Itís time to heave a sigh of relief: swimsuit season
is officially over. Fall fashion brings with it more texture, more
elegance, and more coverage. As always, some trends are only
wearable if you happen to be six feet tall and willowy, but 2009
also features a number of trends that the non-statuesque amongst us
can wear. Hereís the best and most flattering of whatís in this
Black (and gray). Sleek, tailored layers of gray
and black make for crisp, slimming ensembles. You probably
already have most of what you need to pull off this look. Choose
well-fitting pieces with clean lines and subtle details to
maximize the art of elegant understatement.
Teal, tangerine & amethyst. Not at the same time,
mind you. These saturated, rich hues look best by themselves.
Even better, these sophisticated colors look great on a huge
range of skin tones. Choose from big blocks of color like
dresses and coats to smaller accents such as pumps or purses.
The shoulder. Starting from Michelle Obamaís
inaugural one-shouldered dress, the shoulder has enjoyed renewed
popularity throughout 2009. Sexy yet refined, tops and dresses
that reveal a little (or more than a little) shoulder are a
staple for playing fall dress-up.
Muted sparkle. Sequins and metallics have made
their way into day wear. Paired with muted and more conservative
pieces, sparkly pieces go underground to add subtle glamour
without any over-the-top glitz. Use them as accent pieces to
spice up your day and office wear.
The 80s. All is not lost: if you canít stand big
shoulders and acid washed jeans, you have plenty of other
options this fall. If you still miss your teased hair, however,
hereís the perfect opportunity to indulge in a toned down
version of the 80s silhouette. And thereís good news: while
strong shoulders (achieved with extra fabric, gathering, and
tailoring) are back, shoulder pads are not.
Colorful coats. One really good coat can
transform your entire fall/winter wardrobe. No single piece in
your wardrobe will be seen first or as often as your coat, so
get one that fits and flatters. And skip the black or navy blue
this fall Ė a rich, jewel tone will give you much needed
pick-me-up in gray weather.
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