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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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 –
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
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!