Fall Fashion 2017

Summer 2017 is coming to a very quick close.  Kids are heading back to school, I’m getting back to my regular routine and thankfully, the Fall Fashion season is upon us!!  It’s like an annual ritual for me – gather the September Fashion magazines, check out Pinterest, and browse my favorite clothing stores for inspiration.  I gather, I contemplate and then I narrow down my favorite fashion trends for the season.

I like a lot of what is out there, however, these are my four favorite trends for Fall Fashion 2017:

 

I love outerwear and a cozy and stylish shearling is a simple way to look on trend.  Throw on over a top and jeans with great footwear and you are set!

 

I always seem to lean toward a plaid/check – classic for sure, but if you are willing to mix prints – super stylish.

 

Loving Burgundy – always have – and happy to see it “in” this Fall season.  Burgundy is beautiful head-to-toe, but it also compliments blue, black, grey, white and metallics, and is a chic accessory.

Gucci Medium GG Marmont 2.0 Matelasse Velvet Shoulder Bag

 

After a dress, what is easier than a pantsuit to look pulled together?  Slim or slouchy – go with what looks best on you.

Hope these images and trends provide you with a bit of Fall Fashion inspiration.  If they appeal to you, try to find something to add to your wardrobe and help you put together your own updated style for the season.

Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

 

Images:  stylecaster.com

Off Shoulder Trend

Spring is in full swing and summer is on the way!  With the warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to install your arsenal of lightweight, seasonal pieces.   Off  Shoulder looks are a superb and flattering choice that  many designers are showing.  They are easy to wear and look good on most people.  Off  Shoulder dresses, worn with different footwear and accessories, go dressy or casual and the tops are great with jeans, skirts, shorts, trousers – everything!!

One of my favorite designers for feminine but chic clothing is Rebecca Taylor and all of the selections below are hers – some are already marked down.  Click on a link and check them out.

Off Shoulder Cotton Dress

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Ella Fil Coupe One Shoulder Dress

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Gauze Top

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Poplin Top

 

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Gauze Dress

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Amanda Dress

 

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Consider updating your Spring and Summer wardrobe by adding a versatile,  comfortable, feminine and chic Off Shoulder piece.  It may become your new favorite.

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Stacked Heel Sandals

Stacked Heel Sandals (aka Block Heels) are a Spring Trend I recommend because of their versatility and comfort – and they’re cute!  Stacked heels work with skirts, shorts, pants, dresses and, of course, denim (another hot Spring trend).  They come in many heights providing great options and they are comfortable because the heel offers more surface area for stability.

I’ve selected a few options I think would make great updates to a wardrobe.  They represent different price points but I feel all versatile depending on your personal style.  Click on the link above the photo to learn more about the selection or to purchase – all are available at Nordstrom.

 

Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Irenee’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Lucky Brand ‘Toni’ Stacked Heel Sandal

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Ted Baker London ‘Lorno’ Sandal

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Balenciaga Wood Heel Sandal

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Burberry ‘Cashel’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Badgley Mischka ‘Clove’ Evening Sandal

block heels 6Dolce Vita ‘Lyndon’ Lace-Up Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Slinng’ Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Sofila’ Sandal

 

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Vince Camuto ‘Ceara’ Sandalblock heel 14

AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni ‘Coty’ Block Heel Sandal

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Stuart Weitzman ‘Nearly Nude’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Ivanka Trump ‘Klover’ Block Heel Ankle Strap Sandal

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Hope you will consider adding a stacked heel sandal to update your Spring (and summer) wardrobe!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Cynthia

Sweaters – Cozy, Comfy, Chic

After thankful, the 3 “C”s – Cozy, Comfortable and Chic are what I am thinking about for Thanksgiving.  Tunic style sweaters fit my 3 “C”s, and what is even nicer, no matter the type of gathering you are attending, these sweaters can work!  If you’re going to a casual get together wear with either leggings or jeans.  If it is a bit more dressed up wear with a slack, cropped pant or a skirt, tights and boots. Additionally, if you prefer covered arms, just wear a long-sleeved t-shirt under the short sleeved and sleeveless pieces.  Added bonus and 4th “C” – they Camouflage an expanding waistline!!

