Fall’s color palette is always decidedly moodier than that of sunnier months, but that doesn’t mean the mood has to be “gloom”. Add some drama to your autumn wardrobe with one (or three) of the season’s reworked jewel tones and neutrals.
1/ Darken your palette but keep your brights. Burgundy, navy, and black are this fall’s “it” colors, but you can start wearing them now. Infuse your wardrobe with these rich hues, even mixing them. Navy and black combined is unexpected, yet very chic and sophisticated! Or layer a printed blouse with a cardigan or blazer in navy or burgundy, and your dark tone will act as a neutral. Also, you don’t have to phase out all your hot colors once the weather cools. Carry forward your bright yellow, bold blue, cherry red and bright orange tones from summer. For example, a tangerine tee or blouse will work effortlessly with the changing leaves when topped with a blazer in autumnal tones such as rust, cognac and burgundy.
2/ Add leather to your look. Start small while it’s still hot out, then up the ante once the crisp air arrives. For example, start by adding a wide leather belt to a soft blouse or dress, and leather booties, too. Then get ready to switch out your blazer and cardigan for a hip leather jacket. Try on a fitted style, and if the leather is a light enough weight, the jacket can be worn all day indoors as part of your outfit. And for an extra trendy take on your jacket, choose a military-inspired style.
3/ Don your denim. This fall’s denim trends are easy to incorporate once the summer heat breaks. The past spring and summer’s colored denim gets a sophisticated update with richer jewel tones and fall colors. Leather-like coated jeans come in light, medium or heavy weights (from their wax-like treatments), and add an instantly edgy attitude. Metallic varieties are having a moment as a way to add shimmer. Pair your daring denim with pretty, summery tanks and soft lightweight cardigans for a seamless season transition, as well as an interesting mix of textures.
4/ Dress in layers and layer your dress. Your favorite summer floral or geometric dress works straight into fall with tights, a soft leather jacket, and booties. And the accents don’t have to be black – gray, brown, navy, or maroon are great neutrals to ground the patterns.
5/ Summer shoes get the boot! Try closed-toed pumps and booties with your summer clothes while it’s still warm. Capped toes, platforms and embellished statement shoes are some of the new season’s hottest accessories. Just be sure to include burgundy in your fall collection—this sumptuous shade in leather or suede will stand out in the sea of black.
Take a look at the colors of fall…they seem a bit brighter than traditional fall colors! Notice that Tangerine Tango is continuing from spring, so carry over your bright orange tees and frocks and layer them for the fall season…
Also I’ve seen in various trend reports that Navy is “the new black” and that jewel tones are back this fall- whether in colored denim, leather, velvet or wool… also be sure to score some burgundy in your wardrobe, or as the fashion world is calling it- “oxblood.”
More to come in the months ahead. But for now, enjoy summer while it lasts!