One of the “It” colors for fall besides your traditional colors like rust, burgundy, wine, camel, forest green, and your neutrals black, white, grey, and navy is BLUE. Not only is it the beloved color of my illustrious sorority (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.) It is just a great way to spice up an outfit on a dreary fall day. Check out my wish list featuring this fab color

Wednesday's Wish List: I've Got the Blues

 

These pieces will go with a variety of things. I’m all for getting the most out of the items in my closet and those Bow Tie Flats from Mod Cloth may just make a special appearance in my closet this fall.

What’s on your wish list this week?

Leather is a huge trend for this fall and HGB has got you covered on some of the hottest and affordable pieces to incorporate in your wardrobe! Leather is definitely luxurious. There is nothing like wearing a rich leather jacket. It changes the dynamic of the entire look. So if you want to incorporate leather in to your wardrobe and not just for outerwear, rock a leather skirt. When I say leather,  faux leather is included. Some people aren’t afforded the luxury of being able to purchase a leather skirt for $150 so faux leather will do. My favorite type of leather skirt is the pleated skater skirt. It is edgy, yet ladylike. You can pair it with a simple white blouse and a pair of black pumps and be ready for work. Now for the evening, a sexy camisole and blazer will be perfect for a date with the beau. I also love the classic leather pencil skirt. I just purchased a faux leather pencil skirt from jc penney for $25 and it will be making it’s debut to the world sometime next week lol. If you do not want to go for the entire leather look for fear of looking like a dominatrix, try going for a skirt with leather panels or a leather waist band. Below are some options for leather and faux leather skirts that you can add to your wardrobe this fall.

 

I guess you can now call this transitional period “Pre Fall” and so, depending where you are located, you can break out some of your fall pieces. Today in New York it is a little cool and today would be a perfect day to rock a pair of casual ankle boots with a pair of skinny jeans rolled up at the ankle or if you want a pair of shorts. I am not big on wearing boots during the dog days of summer, actually I am not a fan of this look at all, but some people love it. If the temperature is low, no humidity, and there is a nice breeze then the choices I have below are perfect for you.

With pre-fall transitional pieces you want to make sure you can blend between the seasons. So avoid looks with fur, yes I said fur! I think fur is for the late fall and winter, maybe even early spring, but you should keep the fur away until there is a real chill. Suede and leather are definitely acceptable when you want to try pre-fall looks. Go for a style that is sleek rather than chunky and you are good to go!

Most of the time I try to prepare my outfits for work on Sunday. Every Sunday after church I stand in front of my closet thinking…hmmm what am I going to wear this week? Well I manage to put together 4 looks for Monday-Thursday. Since Fridays are casual I throw on a pair of jeans and top and call it a day. So I usually start with the outfit basics like a dress, pants, top or whatever. I never think about my accessories.

Well fashion guru Lloyd Boston says it’s easier to “dress from small to big.” Meaning start with your accessories and build from their. He says “Start with the littlest detail that you’ll wear and build up to the big pieces for a totally unexpected look. An earring can inspire a total ensemble. Select a  small iece that has a story, some character, a history, and unique details to pull from. “

I never thought about UBD (understanding by design-backwards design) for clothing. If anything I would start with the shoes that I would want to wear, but never the accessories. So ladies (and gents) for that unexpected look start styling from the littlest detail.

Here is an ensemble that I built using this tip. I started with the layered necklace and went from there.

This installment of Fab Under $50 features military inspired jacket, cocktail ring by Rachel Roy, and feminine inspired cardigan and silk wrap blouse, and a cross body bag by Mod Cloth. These are all great pieces fro the rest of winter and the beginnng of spring.

 

Fab Under $50 featuring Rachel Roy
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