Link below the photo.
Splendid Turtleneck Poncho

Splendid Turtleneck Poncho

 

Vince Sleeveless Ribbed Wool Turtleneck

Vince Sleeveless Ribbed Wool Turtleneck

Vince Camuto Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Camuto Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

Vince Short Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

Nordstrom Strip Cashmere Poncho

IN Cashmere Stripe Cashmere Poncho

Nordstrom Cashmere Sweater

Nordstrom Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

 

Joie 'Loysse' Wool & Cashmere Cowl Neck Sweater

Joie ‘Loysse’ Wool & Cashmere Cowl Neck Sweater

Wishing you and yours a happy, relaxing, peaceful, cozy, comfy and chic Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear Plaid

Are you caught in the rutt of wearing the same thing the same way all of the time?  I challenge you to pick one piece – make it a plaid piece if you have one (for the sake of this post)- and try mixing it with something different and/or try wearing it in a different way.  Change up how you wear your plaid button down, skirt or dress and how you tie your scarves, etc.  Here are some outfits that may inspire you!!!

Wrapping a plaid scarf around a blazer adds interest and style to this skinny jeans, blazer and pumps outfit…
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Wear your flannel button down with a hip-length cardigan and gold jewelry.

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plaid 3 Layer your flannel button down over a camisole (lace detail is a nice feminine touch) and wear a casual utility style jacket or denim jacket over it with the flannel cuffs rolled up and over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap a plaid flannel button down around a casual sweater dress slightly off center.

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Unbutton your plaid dress and wear it as a jacket over a t-shirt, rolled up jeans and open-toe wedge booties.

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Wear a classic plaid skirt with a solid turtleneck and super-chic over-knee boots.

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Plaid button down over leather leggings, strappy heels with a classic bag.

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Wear head to toe black and belt a plaid shawl around your waist.

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Mix a classic plaid pencil skirt with a t-shirt, chunky jewelry and suede wedge booties. (Then throw your leather jacket over it.)plaid 11

Can’t do wrong following Olivia Palermo’s lead…plaid shift with thigh high suede boots and classic clutch. Perfect mix of classic with trendy!

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Have some fun mixing up your plaid pieces.  You will be amazed how many new outfits you can put together!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Images:  All various Pinterest

 

 

Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadow Palettes…bringing gorgeous colors, that often blend together well, in one beautiful package!  Two of my current favorites are by Urban Decay — Naked2 BASICS and Naked SMOKY.

Urban Decay NAKED 2 BASICS eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

The NAKED 2 BASICS palette is a compact with six matte taupe-hued neutral shadows that are great for everyday use!  The six colors are not included in the original NAKED2 palette.  The range of colors are neutral enough for a range of skin tones and they are perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or to use as base shades for bolder colors. This palette also uses “Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ which incorporates a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade it’s velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability.”  And, it is formulated without parabens.  The size of the compact is great for travel as well — this is my go-to daytime palette!  I absolutely love the velvety texture, the saturated color and great coverage that combine to create a day appropriate eye look.

Urban Decay NAKED SMOKY eyeshadow paletteUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteThe NAKED SMOKY palette has 12 smoky neutral eye shades to create the perfect neutral smoky eye, a double-ended brush, and includes a lookbook with four options to achieve smoky eye looks. The dozen smoky neutrals, include nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes.  Shadows range from warm bronzes and varied grays to deep browns, taupes, and a deep black including a combination of mattes, satins and shades with sparkle.  This palette also features “Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™”.  The double-ended brush included with the set, with a tapered crease brush on one end and a smoky smudger brush on the other, is high quality and unlike any brush I’ve ever received in a kit.  The case itself is beautiful with a very cool, floating smoke effect.  This new set is what I’ve been using in the evening.  I love the blues and grey which blend together well.  I use the black with a dampened eyeliner brush as liner.  Using sparkle on the eye in the evening (carefully) is pretty — this set is a winner!!

If you haven’t purchased eyeshadows in a while these are two sets to seriously consider!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

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Fall Trend Sleeveless Long Vest

A Fall Trend I love is the Sleeveless Long Vest!  A great piece to add to your wardrobe because of its versatility and ability to make the outfit.  Some styles are more casual than others but the long sleeveless vest’s versatility permits it to work over jeans and a t-shirt, leather leggings, a dress, dressy trousers, shorts and a skirt and top – you name it, it works with it!

I’ve selected various Sleeveless Long Vest style options and at different price points.  If interested in finding more information about the items click on the highlighted words above the photo.

