By stylist Alexia Jacquot
Photo collages by Alexia Jacquot via Polyvore
This tailored wool herringbone jacket paired with wide-leg pants, cuts a silhouette that is reminiscent of 1940s glamour, with a little touch of British tradition. Elegant and ladylike, this style will easily transition from the office to dinner.
Add a pop colour with an accessory, such as a tartan bag, to complete the look. A silhouette great for petite figures, the wide-leg pants (a key item this season) elongates the body, while the hat adds height and the fitted jacket gives definition to the frame.
Rhian Jacket, LK Bennett – Wide-leg Pants, Gryphon – Small Yasmin Tartan Tote, Vivienne Westwood Accessories – Foxy Fedora, Mark – Miss Clichy Suede Platform Pumps, Christian Louboutin – Liliana Reversible Lycra & Merino Gloves, Diverso Italiano
The 70s continue to inspire, as the bohemian look effortlessly makes its way back into our wardrobe this fall, with its earthy colours and free-spirited vibe. Look out for faux-fur coats in shorter and longer styles to keep you warm as the weather gets chillier.
Trying to create volume on a narrow upper-body? Pair a cute floral dress with a faux-fur gilet and a skinny belt, accentuating the waist (your summer’s favourite maxi dress would also work well). Complete the boho look with lace-up ankle boots, a satchel bag and a wide-brimmed hat.
Get adventurous by mixing textures and clashing prints, but avoid too many layers and keep the colour combination simple (no more than three to four). Make sure to pick colours that flatter your complexion.
Cropped Bijoux Faux Fur Gilet, ALICE by Temperley – Dress Silk Rina Print, Zadig & Voltaire – Two-toned Ribbed Opaque Tights, Commando – Lace-up Ankle Boots, Proenza Schouler – Marcie Satchel, Chloe – Floppy Hat, H&M – Cable Knit Hand Warmers, Paul Smith Gloves
We’re shamelessly borrowing from the boys (again), as sleek masculine tailoring remains a big trend this fall. The androgynous look works particularly well for the office with clean cut lines and high-contrast colour combinations, creating a silhouette that instantly means business.
The high-waisted ankle-grazing trousers, silk blouse and high-shine heeled brogues are great staples for your work wardrobe and play up the masculine/feminine vibe. The cropped jacket/high waisted pants combo should be avoided at all costs if you have a long legs/short torso body type.
Blake Suit Jacket, Guess – Peg Pants in Herringbone Print, ASOS – Silk Bow Neck Blouse, Stella McCartney – Soho Bauletto Shoulder Bag, Furla Handbags – Black Elbamatt Lace-Up Ankle Boots, Robert Sanderson
Vibrant colours and ultra-saturated hues are what it’s all about this season, and jewels add to the “new black” for formal evening wear.
Create a luxurious look by pairing complementary shades of the same hue. For maximum impact, wear emerald, ruby, sapphire, garnet, magenta or amethyst head-to-toe.
Deep, rich colours are a fabulous choice if you have darker skin or high-contrast colouring, including dark hair, sparkly eyes and pale skin. They could, however, overpower those with fairer colouring. Softer versions of the same hues are suggested for people who don’t have a high contrast in their natural colouring. As an example, instead of going for hot pink, try raspberry, which is a tad softer.
Red Label Blazer, Vivienne Westwood – Embellished Gown, Badgley Mischka – Knucklebox Clutch, Alexander McQueen – Verde Suede Platform Peep Toe Pumps, Christian Louboutin – Double Drop Black Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane
A variation of this year’s ultra-saturated colour trend is colour-blocking multiple hues in one single garment. For a harmonious look, accessorize with colours in the same family. Warmer tones, such as orange, brown and cream, will look fantastic if you have a warm skin undertone.
To keep it simple, pair the look with neutral-toned shoes, or match them to the outfit. Pleated dresses flatter most body types with vertical lines that have a slimming effect. Pleats have been a trend throughout the year, as they were already a key feature in the spring/summer collections (sheer pleated dresses in crêpe, silk in particular). In the evening, a pleated dress works particularly well for a 1970s revival spin.
Dress, Vionnet – Croner Shoes, ALDO – Berkley Mettalic Clutch, Michael Kors – Tribal Arrows Bracelet, Forever 21