fall fashionWhile it’s always fun to see what’s new each fashion season, it’s important to put some thought into each new purchase you make to avoid wasting money buying things you won’t wear. That’s particularly true this year, with the recession still in full swing.

So how can you look good AND save money? By taking stock of your closet and making a thorough assessment. Make your existing wardrobe work for you as much as possible BEFORE adding to your collection.

Here’s your best game plan for fall 2009:

    1.  Start with a good selection of basic, flattering silhouettes in solid colors, like a sheath dress, pencil skirt, straight leg trousers, and classic button shirt.

    2.  Mix and match those basics in new ways for different looks.

    3.  Add a few inexpensive, trendy accessories to make those basics fresh and of-the-moment.

    4.  Top your old standbys with a chic new coat and wear the heck out of it before you retire it next spring.

    5.  Be frugal with special occasion pieces. Shop consignment instead of retail for cocktail dresses, evening bags, holiday clothes, and the like.

With that game plan in mind, here are your “best bets” for Fall Fashion 2009:

Black & White


So simple, so classic, so timeless. Start with black and white and call it an ensemble, or add a trendy accessory for an interesting variation.

Black and white Houndstooth jacket

Black and White

MetroStyle New York & Co

Chic Neutrals

Wear them together, pair them with colors or patterns, and get your money’s worth for these wardrobe workhorses.

Neutral sheathe

Neutral Jacket

MetroStyle New York & Co

Something Red

Nothing says strong and sassy like red. Try a red dress, a red bag, or red lips – just not all at once – to turn heads and get your Scarlett on.

Red says excitement and power

Red accents work too

Chadwicks ING

Strong Shoulders

It’s the 40’s!  No, it’s the 80’s! Whatever you call it, it’s time to draw attention to the shoulders again with either an exaggerated sleeve or lapel. . . or by showing a little skin.

Exaggerated shoulders

Dare to go bare
MetroStyle Just Cavalli

Cool Jackets

If you have a “thing” for jackets, you’re going to LOVE what’s available this season. From leather jackets and swing coats to dusters and caplets, you’ll be able to top those basics with an eye-popping look.

Leather Jacket

Dramatic black and white

Roamans Michael Kors

Ruffled Tops

The poet/romantic/peasant/bohemian blouse has been popular for years now, and it can add some drama to a simple skirt or pant – or even turn a ho-hum suit into a romantic ensemble.

Ruffled Top More ruffles
BCBG Max Azria
New York & Co

Statement Necklaces

Want an easy way to draw attention to your face and away from trouble spots elsewhere? Try a beautiful, interesting necklace. Pair it with a simple dress or top for further contrast and emphasis.

Dramatic Necklace More drama, Italian style
JeGem Daco Milano

Wide Belts

Wide belts can be eye-catching and dramatic, but let me be frank: they’re not for everyone. If you have a small waist and long torso, try a wide belt.  But if you have a thick waist, short torso, or carry weight in your tummy area, stay away – it will make you look heavier than you are.

A wide belt adds drama

A wide belt can show off a nice figure
Chadwicks New York & Co

Simple Bags

Of-the-moment bags were fun while they lasted, but hard to sustain in today’s economy. Try a simple style instead that you can wear with everything until you wear it out.

A simple bag goes with many things If most of your clothes are casual, opt for a simple casual bag
Dooney & Burke
Kate Spade

Great Boots

A great pair of boots can be as eye-catching as a great necklace or jacket. Just be sure to find a comfortable pair that works with much of your wardrobe so you can get your money’s worth out of them.

Wear boots with a skirt or dress

Or, in true '80's style, tuck your pants legs into your boots

Chadwicks New York & Co

There you have it – my top picks of the season. Yes, it’s a little restrained, but now is not the time to splurge. Pick and choose your purchases carefully so you can look great AND stay in budget.

Happy shopping!

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