I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s fashion guest posters as much as I have! For our final Fashion Friday guest poster, I introduce you to A PROFESSIONAL! The warm and lovely Ashley Seippel is a recent transplant to Houston from San Francisco and, as a stylist and shopper, she makes fashion feel accessible and exciting. Join me in welcoming Ashley to our fashion community:
As the month of September is coming to an end, I am sure all of us still have a stack of “September Issues” piled high on our coffee table, begging to be looked through.
From the runway to editorial advertisements, as a stylist, I often hear, “How is there any way I could ever wear this?”
In reality, the designers only create looks that are feasible on the runway and actually never make it to reality. But these glorious, over-the-top outfits dictate how the rest of society dresses for the season. It is not about wearing the biggest fur or the dress with the boldest pattern. Instead, it’s about seamlessly integrating the trends that you decide you like into your everyday wardrobe.
I’m going to make this season an easy transition for you! Forget the 600-page periodical that is too heavy to take anywhere - here is a list of three major trends to covet right now:
Bordeaux: No, don’t go and pour yourself a glass of wine, instead wear it!
Deep, dark red is all the rage this season. This color is a standout for the Fall/Winter, and it is not hard to see why. Bordeaux is a universally flattering shade – from those with fair to olive colored skin, it looks great on everyone. Although head-to-toe looks in this color can appeal to a large audience, a great way to ease yourself into this trend is with nail polish. Yes, nail polish! Often the popular fashion trends of any season translate into hues that are also popular in nail colors.
Another great way to experiment with Bordeaux is with a chunky knit cowl neck sweater, paired with slacks, a pencil skirt, or jeans for the weekend.
Animal print: Leopard print is often shied away from by most people because they think it is too bold to wear, or they don’t know how they can tasteful incorporate it into their wardrobe. However, leopard print is actually a simple and classy way to showcase a Fall/Winter trend in your 9-5 outfit.
A great way to wear leopard print is in a scarf. I swear by scarves. Simply put, they are outfit makers, and can take any outfit from drab to fab. A leopard print scarf in a neutral shade is the perfect addition to that little black dress that is your ‘go-to.’
Another simple and subtle way to dabble with the animal print craze is through your feet. Leopard print heels and flats are a great way to add a little “pop” to your outfit.
For the office, make sure you keep your outfit simple, and let the shoes be your standout piece. Think black suit, white blouse, and leopard shoes.
For the weekend, pair leopard heels with a sheath dress in a wide range of colors. The nice thing about leopard print is that there is no color with which it won’t pair!
Capes: Capes are a unique and easy piece to pull off, as they can be worn as a coat or a chic sweater. With so many materials, colors, and designs to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect one for you.
Paired with jeans or over a dress, a cape is the perfect accessory for the cooler temperatures to come. One of the most unique pieces I have come across while shopping is a wonderful vest that transforms into a cape. The 2-in-1 item caught my eye at Houston’s very own Pomp & Circumstance boutique.
This item is offered in five different patterns and colors, and is a necessary addition to anyone’s Fall/Winter wardrobe. Not to mention, who doesn’t love to shop local?
What’s your favorite trend this fall? How do you incorporate couture into everyday?
Ashley Seippel is a Houston based fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant. Her company, Ashley Nicole Style, offers a range of services including, personal shopping, event styling and closet refreshing and revamping. To find out more, please visit her website - Ashley Nicole Style. If you are interested using Ashley’s services, you can reach her through her website or at email@example.com.