Thoughts on Fall Trends

This post is a few days late because our internet has been out this week. 

Autumn is so beautiful.

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Speaking of which, it’s already November and I have yet to do a fall fashion post. Well, there’s no time like the present, right? I’ve had a couple questions about what to wear this season so this post is going to consist of a variety of different trends and how to stay stylish this season.

Boots. Boots. Boots. Nothing new here, boots are definitely on trend for the colder months. Specifically, riding boots are still very popular and now booties (ankle-length boots) are being seen more and more. Personally, I love boots – both for their practicality (warmth and durability) as well as the sense of confidence they invoke in their wearer.

Short dresses. While not as practical as boots, if worn correctly short dresses can be worn long past summer. In order to do this they need to be worn with either black tights or leggings. I think skin-colored tights or hose should only be worn with shorter dresses or skirts that are clearly for cold weather – i.e. a wool pencil skirt or sweater dress. I make this distinction because a short, lightweight dress worn with skin-colored tights is going to look out-of-season in autumn. Pairing dark or neutral-colored lighter dresses with black tights or leggings will allow you to wear warmer-weather dresses well into fall (although I would suggest throwing a sweater over it!)

Fall? Floral? Yes. Believe it or not, floral prints are very much on trend for autumn 2014. Enlarged flowers on a black or jewel-toned background are quite popular on jackets, sweaters, dresses, and even jeans. The key to pulling off this trend successfully is to make sure the floral print is on a heavier fabric, such as wool or denim.

What to do with plaid. I believe that, while its popularity may ebb and flow from season to season, a classic plaid shirt will always be in style during the fall and winter months. So you know that plaid flannel button-down you have hanging in the back of your closet? You can pull it out for more than the annual barn dance. While you may not feel comfortable wearing plaid front and center, there are several ways it can be styled so that it’s not the main focal point of your outfit. For example, you could wear it under a chunky crew neck sweater for a pop of color. There are also lots more plaid options out there than just the traditional flannel button-downs – such as scarves, jacket and vest linings, and sheer blouses. One rule when it comes to plaid: keep it up top. With the exception of wool skirts and wool skirts alone, never wear plaid on the bottom. No plaid pants! Ever.

Oversized. By far, the over-arching (no pun intended) trend of this season is oversized tops. Oversized tops paired with skinny bottoms are very much in style during the cooler months. Personally, I love this style because of three reasons: 1) It looks good on just about anyone 2) It can be dressed up or down 3) It’s comfortable! For example, you could wear a loose tunic and leggings for a day spent at home while an oversized, belted sweater with colored jeans are suitable for the office – just two of many ways to wear this versatile trend.

That’s all for now on women’s fall trends – men’s fall trends are next!

In Memoriam: Oscar de la Renta

Instead of doing a typical post today, I have decided to share some photos and an article about Oscar de la Renta, who passed away last night. In my mind, he was one of the greatest designers of all time and his breathtaking creations are second to none. He will truly be missed in the fashion world.

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Article shared from: http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/fashion-designer-oscar-de-la-renta-dies-at-82/ar-BBakRoK

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.

De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen.

“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company,” the statement said. “All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”

The late ’60s and early ’70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style — and their influence is still spotted today.

De la Renta’s specialty was eveningwear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors.

Most recently, Amal Alamuddin wore a de la Renta-designed wedding dress when she married George Clooney. First ladies Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball and Hillary Rodham Clinton wore a gold de la Renta in 1997. On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns. His clothes even were woven into episodes of “Sex and the City” with style icon character Carrie Bradshaw dropping his name — and comparing his designs to poetry.

“We will miss Oscar’s generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.” Bush said in a statement. “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

De la Renta’s path to New York’s Seventh Avenue took an unlikely route: He left his native Dominican Republic at age 18 to study painting in Spain but soon became sidetracked by fashion. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches and asked him to make a dress for her daughter — a dress that landed on the cover of Life magazine.

That led to an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, and then de la Renta moved to France to work for couture house Lanvin. By 1963, he was working for Elizabeth Arden couture in New York and in 1965 had launched his own label.

He told the AP in 2004 that his Hispanic roots worked their way into his designs.

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant,” he said.

And while de la Renta made Manhattan his primary home, he often visited the Dominican Republic and kept a home there. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was a frequent visitor and she has said traveling with him was like traveling with the president. “He’s a superstar,” she said.

He also had a country home in northwestern Connecticut. Gardening and dancing were among his favorite diversions from work. “I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops,” he said.

As a designer, De la Renta always catered to his socialite friends and neighbors — as the designer and his wife, Annette, were fixtures on the black-tie charity circuit — but he did make occasional efforts to reach the masses, including launching a mid-priced line in 2004 and developing a dozen or so perfumes, the first, called Oscar, was introduced in 1977 and more recently, Rosamor.

He was an avid patron of the arts, serving as a board member of The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, among others, and he devoted considerable time to children’s charity, including New Yorkers for Children. He also helped fund schools and day-care centers in La Romana and Punta Cana in his native country.

The Dominican Republic honored de la Renta with the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristobol Colon. Here in the U.S., he received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award twice, was named womenswear designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2000 and also received a lifetime achievement award from the CFDA — an organization for which he served as president in the 1980s.

In addition to his own label, de la Renta spearheaded the Pierre Balmain collection from 1993-2002, marking the first time an American designed for a French couture house, and he was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur as a Commandeur. He also received the Gold Medal Award from the king and queen of Spain.

De la Renta gave up the title of chief executive of his company in 2004, handing over business duties to the Bolens, but he remained active on the design end, continuing to show his collections during New York Fashion Week.

De la Renta also is survived by an adopted son, Moises, a designer at the company.

Cuffed.

If you’ve been to the mall in the past month you’ve probably noticed something a lot of the jeans-wearing mannequins have in common: cuffs! That’s right, cuffed jeans are back and stronger than ever for this fall (side note: this does NOT mean that popped collars are also back). What’s great about the cuffed trend is that, unlike in previous seasons, it’s not for hipsters or preps alone anymore. It’s widespread – when worn correctly, anyone can pull it off. What’s really wonderful about this trend is that it can take an existing, ho-hum outfit and turn it into something unique. I tried it last week with some red suede loafers and loved the result!

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That being said, here are some simple dos and don’ts to keep you on trend and looking fabulous:

DO wear skinny jeans cuffed. This is the most popular way to wear cuffs.

DON’T wear cuffed jeans under tall boots. A bulging calf is not what we’re going for here.

DO wear cuffed jeans with short boots. Or loafers, tennis shoes, flats, etc. Really any casual shoe that doesn’t go above the ankle.

DON’T try to dress it up. This is a casual trend, and meant for jeans only. That means no dress pants, dress shoes, heels, etc.

DO wear your boyfriend jeans cuffed. They usually already come that way – that’s a hint that it’s how they’re supposed to be worn.

DON’T wear your bootcut jeans cuffed. This should be an easy one.

DO have fun with it! One cuff, two cuffs, three cuffs – it’s up to you!