What Would Holley Wear: Color me Happy with Fall

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn to take over the keyboard today…sharing ideas for incorporating the colors of fall into your wardrobe.

Fall is my favorite time of the year…even if it doesn’t come until November or December in Texas.  Besides the anticipation of cooler weather, watching football games on television, and a fire in the fire pit, I always look forward to the new fall colors! One of my Pinterest boards is Fall & Winter Style, but I also have some boards that are based on colors and some of them just happen to be this season’s faves!

Two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I am totally into black and neutrals
  2.  But, I love adding a pop of color to my outfits

burgandy-vera-wang-bagLet’s start with a number one color this fall…Burgundy.  It is everywhere in the stores and online from boots, belts, handbags, dresses, scarves to jewelry.  In fact, if you are looking for one trendy piece to add to your wardrobe this fall, make sure it’s burgundy.   A look I love is a pair of burgundy suede or leather boots with gray jeans or a pleated midi skirt.  A big fall fashion statement piece is a burgundy handbag like the Chanel boy bag or the Vera Wang satchel from Kohl’s.

You may also want to try the new LBD — Little Burgundy Dress — to wear to a cocktail party.

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One of my New York purchases just happened to be a pair of Marc Jacob’s burgundy sunshades!  There are so many great options out there if burgundy is one of your favorite fall colors.

pop-of-yellowAnd, if you are like me and tend to stick with black and neutral, the good news about this year’s autumn hues is you can add one piece for a pop of color.  Please remember this…just because a certain color (like yellow for instance), isn’t “your color” doesn’t mean you should eliminate it totally from your wardrobe.  Because it could be that pop of color completes an outfit.  Like a pair of yellow suede loafers or a yellow handbag or even a blinged-out yellow phone case.  So no matter what the season or the trend, be open- minded to all colors.  Oh my goodness, did that just make me sound politically correct?

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 Speaking of open-minded, let’s talk “orange.”  I’m not saying orange is the new black, but I am going to say orange really does compliment black and not just at Halloween.  Though there’s a secret to combining orange and black which is to add more more color to your orange and black ensemble.  That one pop of color brings it all together!  If you go to my Pinterest board “Orange” you will see outfit options combining orange and black.  Consider other color combos like orange and burgundy, and green and burgundy.  “Orange” you glad that color blocking is still a thing?  Something I realized about myself a few years ago was orange looks better on me than red and now I even wear Bobbi Brown’s orange lipstick.  

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Of course, I am saving the best for last…green!  I love every shade of green from camouflage green to emerald green.  So let me begin with a pair of Kelly green Tory Burch smoking slippers.  I would wear these with blue denim skinny jeans, a classic white blouse and add of pop of green jewelry. One of my go-to looks this fall will be my green bomber jacket, which I plan to wear with everything from jeans to skirts.

Another practical piece I am thinking about adding to my wardrobe is a pair of green Hunter rain boots.  These would be great for trips to New York and Kansas City…the two places we travel to the most.  A classic that’s still in my closet from last year is a green military jacket.  It complements all my jeans and slacks and is still on-trend.

green-hunter-bootsorange-nailpolishSo, how do I recommend you incorporate these fabulous fall colors into your own wardrobe? My suggestion is to add one piece at a time and to think of how many ways that new addition can work into your existing wardrobe.  Start with accessories first, like a great belt or scarf and if you want to be more extravagant, add color with shoes or handbags.  Even with your casual look, you can add color like a pair of colorful Nike running shoes or a pull-over burgundy sweat shirt or a pair of Jeffery Campbell plastic burgundy booties.  The most versatile and affordable accessory is nail polish.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with a rainbow of colors from burnt orange to Bordeaux.  Once you’ve mastered the art of incorporating bold hues into your look, you can pick and choose from your own favorites!

Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board which includes these and many more ideas.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  

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