new trend and look at the sophisticated pieces that are this season’s Updated Classics or 2) You can go through your own wardrobe and add a piece or two and new accessories, and layering techniques to create your own updated classic wardrobe.  Let’s look at both ways.  And then we can talk all about the accessories and shoes that will work best with this trend at the end.

If you are starting from scratch with this trend the very first thing I would go out and purchase is a classic style blazer.  What is a classic style blazer? Well, it’s basically either a single or double-breasted blazer with lapels, long sleeves and hits your body right at your hip line.  J. Crew is a great place to find a blazer that isn’t too expensive and will work with a multitude of pieces. j.crew: parke blazer in english wool, right side, view zoomedJ. Crew’s Parke Blazer in English Wool in the color Meadow Multi would be a great starting place for something classic with the updated twist of matching all the greens that are trending right now. j.crew: parke blazer in velvet, right side, view zoomedOr if you are a little more adventurous do the same blazer in Velvet.  Velvet blazers are great updated pieces that add texture and color and can be worn casually or dressed up. This Parke blazer comes in 5 different colors. The other J. Crew Blazer I really like is the Boyfriend Blazer, it’s relaxed fitting and slightly longer. j.crew: boyfriend blazer in glen plaid, right side, view zoomedIn this Fall trend plaids and glen plaids are huge in blazers so maybe that will be the place to start for you.  One other blazer I want to show is a double-breasted one, Babaton has the Samuel Check Blazer, SAMUEL CHECK BLAZER - Double-breasted plaid blazerit comes in 2 colors, this Red Beige houndstooth or a Black Grey check.  Both would work great as a starting place.  Blazers are the go to jacket style for Fall so you will want to get one if you don’t already have one.  Pay attention to the shoulder pads, you want them to be somewhat pronounced.  Also you want your blazer to be wearable for lots of different occasions.  You want to belt it and add accessories.  For this trend as long as you keep the look prim and proper you can wear your blazer everywhere!

The next piece you want to look for is a somewhat classic pant.   You can always go back to denim with this trend.  Either a bootcut jean JOE'S Honey Curvy Bootcut Jeans, Main, color, RIKKI, like these from Joe’s jeans, the Honey Curvy Bootcut in a darker wash or High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeansomething like Banana Republic’s High-Rise Wide leg in Dark Rinse are great jeans to start with for this trend.  You can always use a dark skinny you already have in your closet.  If you go wide leg, do something that slims along your hip line, these BR ones do, so you don’t look wide at your widest point.

You can use the same guideline for pants,  becareful with high waisted pants, they are super trendy right now but don’t fit everyone.  Make sure you have a long enough waist to wear them or skip them and try a more figure flattering shape like a trouser. Banana Republic has a great selection of pants, Logan Trouser-Fit Washable Bi-Stretch PantI really like their classic Logan trouser.  You can find them in stores and online.  Another great BR pant is the Avery classic pant Avery Straight-Fit Plaid Ankle Pantit’s a straight leg pant that is a bit shorter.  So if you aren’t super tall like me, these work great because they actually hit me right below my ankle.  But if you want to choose one pant silhouette that is a must for fall it’s the bootcut.  Choose a high waisted bootcut pant in a solid color. NIC+ZOE Wonderstretch Bootcut Pants, Main, color, BLACK ONYXA pair like these from Nic +Zoe at Nordstrom that have a bit of stretch are perfect pants to take you from casual to dressy.  If you can try a pair with a higher waist with a tie SENTIMENTAL NY Techno Crepe Wrap Pants, Main, color, BLACK SOLIDlike these from Sentimental NY at Nordstrom in a techno crepe, if you are short waisted or petite, like many of us are, then skip the tie waist and just stick to a higher rise pant.  A higher rise will make you look taller and slimmer, especially if you pair it with a heel.

Fall prints and patterns really work well here too.  You can add plaid, animal print or any new and exciting print you see.  But we are going to do a whole blog on fall prints so I will talk about them next week.  But they all work back into the Updated Classics trend.

Add a shirt to your wardrobe to echo this trend as well.    A sleeve or collar detail is essential here. Spotted Bow Neck BlouseA high neck or tie neck is what works with this trend.  This is Ann Taylor’s Spotted Bow Neck blouse. womens Crinkle chiffon smocked top in dotOr go for a high neck, like this Crinkle Chiffon Dot Smocked top from J. Crew.  Or you can even opt for a blouse that has both a high neck and tie neck like TRAPEZE BLOUSE - Long-sleeve, tie-neck blouseWilfred’s Trapeze Blouse from Aritzia.

The other thing to pay attention to is sleeve detail.  The Balloon sleeve or Bishop sleeve is the newest sleeve detail. SANCTUARY All Nighter Zebra Print Peplum Long Sleeve Blouse, Main, color, ZEBRAWhich is basically any full sleeve blouse where the sleeve is nipped in at the wrist like this All Night Long Zebra print blouse from Sanctuary.  But other sleeves are important too, like belle sleeves or ruffle sleeves. Slide View: 1: Modern Peasant BlouseA sleeve like this ruffle one on Anthropologie’s Modern Peasant Blouse would be perfect in this trend.

