I loved almost all of the Fall / Winter trends that came down the runway this season because, with the exception of red boots (I’m totally lost on this one!), I’ve been rocking these styles on and off for all of my 20s! Isn’t it nice that fashion is cyclical and you never have to worry about those pieces you borrowed from your mom eventually coming back en vogue?! (I’m looking at you, 1980s shoulder pads!). My favorite trend though would have to be the combining of red, orange and pink! This is such a fun fusion of shades and has always been a love of mine because it’s reminiscent of my favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day! While I don’t believe this should be a daunting or difficult look to wear, I do have a few tips for keeping it chic and street-style-esque and not looking too trendy!
It’s officially Spring! Which means craving fresh, new pieces for my wardrobe! Rather than spend a ton of $ on new stuff every season I like to update items I know I already like. You’ve probably seen a lot of the cute little bee motif popping up on the runways, blogs and magazines this year — they’re popular every Spring, but seem to be even more so this time for some reason!🐝 However, I’m not about to drop $400+ on a pair of shoes just because they’re popular! One of the easiest ways to stay current on trends is adding appliques and embellishments to pieces you already own!
This year’s Pantone Fall Report is essentially the color personification of my brain on a daily basis. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™ explains the decision behind this season’s palette, “The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”
I personally have been wearing blues, grays & taupes for a very long time and am very excited these were the colors chosen for the 2016 Fall Color Report because they are my YEAR ‘ROUND faves! …and my wardrobe is already full of them!
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The reason I wanted to share my Fall wardrobe with y’all this year is because I was able to get a lot of looks out of only a few pieces and I’ve recently found a lot of new brands and great deals that can help you build the Fall wardrobe of year dreams, ASAP! …and y’all know I’m all about a fabulous sale! I also wanted to give y’all the unique perspective of dressing for Fall from a woman who lives in a climate that doesn’t allow for long sleeves till December! Southern women love a good bonfire as much as the next woman, but we have to be a bit more creative with how we wear “Fall” fashion!
I’m going to start off with my favorite little cross body. A cute cross-body isn’t a new fashion trend, but bloggers & social media have a way of popularizing certain things, and when they do, brands start to sell out of certain styles and colors fast… so fast that sometimes the rest of us had no idea we were missing out on something by the time it’s too late to shop! My trick for getting in on trendy items is waiting till the “less popular” color options go on sale. For example, this Mario Valentino bag you see above came in taupe, blush, black, rust & lavender. It retailed for $649 on Saks off 5th and all the colors except the rust & lavender sold out. Last week the remaining two colors went on sale for $179 and that’s when I swooped in on a 12% cash-back Ebates day and combined it with a free shipping code I’d been saving! And guess what… purple and rust are two of the “popular” colors this season… so everyone who has the other colors are now behind the trend curve. Next season, when blush is no longer trending, snag up the items you wanted in that color last season. In a year, when they’re “the hottest thing ever,” you’ll be on trend again and everyone will wonder how you seem to always be ahead of the fashion curve 🙂
This champagne taupe blazer looks good with everything from black to pink and one in an over-sized cut has been popular since the early 90s.
These blush nude trainers are the only new shoe purchase I made for Fall this year. A “fashion” sneaker is one of my year-round must-haves because the athleisure look is one all of us can get away with rocking and it’s quickly become an important part of the modern woman’s wardrobe. Pair these cuties with a high pony-tail and a t-shirt dress (more on that further down!) or, a pair of leggings and a bomber jacket for a put together look that’s still comfy.
Satin everything is so in right now (flashback to Jr. High – OMG), which is a blessing from heaven to us Southern women who want to layer in this 85 degree heat! I found this pretty rose gold satin duster with sheer dusty rose pink sleeves (above) online at several shops about 2 months ago and just ended up ordering it from the shop that had the best sale.
At least once a year I buy a new formal dress to wear to the ever-growing list of work, career, school and special occasion related events my husband and I attend. I like to rotate through my formal wear wardrobe and add a new piece to the rotation every year so the same people aren’t constantly seeing me in the same outfit! This year I chose an airy blue lace over a taupe satin. This dress had been on my wish list for months but randomly went on sale at my local Anthropologie one day because there was only one left. It happened to be in my size and when I took it to the cashier she said it was another 30% off on top of the sale! Basically I knew it was meant to be! Looking for formal wear at the end of Prom & Home coming season is my favorite because that’s the least expensive time to buy! You can always snag next year’s dress at the end of the current season for a fraction of the price. Try choosing classic styles and colors so that you know your 2016 dress will still be fashionable in 2017 and beyond! A simple cut gown in a neutral combination like blue lace & champagne really never goes out of style.
Sometimes something like a new statement piece is all you need to layer when it’s too hot outside for extra clothes! Us Southern women like our sparkle! Couple that with a striking piece like this bib necklace above and we don’t miss not getting to wear scarves in September so much!
The blue and champagne dress pair beautifully with the lavender bag and earrings.
Another favorite Fall layering piece is the classic t-shirt dress. I loved this piece so much I gave it it’s own blog post last month! They are available in so many lengths and styles and can be endlessly layered from Spring to Winter. Above you see a Pantone Riverside blue, v-neck tee shirt dress, layered under a Pantone Shark Gray duster jacket in a light material. I like to wear this with a pair of gray wool booties. Pair this with a Pantone Dusty Cedar lip color, or hand bag, and a Southern woman has a fully Autumn look without melting the second she steps out the door!
Ah yes, the satin bomber jacket and blazer! While satin jackets and blazers haven’t been the most fashionable fabrics to wear the last 10 years, pairing something like satin with these two classic jacket styles blends the trend seamlessly into modern wardrobes. For me, Fall is all about the luxurious textures and colors. Adding satin to an outfit instantly dresses it up, but it’s a light enough fabric to layer even on warm days. The bomber jacket pairs with everything from athleisure to mini skirts, and are light enough to layer, even in the South! I like to pair mine with a flowy tee-shirt dress and heels, with the sleeves pushed to the elbows.
This post was ready to share a few days after Nashville Fashion Week 2016 back in April but I just realized this week I never published it! My best friend and I attended the opening night show, East Meets West, on April 5th at Studio 615. After seeing photos from all the shows that week I would have chosen to attend the night 4, City Lights Ready-To-Wear runway, which was held outside and just looked absolutely magical! I don’t think you’ll miss out on any level of experience not attending every show for the whole week, but do a little research before buying tickets if you can only attend one night, so you know what you’ll be seeing.
With every new season comes the temptation to shop for new clothes and accessories. Before I start adding a ton of stuff to my wardrobe I know will inevitably be forgotten about, or go out of fashion, I try to update old pieces. Usually the same old things come around every season with the exception of being available in the latest “it” colors. By adding detachable updates to some of your clothes and accessories you double their wear-ability across many seasons and years.
The little shoe update in this post was inspired by the Loren Hope SS16 “Queen of the Tropics” collection and THESE Jimmy Choos you have probably drooled over on Pinterest at some point!