Hemlines are longer, heels are shorter, bags are smaller, and floral prints are darker. Welcome to a serious spin on getting dressed.
Fall fashion tends to skew more conservative than spring. For one, the weather! Add to that, the tone of fall months is austere. The days are long and cool. Kids return to school and year-end goals kick into gear come September. Herringbone and pleated skirts are the wardrobe for this mood.
This season the designers are really paying close attention to world events.
Known as the Hemline Index, this economic theory says that skirts get shorter when the economy is bullish and get longer when money is tight. The hemlines of Fall 2019 are at a stoic tea-length.
But it's not limited to a 1950’s prim-and-proper kind of way.
Suiting- pants, skirts, vest, blazer- the full-on armor of work is what we will be wearing throughout the season. Women of 2019 are active and involved in projects that require a wardrobe that communicates our dedication and commitment to provoke change in our world– we need the armor of a suit.
When it comes time to celebrate, we are glitzed and gilded like a bubbly glass of champagne. It’s the only appropriate attire of victory.
How to wear it: The SHopping LIst
Fall trends are easier to convey since most of the "hot" items are just stylized versions of wardrobe classics. With this in mind, go through your wardrobe and look for these items before you shop:
Nothing screams fall sophistication as tweed. Shop your closet for a well-fitted blazer (non-boxy blazer), a classic pump with texture and color; and timeless a-line skirt that will pair well with knee-high boots. Stick to neutral colors to avoid becoming too trendy.
Botanicals on black background are anything but saccharine. Pair a blazer with denim and the blouse with a pencil skirt. The dress looks best worn to a cocktail event. Look for bold floral arrangements in jewel tone colors.
Sling- Back Kitten Heels
If you are a Feminine Style Personality, then you will have this shoe in abundance as a wardrobe staple. For the rest of us, this heel height can be a hit or a miss. If you are not one for heels, try this height. It's comfortable and pairs well with cigarette pants and tea-length skirts. To remove the demure temperament, seek out kitten heels in bold colors, architectural heels, and tough details.
sharp tailoring is what's needed to get this right. If you are unsure if your wardrobe staples convey the mood of the season, let's connect for a 15 min chat.
Here's to a stylish Fall!
Jana Coke is the founder and principal wardrobe consultant of Jana Coke Style. This is the place to be to get your style tips and wardrobe advice!