Happy Thursday! Today I want to discuss how to style successful fall outfits.
I have heard from some readers who feel lost styling successful fall outfits during a seasonal transition…and I always hear from some who have read a favorite fashion blogger’s post about three style words.
Never fails after one of those posts, someone sends an email and asks, remind me why you like five over three?
Here is one of my posts where I answer that question: Break out of your style rut in retirement.
I still contend…go with the number of style words that will help you be uniquely you…and then focus on consistency no matter what number you select.
When you are consistent to stick to your style words every day, over- and- over again, then you will develop a style that is YOU. This builds confidence for you.
And is how to style successful fall outfits.
For me and many readers here, that has been to select five adjectives that say who we are and that are unique to each of us as a package…a way to harmonize our insides with our outsides.
In selecting how many words to guide a personal style and style successful fall outfits, look first to no one but the woman in the mirror.
What do you want others to know about you with your style? What do you want to say about you? Then be consistent with your chosen words….no matter how many words you select.
It really is about so much more than clothing…it is about styling a confident you at any age.
Here are a few thoughts to help style successful fall outfits and later in the post, I assist another reader with her own style adjectives.
STYLE SUCCESSFUL FALL OUTFITS: BE CONSISTENT
I have chosen now to focus on consistency with my best colors and five adjectives….and not head off on rabbit trails!
For me these adjectives are: creative, polished, approachable, joyful, and current.
This plan goes shopping with me and into the closet to style daily looks with me.
When I went shopping at Marshall’s recently, I decided this outfit spoke all of my adjectives…however, it did not line up with my best colors….so, no sale!
I have found it to be so much easier to make decisions in the dressing room that are not influenced by trends or what other people are wearing.
But I have not always been this way….
Styling a successful fall outfit must be focused with consistency on my colors.
I confess, before I knew I am a Vibrant Autumn Palette, that I was attempting to wear garments which were not working…and I did not understand why.
I had been told I was a cool winter palette, so I used that information to style more classic looks. Classic and chic were two of my style words.
This meant I often (and I mean very often) went to black & white.
I was always taken with women online who looked fabulous in classic white shirts from Carolina Herrera to my favorite style bloggers.
Most “fashion experts” would write that every woman needed to own a classic white shirt…and I bought into it.
But, try as I did, I never felt like they looked as good on me.
It did not matter if I was told they looked good, I could see that something was not right. I thought it was in my styling or my size.
I wasted soooo much money trying to look like other people and attempting to be confident in white tops.
It was not until two years ago when I learned I was really a warm palette and not a cool one, only then did I understood why white tops never would look on me as they did on some of my style icons.
Oh how I wish I had that money now to spend on tops in cream, ivory, sand, tan, camel….warmth.
SUCCESSFUL FALL OUTFITS SPEAK PAM-STYLE CONSISTENTLY
At the time I was helped to see my warmth, the stylist suggested my main style words were bohemian and romantic. Again, I attempted to wear garments that spoke those styles and ran into the same problem…this is not me.
That is why I need five style adjectives to wear consistently which focus me on my unique personal style.
They all work together to speak Pam-style.
My creative, joyful side has a touch of boho in it at times but the polished side keeps it in check.
I believe this kimono-style speaks all of my adjectives…though now, I would size down on the kimono! Making this a successful fall outfit.
It features the kingfisher blue…a perfect blue for a vibrant autumn.
HELPING A READER WITH SUCCESSFUL FALL OUTFITS
As always, I love to help readers find successful fall outfits which express their style adjectives.
Today, I am assisting Cheryl with her style.
Though Cheryl lives in the Pacific Northwest (far from me), we have a lot in common.
She is an active mother of grown children, with many grandchildren, and pets.
Cheryl is 58 and writes:
“Fall and winter are kind of gray most days, but when the sun is out it is just beautiful here. I am a size 10 usually, with a sort of rectangle/apple shape. Basically my waist is not defined. I have blue eyes and blond/gray hair. I am 5’4″. I am retired so do not need work clothes, but do need a few elevated outfits for church and the random special occasion. I meet friends for lunch or dinner often so want to look current especially when I am meeting my still working friends. We are quite active outdoors and do a lot of walking and exploring.”
Her style adjectives: approachable, classy, comfortable, easy and confident.
Note to Cheryl: Looking at your picture, I personally would style you in navy vs. black. I am concerned that black would cast shadows on your complexion.
Today’s slideshow is composed of garments, I believe speak her adjectives and fit her lifestyle.
I included some Land’s End because they have a sale through October 19…40% off full price, use the code GRASS.
I hope this helps, Cheryl. Please let me know.
I do get carried away when I discuss the topic of personal styling, because I do believe that we honor ourselves when we choose to look our best every day.
So select successful fall outfits this year and keep YOU in mind with color and style messaging…and let me know any thoughts you have.
I appreciate you all and want you to……………………………………………………………….
By Pamela Lutrell
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