By Amy E. Goodman
Author of Wear This, Toss That!
Fall fashion is truly a girl’s best friend. Now is the time to incorporate hot (and forgiving) trends like wide-legged trouser pants, ankle booties, and the universally flattering sheath dress. I love the following pieces because they celebrate the moment, yet live well into next year.
The structured handbag. This style of bag usually has a square or rectangular body and short straps or a top handle design. Meant to be held in your hands or in the dainty crook of your arm, it’s a staple that speaks to this season’s feminine style.
Trouser-cut pants. We’ve had years of skinny pants and jeans down the runways, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief over the return of a wider cut hem. The beauty of a wide-legged look such as a flare or boot-cut pant is that it counterbalances those of us with hips and looks fabulous paired with a fitted top, sweater or flowy, ’70s-inspired blouse.
The cape. Capes pair perfectly with casual, workplace, and evening looks and can be dressed up or down depending on the thermostat. Look for asymmetrical cuts, color blocking, bright hues and catchy hardware that will make your cape unique. Just make sure the shape still cups the body so your silhouette isn’t completely lost.
Ankle boots. While all boot styles will have their 15 minutes of fame this year, I adore a shorter bootie so you can flaunt your legs with textured or colorful tights. Someone asked me if the peep-toe ankle boot of last year is still in? Yes! Also consider bows, cutouts, zippers, lace-ups, suede, textured and distressed leather varieties. Booties are meant to be fun. Simply make sure the top ends at the most flattering part of your ankle: above or below.
Sheath dress. A nod to 1970s styling, the sheath has returned in full force. Defined by an undefined waistline, the cut is tailored and/or darted to silhouette the waist so that it has a slight built-in curve. It’s a sexy number the flatters many body types, and serves as a staple to which you can add the seasonal scarf, small jacket and heels. Look for ones in bright colors or lace or silhouette-slimming color blocking.
More Fall Fashion Tips from Amy:
Flattering Fall Sweaters for Every Shape
18 Shopping Tips for Finding the Perfect Fall Coat
Good Jeans: What Every Woman Wants
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