By Liza Deyrmenjian, Founder & CEO of Fashion Business Accelerator 360
With the final weeks of summer upon us, it’s time to start thinking about our fall wardrobes. Do we have all the essential items to make sure we are fashionably comfortable when temperatures start to drop?
As I pass store windows filled with wool and cashmere while wearing a lightweight sundress, the thought of leggings and layered clothing is difficult to imagine. Yet getting my fall wardrobe in place is something I look forward to. Let’s face it: Fall is a great season to celebrate fashion. From Vogue’s thick September issue to the cool new J.C. Penney commercials, I always feel like a teenager with that new-back-to-school-clothes feeling. But, we don't have to go to school, we just get the wardrobe!
If you're looking to easily and cost-effectively dress to impress this fall while taking advantage of the latest trends, I may be able to help. Some tips for the coming season:
Invest in Bold Fabrics & Color
Great jackets made in all sorts of faux fur graced the runways back in February, and now they are penned up on store racks waiting to be worn by you! Michael Kors Faux Mink Fur Jacket is one of my personal favorites. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lengths and boxier shapes.
Michael Kors, $295
Cool hues in different gem tones are spicing up a fabulous grunge revival pallet. St. Laurent has perfected grunge for the elite, and the Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 collection is grunge gone rogue. Rag and Bone has a magnificent line this season with colors including fatigue green in addition to their staple black and grey, accented with electric blue, purple, pink and hazard orange.
Get Your Print On
Classic prints are making a radical comeback. Houndstooth, pinstripes, and the Prince of Wales check, a fantastic homage to the Duchess of Cambridge, are three that have caught my eye.
Don’t give away your leopard prints just yet. Animal prints are accenting head-to-toe grey ensembles and jazzing up winter whites. For classic prints, I think Tommy Hilfiger knocked it out of the park this season for both his women’s and men’s collections. Michael Kors offers the classic houndstooth in electric blue, and Rag and Bone has paired their larger than life houndstooth print with a splash of hazard orange for a fun twist.
Military-inspired collections are also popping up this season. Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 line is spectacular: he nailed the military look with a completely feminine take - accentuated waists, slinky skirts, and slimming cuts.
Layers on Layers
The layered look is not going out of style anytime soon. J. Crew has a fabulous embroidered boy shirt you can layer with a sweatshirt ort sweater for another trendy yet easy-to-wear style this fall. The boyfriend jacket, possibly the most stylishly functional fashion item since dressy jeans, is a great addition to the layered look.
J. Crew, $65
Sleek leather jackets will also play their part in September layering. They can be worn over a crew neck sweater with jeans or corduroy. Nasty Gal’s Ice Block Moto jacket is a steal at $40.00.
Club Monaco’s Davie leather jacket in light yellow can be paired nicely with blues and browns. Eleven Paris’ holographic leather biker jacket is my favorite, especially if you are looking for something funky and cool.
Eleven Paris, $345.96
Yet the most essential layered piece in every woman’s outfit is a big scarf that you can wrap around your neck for chic style and warmth. My favorite scarf splurge of the season is a cashmere and silk Chan Luu in skin tone. $135
The Shoes Make the Outfit
Pointy toe pumps and ankle strapped heels are back, and the sandal boot is a wild new twist on a traditional look. Jason Wu, Kenneth Cole, and Phillip Lim are a few designers offering this daring look. If you prefer flats, check out the shiny, disco slipper by Proenza Schouler.
In your face sunglasses are in back in style – with thick rims, bold prints and loud colors. The bigger the better! The satchel bag is also filling the store windows. Top Shop’s satchel bag for $56.00 is my first love followed by Diane Von Furstenberg’s mini crossbody satchel.
Top Shop, $56
Whatever fashion choices you invest in, just remember: The most important thing is finding clothing and apparel that express your personality and make you happy. When you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, you will exude confidence, beauty and fantastic style. Happy hunting!
Liza is the secret behind dozens of emerging designers. Her clients, including Jay McCarroll, Rochelle Behrens, Gretchen Jones and Calavera, have graced Project Runway catwalks and the covers of fashion and business magazines. She has launched a number of start-ups, her first at the age of 19; raised millions in capital; and founded the first online destination connecting designers with boutique retailers. Liza is now sharing her vast knowledge through a series of intensive online courses for emerging fashion designers and fashion and beauty start-ups. Launching August 15, her first FBA 360 course helps students take their vision from a creative concept to a scalable business in eight weeks. Additional classes starting in September will focus on design, social media and funding.