Fall Fashion 2014

Fall Fashion 2014As the temperatures fall and the leaves begin to change, it’s fun to pull out your cool weather clothes to face those chilly mornings. Fortunately, you’ve got some great, classic looks to choose from this season. Unfortunately, there are also some duds. Choosing between the two is actually pretty simple.

Because the key to dressing well is NOT automatically following every trend; it’s wearing clothes that suit YOU. Your body, your budget, your lifestyle. Once you know what’s right for you, it’s easy to see what’s wrong for you – namely, clothes that call attention to themselves instead of calling attention to you.

Let nature dictate your color palette this time of year. Browns, rust, and oranges are great for warm skin tones; gray, green, and cranberry work well for cool skin tones. If you keep colors and textures in line with the season, you’ll be able to enjoy all fall has to offer.

With that in mind, here are my best picks for Fall Fashion, 2014:

Knits

Nothing screams cool weather like knits. They keep you warm on the coldest of days and help you brave the elements. But they can also add excess bulk if you’re not careful, so be mindful of your silhouette.

Knit Dress
Macys

Cardigan Sweater
StyleBop

Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks were all over the fall runways, many with exaggerated features to make them fun and interesting. But I’m going to give it to you straight: turtlenecks are not for everyone. If you have a short neck or big bust, they will emphasize both. Opt for a V-neck instead to keep the focus on your face.

Poncho Turtleneck
Macys

Turtleneck
StyleBop

Long Vest

Vests fall in and out of fashion, and right now, they’re extremely popular. Whether you want something tailored for work or casual for play, you’re bound to find something that suits your needs. If you’re heavy, opt for a style that hangs open in the front to create a long, vertical line on your torso. It draws the eye up and down and will make you look slimmer.

Vest
Macys

Vest
StyleBop

60’s Vibe

There’s a strong 60’s vibe running through the fall collections, including color blocking, A-line dresses, and three quarter length sleeve jackets. While most of these are easy to wear, be careful with the color blocking – you want color where it flatters, not anywhere it doesn’t.

3/4 Length Sleeve
Macys

Color Block
Shoptiques

Dress with Pants

Dress with pants – am I crazy? No! This is another trend that has gone in and out of fashion over the years, and it’s a great way to wear a dress on a cold day. Just match the mood of the trousers with the mood of the dress – dress pants with a business dress, jeans with a corduroy dress, for example – and add appropriate accessories. You’ll be delighted by how wearable it is.

Dress with Pants
Elizabeth James PreFall 2014

Dress with Pants
McQ PreFall 2014

Midi Skirt

A midi length – or tea length – hem hits mid-shin, and that little extra fabric is a great way to add a little extra warmth in cool weather. But that much fabric on the lower half of the body can overwhelm petite bodies and throw off the proportion, so opt for lengths just below the knee if you’re petite.

Midi Skirt
Macys

Midi Skirt
StyleBop

Capes

I LOVE capes! They’re dramatic, top evening and day wear equally well, and easily accommodate pregnancy and weight gain. I bought my first one 30 years ago and still wear it regularly. Just make sure the color works with most of your wardrobe and the proportion doesn’t overwhelm you.

Cape
Macys

Cape
StyleBop

Wrap Coats

Wrap coats are another cool weather favorite because they tend to span a variety of formalities including work, weekends, and evenings. Translation? You can wear them with everything. Again, just make sure the length and proportion work with your body.

Wrap Coat
Macys

Wrap Coat
StyleBop

Ankle Boots

For years, ankle boots were only worn with pants. These days, you can also wear them with skirts. Just be sure to wear them with tights or hosiery to pull the look together.

Ankle Boots
Macys

Ankle Boots
StyleBop

Tights

You knew it was bound to happen. When the fashion industry declared hosiery “dead” a few years ago, they clearly did it on a warm, sunny day. Because they soon discovered that snow and bare legs don’t work well together, and hosiery was probably appropriate after all. Except they didn’t go back to flesh-toned hosiery; they opted for dark tights instead. Which is perfectly acceptable, especially on cold, snowy days.

Tights
Macys

Tights
StyleBop

 

So, those are my top picks of the season. Nothing too crazy, because I want you to get the most for your money. Invest in classics, go cheap on trends. It’s the only way to justify the expense.

Happy Fall Fashion!

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Diana Pemberton-SikesDiana Pemberton-Sikes is an image consultant and author of Wardrobe Magic. Ready to get the attention, respect, and income you deserve? Wardrobe Magic shows you how.

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6 Comments

  • Jaynne

    Reply Reply September 26, 2014

    Thanks for the article – very timely as I just bought some fall pieces today. I’m average and can wear some petite sizes (5′ 4 3/25″ 130 lbs) and I find open knits with a subtle metallic sheen can appear lighter and less overwhelming on a smaller frame. I love the patterning of whatever you wear underneath the open weave peeping through, like the white of a crisp dress shirt. I’ve never worn ‘pants with dresses’ but am excited to see how I can put a few lighter weight houndstooth dresses to use this fall doing that! Today I updated my wardrobe with some rich dove greys and deep greens that really compliment my colouring. While shopping today I saw a lot of lovely light-weight dual-patterned scarves, and lots of “symbol” prints everywhere (little birds, hearts, etc). I like it!

    • Diana

      Reply Reply September 26, 2014

      Hi Jaynne – I love the open knit idea! Not as overwhelming on smaller frames. Looks like you’ve picked up some great pieces to see you through the season. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ann

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    Re hosiery, my great aunt called them stockings, my mother called them pantyhose, my generation called them nylons and today they are sheers and tights. The more things change………..ha! Thanks for another great article. I look forward to seeing your newsletters in my inbox!

    • Diana

      Reply Reply September 28, 2014

      Hi Ann – glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks for your note. Hosiery in one form or another has been around for more than a thousand years – and it’s not likely to go away any time soon. It falls in and out of fashion, but it always comes back…

  • Julia

    Reply Reply September 28, 2014

    Mid skirts! Great! Does this mean at long last and after what seems a hugely long absence, the shops will actually stock midi-length skirts again? I have knees that won’t stand a knee length or shorter skirt and I’ve been after some new skirts for ages and not been able to find any for years. It will be great to see them back in the shops.

    • Diana

      Reply Reply September 29, 2014

      Hi Julia,

      YES!!! You should be able to find them online and in stores.

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