Fall Chic: Recreating Your Closet
Planning your wardrobe for this autumn in New York City can be a time-consuming, thought-provoking strategic exercise. It’s also a reality check about how your body and life may have changed from last year. As you go through your fall clothes, try each item on. What looked good last year may no longer flatter: You may need a visit to the tailor or to experiment with new shapes and colors.
Also be sure to check your closet classics—these reliable basics may save you from wardrobe angst. Do you have at least one great outfit for each of your lifestyle needs?
Be aware of what’s stylish, but don’t be a slave to trends. Refreshing your look doesn’t always means buying something new, but wearing what you have in new ways.
THE LOOK: Feminine, polished and pulled together.
Pair a feminine bow-tied silk blouse with a pencil skirt, a tailored suit jacket or dark denim jeans. Ralph Lauren Ruffled Jersey Top, $245 at Saks.
A sheath dress is a classic that can easily go from day to night with a change of accessories. This tweedy, lined sheath is shaped to flatter the curves in your body. Kelly Sheath, $188 at Pendleton-USA.
Accessories. This Kate Spade hand-held tweed bag and Rockport suede pumps worn with sheer tights complete the city-chic look. The pumps are made with Adidas adiPRENE technology for added comfort. Tuxedo Hill Little Nadine Satchel, $395 at Bloomingdale’s. Janae Pump, $130 at Rockport. Spanx Swiss Dot Tights, $28 at Bloomingdale’s.
Wide-leg pants and jeans cut high on the hip diminish muffin tops and belly bulges. The silhouette flatters a curvy body, proportionally balancing large hips or thighs, and creates an elegant shape for women who are tall and thin. The best way to wear these pants is with a fitted jacket or belted with a tucked in blouse. Kate Fit Pepperdine herringbone tweed double-breasted jacket, $169, and Hepburn pants, $119, at Talbots.
Accent. If you get one piece this season, choose it in a deep jewel color—a rich red, amethyst, teal, sapphire. Whether you wear it as an accent or the main event, it will invigorate your closet neutrals. Velvet and silk scarf, new signature burnout oblong (70"x16"), $148 at Coach.
Bold. Graphic blocks of color strategically placed in a garment can create a flattering body shape. The look can also be achieved by mixing solid pieces in bold contrasting colors. Ponte Dress from 2 B Rych collection, $285 at Neiman Marcus.
Perhaps it’s a reaction to the economy, or we’re at an age where we have all our basics, but adding a soupcon of sensual texture to the mix adds a huge amount of style.
Lace. No longer confined to dressy clothes, lace’s feminine allure embellishes everything from tees to shoes. This silk chiffon blouse features incredible artistry in the usage of lace. Jason Wu Wool Flannel Jacket, $2245, Blouse, $1740, at Saks.
Fur. A little goes a long way. And for those of us squeamish about wearing the real thing, opt for fab faux. Wear this Stevie Mac Faux Fur Vest with a turtleneck and jeans for the ultimate in casual chic. $138 at Lord & Taylor.
Sparkle. An element of sheen or sparkle enlivens an overall look. Wear it near your face to cast a flattering light. Eileen Fisher stretch sequined top is a great versatile must-have for dressing up jeans or an evening skirt. $278 at Neiman Marcus.
Skins. Animal skins, whether real, printed or embossed, add richness to even the simplest of garments or accessories. Halston Heritage April Watersnake Clutch. $295 at Saks.
Lady-like doesn’t mean demure. Chose a statement piece to complement your fall style. This long Chan Luu Agate Cord necklace works beautifully with the silk bow-tied blouses of the season. $195 at Bloomingdale’s.
The bold gold Kamilla Hoop Earrings, top, balance the rich textures of fall fabrics. $22 at Chico’s.
This classic link bracelet in blue is updated with color and sparkle. Resin and rhinestone link bracelet, $58 at J. Crew.