Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall 2014 Accessory Trends-Scarves and Handbags

Once you have solid basics in your wardrobe, simply updating your accessories from season to season can help you stay current & on-trend.  Thankfully, trends often stay "in fashion" for several years at a time.  For example, the use of scarves to add color and texture to an outfit will continue this fall and winter.  When the fall fashions were revealed earlier this year, many designers used scarves instead of necklaces to accent the outfits the models wore.

A newer twist to the style of scarves this coming season is the thinner, long scarf that can be tied around the neck and allowed to drape or hang in front or across the shoulder to the back. (Both of the scarves below are from Maurices.com and are $16 or less. Bargain!)
Ombre oblong scarf with lurex - maurices.com           black and white plaid infinity scarf - maurices.com
Something new this fall & winter is the use of blanket scarves as accessories.  These can be used in place of a coat when evenings are cool or as an extra layer of warm on top of a winter coat.  What great color & texture they add to an outfit.
Border Stripe Blanket  Open Poncho
From Urban Outfitters-$39
Purses this coming season have lots of detailing such as geometric patterns, metallics, jewels, color, fur, and texture. Since most women carry a purse everyday, it is important to purchase a well-made purse.  It should be looked at as an investment.  If you are in need of a purse update consider either an amazing mix of the above mentioned detailing or a well-made bag in a color that is similar to your hair color (brown hair- brown-toned bag, black hair-black bag,...).  Here are a few amazing bags for this fall:
 Urban Expressions Urban Expressions Laguna Woven Clutch   

Have fun considering the possibility of updating a few accessories for fall 2014.  There are so many options to chose from in colors, textures, prints, and fabrics.  Be sure to watch for coupons, sales, and even great bargains at upscale clothing resale shops.  Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends

As the weather changes, many of us begin to think about pushing those sandals and open toe shoes toward the back of the closet.  Bringing those warm and comfy boots closer to the front of the closet makes the most sense when night time temperatures begin to drop into the 40's and below. Friends in Colorado have already commented about the first snowfall and it is only mid-September.

Fall is a great time to reassess your shoe wardrobe and see if a few shoe updates are in order.  Since many stores have fall sales, knowing what shoes or boots you need to replace or update in your shoe wardrobe is essential. Strongly consider replacing a pair of shoes if they have become so worn looking that a fresh coat of shoe polish or a trip to the shoe repair store for new heels or soles does not significantly improve their appearance.

When assessing your current shoes consider what you wear each pair of shoes with when putting together different outfits.  Be careful not to hold onto a pair of shoes that you have nothing to wear with them because you will be incline to purchase extra clothing just to go with your shoes.  Consider this very strongly when purchasing a new pair of shoes also.

Here is a summary of the Fall 2014 Shoe Trends:

Madden Girl Zumba Printed Wedge Bootie
From DSW-Madein Girl Wedge Booty-$59.95
 Short and Tall Boots-If you are looking at heels, consider wedges as a fun possibility.  Look for fun patterns, mixed textures, buckles and straps to add interest.  This season is also showing fun backless boots and interesting cutouts. 
From Macy's-Circa by Joan & David-$129

Heels-When considering the purchase of a new pair of heels, think about fun colors (red, bright blue, yellow, metallic), interesting patterns and textures (suede, leather mix, sparkles), ankle straps, T-straps, or lace up closures.  Both the pointed toe and round toe are in this fall.
From Macy's-Isola Palazzo-$109
Flats-The continuation of fun, ornate decoration on either the toe area or all over the flat is an important aspect of this fall’s shoe accessory.
Dr. Scholls Really Polka Dot Flat
From DSW-Dr. Scholls Polka Dot Flat-$49.95

Sneakers-Many of the fall clothing trends were accompanied by creative sneakers of mixed colors and textures of not only colored canvas but also suede and a platform style heel. For the Fun Fashionista who likes to be a bit daring, there is even the legging sneaker.  Very cool!
Keds Champion Sneaker - Womens
From DSW-Keds Champion-$39.95
Well, I hope that gave you a bit of a glance of what the shoe trends are for fall.  Watch for sales & coupons!  Happy shopping!!!