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WHAT’S HOT FOR MEN’S FALL FASHION

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Guys, I hope you didn’t think I forgot about you!  Ladies first…..

According to GQ, bright, bold plaids are hot for guys this fall, neutral tones, browns, navy, reds, and persimmon are the colors you’ll be seeing alot of.  Slacks are slimmer, with cuffs, double breasted jackets are trending, and the window pane pattern on suits is replacing the traditional pen stripe. Also, two must haves are the khaki dress shirt, good with jeans or dress slacks/suits and a denim shirt.   Horizontal stripes are everywhere, cable knit sweaters, turtle necks are back, and layering is where it’s at!

Take a look and see what you think!

Double breasted jackets are back. Image: DKNY

Horizontal stripes on everything from polos to sweaters and sweat jackets. Image: Perry Ellis

Cable knit or patterned sweaters, and neutral tones such as camel are all part of the fall lineup. Image: Perry Ellis

Not your grandpa's plaid - bright and bold is where it's at!

Layers...shirts, vests, jackets, turtlenecks all work together.

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September 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

WHAT’S HOT FOR WOMEN’S FALL FASHION

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Now that you’ve gotten the kids dressed and back to school, it’s time to shop for yourselves, ladies!  Check out what’s hot for fall…I expect to see many of these things coming through the store soon!

The hot colors for the fall are jade green, teal, mustard yellow, reds, orange and purple

 

Boyfriend cardigans with leggings

 

Marc Jacobs shows three styles of jeans that will work for the fall

 

Duster style coats

 

Leather skirts of varying lengths and colors by Marc Jacobs

 

Animal print, whether on clothing or accessories is spot on!

 

Ponchos and capes are back

 

Polka dots on everything from formal wear to casual wear, clothing or accessories - dots are hot!

 

Fur vests and fur trimmed clothing...real or faux, fur is in!

 

HOT FALL FASHION FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

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Back to school time is just around the corner…and you know what that means!  Back to school shopping!  When I was a kid it was easy – T-shirts and jeans; but these days kids have to be up on the latest fashions!  I put together a few things that are hot this year in the way of Fall fashion, in case you need some ideas before hitting the mall this week!

What’s hot for girls this Fall:

  1. Hot colors this fall are reds, persimmon, bronze, copper, gray to name a few
  2. Retro prints from the 60’s and 70’s – bright colors and cool prints.  Remember the big flowers and geometric prints?  They’re back!
  3. Animal prints – always popular, and great for accessories, shoes and tops
  4. Dots – large or small, on tops, leggings and tights!
  5. Plaid – not your grandpa’s plaid, but bold, bright plaids – large or small
  6. Layers – Tunic tops with T’s and a belt…great!  Vests, jackets, and scarves are in
  7. Skinny jeans and jeggings are in, but give them a twist and select bright colors instead of just denim for the Fall!
  8. Wide leg pants with heels – for you teens and older girls
  9. Denim skirts – long ones and short ones
  10. Jeans are always in…but not dark…go for the faded/distressed look

 

What’s hot for guys this Fall:

  1. Denim shirts – layered over a T
  2. Layers are in for guys too – Button downs over a T is an easy option
  3. Jeans – go for the faded/distressed look, don’t go for the dark indigo this year
  4. Screen print T’s are always cool
  5. Plaid – large or small plaids, bright and bold

One area I left out of this article is coats and sweaters….it’s just too hot to think about that right now, but I’ll give you the fashion 411 on that later in the season!

Happy Back To School shopping!

 

STEPPIN’ OUT

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Along with looking great in a freshly cleaned and pressed outfit, you’re shoes should look great as well. Are you guilty of putting on your nicest dress shoes, only to look down to find a scuff, or see that the shine has worn off? Have you ever covered up a scuff on your shoes with a magic marker, Sharpie, nail polish or liquid paper just because you didn’t have time or know how to polish your shoes?

If you are guilty of any of the above, take a quick look at this video from Esquire Magazine and follow these quick and easy tips to keep your shoes looking shiny and new.

