QUESTION: All summer long I have been weeding out my clothes one closet at a time. What a project! Although my drawers and I are feeling lighter, I still have some heavy lifting in front of me. Coats, sweaters, pants, and boots, oh my! I’m overwhelmed. I can’t figure out what to keep and what to let go. Please advise.
No worries, I’ll get you set up. Turns out you’ve saved the best for last. Coats, sweaters, pants and boots move to the front of the closet this season. Eye-catching coats make a statement and are the No. 1 fashion accessory this fall and winter. You can’t have too many! Think bold furs, oversized parkas and cool colorful leathers. Don’t be shy. Candy-coated colors such as pastel pink and light blue and plugged-in colors such as electric blue, green and shades of yellow are very prominent and chic in outerwear this season. Maybe something fur-trimmed?
Emerald green, Pantone’s color of the year, remains in vogue and looks terrific any way you wear it. Try pairing it with other jewel tones such as garnet, amethyst and sapphire. Black and white combos have been a staple. This fall and winter they surrender to shades of gray, the new neutral: light gray to dark graphite. Blocks of color with black remain strong and will look fresh when you add white and camel to the mix. Winter white worn head to toe ruled the runways this year, so don’t pack up all your white after Labor Day. In fact, a crisp white jean, a cozy cable-knit sweater and some boots might be the perfect uniform this fall.
Speaking of uniforms, military-inspired looks remain strong this season. Double-breasted jackets and coats paired with skinny leather-trimmed jeans and rugged military lace-ups or over-the-knee boots rock out this fall and winter. This look can also be heightened with a nod to the trendy ’80s punk rock theme by adding some tartan plaid, a cool beanie, an Andy Warhol-inspired repetitive bold print and a hot leather moto jacket (studs, chains and safety pins optional).
If you tend to be more comfortable in traditional styles, you’re in luck. Classic menswear fabric patterns of hounds tooth, pinstripe and plaid, joined by leopard print — now considered a basic — can be found in both modern and traditional silhouettes that will help keep you in high style. Add a loafer or boot and hat, and you’ll be tops this season. New hat choices this fall are the beanie, floppy knit beret, a baseball-styled hat or a classic fedora.
Now that you’ve taken inventory, you probably have a better idea of what you have and what you’ll need to get through this season in style. You might want to pick up a couple fresh turtlenecks, something with leather, a beanie hat for sure and a peplum blouse, skirt or dress, a must-have to define your waist and/ or accentuate your curves.
Enjoy the crisp, beautiful fall!
Yours in style,