 

To make this look out of things you already own shouldn’t be that hard.  Wear your wide leg pants, belt last year’s blazer and wear all your high neck tops.  I can make this look out of my wardrobe, the only thing I don’t have is a balloon sleeve top. How I am going to make it work is with newer accessories.

Buy a wider strong belt for your blazer. HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Faux Leather Stretch Belt, Main, color, BLACKPick a black belt like this one from Halogen at Nordstrom if you have a plaid blazer and if your blazer is black, either pick something metallic or with a hint of color. Lida BeltSomething in an animal print might work, belt from Anthro.Suede Wide BeltOt try a wide suede belt in another color like this belt from AT.

Pick an unexpected twist to add to your outfit like TASHA 2-Pack Brushed Metal Barrettes, Main, color, GOLD/ SILVERadding two different colored metallic barrettes to your hair ( we will hear more about that trend from our accessories expert Shoshana Lewis in the coming weeks).  Or add a broach to your outfit NINA Faux Pearl & Crystal Butterfly Brooch, Main, color, SILVER/ IVORY/ WHITE CRYSTALOscar de la Renta - Faux Pearl & Baguette Swarovski Crystal Accented Fringe Broochpick something with bling or edginess to it.  I have a whole bunch of antique broaches and you can even add a short chain to it if you want to make it edgier on your lapel or top.  I even use them to keep my open sweaters closed.

Anything with a chain is a great way to add newness to your Updated Classic look. HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Chain Belt, Main, color, GOLDA chain belt like this one from Halogen is a great way to add that edginess to a look or TOPSHOP Chain Link Belt, Main, color, GOLDhow about a belt that is made of chain, like this one from Top Shop.  You can even layer your chain belt over a skinny leather belt, remember this season more is great.

For footwear, pull out all your embellished or printed or studded shoes and boots. Bruno Premi Lucite Buckle Ankle BootsBoots like this pair from Bruno Premi with a Lucite buckle and heel are exactly what your blazer and bootcut pant need. Seraphina Block HeelsWith skirts, dresses and shorter ankle pants try an animal print block heel pump.  Or go all out and wearSol Sana Florence Plaid Ankle Bootsplaid boots or shoes.  Keep your heels to block heels or kitten to be updated.  Or even pick a pair of embellished loafers  PAUL GREEN Carrie Platform Loafer, Main, color, BLACK LEOPARD COMBOlike these from Paul Green.  Other than these loafers all the shoes and boots can be found at Anthropologie online.

The real key to this trend is using the updates to make your classic pieces look fresh. Like adding a belt to your blazer or coat.  Picking shoes and boots with embellishments.  And like I mentioned above plaid and animal prints work really well here as pieces to add in.  But we will talk about that next week.

Do you need help updating your wardrobe? I am available in November for styling appointments.  Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com to book an appointment.

Next week we will dive into fall prints.  Then at the end of the month we will look at the Sparkle and Shine trend to start us onto our holiday attire.  Also stay tuned for an accessory blog from Shoshana Lewis in November.

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Utility for Fall 2019: Colors, Quilting and Fleece

Every fall we see different Utility styles become trendy.  Sometimes it’s with a militaristic view and sometimes it has an equestrian feel.  Well for Fall 2019, it has a bit of everything in the Utility trend, specifically colors and textures.

Fall 2019 is really all about colors and textures in every trend.  The colors in the Utility trend range from golds and mustards to khaki green and deep oranges.  There are prints like camoflague that work really well.  And the texture part is really all about how to wear quilting and fleece.  I know a lot of women who love fleece and quilting but really only wear them as weekend or very casual looks.  This fall you can take the pieces and mix them with your work wear or even going our styles and be perfectly on trend.

Fall pattern play.Sometimes it is as easy as adding your casual puffy jacket to a dress and boots. MADEWELL Forest Floral Reversible Quilted Liner Jacket, Main, color, VINTAGE MOSSOr take a casual jacket and denim shirt or jacket and pair it over a dress for work. Both the above looks are from Nordstrom and feature coats and dresses you can find at nordstrom.com .

You can also use fleece to create a trendy look Slide View: 2: Sherpa Swan CoatAnthropologie is a great place to find a sherpa or fleecy jacket that you can pair with jeans for casual or Slide View: 1: Sherpa Swan Coatpatterned pants for a night out.

You don’t have to stick to just earthy colors either.  One of my favorite looks in this trend is in black and white Slide View: 5: Scotch & Soda Geo Puffer Jacket. Anthro has a Scotch and Soda Geo printed puffer coat pair with Bagatelle tapered leather trousers, a stripe turtleneck and white runners, and it works perfectly.

