Never buy a statement piece when you need a workhorse
Fall work outfit with Max Mara runway boots, Brooks Brothers gray sweater, rose quartz necklace, pink suede belt (all own), and blush skirt c/o Lookbook Store

Desaturated outfits can be instant elegant and classic

There is an eternal elegance to desaturated looks. Just think of the timeless black and white, or navy blue and white outfits. These pieces are wardrobe basics, workhorses so to speak. Even when you go for three desaturated colors you can achieve instant elegance, just think of blush, gray and black, or black, gray and white. All neutral outfits are always in style.

When to buy a statement item

When I saw these black, white and gray printed floral statement boots on the runway, I knew I wanted to have them for my fall wardrobe. I had the outfit shown in this post in mind, as well as three other looks. I only buy a new item when I can come up with at least three outfits with pieces that I already own. This rule is especially important, when buying a non-classic statement piece.

#maturestyle woman in desaturated work outfit with statement boots
Max Mara floral print statement boots, Brooks Brothers cashmere sweater, rose quartz necklace with silver leave earring worn as pendant, long pink statement suede belt with geode buckle, just un clou, Hermes collier de chien cuff  (all own), and mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

You can imagine how excited I was to find a pair in my size on eBay. Since the boots on my fall must-have list were meant to be a trendy item, this find was a perfect fit. Even better, the price was below the upper limit that I had set for boots on my fall budget. This means that I can spend a little more on other items that are still on the list. You can find how to make a shopping list to update your wardrobe at the link.

#advancedfashion woman wearing high and low in one outfit
Max Mara boots, Brooks Brothers sweater, rose quartz necklace with earring as pendant, Hermes collier de chien cuff, suede statement belt (all own), and double layer mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

When the boots on my must-have list had been the replacement for the every-day boots, I wouldn’t have made the purchase despite I love these statement boots, despite I identified four looks without trying hard, and despite they were on sale.
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#maturestyle woman in leather coat with statement boots
Cami silver leather coat, Max Mara statement boots with white heels, Brooks Brothers top, statement necklace, long pink belt (all own), and mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

How to style a desaturated fall look

Fall is all about bold colors, right? The trees have yellow, red, brown and still some green leaves. These colors look great when the sky is blue with with white fair weather clouds. Even on a gray rainy day the bold colors of Mother Nature look great against the gray canva of the sky.

This means you have to create interest in an desaturated fall outfit when you have to compete against the bold colors of fall. The easiest way to do so is the same as for styling a monochromatic look: Working with the contrasts of shine and matte and/or adding texture for a great look.

#styleover40 woman in silver leather trench coat
Silver colored Cami leather trench coat (similar available trench coat here), Max Mara floral print boots, vintage Camel bag (all own), and midi skirt c/o Lookbook Store

Analysis of this example of a desaturated fall outfit

When you look at the inspirational outfit of this post you find the following different textures:

  • meshes
  • weave of the fabric of the boots
  • suede vs. plain leather or metals and beads

Contrast between matte and shine is achieved by

  • adding silver nappa leather opposed to a suede leather belt
  • matte fabric of the boots vs. their shiny white heels

Do you like desaturated outfits? Do you wear them? What are your non-budget related challenges with the update of your fall wardrobe? Let me know by email so I can help you to look your best in midlife.

Welcome to the 130th Top of the World Style linkup party

Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!

When you are new, welcome. We are glad you are here. You can sign up the form below to join the VIPs who an email invitation to the party each week.

As a “Thank You” for linking up, I will pin photos from this party’s outfit posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your outfit post to this group board, please follow my boards on pinterest (pinterest requirement to add you), and send me an email with the request to be added to the group board contributors. I will email you an invitation. All you have to do then is to click accept and start pinning your outfits. I would love for you to join us.

By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

Top of the World OOTDs

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Stefanie
Stefanie Schoen, the blogger at The Style Safari, became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Stefanie, the work fashion blogger at The Style Safari, who submitted her winning post at the 129th linkup party. Her black and white dress with a pop of color is head turning modern, but classic at the same time. Ageless style at its perfection.

Top of the World Readers' Fav Erica
Erica, the style blogger at Erica Valentin became Top of the World Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Erica at Erica Valentin became Top of the World Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Andrea
Andrea, the blogger at living on Cloud Nine became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Andrea, the fashion blogger at Living on Cloud Nine became my favorite of last week’s party. Who said you can’t wear over-the-knee boots over 40? Doesn’t she look great in this outfit! It is just a question of styling over-the-knee boots over 40 right.

Congrats ladies! Please grab your respective featured Top of the World Style button from my Linkup Page for your sidebar, featured or awards page. :).

Speaking of this Linkup Page, when you host a party, please send me an email with the day, name and your blog URL. I then will add you to the linkup directory. It’s a free promotion for your party!

Now let’s party. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.

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  1. Grab the above banner and put it into your sidebar if you like
  2. Please follow your hostess via email.
  3. Linkup up to four of your fashion/style posts by simply adding your link below
  4. Please be a good sports and visit the posts of at least three of your linkup-fellows, introduce yourself to them to network and to make new friends. If you know them all already, I am sure they will still appreciate your stopping by and saying Hi. We all like traffic, don’t we?
  5. Please help that you and everyone of us gets more traffic by spreading the word about the party and tweet See the awesome outfits at the Top of the World Style linkup party. Thanks.

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