Black & Blue


You know what I love about fall fashion?  It’s a time to really get creative.  I probably say this every season but fall is that special transition time when you can almost double the size of your closet if you can layer your new pieces with summer’s favorites and really take some wardrobe risks.  For example, pair that flowing sundress with this seasons hot moto jacket (still trending!) and a set of booties or low motorcycle boots for a look that is both edgy and feminine.

Need to know what to add this season?  Check out my top picks.

1.  Denim– Denim on denim is big this year.  Basically, any sort of denim from jeans to jackets and soft chambray shirts is  all over the place and for all ages.  Saturated colored denim is back so break out your mustard yellows, burgundy, cobalt blue and green jeans from last fall.  If you loved wearing a denim jacket in decades past then pick up another one and wear it proudly.  Jean jackets are a great way to layer and expand the use of that maxi dress you wore all summer long.  Jeans skinny, rolled and boyfriend style are in play as well.  Distressed boyfriends look great with a darker chambray style button down and leopard or brightly colored flats. Pair your basic skinny jeans with boots to take on the falling foliage.

2.  Leather– From leather accents, panels and jackets leather was all over the fall runways.  If a jacket is too much for you (moto, closely fitted or fitted blazer is a good choice) then find a simple pair of pants with a tuxedo style accent to add dimension to a look.  Leather shoulder accents or pockets on blouses and tees are another easy way to incorporate this trend into your daily wear.  A fitted lady-like tweed jacket with leather trim is a more elegant way to opt in too.  Want to go big with this trend?  It takes some cojones but leather leggings are it.  An inexpensive pair from Forever 21 is a good place to start looking.  Add a button down, layer a sweater or fitted, short jacket and you have a stylish look that is also comfortable.

3.  Color– I loved the neon hues of the summer but it is time for a break. Saturated color worn in blocks or added to the black and white contrast trend.  Pops of emerald green (Pantones color of the year), cobalt blue, purple and poppy red are the colors that will get us through the long, cold winter.  Think bright red pea coats or sheath dresses with nude heels or black knee-high boots.  A bright blue clutch or pair of loafers worn with jeans or black pants and white shirt add zip to an otherwise ho-hum look.  I love to use nail polish in the years hottest colors to add depth to a look.  Accessories from bags to shoes and bracelets are another good and inexpensive way to keep on-trend with colors while staying within your budget.

4.  80s Glam Rock– I know. That seems a bit much.  This is one of the easiest looks to create this season.  Chances are good that you have almost everything sitting in your closet and jewelry box already.  First, start with a basic black ensemble.  It can be a basic little black dress or maybe it is fitted pair of pants.  You can wear your same old black heels or create oomph with black booties.  Now, grab some gold link bracelets or necklaces and pile them on.  Don’t go overboard and look like a lost member from some Run DMC but do mix it with black leather accents and even pearls.  Once you start working this look into your style you will love it.  It’s easy, fun and yes, even elegant.


Victoria writes about fashion, beauty, fitness and cars at her blog The Mummy Chronicles each week as well as numerous other websites.