The busiest shopping season for our very own closets is upon us, and the trends of Fall 2012 are full of opportunities to define your unique individuality. From brocade to artistic embellishments, as well as simple, oversized coats and full skirts. There is so much to enjoy, but what's important is knowing what works for your body type, your lifestyle and your very own signature style.
While I always anxiously await the arrival of the hefty September issues, and gawk and savor all of the varying trends that will undoubtedly be ignored the same time next year, I still stick to what my wardrobe needs. If there is a trend that I want to dabble in, I'll give it a try, but I won't splurge; however, when it comes to classics - the blazer, knee-length skirts, dresses, heels, blouses and sweaters, etc., it's always a treat to see the new and creative ways designers have envisioned them.
This season, because of my height, I am adoring the matchstick pants that J.Crew, Rachel Zoe, and a handful of other designers have on hand. Perfect for the office, they change the traditional trouser pant just enough to add a modern, slimming look. And while winter white will always been in season for fall/winter, it was prevalent on the runway seen on dresses, coats and blazers. But why not look for a winter white silk blouse? That's exactly what I discovered when I found the Joie Marru Top
in porcelain (pictured at the very bottom of the newsletter in the shopping section). I just received mine, and if you are looking for a somewhat blousy, yet feminine tailored silk top for work (but one that's versatile to be worn with jeans for play), you will not be disappointed. Available in a soft blush and black as well, I'm going to be ordering one in each color because the porcelain color exceeded my expectations (order your typical size, as it is true to size).
What I love most about fall is the ability to layer. Cardigans and sweaters will always be in style, so why not add one more beautiful sweater to your collection? Or if you love to wear dresses (which I'm vowing to do more of this year), purchase a fantastic dress that you can wear during the day to help you feel beautiful, confident and feminine.
Remember, shopping shouldn't destroy your budget, shopping shouldn't coax you into buying something that's trendy, but you just don't feel right in. It's a continual process. Keep your capsule wardrobe in mind and add what is missing or needs replacing. If you find a few items you like this fall, but aren't ready to buy just yet, wait for the sales to come in the months ahead. You never know, you just might be able to purchase those tall suede boots at a fraction of the price and save oodles of money.
In all honesty, it took years for me to fine tune my shopping habits so that I am comfortable knowing what to spend time trying on, and what to just compliment on the rack, but not give a second look. In fact, I'm still honing this craft, but that's what I enjoy because I'm determined to share with you the methods that I've found that work and weed out the ones that don't.
Below are a few post from my style archives that you might want to peruse through before (or after) diving into the newsletter:
What you will find in this annual fall fashion newsletter are trends organized by what is worth splurging on (investment pieces) and trends that while fun, shouldn't break the bank. In the right-hand column you will find Fall 2012 runway collections that fit the definition of "simply luxurious", and of course, I did a little shopping for you. At the end of the newsletter, you will find a handful of items that encapsulate one or more of the trends offered this fall. Happy shopping and enjoy the season!