The Dos and Don’ts of Fall Fashion

27 Sep

Oversized coats, gray hues, cobalt sweater and leather everything.


Whether pretty in pastels, borrowed from the boys, or quilted, coats are fashion’s must-have fall accessory. But extreme outerwear is only part of the story. Also in the air: monochromatic neutrals, especially in shades of gray are a must this fall.  The key to doing gray without looking dour is to layer in different tones…inky, steely,pale and a pop of color with yellow or the season’s most popular color, cobalt.  As the weather cools, here is my advice for wearing fall’s must-haves.

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DO invest in eye-catching outerwear.

Oversize coats are also a big trend, but nor everyone can wear such a large garmet.  Statement-making outerwear manifested itself in a bevy of ways this season (think bold furs, oversize parkas, and cool leathers).

DON’T be afraid to experiment with various colors, lengths, and textures.

DO consider the rest of your outfit when rocking these coats. Keep everything else simple.

DON’T forget a super-cute hat.

DO remember this motto: When in doubt, put a beanie on it!

DON’T forget the other types of hats you can wear this season. Fedoras, floppy knits, and even baseball caps are at your disposal.

DO embrace classic prints.

Sick of the floral and kaleidoscope prints from spring? Well, say hello to classic prints like houndstooth for fall.  If a houndstooth coat, seems too overwhelming I suggest a houndstooth accessory such as a purse or large scarf.

DON’T shy away from this print for the office. Menswear fabrics lend a chic and professional touch to your outfits.

DO keep in mind that houndstooth goes with everything! As we once said, it’s basically a neutral.

DON’T put away your leopard print just yet.

Yes, you read that correctly. One of fall 2013’s hottest trends is already in your closet.

DO play with different colors of leopard this season. Classic brown and black will always be in style, so have a little bit of fun and choose a pink or red version instead.

DON’T overdo it. A little leopard can go a long way, so stick to one piece featuring the cat print.

DO pick up an emerald-green piece.

Along with emerald, cobalt is another fresh color for fall.  Incorporate trends with accessories instead of entire outfits.  Pantone chose Emerald, the shade as its top color for 2013, so it’s no wonder that it was spotted all over the fall 2013 runways.

DON’T ignore how cute emerald-green can look when paired with other jewel tones, such as garnet, amethyst, and sapphire.

DO look for different ways to incorporate the shade into your wardrobe. A structured bag or high heels in this vibrant hue is like an exclamation point at the end of your ensemble.

DON’T shy away from layering.

Take a cue from BCBG and add interest to your fall outfit choices by piling on a few extra pieces.

DO mix textures with your pants, skirts, and tops. A sheer dress over leather pants allows you to layer without looking bulky.

DON’T go crazy with colors or patterns when layering pieces. An outfit with many components should look as streamlined as possible.

DO take a chance on winter white.

When the temperature’s low, we all have a tendency to reach for dark colors, but why not grab a winter white piece instead?

DON’T think you can wear winter white only for a night out. A chic coat fits in at the office, and denim works for the weekend.

DO save your flouncy pieces for spring. Choose weather-appropriate staples such as chunky knits, jeans, and jackets that make sense in autumn.

DO rethink your leather pieces.

A coat with leather sleeves, a skirt with leather panels.  It tends to be cheaper and a bit less biker chick. Leather can be sporty, edgy, or downright womanly depending on how it’s styled.

DO go for a colored leather piece every once in a while. Style it as you would a regular knit.

DON’T try an all-leather outfit—unless you’re into that whole biker-babe trend.

DO fall in line with military-inspired looks.

There was a strong military presence at fall 2013 Fashion Week, which means that khaki green is on its way to becoming a staple in your wardrobe.

DON’T avoid girly versions of the utilitarian trend. How about a tailored top or slim pants?

DO add accents like lace or brocade to amp up the luxe factor.


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2 Responses to “The Dos and Don’ts of Fall Fashion”

  1. Erica Ruth September 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on Chocolate Bella and commented:
    Great fall fashion tips.

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