You can take individual pieces out of your wardrobe like fleece and quilting and add them to styles you may not have thought about before. Slide View: 1: Valentina Quilted Bomber JacketIf you own a quilted bomber jacket, pair it with a skirt. This jacket is the Valentia Quilted Bomber jacket from Anthro. Baby Terry Lightweight SweatshirtOr you could try pairing a terry sweatshirt like this one from Banana Republic with wide leg pants or wide leg jeans. Cropped Sherpa Fleece HoodieYou can take something as simple as a sherpa hoodie from Banana Republic, and pair it with denim or try it with Utility Shirt Jacketa pair of straight leg black pants and khaki flight jacket.  Change the shoe to Essential Leather Sneakera black leather sneaker with a bit of detail and you are completely rocking this trend. Or try the same hoodie and jacket with Hayden Tapered-Fit Plaid Pull-On Ankle Panta tapered check pant and Demi Loafersimple black loafer.  And voila! You have a casual Friday work outfit ready to wear.

And remember at in our very first fall blog we talked about unexpected styles being in this trend?  One of my faves is still Slide View: 1: Dempsey Quilted A-Line Skirtthe Dempsey Quilted A line skirt from Antho.  Wear it with an animal print sweater and booties to work and then try j.crew: demylee&reg; x j.crew puff-sleeve pom-pom sweater, right side, view zoomeda puff sleeve pom pom sweater from J. Crew with heels in a patterned fabric for evening.

I am a fleece lover, Slide View: 1: Presly Fleece PulloverI love a fleece turtleneck like this Presly Fleece pullover at Anthro with a trendy bottom in either animal print or plaid.

And let’s not forget the effect of a camo print in this trend. Slide View: 1: Sanctuary Lena Camo Utility JacketAnthro has Sanctuary’s Lena Camo Utility jacket that can pair with everything.  I would even wear this jacket over a black dress! You can also do camo on the bottom, Slide View: 1: Sanctuary Mid-Rise Camo Skinny JeansAnthro also carries Sanctuary’s mid rise Camo skinny jean that you can pair with a print sweater, a solid black cashmere sweater or even a white blouse.  Tuck them into boots when the weather gets colder or wear them with a simple loafer now.

There area  little accessory details that can make or break this trend in your wardrobe.  If you already have a few quilted and fleece pieces start mixing them up with pants and skirts or even dresses and then pay attention to how you accessorize them.  Leather Double Zip Camera CrossbodyA great cross body bag will always work, this one is from BR. Plaid Extra-Large ToteOr grab a colorful tote that isn’t in the same pattern that you are already wearing.  Then use a hat like this suede fisherman hat from BR Suede Fisherman Hator Slide View: 2: Edith Beretgrab your black beret, chances are we all have one.  Even a great looking Panama hat like TREASURE & BOND Trim Panama Hat, Main, color, BLACKthis one from Treasure and Bond at Nordstrom can take your outfit to the next level.

Keep earrings fairly simple, and use your wrist as the accessory place. Animal BraceletTry tying on a fun animal charm bracelet and then layering with womens Dainty crystal stretch bracelet eight-packa Dainty stretch crystal bracelet like these in J. Crew’s 8 pack, you can layer more or less depending on how you feel. Just try and keep them mixes with rougher textures like the leather tied bracelet above.

For shoes, keep to runners, loafers and booties.  There are so many great runners everywhere for fall. Superga Zebra Low-Top SneakersA great Zebra print leather runner like these from Superga at Anthro would be perfect for this fall’s utility trend.  And you can never go wrong with a great pair of black leather sneakers, Essential Leather Sneakerthese Essential leather sneakers would even look great with a black suit for fall. I wear my black suede sneakers all the time and this fall will start to pair them with more pants and skirts, not just jeans and sweats.  A great classic loafer can work really well too. PAUL GREEN Becca Loafer, Main, color, HAZEL SUEDEPaul Green’s Becca loafer in either Hazel (shown) or Black would be great for this trend, I love the ruggedness of the lug sole.

And of course booties can work as well.  A great lace up combat style VAGABOND SHOEMAKERS Dioon Cap Toe Bootie, Main, color, BLACK LEATHERlike these from Vagabond at Nordstrom would be great with any utility look.  Or try a bootie in a color or print or even textureSeychelles Floodplain Bootiesthat will add another dimension to your look.

The whole utility trend can be worn with all the fall prints and patterns.  Wear your quilted jacket with plaid pants or with an animal print sweater underneath.  You can also mix it with other trends, wear a lace shirt with your camo print pants or wear knit pieces under your quilted jacket.  Fall 2019 is all about mixing the unexpected instead of wearing what is expected, so have fun with it.

 

Do you need help figuring out how Fall 2019’s trends can work for you? Book me for a styling session and we can figure it out together! I am booking Novmeber appointments right now! Email me at Suethefashionista@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Next week we will be looking at my favorite fall trend, Updated Classics!

Until next time…suethefashionista-card-frnt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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!

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