Have you had one of those mornings yet this fall? You know, the kind where you open your closet door and wonder what in the world you're going to wear? It's the perfect time to refresh your closet for the chilly days ahead. Here are some of my top five favorite runway trends as office friendly staples!
5. A Tweed Jacket
Tweed. It's been the staple of the English wardrobe for centuries for very good reason! Typically made with a blend of wool yarn and fluffy bits of slub threads, tweed has a nice loft and is warm - especially on those chilly mornings or when you're stuck in an office with people who insist having the thermostat set to 65 is just right. A tweed jacket like this one in a pretty color for fall/winter goes well with flare leg pants, boot skirts or jeans for casual Fridays. Warm enough to serve as your outer layer in fall, it's easy to wear a tweed jacket all through winter under a cozy coat for traveling outside. Tweed jackets look terrific paired with bold earrings in soft metals or sweet necklaces that rest on the collar bone.
4. Tie Neck Blouse
Photo via Boden USA
Tie neck blouses were prominent on Fall 2016 runways from designers like Jason Wu, Jill Stuart and Kate Spade. They are a classic choice and flattering to many body shapes. Tie neck blouses look great alone or under layers like trench jackets, cardigans or jumpers and easily dress up or down. For ties like this one, long earrings are a great option for rounding out an office outfit. For side neck ties, long necklaces can also complement an outfit.
3. Shades of Pink for Fall
Blush, berry, rose - shades of pink were the neutral featured in collections by Hugo Boss, Alexander Wang and Monique Lhuillier for fall 2016 wardrobe trends. The shade shown here on a beautiful cashmere cropped sweater by Garnet Hill transitions beautifully from fall to winter. Pink partners perfectly with grey, tan, denim - even winter white - for dressing up or down. Dusty pink such as this example looks beautiful with antique gold jewelry studded in garnets, pearls and diamonds.
2. Checks, Plaids, Geometric Patterns
Photo via Ann Taylor
Check and plaid patterns continue to be a popular choice for adding fall appeal to an outfit and added dimension. Paired with florals in coordinating colors or solids like the beautiful skirt shown here from Ann Taylor, geometric designs are a great choice to brighten a fall day. This pretty skirt would also look great with a sweater and ankle boots for casual Friday.
Ruffles are a sweet way to lighten up a serious shirt, skirt or jacket. This sweet blouse by Brooks Brothers has just the right amount of pretty for the office. Ruffles on cuffs and collar can peek out of a tweed or leather moto jacket for a nice accent. Place them on the front of a shirt and the same jacket is transformed into a style reminiscent of the Victorian era. When stepping out into bolder ruffle styles, pairing your outfit with understated earrings and jewelry helps balance the look.
Refreshing your work wardrobe for fall doesn’t mean you have to spend an entire month’s salary. A few key pieces like the ideas shared here plus some beautiful jewelry can create beautiful looks and breathe new life into your fall.