In the meantime, while we wait for the weather to switch gears from summer to autumn, here’s a heads up on what you’ll be seeing on the streets of New York and Paris this fall.
Hmmm. I’m just sayin’. Anyway……….
Burgundy comes straight from the cool color palette of winter and looks best on you Summer and Winter gals with pink and rosy undertones to your skin.
Does that mean that those of us who look best in the warm shades of spring and autumn should risk the ostracism of our fashion forward friends by avoiding Burgundy altogether (the color not the wine)?
Absolutely not! You may now breathe a sigh of relief.
For you Spring and Autumn gals (I’m a classic Autumn) who look best in warm colors, the trick to wearing cooler colors is placement. In other words, where you wear it is what counts.
The colors in your color palette, your most flattering, should be worn closest to your face: tops, scarves, earrings, necklaces and hats. Colors not in your color palette should be worn away from your face: skirts, trousers, bracelets, shoes and handbags.
Here are some examples of how to do it.
By the way, have you noticed what all these young ladies are wearing? This season it’s all about separates. Remember the return of the bow blouse in my previous post? Well, what goes better with a great blouse than a great skirt, this fall’s most important must-have item.
And, on the list of essentials in any well-dressed woman’s wardrobe right next to the LBD should be the LBS, the Little Black Skirt.
The classic A-line on the left with the zipper detail is flattering on absolutely everyone and will quickly become your favorite go-to piece.
The versatile panel skirt on the right is figure forgiving for those who need a little forgiveness, especially in the tummy area.
And every gal needs a great black leather skirt in her repertoire for those moments when she’s feeling sexy and sassy.
And, this, Ladies, is how you put together a great head to toe look for fall ------
Start with a classic grey wool skirt;
Top it with a burgundy wrap leather jacket;
Add black tights and a trendy pair of black-and-white spectator booties.
Then, top the whole ensemble off with a black vintage cloche hat with a magenta ribbon that gives a great pop of color near your face.
Et voilà! -- Casual chic at its most charming. These pieces are available at H&M.
What makes this outfit work so beautifully is the harmonious use of cool colors and the mix of materials and textures which creates visual interest and movement.
All this has inspired me to take out my burgundy wool pencil skirt from several seasons ago and see if it still fits. But first, I’ll pour myself a glass of Bordeaux. I will either be drinking in celebration or as consolation.
Either way, I agree with Benjamin Franklin who said, “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” And if God wants to see me really happy, my burgundy pencil skirt will still fit.