Each year around this time, I eagerly await a special delivery.  With baited breath, I approach the mailbox hoping that today is the day when I’ll receive the inspirational, pure joy that is the September Issue.  If you are unaware of what it is I speak of, it’s the fall fashion edition of Vogue Magazine.  800 pages of pure pleasure and the arbiter of everything au current.

The problem I run into is how to utilize the inspiration of these pages when I live 1,640 miles southwest of Manhattan. How can a southern girl addicted to fashion translate them into a style that works for a climate that is still 90 degrees in October?  The other road block is the designer prices.  Most pieces showcased in popular fashion magazines run well beyond the budget for most Americans.  If one does splurge on Dior, Dolce & Gabbana or Chanel, there is probably little to no money left in their paycheck to do much else… let alone eat!  And let’s face it,this girl likes to eat.

“The best trends are worth following on if they work for us.  Fashion is not about perfection.  It’s about life.” – Alber Elbez, Lanvin

Of the endless fall fashion trends seen on the runways in New York, Paris & Milan, there are a few that I deem adaptable for a southern fall.  Let’s skip heavy knits and shapeless, baggy layers.  Let’s forget about trends from the past that were resurrected – grunge, swinging sixties, and dresses over pants.  And let’s embrace the sophisticated side of fashion.

The runways showed several classic trends that are very adaptable into a fall wardrobe.  Hemlines were seen in two variations.  If you have legs like a race horse, go ahead and rock those micro-minis.  I adore the lady like hems that fall just below the knee.  Fringe is everywhere this season, from dresses to purses you pick how you want to incorporate western into your look.  Leopard has been a staple in past seasons and it’s back again for fall.  Go for either a bold statement such as a Leopard print dress or try just a hint with a great pair of leopard pumps.  And as always, heavy sparkles help you make a statement all you own.  Check out my boutique at Chloe and Isabel to find the perfect baubles for your fall wardrobe. chloeandisabel.com/boutique/johnnameyer#41959

The one trend that I am on the fence about is Normcore.  Normcore is a merging between normal and hardcore.  It signifies a movement to unpretentious looking clothing.  A lot of designers showed their take on this, and although I appreciate a streamlined classic piece of clothing, I believe fashion loses a bit of pizzazz when we all look alike.  

As you build your fall wardrobe, remember that the only thing that really matters is that you feel comfortable and beautiful.  Our glow should radiate from within and our style should be the cherry on top.

Looks from Michael Kors Fall 2014

Looks from Michael Kors Fall 2014

Looks from Michael Kors Fall 2014

Looks from Michael Kors Fall 2014


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