Rag & Bone Singer Wool Blend Vest

Rag and Bone Singer Wool Blend Vest

 

Rag & Bone Faye Long Double Breasted Vest

Rag& Bone Faye Long Double Breasted Vest

 

Top Shop Sleeveless Raw Hem DusterTopShop Sleeveless Raw Hem Duster

Top Shop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket

TopShop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket

Top Shop Molly Longline Vest

Top Shop Molly Longline Vest

 

 

Anthropologie Museum District Vest

Anthroplogie Museum District Vest

Theory Flavio Jacket in Torrey

Thoery Flavio Jacket

 

Theory Flavio Jacket in Modern Suit

Theory Flavio Jacket in Modern Suit

Lafayette 148 Inez Lambskin Vest

Lafayette 148 Inez Lamskin Vest

VINCE Melange Mixed Media Vest

Vince Melange Mixed Media Vest

Will you be buying a versatile Sleeveless Long Vest?
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Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

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Striped tee with white jeans 3 ways

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Shopping my closet,  playing around with pieces in my wardrobe and putting different outfits together is happy time for me.  For Women over 40 the loss of a defined waist starts to become a reality. So using techniques that do not draw attention to the middle, like leaving tops out and choosing jeans that have a high waist, are helpful in camouflaging that area.

Two very basic pieces – a Gap striped relaxed black and white t-shirt and Gap 1969 destructed resolution true-skinny high-rise jeans are combined to create three classic yet different black and white looks.

First is the casual outfit.  I turned up the jeans a bit to create a cuff and mixed the pieces with a black denim jacket, super comfortable Roxy Ventura Crochet slip-on sneakers, my silver Nantucket basket necklace, diamond studs and Chanel sunglasses.

 

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Pulled hair back in an unfussy, low, casual pony tail that I don’t pull through all the way.

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A black bird paid a visit and landed on the white fence – perfectly black and white!

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The second is a comfortable day out shopping outfit.  Worn with BP booties from Nordstrom, carrying a red tote from Zara with an Hermes red enamel H bracelet.  Bringing in the pops of red makes the outfit more fun.

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Lastly, the dressiest outfit of the three.  Wearing platform heeled sandals by Vince Camuto…

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…with a fringed black clutch and a statement ring by Tous and…

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Front and Back Chain Stud Drop earrings by TopShop.

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One rainy day or any day, spend a little time picking out a few pieces and mix them with different shoes and accessories and see if you can create one outfit, 3 ways!

Photos by the talented Carola Muis www.carolamuis.com

Style a Summer Dress for Fall

Early Fall days in New York, and many parts of the country, begin chilly and end chilly but can get quite warm during mid-day.  While an Indian summer is wonderful, I am itching to start wearing my favorite Fall pieces by the end of September.  Until those leaves start to change color and cool Fall days arrive, style a summer dress for Fall by simply wearing an ankle boot!

When the Fall temperatures finally arrive add a jean jacket or cardigan sweater, layer a long-sleeved t-shirt or turtleneck under the dress, tie a scarf or hanky around your neck and add opaque tights.  Of course, adding a great pair of sunglasses always finishes off a look in any season!

By mixing summer pieces with cool weather pieces and wearing an ankle boot, you stretch your wardrobe, have an outfit that can accommodate the varying temperatures of the day and elevate your style!

Will you style a summer dress for Fall?

Keep an eye out next week for the beginning of a series on Fall Trends.  Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia
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Effortless Chic in a Jumpsuit

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning, slip into one thing, look totally chic and be comfortable?

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It’s possible with a jumpsuit!  They are great pieces for looking chic and pulled together effortlessly.  Available in a variety of styles and fabrics – the only effort needed is in finding the right one to best flatter your figure.

Paige denim makes the featured jumpsuit. It could be worn with a dressier wedge or heel but the fabric and the design are suited to casual dressing.  Wear a slip-on sneaker and it is a super casual but still chic look.  The cotton fabric is so soft and comfortable it feels like loungewear!

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Worn with open-toe stacked booties by Steve Madden and a fringe clutch by Santana found at DSW.

(Tip:  Update your wardrobe with inexpensive, trendy accessories that look high quality.)

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Wearing an Hermes enamel printed bracelet with a Stella & Dot leather wrap bracelet.  The ring is by Marco Bicego.  The hoop earrings are by Roberto Coin.

 

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Have you jumped into purchasing a jumpsuit??  I would love to know!!

All photos are by the talented Carola Muis – www.carolamuis.com.