Is it just me or is it hard to get dressed every day? I was strolling around Bloomingdale’s on my way to a dinner with girlfriends the other day and found myself saying, “If I were rich, I would be so cute!” … “Keep dreaming sister” is what my mind said to itself in reply. This got me thinking about how I have so many clothes in my closet, but why do I open the doors, staring at thousands of dollars of merchandise collected over the years and think, “I have nothing to wear”??? So I decided I need to think about my clothes differently. If I can’t go out and buy all the things that I see in the magazines, I need to really look at how the clothes are styled and just wear my old clothes in a new way. These are my 5 commandments to dressing on trend this Fall:
1. Commit to Contrast
Be a chameleon of sorts – make your outfit interesting by contrasting styles, never 100% one way or another. Try a little bit romantic with a lace dress paired with punky cheetah print heels and black tights, try a classic collared shirt under a sparkly sequin dress, or try a tailored velvet blazer paired with a slightly torn pair of skinny jeans.
2. Promise a Pop of Color
Fall is all about rich hues that evoke warmth and coziness - golds, beiges, greys and blacks with deep bordeaux reds, eggplant purples, jade greens and navy blues. Stand out with a pop of color on a neutral backdrop.
3. Believe in Belts
It’s all about belts this fall: fat belts, skinny belts ribbon belts and scarf belts. So whatever you’re wearing, cinch it in with a belt around the middle to make it look polished and complete.
4. Thou shall Layer
It is Fall after all and while things are only getting hotter here in Southern California, it won’t be long before you feel that chill in the air and it smells like October … that day always happens to me … Here it is October 1st and I’m still waiting. Once it gets back below 90°, layers are a must. Add an undershirt peeking out, throw on a vest, layer a jacket … and don’t forget your coat before you head out the door. Would Jackie O. leave the White House without a classic khaki trench to protect her from the elements? No. So you my dears, even if it isn’t exactly snowing here, mustn’t forget. 55º IS cold … to me.
5. Trust in Texture
Leather skirt, fur vest, polka dot tights and a metallic belt? Yes, please. Mix it up. Fur and sequins don’t mean you have to be going out for a night on the town this season, take advantage and mix a little luxury into your everyday. You can wear sequins with a jersey t-shirt and fur with your blue jeans. Blending textures is an easy way to make your outfit interesting.
The truth is, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to dress on trend, there are lots of great deals out there and plenty of cheap and chic shops like H & M, Kohl’s, Target and more where you can get trendy items without spending an arm and a leg. The smartest pice of advice is to invest in classics and buy the trendy stuff at Forever 21. So for your timeless black pencil skirt, tried-and-true skinny jeans and classic white collared shirt, get out the plastic and go to the department store. But for the cheetah print heels, faux fur vest and sequin tunic, give the discount store a try.
UPDATE: I followed my own rules this weekend and got tons of compliments! Even one of my boyfriends buddies said “Wow, you are so well accessorized!” IT WORKS PEOPLE! No NEW PURCHASES REQUIRED!