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Fall trends to try

Fall has already started in Interior Alaska. The leaves have turned to beautiful yellow or pinkish-purple as if they were mimicking fall’s big yellow and pink trend. They tumble slowly towards the ground and build an insulating litter layer above the forest floor that looks like a colorful Oriental carpet zoomed billion fold under a gigantic microscope. Since fall’s start in early in mid-August, I have been working on my fall/winter wardrobe additions. In today’s post, I want to share with you my secrets to look to my best in midlife.

#falltrends worth the investment
Great fall trends to invest in right now: 1. Jumper sheath dress in classic window panel, 2. black and white skirt, 3. slimming classic sophisticated bow black and white vertical stripes blouse, and 4. blue and white floral print button-down shirt

Invest in the basics, update with trends

In midlife, stylish women should invest in the basic key pieces of their wardrobe like an everyday coat, a trench coat, A-line, straight or pencil skirt, work dress, blazers, slack, pants and dark jeans, and when the climate asks for it a parka, shearling or down coats. It is important to look carefully at the trends. Every stylish woman has to identify which trends work with her style or the style she wants to achieve. Then she has to shop for these trendy items without spending a fortune. Only trends that are also fashion evergreens are worth an investment. For instance, the black and white trend.

Examples for evergreen trends are black and white or navy and white pieces in classic cuts (see collage at the top of this post), classic cuts like jumpers, shirt dresses, or sheath dresses, or military inspired coats like the red pea coat in the photos below.

#fashionover50 Mature woman in fall trend military coat Back view of LeatherCoatsEtc. pea coat with GNW tights, Steve Madden Mary Janes, and Jaeger tote (all own)
#fashionover50 mature woman in red pea coat Front view of LeatherCoatsEtc. red pea coat with silk scarf, GNW tight, Jaeger tote, and Steve Madden fall sandals (all own)

Never buy a trendy item just because it’s on sale

Typically, trends look so yesterday in the next season. Thus, decide what you are willing/can afford to spend on a trend, i.e. an item that you will toss after the season. To assess whether a trendy item is a good deal, think about how often you expect to wear the item. This number depends on how many items exist already in your closet, for which the trend will bring a fresh vibe and modern, fashion-forward stylish look. Then divide the price of the trendy item by the number of expected wear to obtain the cost-per-wear. Of course, the threshold differs among women depending on their budget. My threshold for any item – basic or trendy – is less than a dollar per wear.

You wear the basics over years to come, i.e. more often and than the trends. Thus, with one threshold for both you will get  automatically a wardrobe mix of more expensive and less expensive items which is always chic, and fashion forward.

In a nutshell, only add trendy items to your wardrobe that make sense for you.

The best look: Just one trendy item

When it comes to trends, less is more, but one is a must to look on trend. When creating an outfit, just add one trendy item per outfit. The easiest ways to add trends are the color of the year and shoes. Shoes have fast turnovers naturally due to wear and tear. Unless they are the classic pointy toe or court-style round-toe pumps, sturdy heel dress boots or riding boots in a neutral color (black,  nude, tan, brown, navy), shoe styles change fast, i.e. they are an easy trend addition.

A cashmere sweater or cotton button-down in one of the light colors of the year is a great addition. Once this color had its time, you can easily dye the item darker or brighter than before. Depending on the color, you may even be able to dye it into a different color. Dyeing it black works nearly always.

Add the trends with accessories

Another great options for updating a high quality basic wardrobe are scarfs, hats, and gloves.

What I added so far and what I am still looking for

Kelly green is hot this fall/winter. Thus, I added a pair of classic pointy-toe pumps in that color.

#trendsover50 Kelly green pumps
Nine West Kelly green pumps with lizard imprint (own)


I also will work the shine trend this fall with this oyster long tailored leather coat with quilted lining and faux fur collar shown in the photo below. The shine is subtle and not right into the face. Thus, it looks very elegant and sophisticated.

#over50fashion mature woman wearing a shiny oyster colored leather winter coat with faux fur details
LeatherCoatsEtc long leather coat with faux fur trim, Russian scarf, beret, Double-H lace-up booties, structured bag, and LeatherCoatEtc gloves (all own)


You may be also interested in reading how to build a fall wardrobe.

Which trends will you add to your wardrobe? How much do you spend on trends versus basic items? Which trends and basics have you already added to your fall/winter wardrobe? When do you start building your fall wardrobe? Let me know how I can help you and what you want to read more about. I highly appreciate your comments and feedback.

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Photos: G. Kramm, eShakti

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