In the October edition of our fashion advice column “Ask Megan,” Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Megan LaRussa tackles readers’ questions about fall trends, updating your wardrobe and much more!
I want to wear my team colors without going over the top. Do you have any recommendations on how to wear game-day style tastefully?
As a style coach who lives in the Southeast and enjoys watching college football, this is one of my favorite topics. It can be easy to support your team in style, while also being comfortable (an important factor if you’re attending the game and planning on doing a lot of walking). But you have to have the right items in your closet to make getting dressed for game day a breeze.
First and foremost, work with what you’ve got. If you are an Auburn fan, try wearing a navy or orange work-day top from your closet, and instead of wearing it with a pencil skirt or trousers, like you might for work, wear it with white or dark-wash jeans and a casual shoe. Repurposing items makes for a more versatile wardrobe, thus making getting dressed easier while also saving you money.
If you don’t own any tops, sweaters or dresses in your team’s hues, then look for accessories in your color of choice. For example if you’re an Alabama fan and you have a lot of black in your wardrobe, buy a beautiful crimson scarf or a pair of crimson booties for a tasteful touch of game-day spirit. This does not mean sporting logo-centric accessories that can be viewed as less-than-chic, but instead sticking to colorful accessories to support your favorite team.
I compiled my favorite and oh-so-stylish game-day items in this handy game-day style guide.
I’ve heard that mules have come back in style, but I am not sure what kind of mules they mean. Could you elaborate on this?
You are spot-on — mules are back in style! They took a little hiatus, but have come back in a modern way. The most popular and easy-to-wear style is a flat slip-on mule that can be worn casually or dressy-casually. We’re seeing great suede sandal styles that are perfect for transition weather. And we’re also seeing pointed-toe and closed-toe styles that are the new ballet flat for the season. Mules are an easy way to update your fall outfits from last season.
The other mule that is in style right now is the stacked, or block-heel, mule. The easiest and, in my opinion, the most chic version of this would be an open-toe style. Pick the heel height based on your comfort level, whether that’s a 1- to 2-inch heel for daily ease and comfort, or a 3-inch heel for an evening shoe option. These stacked-heel mules are fabulous when done in suede or velvet in gorgeous fall hues. I’ve also seen them in metallic and animal print, which can serve as a fun neutral in your fall outfits.
What are the must-have items that I should purchase for fall and winter?
I love nothing more than a good must-have list! But for each season, there should be two must-have lists: One list of great basics for the season and one list of more trend-driven items. To help you get started with your fall/winter shopping, I’ll share a few of the items from each list. First, we’ll focus on the foundational fall pieces, as those are the items that create the backbone of your wardrobe and help you make a wide variety of polished outfits:
Choose the cut that is most flattering to your figure, whether that’s a skinny jean, boot-cut or straight leg.
Suede or leather ankle booties
Select a heel height that is most comfortable for you and your lifestyle.
Lightweight third pieces
You want third pieces like a leather jacket, blazer, cardigan, vest or denim jacket — items that pair nicely with a basic tee, silk blouse or tissue turtleneck.
Next, let’s talk about more trendy pieces that can add some “runway relevance” and modernity to your basics:
Velvet is the texture of the season, and it looks gorgeous in a wide array of items. Try an ankle bootie, a pair of jeans, a blouse or even a bomber jacket — whichever item best suits your style and silhouette.
Frayed-hem distressed jeans
These jeans are the “in” denim style right now. From two-tone denim to distressed hems to embellishments all over, fun-loving denim is the pant that will elevate your casual look to “dressy-casual” this fall.
Florals look gorgeous this season with deep dark backgrounds and rich red flowers. Try this pattern du jour in a dress, jean or blouse for a modern take on a classic print.
Decide which trends and basics are right for you, then have some fun and hit the stores for a little fall shopping!
I recently did a closet clean-out myself! How do I know if I have removed all of the outdated items? What is even considered outdated?
A good general rule of thumb is if the garment or accessory has been in your closet for more than five years, it’s probably dated or just worn out. There are exceptions, especially if you’ve invested in designer clothing (and I’m talking Chanel-level designer). As you’re cleaning, ask yourself how long you’ve had it in your closet AND have you been drawn to wear it — be honest with yourself.
Another way to know what’s dated is to educate yourself on the current styles. See what’s in high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue every season. Even if you are not shopping in these stores, their inventory will show you what’s modern, as these stores will not stock out-of-date items. Also, pick up a magazine like InStyle, and compare the silhouettes, fabrics, prints, necklines and jewelry styles with what’s in your closet to see if what you have is dated. This of course doesn’t always apply to those basic and classic items, but it will help you streamline your wardrobe and keep you looking current.
If you need some visual inspiration, check out my recent blog post on five outdated items that are lingering in your closet.
What is the color of the season?
Drum roll please … the color of the season is: RED! And not just basic red, but all gorgeous, sumptuous shades of red from burgundy to crimson to burnt orange to ruby and everything in between. And yes, there are other important fall/winter 2017 colors, but if I have to pick just one, it would be one of these beautiful shades of red.
If you are a neutral-loving girl, then I’d encourage you to add a dash of red into your wardrobe and treat it like a neutral. Whether it be a red mule, a red scarf or a great pair of red statement earrings, whatever suits your style works.
If you are a color-loving girl, then go all out! Wear red in a tonal way for a super chic and flattering look. Select a burgundy pair of jeans, and pair them with a scarlet sweater, and top it all off with a fuchsia scarf. It creates a truly interesting and on-trend look.
Cheers to rocking red your own way!
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