Mary Lou Andre
Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fall Greetings (& Top Ten Fall Fashion Picks for Women)

By Mary Lou Andre

Fall is off to a great start here at Dressing Well. Our consultants are busy working with their private clients and our workshop and speaking schedule is in high gear. We are truly blessed to be doing work we love.

Of course our fall is never truly underway until our annual "Top Ten" fashion picks for women are selected and posted. This ritual began over 20 years ago when we launched our Dressing Well snail mail newsletter. (Yup, there was no internet back then and we were primarily working only with women!) It was instantly popular and is now the most frequently visited section of our website.

We decided to place our list in our blog this month to encourage an interactive discussion. Guys, we welcome your fashion input and questions too! Please scroll down to the comments section of this blog and let us know what you think.

#1 Burgundy & Navy

Get a command on fall with these two rich hues.

1 BurgundyNavy

#2 Culottes

A happy medium between full skirts and flared trousers. Their signature length makes them easy to coordinate with a variety of footwear.

2 Culottes

#3 Fringe Accents

Long popular as an accent on bags and shoes, everything from sweaters to jewelry to evening wear is now getting in on this 70s fashion inspiration.

3 Fringe

#4 Corseted Belts

No easier way to accent (or create!) the perfect hourglass silhouette.

4 CorsetedBelts

#5 Versatile Long Vests

Can replace a jacket in many business environments while working overtime with skinny pants and jeans.

5 LongVests

#6 Short Over Long Silhouettes

The crop top trend continues with shirt tails peeking out under short sweaters and short tops sitting on top of long, full bottoms.

6 ShortOverLong

#7 Capes

Always great as outerwear, some also make a significant style statement indoors this season.

7 Capes

#8 Stacked Heels

Three great reasons to wear them: sturdy, stable and comfortable!

8 StackedHeels

#9 Edgier Pearls

Typically thought of only as a conservative choice, this season’s pearls get strung in new ways!

9 EdgyPearls

#10 Backpacks

Finally, every designer at every price point has put their signature spin on this fun trend. They're certainly not just for students anymore!

10 Backpacks

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Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre is a nationally recognized wardrobe, dress code and corporate image consultant, speaker and author. She is founder and president of Organization By Design, Inc., a Needham, Massachusetts-based wardrobe management, fashion and image consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations understand the power of being appropriately dressed in a variety of situations.

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Karen 2015-09-17 10:10

Mary Lou,
I look forward each season to the Top Ten. in 20 years, how many trends have you seen "repeated"?
Here's to another 20 years of helping us all look our best, although I hope some trends DON'T repeat!!

Jayne Mattson 2015-09-17 12:29

Hello Mary Lou and staff,
I was waiting to see what the latest trends are for this season. Excited to see capes are still in as I bought a beautiful fall plaid last year when I was in Ireland.

We all need to look "as cute as we can be." All my best, Jayne

Elizabeth 2015-09-17 13:38

Lovely color combinations!

Tammy C. 2015-09-17 15:56

I retired August 31, 2015, after 28 years at DCCCD in Dallas, Tx. I'm really excited to see how this change will affect my style and desire to be fashionably on point. Look forward to receiving your must-have list for each new season. Thanks for many years of inspiration with information!

Paula Butler 2015-09-17 17:07

I love receiving and reading your Newsletter and look forward to seeing (and purchasing) items from your must have list. Keep up the good work.

Mary Lou 2015-09-17 22:00

Logging in after a long reading the comments. I think fashion this season is particularly inspiring. I wore a dress with fringe trim today. Felt pretty and fresh. Instead of a jacket, I wore a long vest over it. I completed the look with a vintage corseted belt -- felt fantastic all day!


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