From: Neelam Mistry-Thaker
A Style Expert Offers Fall/Winter Wardrobe Tips
We are in the middle of autumn. Summer vacation is over and the holiday season is on the horizon.
But first, is your fall/winter wardrobe ready? With the change of season you will see a range of new collections on the high street celebrating the latest trends. You’ll start digging up all your layering pieces and getting ready to style your favorite knits.
Before investing in anything new, don’t forget to declutter your wardrobe – remove items that no longer suit you and don’t forget to look at pieces that have been put away during the warmer months.
Once you know what you have and what might be missing, you can use my list of the latest six trends to fill in those gaps.
Keep it bright: Heading into fall/winter might have you thinking about toning down the bright colors and opting for softer or cooler shades. However, the colorful dopamine band-aid trend continues through the colder months.
It’s the perfect opportunity to use all the pieces from summer that can be worn again in a new way. Think about layering sweaters, blazers and coats to rework a more summery piece.
Looking at Pantone’s colors for the season, my favorites include Dragon Fire, a bright, bold orange that blazes with energy and excitement. I also love Spicy Mustard, which is a gorgeous warm mustard that’s surprisingly exotic, and the gorgeous blooming foliage vibes of Abundant Green. You will see green everywhere. Try a monochromatic outfit in head-to-toe green and mix it with blue tones for a serene yet on-trend look, or add your fall/winter neutrals for a more muted look.
Party wear, sequins and embellishments: After Covid, we still really like being outdoors. Add sequins and embellishments to your daytime looks to give that extra wow factor. Consider sequined skirts and embellished tops to add a special sparkle.
With sequins, try buying vintage pieces or re-wearing pieces you already have. Buying used or investing only in timeless pieces means you can extend their lifespan and reduce their impact on the environment. Try pairing them with casual trainers or a comfy turtleneck to incorporate into your daytime wardrobe.
Bomber jackets: It’s funny. Bombers are making a comeback this season. Although it’s more of an oversized piece, try pairing it with jeans or a feminine satin skirt to keep the basic pieces snug to your figure. For those who want to be on trend, pair it with other oversized pieces like a loose shirt and wide leg jeans. But think before you invest. Can you get the most out of a bomber or will it be worn once with one look, never to make an appearance again? It’s a trend now, but maybe not for everyone.
Colored bags: Want to add some color but not in a full outfit? Then try adding a splash of color with your handbag. It’s a great way to bring some color in the colder months without having to struggle to find full outfit combinations. A pop of brighter color in your accessories can bring your neutrals to life without having to invest in lots of matching pieces.
Fringes and pompoms: Ideal for adding texture, movement and interest to an outfit. I love the idea of a fringe skirt or fringe on a jacket. It’s such a fun way to add interest to a basic outfit and take your capsule wardrobe to the next level. We see it through jackets, skirts, dresses, shirts and bags – endless options to add something extra to your fall/winter wardrobe.
Keep it mini: Minis were all the rage for spring/summer and they’re not going anywhere for the fall/winter season. You may need to add a pair of tights or long boots, but you’ll be on trend.
Here are my top fall/winter trends. Now you know my advice is to always be sure that what you invest in can be worn time and time again in new and interesting ways. Invest in good quality items or try vintage shops to ensure you extend the life of a piece. I can’t wait to see you all in your fall/winter “fits”.
Neelam Mistry-Thaker is a fashion expert, personal stylist and style coach. Visit Instagram: @NeelamPersonalStylist, Facebook: Neelam Personal Stylist and www.neelampersonal stylist.com