This fall’s fashions are finding new life in old ideas. Think back to (or maybe Google) late 60’s and early 70’s styles that fashionistas Nancy Sinatra and Twiggy wore: funky patterned tights, preppy girl plaid accessories (scarves, purses and hats), and Beatnik black from head to toe. Monochromatic in any colour is “in”. These fun fall styles need only be sprinkled into your wardrobe for you to feel trendy in these refreshed looks.
For work, skirts should be knee-length or longer with car wash pleats and flounce hemlines to keep your style light and joyful. Comfortable shoes are also back but with an added touch of sexiness, so how about ladylike shoes or booties with a stacked kitten heel? Plus, high-waisted pants and “mom jeans” are de-stigmatized and have been transformed this season, stylishly making your legs look long with the benefit of making your waist look tiny.
At play, keep the 70’s vibe going with wide leg pants or pants with a flare bottom, masculine looking suits, chunky knits, thigh-high boots, thin scarves in a men’s tie width, and delicate feminine jewellery. “50 Shades of Gray” has a new meaning this fall… the colour is prevalent in clothes, outdoor wear, nail polish, home accessories and even in hair colour: bluish-grey is not just for Nana anymore.
Before you go out and update your closet this fall, remember to dress for your body type. Petite women should opt for a monochromatic look for the illusion of height, then add some blingy jewellery or a funky coloured patterned thin tie scarf to add interest. For less focus on the lower body, go for wide legged pants rather than flare styles. Then pair them with a 70’s patterned top so the eye is drawn upward.
When buying new pieces, always remember to purge and remove an equal amount out of your wardrobe. If you purchase two blouses, a skirt and a pair of flare jeans, avoid the temptation to hang onto every single item of clothing and remove any dated pieces from your closet. The rule of thumb on elimination is to get rid of pieces (that means donate) that you haven’t worn in two years. Out of sight, out of mind.
When it comes to staples, always have good quality, natural fabric basic pieces in your wardrobe. Spend money on these because they’ll last for years, remain classics and never go out of style. In the “Holy Grail” of styling, it’s believed that every woman 35 and up should have a basic solid black or grey pant and long sleeve tunic top to layer trend pieces with. It’s better than purchasing a whole “mod” outfit that doesn’t mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. Trend pieces (such as accessories) freshen the look and you won’t need to spend lots of money on something that may be passé next year.
Finally, women with any body type can look and feel beautiful. Knowing how to dress your body type is the key and you’ll walk out the front door with confidence. You can look good at any price point, and with any trend or style. Get individualized help from small boutiques; the staff will give you one-on-one fashion advice with an honest opinion.
Written by Heather Leavens
Heather Leavens is a wardrobe stylist and works at Zahara’s Boutique in Oakville.
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