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Fall is my favorite time of year, and do you know why? I have two words for you: FALL SHOPPING! Nordstrom, Saks, and Neimans, they all seem to have such appeal. I’m not sure if it is the fact that I get to cover up and feel cozy for a few months, or the pumpkin spice latte that I am drinking while shopping, but I can tell you my credit cards are smoking come fall!
Sure who wouldn’t want to pitch their existing wardrobe and buy all new, but for most that’s not realistic (especially for those of us with spouses)! So, how do you make the most of your fall shopping without breaking the bank?
I advise my clients to transition their spring/summer wardrobe. This fall makes it easy as the color trends are royal blue, sangria, mauve mist, bright cobalt, cypress, aurora red and radiant orchid, to name a few (reference the color bar above the outfits pictured). What makes this fall an easy transition is that these colors work harmoniously with spring/summer pastels. Cypress (think army green) pairs beautifully with nudes. Cobalt blue looks great with soft pinks and lilacs. Aluminum is another great color this fall that can be paired with the color of the year Radiant Orchid.
Now that we have the color combinations down, start looking through your wardrobe to see how you can pair your summer essentials with fall must haves.
Seen on the runways were poncho/blanket coats, all over red, fur, animal print, tartan, gray scale, heavy metals, leather, pastels, skirt suits, statement boots, velvet and winter blooms.
So how do you pair these? Start with your basic graphic tee that you wore all summer, paired with leather leggings, a checkmate (tartan) coat, and boots with studs on them, and viola you are instantly fall-a-fied! Heading to a party or GNO and want to look glam? Start with your cropped sweater, a pair of silk shorts, and throw on a metallic jacket. Add a pair of ankle booties and a fur clutch and your outfit is complete! Heading to work and want a polished looked? Nothing says sophistication like wearing gray head to toe, throw on a long metallic necklace and cuff and you are ready to take on the world.
Remember, style is a way of expressing who you are. Just because something is “trending” does not mean you have to adopt that style. Wear what feels good to you!
I always say “confidence is the best accessory any woman can ever wear”
Nicole Busch is a certified personal stylist and the founder of Nicole Blair Wear, an image consulting company based in the San Francisco, California and Columbus, Ohio areas. Nicole specializes in helping people look and feel more confident by discovering and displaying their personal style. Her services include fashion consulting, color and body analysis, closet sweeps and personal shopping, and her clients range from celebrities and professional athletes to business people, stay-at-home mothers, teenagers and anyone else interested in learning to dress with confidence.
Nicole was selected by “What Not to Wear’s” Stacy London to work as a stylist for her Style for Hire company and toured with Ms. London on her Westfield Style Tour. Nicole has also consulted for Carlisle Collection and Bodymetrics, recently styled a photo shoot for Content Magazine, Bebe au Lait, has been featured in FOX NEWS Magazine and has presented at a number of businesses and organizations on personal style and confidence.