This weekend I worked at the Style for Hire Style Lounge at Westfield Santa Anita. We had a couple of no-shows and I took the opportunity to use our amazing closet full of fall trends for some outfit creation. Check out some of my favorite looks and let me know what you think. Any new ideas you can use in your own closet?

One of falls biggest trends is leather and I especially love the riding jacket. Pick a sophisticated hue like grey, camel or burgundy and you can wear it with jeans or to work. Here I ditched the usual blazer and paired a motorcycle-style jacket with a classic white button up and pencil skirt. Bonus, you can look this polished on a budget. This gorgeous faux-leather jacket is only $35 at Papaya!

Leather at WorkYou can mix patterns! The trick? Keep the patterns in the same color family and be mindful of scale and cut. Here, I used two black-and-white prints. The houndstooth on the skirt is small enough to read to the eye as a solid and not to compete with the large polka-dot cardigan. Classic shapes let the patterns be focus and colored accessories polish the fun look.

You Can Mix Patterns!It’s easy to take the fall staple of leggings and a sweater up a notch with some leopard and leather. This look doesn’t go wild because of the cozy tone-on-tone Gap sweater and classic pearl accessories. Wear this look with flat riding boots to look chic or consider some oxfords for a more offbeat look.

Leopard and Leather Gone LuxePeplums are one of the more intimidating trends for many this fall, but don’t be afraid! They’re great for showing off a tiny waist. The trick is to make sure that the rest of your look is cut close to the body like these slim trousers.

Make a Peplum PopYou saw it last night at the Emmys. High-low skirts are on the rise. If you wear a maxi-skirt, you can wear this trend. Look for the “high” part of the skirt to hit at or just above the knee. Here I paired it with metallics for a dressy daytime look, but you could just as easily wear with a tank and sandals to be casual or satin shell and pumps for evening.

High-Low Skirt for DayCall it the ultimate example of high-low mixing, but this fall anything goes, which means that you can mix and match formal and casual pieces for multitudes of looks. Here I used two basic dresses three ways to show how one piece can go far.

This Ever New handkerchief skirt lace dress goes prim and pretty with pearls and shine for evening.

Prim and PrettySwap the belt and add some earthy accessories for a daytime boho look I think is very Taylor Swift.

Boho LaceChange the belt again and add some faux fur for a rock glam night on the town look.

Rock the LaceEver think sequins could be neutral? The golden hue is a perfect canvas for colored accessories. The trick? Pick a dominant color like this bright fuchsia and bring in others sparingly so it doesn’t get too busy. Bright pink heels would be a great finishing piece for this look.

Sequins as a NeutralDress sequins down with denim and ankle boots and this look is perfect to hit the club with friends.

Denim and SequinsTurn the dress into a skirt with a simple white tank and simple accessories. The weight of the leather over the tank will hide any lumps the sequins make under the shirt and polish the look. Since anything goes, the bold can wear this during the day. But it would also be great for a dinner out.

Daytime Shine

2 Comments on Playtime in the Style Lounge Closet

  1. DM
    October 23, 2012 at 4:32 am (5 years ago)

    Love these! I’m style challenged, so it’s really helpful to see the different things you can do with one dress. This also makes me less fearful of peplum! Where’s the gold dress from?

    • fawkeshunter
      October 23, 2012 at 6:23 am (5 years ago)

      You’re testing my memory nearly a month later! It’s from Windsor fashions and is $59.50. You can find gold at the Westfield Santa Anita store in Altadena, or you can find a similar bronze dress on their website. The gold also has one shoulder, which isn’t easily seen in the images. Send a pic if you decide to go for it!


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