Archive | September, 2014

Most Wanted List for Men for Fall 2014

5 Sep

O.K. I know most of my readers are female but we want to be fair to the males as well and show what the new Fall 2014 Trends are for them too. I hope you are starting to find some of the items I shared in my last post to add to your fall wardrobe. Since attending the Fall 2014 Fashion preview at Belk with Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction, I am excited to share what’s new for the season for the men in your lives in this blog post.

Here are the ten must-have items for the season for men:

Chambray Shirt

This is an all time favorite that is always in style! You can dress it up or dress it down. It goes great with chinos or a suit and can be found in a wide range of blues so make sure to choose the shade that best fits your dominant color characteristic!

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Athletic Top

As with the women’s trends, we are seeing so much gym-inspired clothing with new details and textiles to update and refresh knits of all kinds.  Check out this  baseball tee with elbow patches and the use of color blocking. You can certainly wear athletic inspired items with more polished items for a complete new look.

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Corduroy Pant

Cords have never been a cooler option for the office or weekend wear.  You will find them in a range of browns and saturated burgundies for the wear anywhere colors. These can be worn with a sport coat or dressed down with a sporty sweatshirt.

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Fashion Add-ons

Accessories are not just for the women.  Men have tie bars, boutonnieres, cuff links and pocket squares just to mention a few. Of course bow-ties are still a hot item too. These add on accessories are just the thing to take your look from “drab” to “fab”!

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Henley

Layering is “the look” and the henley knit is a necessity for fall.  Use it to layer over a tee or under a sport coat or with a hoodie. Find a color and texture you like to add to your fall wardrobe this season.

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Jog Pant

Going along with the sportswear theme this season is the new bottom that is now designed to complement all the  polished sportswear pieces.

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Puffer –

This has been a favorite for a while.  They are ultra-light and easy to pack and easy to wear.  The puffy vests and jackets are the perfect  fall completer piece. It weighs nothing and you can stuff it in a backpack.

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Tailored Vest

The vest can mix and match with almost everything in your closet. It can also be dressed up or dressed down.  It is another great completer piece to any man’s wardrobe.

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Boot

This isn’t your grandpa’s work boot. Try a desert boot to a work wear-inspired option.  Updated soles and vintage leathers in contrasting colors are the top trends. The browns and camels are hot colors this fall.  Notice the British tan messenger bag for carrying either college books or client files.

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Velvet Sport Coat

It’s not just for the holidays. It can be worn with jeans or a dress pant. You will find it in several jewel tone colors to add a touch of flash to your wardrobe.

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Remember, it is just as important that men find the best colors in their clothing to fit their dominant color characteristics as it is for women. If you, or the man in your life you are shopping for, is a very slim and trim guy and you have a hard time finding things to fit and won’t look baggy, try Banana Republic.  I recently had a male client that was in this category and I was able to find pants and shirts in both “Slim” and “Tailored Slim” styles that fit perfectly.  You see ladies, men have body shape issues too!

Continue watching for more Blog Posts coming very soon with even more Fall Trends to add to your wardrobe!

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Most Wanted List for Women for Fall 2014

2 Sep

Where did the summer go?!  I can’t believe it has come and gone already. I spent most of the summer traveling and speaking and met some wonderful and beautiful ladies along the way!

Of course, we will still have some more warm weather but it is definitely time to start thinking Fall Fashions!  Once again, I had the opportunity to attend the Fall 2014 Fashion preview at Belk with Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction and I am excited to share what’s new for the season in my next few blog posts.

Let’s start with the Most Wanted List for Women and the ten must-have items for the season.

Soft Pant

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These pants were very popular in the spring and are carrying over to the fall. They are softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. It is femininity with a sporty attitude. These mix well with  this white blouse.We are seeing the return of pearls – but not your mamma’s pearls (these are big and bold). Notice they are worn on the outside of the collar which is very trendy.

Longer Skirts

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Skirt lengths are all over the place. This new trend is over the knee, mid-calf or all the way. Just remember that your best hem length is going to be in the “diamond” openings of your legs.  That is going to be most flattering on you and will work better for you than the latest trends.  Notice the cropped boxy sweater top she is wearing with this longer skirt and the ever-popular bootie shoe which is in trend again this season.

Creative Cardigan

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This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with new shapes,  trims and  textures. Let the layering begin! It’s like adding the 3rd piece to polish off an outfit and the versatility = value.

Novelty Vest

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Furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored—the vest will make everything look great. It’s great to accessorize any look and is very versatile.  You can wear a vest with most anything.

Fashion Sweatshirt

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We saw a lot of embellished sweatshirts last fall and  this item has continued its staying power. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic. It’s just not weekend wear with the embellishments or quilted or adding leather to the mix. It’s all in the details.

Tunic Top

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This is one of my favorite types of tops to wear and is so good for most body types. This is a flattering length for most anyone and looks very polished. The high-low hems continue to be popular, as well as novelty fabrics. Notice the plaid which is big for fall also.

Midi Length Sheath

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This dress is a  tried and true silhouette but with a little bit longer length. This is the dress that is always a classic and a must-have for most any wardrobe.

Statement Neck

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This jewelry item can update and refresh anything! Notice the bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. A statement necklace will bring attention to the face where it needs to be.  Also notice that mixing metals is very in right now.

Over the Knee Boots

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This is the #1 shoe of the season.  They feel modern and look very stylish. You can wear them with slim pants or skirts. You will find them  in vintage leathers and shiny leathers and in black, brown and the new color for fall -British Camel

Satchel

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Of course, my favorite wardrobe piece is always the handbag! This Michael Kors has a simple shape and subtle details.  It is a very classic hand held bag and is perfect to add a pop of color to your look.

Remember, you don’t have to wear every trend but just pick one or two that shows YOUR fashion personality!  Add a piece or two to your current wardrobe to give it the updated look for the season. If you would like help finding your own personal style and  personal shopping, contact me and I would love to help!  Be watching for my next Blog post where I will share the top 10 must have items for the man in  your life!

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