Alright ladies, the fall collections are here, and there’s no better season for shopping. Whether we like it or not, the shops are full of fall clothing and I’m sure you received your enormous September Vogue already, too.
Now that it’s mid-August, to me, fall weather seems slightly more realistic, and my J.Crew shopping cart is already filled with more fall pieces (and more imaginary dollars) than I’d care to share.
But just because summer will end soon, that’s no reason to be sad, darlings! For one thing, you won’t arrive to work as a sweaty, frizzy mess. Soon, pumpkin-flavored lattes will be available at coffee shops—and pumpkin beer at the bar. Best of all, your clothing this fall will be bright and happy—even if the weather isn’t.
Because, this fall, the look is all about bright, jewel-toned separates. And, if you haven’t noticed this yet, let me lay it out for you: buy bright trousers.
Then, add some bright pencil skirts, and as many bright, solid-colored silk blouses as you can afford. Pick up some solid-colored v-neck, boat neck and long-sleeve tees for knocking around. At work, wear skinny trousers or a pencil skirt, pumps, and mix-and-match your silk blouses. On the weekend, pair the blouses with flare-legged jeans—which are back in style—or a boat beck tee with a pencil skirt on date night.
For starters, your look will be in. But, these pieces—pencil skirts, skinny slacks, a silk blouse—have classic cuts that will never go out of style, but the colors are here to spice things up a bit.
Most importantly, throw away all you’ve learned about traditional matching—because nowadays, you can mix-and-match these solid brights with each other in various combinations for loads of wardrobe possibilities.
Hot pink and bright orange? Why, of course.
Bright blue with Kelly green? Definitely, why not add some purple suede platform pumps?
Purple and cobalt blue? You’ll be surprised at how good it looks.
Yellow is your mix-and-match go to, as you’ll be surprised how many colors you can pair it with—navy, red, turquoise, pink, grey, and purple.
Red pants are a must—they’re available as corduroys, trousers, and jeans from dozens of retailers right now. I’ve already picked up a pair of red skinny slacks so I can wear them for work and for play. Pair them with a white button down and some leopard pumps. Or, wear a turquoise, navy, or yellow top.
Lastly, if pairing two brights together is too much for you—pair a bright piece with the camel skirt, sweater, or slacks you already have in your closet. You’ll feel more comfortable, but the jewel tones will still pop.
From left to right: New Cafe Capri ($ ) J.Crew, J.Brand Bright Cord ($181) Shop Bop, Vintage Matchstick Cord ($79.50) J.Crew, J.Brand Bright Cord ($181) Shop Bop, Skinny Trousers ($59.90) Zara, Trousers with Front Seam ($59.90) Zara.
From left to right: Ella Moss Henley Top ($132) Bloomingdales, Flounce Sleeve Blouse ($49.90) Zara, Perfect Fit Zipneck Crewneck ($32.50) J.Crew, Vena Cava Pee Wee Top ($295), Shop Bop, Silk Lucinda Blouse ($98) J.Crew.