Summer may still be sizzling but we must not forget that Autumn is right around the corner. While most of us probably start sweating just thinking about cashmere and layering, there are a lot of great ways to slowly introduce the upcoming trends into your late summer wardrobe!
Acne, A/W 2011
Color - Rich hues, popping neons and playful color blocking still reign supreme in the upcoming seasons. While a bright courderoy pant may be perfect for a day of watching the leaves change color you probably want to avoid passing out from heat exhaustion. So instead, try throwing on a pair of colorful shorts and pairing it with a bold piece of colorful jewelry. Corals, oranges, and turquoises will all translate well from this season into the next.
Chloe, A/W 2011
Animal Prints - They’re baaaaack. Or did they ever leave? What was once considered too Fran Fine for any sophisticated woman to wear, Animal Prints have made a triumphant and elegant return to the scene. And in a very daring move, many are laying print upon print. If you’re going to give this one a go, perhaps try to keep your prints in the same color family. Otherwise you run the risk of looking too Tarzan for your own good.
Proenza Schouler A/W 2011
Make a Statement! - Big, chunky, attention grabbing jewelry is the way to go in the next few months. But beware ladies, jewels upon jewels might have you bordering on Zsa Zsa territory, and unless you’re going for the Most Fabulous at Green Acres title, I suggest rocking one piece at a time. These gems deserve a bit of the spotlight, so try pairing them with a simple t-shirt, or with a lightweight blazer.
Even though we’re in the middle of a hot summer, fashion has already moved on to fall and winter looks. I was just breezing through some photos of upcoming fall fashion trends, one of which is “peplum.” I’d heard this word before, but had no idea exactly what it was…so of course I investigated!
Not my favorite look, just because my hips don’t need any more ruffles or overskirts attached to them for emphasis. But for women who are bigger on top, a peplum jacket can help balance everything out.
Mustard (the color, not the condiment) is another fall fashion look that’s hitting the runways. Get your summer tans now…mustard is a color that works best on darker skin (too pale and it will wash you out). If you’re feeling the mustard thing, check out something like this wrinkle-resistant plus-size shirt. Comfortable and easy-wearing, plus it comes in a variety of colors.
If you don’t think mustard is your color, you can still work it in to your wardrobe with shoes. Shoes are great way to wear colors you like but that don’t necessarily work well with your skin tone. These cute peep-toes in mustard are both stylish looking and come in one of fall’s hottest shades!
I took to the streets of Soho in New York City to ask real women about their wardrobe challenges. What do you try to conceal when you're getting dressed in the morning? What do you try to accent? As an added bonus, I asked these sassy ladies if they could design their perfect outfit, what would it be?
Even though I wasn't able to interview you, I want to know about your wardrobe challenges. Leave them for me in the comments below!
Before she became President of Hanover Direct (parent company of Silhouettes), Francie Nguyen gained valuable experience and style savvy working with DKNY, Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Ralph Lauren and Spiegel (just to name a few). Lending her expertise to Silhouettes Style, Francie has selected her five favorite pieces your wardrobe needs for Fall.
Roll Sleeve Cardigan - $54 "I love this cotton sweater, it's easy to throw on with jeans. I love it in black with a white tee."
Wide Leg Jean - $39 "The wide leg is always a flattering look, the proportion balances most body types."
Leather Weekender - $159 "The leather bag is perfect for a weekend get-away, it's classic without the look of basic tote or duffel."
Status Print Big Shirt - $49 "The equestrian look is a great for fall. I love this shirt with paired with denim, for weekend, and brown flannel pants for business."
Classic Riding Boot - $129 "The riding boot is this seasons ""must have"", I love the combo of the cotton canvas and leather, works perfectly for the taper leg pants or jeans, plus it comes in wide width and wide calf."