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As tan lines fade and evenings turn cool, fresh summer styles make way for the warm, cozy fashions of the fall.
The colours of autumn are so gorgeous; warm caramels, butterscotches, creams and olives. A veritable buffet of sophisticated options – and a few statement pieces will bring your wardrobe from last year up to date. By investing in some new basics season to season, you keep your look current and fresh.
So, what’s the most basic basic of all? Jeans, of course! Cuts and colours change subtly every season, and it’s worth it to invest in at least one pair that’s trendy this fall. Skinny jeans are still going strong, but with a twist this time. Pairing peg-leg denims with closed-toed heels is a stylish update to this 80’s silhouette. Dark wash goes from day to evening effortlessly. Are you brave enough to try a patterned skinny jean? Florals, stripes and dots all punch up this essential and turn it into a real statement. Leggings are still around this season, but try branching out from basic black! Wear royal blue or purple leggings with a military-inspired jacket or underneath a denim mini.
Speaking of military-inspired, it’s one of the most important fall fashion trends. Anoraks, vests, crisp shirts and canvas skirts in classic khaki, drab olive and beige all look fabulous when worn with a kick of colour. Keep the look girly with bangles or a statement necklace. Military tailored shirts also look great in limpid silks and cottons. Worn with distressed jeans and flats the look is feminine and on trend. Add a cadet cap to a jeans and t-shirt outfit for an instant update, or pin a medal on a denim jacket. Little touches allow you to reference a trend without going overboard.
For a cozy fall look nothing beats a sweater dress. In a thin or chunky knit, the look is always classic. Wear one over skinny jeans, leggings or even fine wool pants. Sweater dresses look best in the neutral fall palate – cream, browns and grays. Look for a high neck or short sleeves for a style update this season. If you’re daring, try one with knee socks! Although the sweater dress is a timeless piece it can easily be made flirty and fun with high boots, a long necklace and a bright bag.
Sick of trying to cram everything in a tiny purse? Good news! Big bags are back this year, and they are fabulous. Grab one in a vivid colour and use it as a carryall. Red and bright yellow are favourites this year and look terrific with autumn neutrals.
Fall fashion trends are fun – try a few on for size! Remember, you can never go wrong with a classic look punched up with some statement pieces. Don’t be a fashion victim! Express yourself through what you choose to wear, don’t let the clothes define you. If you don’t feel great in an outfit, it’s not the right look. Luckily there are lots of different styles to choose from this season. One – or many – will be perfect for you.
write by harris