LADIES, SPRUCE UP YOUR WARDROBE FOR SPRING

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OK ladies, it’s your turn.  Let’s see what’s in that closet of yours for spring!  After all, it’s just a few weeks away, and I’m sure you have nothing to wear!

Of course, you need to start just like I told the guys last week…clean out your closet.

First, pull out all of your spring/summer clothes from the closet.  If they are old, worn out, or out of date, throw them in a pile for donations immediately!  Just do it!

Next, make stacks according to the garments, i.e., jeans, shorts, tops, dresses, etc.

Now, try everything on.  Does it have all the buttons, does the zipper work, does it still fit?  If it’s worth altering, such as a suit or jacket, or if it needs repairs, make a stack for alterations.

Does it need cleaning?  If so, make a stack for “dry cleaning” and one for “laundry”.

Instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, spruce up what you have with a few new pieces.

Crisp, white clothing is in for the spring and summer.  Keep your white tank tops and T’s, and pair them with a new pair of Capri pants or a floral skirt (floral prints are big this season).

Another great fashion find would be a military type, khaki colored jacket/vest.  Pair with your white tank or T, even a white button down you already have, a pair of jeans, and you’ve got a whole new look!

Nautical stripes are in, so grab a nautical themed top to pair with navy or white shorts you’ve already got.

Tanks are lacy and layered right now.  How about a bright colored lacy tank that can either be worn for a casual look with jeans, or paired with a long, flowing skirt for a more dressed up approach.

I know, no matter what, you ladies have got to get some new jewelry.  This season calls for chunky styled jewelry.  You can get a lot of mileage from a great piece of jewelry, even if the outfit isn’t new…the jewelry is, and that’s what everyone will be looking at!

Remember, if you’re trying to stay on a budget, buy pieces that can be mixed and matched and worn as several different looks….casual and dressy!  By doing this you’ll get more out of your wardrobe!

 

SPRUCE UP YOUR WARDROBE FOR SPRING

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Spring is right around the corner!  Now’s the time to get your wardrobe together so you will be prepared for those warmer days and nights.  So, let’s go to your closet and take a look!  (I’m going to address the guys today…ladies, next week.)

First, pull out all of your spring/summer clothes from the closet.  If they are old, worn out, or out of date, throw them in a pile for donations immediately!  Just do it!

Next, make stacks according to the garments, i.e., suits in one stack, jeans in another, dress shirts in another, etc…you get it.

Now, take a look at each piece of clothing…try it on.  Does it have all the buttons, does the zipper work, does it still fit?  If it’s worth altering, such as a suit or jacket, or if it needs repairs, make a stack for alterations.

Does anything need cleaning?  If so, make a stack for “dry cleaning” and one for “laundry”.

Don’t forget your ties!  Ties seem to get neglected in the cleaning/care area.  Take a look at your ties…if they look a little dirty or have a spot on them, toss those in the dry cleaning pile.  If they are looking old and worn, toss them!

Lastly, take a look at what you have.  Are you a little bored with your dress shirts that go with that suit?  Need a new tie, or just want to switch things up a little?  Bored with your weekend wear?  Here are a few fashion tips for spring/summer that can help you spruce up your look without spending a fortune on an entirely new wardrobe:

Ties are a great way to add personality and color to that same old suit! These are not your grandpa’s plaid ties! These are deeper, richer tones, and perfect for the spring/summer. Image: GQ

Add some color with a pocket square…for some pizzazz, pick one with polka dots. Select cotton or silk…avoid shiny fabrics! Image: GQ

Tired of the same old dress shirts – light blue, white? Great new look for this spring/summer is a khaki dress shirt! It goes with suits, jeans, everything! And, check out the plaid tie! Image: GQ

Toss out your old T-shirts and grab a few new rugby shirts for the weekend! They’re back in style and great no matter what color! Image: GQ

Want to “go green” with your wardrobe? Pick up a few of these great bamboo T’s. Great for everyday wear, or even under a jacket! They wick away moisture and keep you dry, plus they feel like silk! Image: bambooclothes.com