Monday, October 15, 2007

Hot Trends

This season is less about shape and more about hue. There are still lots of skinnies, but they have ceded ground to the decidedly more forgiving straight-leg. The rigid dark-blue cool has relaxed to include fades and shades I thought would never come back: rich red, green, gorgeously neutral grey, faded black, and even sunshine yellow. Plain-old standard indigo denim has such a range, from beachy blasted to whiskered old-school, that it's hard to be wrong. (Unless, of course, you are stuck in your old high school time warp - I shudder the thought). But beware: the wilder the color on the bottom, the more spot-on your accompaniments must be.

Try one of the season's great chunky sweaters in grey or camel with wild green or red denims; for yellow, I recommend solids or graphic prints with at least some black and white (don't want to look like a clown!). Try a university-style cardigan sweater for a casual silhouette. Keep footwear basic in silhouette: flats, boots or sneakers in a solid, dark color to ground your frivolous threads.

Texture is another way to show your personality. Velvets and corduroys are a great way to take jeans into the fall, and can even boost the dressiness level to cocktail party proportions, if the accents are right. Add a satin tuxedo jacket to velvet cigarette jeans and a sparkly sandal, and tuck your jeweled clutch under your arm as you chat at the next chic soiree.

Until tomorrow - Smooches, Quick Claps, and Much Love-

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