Fall is the January of Fashion
My favorite this season is the statement necklace. I love these because they can work with pieces you already own and therefore, any silhouette or body type. For example, a necklace like this one from Banana Republic can be worn to work to perkup a suit or blazer, but would also look fabulous with and jeans and a black top or white blouse. I've worn my statement necklaces with a black crewneck tee and white jeans, (yes, you can still wear white after Labor Day).
While a statement necklace is meant to be big, it still should be in proportion to your body. And make sure that if you have a large bust, that it sits above the bust line, closer to the neck and face. If it hangs too low, it can actually add to the bust line and give the illusion of a uniboob!
The next trend is a total throw back to the 80s that I kind of love - neon. Okay, I know I sound nuts, but hear me out. The key to pulling this off is doing it in small doses. This is a dark purple dress of mine, very simple and classic in its shape and design, but to change it up, I added a neon orange belt from J.Crew. A bright colored belt would be great over a sheath dress or even just a cardigan. However, this isn't the only way to wear neon - try a fun colored clutch for nighttime or I bought a hot pink scarf to wear with my black coat.
Here's a cardigan that has two neon colors, orange and pink, but take the idea of this and pair a solid hot pink cardigan with a black skirt, pants or jeans and black boots. I think this trend is upbeat and fun when anchored with flattering basics like a fitted dress, skirt or basic black pants.
Purple is still a big color for Fall, however, do note, that the purple this season is very dark - almost black. This shade is flattering on just about everyone. I love the idea of a dark purple purse instead of a black bag for the Fall and Winter. Even a pair of flats or purple boots with jeans and a black sweater would be easy and fun. Also think of color in terms of accessories like a purple belt over a grey or black cardigan - very cute!
Booties and Embellished Shoes
For shoes, it appears that booties are here to stay, and truthfully, I like them. Booties are the only 'boot' that can be worn with a skirt, dress or pair of pants. The best option is to pair them with tights in the same color in order to continue the line of the leg.
You'll also see a lot of embellished shoes this Fall. I love these flats from Banana Republic because they are already accessorized. I would just add a pair of earnings and a bracelet or two and your outfit is complete. And here's a dark purple pair of embellished heels from BCBG girls. Remember, great shoes make an outfit, fabulous shoes make an outfit unforgettable.
Aside from statement necklaces, hardware accents have been very popular. There are shoes, belts, bracelets and bags with studs and lots of metal. This trend may not fit everyone's sense of style, but again, it's fun in small doses.
Here's a studded belt and purse from Banana Republic. If you just wear one or the other, (not both at the same time), then you're on point and don't look like a slave to the trends. Too much of any trend and it looks like you are trying too hard. The goal is to inject a few fun colors or embellishments to your existing wardrobe instead of an overhaul of every piece you own.
Leopard is always a Fall staple, but is hotter than ever this time around. A pair of leopard shoes is the perfect way to change up a suit for work (with black or brown), but I also love a simple cardigan. Here's one with shades of grey and black from Ann Taylor. This can be worn over a dress or even jeans and dark purple flats. Since leopard is pretty bold, it, too, is best when it's just a touch. Try a belt, bag, shoes or even a leopard pair of gloves with your winter coat!
Ultimately, you have to pick the trends that work for you. Shoes and jewelry are the easiest options, but use these ideas to try something new. Fashion and courage have much to do with one another and if you are afraid to take a step or two, then call me - I am happy to help!
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