10 Tips to Update your Style

The September Issue of any fashion magazine is exceptionally large, filled with a few editorials, but the majority of that month's publication is made-up of advertisements.  As a fan of magazines (in lieu of reading them on e-readers or a tablet), it's good news for me, as an indication that the print media world is stable and not a dying industry.  While thumbing through Harper's Bazaar, I came across it's 10 tips for updating your style which I found on-point and, to be honest, manageable.  The calendar has indicated it's  Autumn, but only today has it truly felt like Fall, the time of year when jackets are moved from the back of the closet forward and sweaters are pulled out of wooden chests. This adapted list is a great culmination of ways to transition your look and maximize your budget.    

  1. For the quickest wardrobe update this fall, pair a high-volume top with slim pants.  
  2. Wear your ankle boots with bare legs or a pair of cashmere ankle socks.  HB suggests keeping them tonal and not busting out the prints here.  
  3. Wear one BOLD jewelry piece, rather than layering many pieces.
  4. Invest in two luxurious t-shirts in a silk/cashmere blend to wear underneath chunky fall knits.  
  5. If you choose only one (faux) leather piece this year, make it the motorcycle jacket or narrow pants, both of which you can wear multiple times and have the ability to create different looks.  
  6. Harper's says "give your stilettos a break and opt for a lower heel," like the d'Orsay pump (Zara and Nordstorm each have affordable and comfortable options) 
  7. Looser pants are chic this fall, but they should be paired properly.  If going for this look, opt for a slim shirt that tucks in and heels, not flats.
  8. Belt it! Tip: If belting a coat or blazer, choose a belt that is one or two sizes larger than normal.  Going to a store such as TJ Maxx, Target or Marshall's are great, as they have a wide selection of belts at reasonable price points.  Since it's not one that you'll wear often, no need to invest in a nicer, more expensive belt.
  9. Sophistication is "in" this season, and pretty, grown-up make-up complements this look.  The fastest way to achieve this is black eyeliner and a red lip, but not necessarily worn together.
  10. Hair matters, which is where I'm focusing my efforts this season.  As someone who goes for the same look -- long and strait -- I'm looking forward to trying out the soft, loose, touchable waves that add femininity to more tailored styles.
Besides the hair, I'm looking for a faux leather jacket and a long, golden tassel necklace.  I still haven't fully changed my clothes over to fall, but I have a feeling that changeover will happen in the next few days.  Which also means I have to get a jump on finding that perfect jacket...