Monday, August 25, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized
With summer coming to an end, it’s time to pack up your shorts and gladiator sandals and make room for your sleek, sophisticated fall wardrobe. This season is all about a classic pieces with a modern, feminine twist.
Think tailored pants and jackets, pencil skirts, collars and cuffs. Dresses and skirts are nipped in at the waste, while hemlines are crisp and straight. The look can be casual, too—it’s more structured and chic than prim and proper. The best part about structured cuts: whether your pants are wide-leg or narrow, a neat, tailored look will lengthen your silhouette and produce a slimming effect.
Black will always have top billing for fall, but vibrant, colorful jewel tones of blue, orange, purple and green are making their mark this season. Dresses in autumnal shades like plum and rust are look lovely on nearly every skin tone. For those who may be a little less daring, a strategically placed splash of color will jazz up any ensemble. Try accenting your monochromatic black or gray with a cobalt belt or an emerald scarf.
Mad for Plaid
Nothing says fall like a pair of plaid menswear pants in shades of chocolate and tan. This season, however, designers are updating the crisscross classic with playful, flirty pieces in watercolor tints. Plaid has been adopted by practically every look from preppy to grungy to western, and considering its long and complicated history with the fashion world, it’s safe to say this print isn’t going anywhere soon.
All Tied Up
Bows are putting the finishing touches on clean-cut oxfords, silk blouses and wool coats this fall. The most wearable version is perhaps the thin, gauzy bow accenting an ultra-feminine silk top. The result is a perfectly pulled together look that’s at once romantic and avant-garde. Since bows themselves are accessories, wear the trend with minimal jewelry, especially on the neck.