Five Fall Fashion Essentials

The official start of Fall won't arrive for a few more weeks, but mentally, post-Labor Day  feels like the seasons are changing.  Kid are back in school, Congress is back in session and most people are tan and relaxed, having recently returned from a family vacation.  In the world of fashion, New York, London and Paris plays host to the September fashion shows for Spring/Summer 2014. Retailers, celebrities and magazine editors are prepared for a few whirlwind weeks of fresh looks (New York Fashion Week started yesterday, September 5 and runs through September 12). But before we move forward with next year's runway looks, let's take a looks at what fashions will be front and center for Fall 2013.  

Last week, I spent a fun day with Fashion expert and on-air Style Expert Naina Singla, where we she shared her favorite items for the upcoming season, as well as doing some shopping in my own closet.  In the first of a two part piece, Naina shares with us her top five picks for the Fall season:  

  1. Plaid Trend: Picking up a plaid pencil skirt gives your ensemble a little more edge over a traditional pencil skirt and a great balance of sophistication and fun!
  2. Loafer: Refined and Fashionable.  It's nice to have something comfortable and relaxed as a part of my fall wardrobe.  
  3. Easy elegance: A trend I'm loving. Less is more! For example, a pair of slim, tapered trousers that provide a structured line.  Think minimalist and clean, modern look.  
  4. Men's inspired blazer: While I like a tailored, fitted blazer, I'm seeing a lot of houndstooth, pinstripes and tweeds.  Coats are a "must have" accessory .
  5. Something leather (real or faux): I recently added an emerald green vegan leather skirt to my closet.  Next on my list is a navy moto jacket and a black leather top.    

*** Bonus tip: Shades of blue are going to be hot this season as well!  

The second part of the entry will be the fun tips Naina taught me for shopping in my own closet, but the best tip of the day? Make a list.  Figure out exactly what pieces you need heading into the season so you have a plan when you begin your seasonal shopping.  How do you know what spots you need to fill in your closet? I'll tell you more in part two!

Until then...