Fall Fashion 2009

Do’s & Don’ts

Do invest in quality fabrics. If you’re going to be spending your money this season, put it towards materials that are going to last like leather, suede, wool and tweed.

Don’t be afraid of color. Even thought fall traditionally means neutrals and muted colors (they’re still an ‘09 do) neons are also ha

Do clean your clothes properly to ensure maximum longevity. Put a weather protectant seal on your boots and dry clean your wool jackets to get the maximum use per wear out of your pieces.

Don’t buy into trends you can’t see lasting. Last year’s harem pants? They looked good on very few people and only very few people are left wearing them. Stick to the classics.

Do buy versatile pieces that you can mix and match to create multiple ensembles. Invest in a suit to wear together at the office or taken apart at less formal events. Wear the pants with a billowy top in bright color for mid-week drinks with friends, or pair the jacket with jeans and casual top at a weekend brunch.

Do layer — scarves, cardigans and tissue tees. Fall weather is unpredictable so layers are key. Toss wool cardigans on over your summer tunic tops to stretch out your wardrobe and keep warm.

Do pay attention to proportions. Bulky cable-knits are great, but not when they’re paired with a wide-leg jean. A full top and bottom will add extra pounds to your frame. Balance out heavy tops with skinny or straight-leg jeans.

Do pair masculine items and feminine with feminine pieces. A pink chiffon dress topped with a brown leather bomber jacket? Unexpected, chic and totally-on trend.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good accessory. A statement ring, set of bangles or a layered chain necklace are great ways to add spice to any outfit. So if you don’t have the funds to invest in a new ensemble, simply dig into your jewelry drawer to punch up your old faves.

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