September marks the first month of fall. Every time a fall transition comes I find it odd that the signal of the season and the temperatures never run in tandem. As stores start to rack up on coats and long-sleeves, you yearn to revamp your wardrobe but it's still nearly 80 degrees in most of America (womp). Because this season is so tricky, and usually doesn't cool down until mid-October, this year's fall Sip’N Style is focused on wear now, wear later outfitting. Each girl has been styled in one key piece that she can wear now through December. I hope you’ll be inspired by each look and become a little more aware about what works best for you and your body shape while reading too.
CLIENT: DREA A.
BODY TALK: Pear- smaller chest, wider/curvier hips
FOCUS: The Suede Jacket
Suede is the must have fabric of the season. However, if you're looking for a jacket update, a suede jacket is the perfect alternative to the classic leather moto. For Drea's 'Wear Now’ look I styled her jacket back to a suede pencil skirt, the combo with her cream camisole was sheer perfection!
The cropped moto coupled with the pencil skirt elongated her frame and made her look taller and showed offer her curves. The floral shoes were a great addition to help break up the solids and add subtle color with the touches of berry.
When layering, the right proportions are always key. Changing up Drea's look for the cooler fall days was centered around continuing to elongate her short and curvy frame. Adding heavier elements like the chunky tunic length sweater was perfect in offsetting and offering balance to the look since the tunic was long and her jacket was cropped. The grey denim back to the tunic created a monochromatic look but also helped to make her look taller. The floral pumps also helped add color and a fun print to this solid heavy look.
CLIENT: MICHELE R.
BODY TALK: Neat Hourglass - defined bust, defined waist, neat hips
FOCUS: The Pleated Skirt
Pleats are feminine, chic and compliment almost every body shape. Michele's 'Wear Now' look was polished and flattering. The pleated midi was the star of the show as the emerald jeweled tone complimented her skin perfectly. I paired the skirt back to a fitted cami for the warmer fall days and added on a leather jacket for more balance and waist definition. Michele's printed leopard pumps added a punch to the look and a contrast from the solids.
Michele's ‘Wear Later’ look was quite simple. I simply layered a textured black and white sweater over her cami and tucked it into the skirt. By doing so, the tucked in sweater added balance to the volume of her skirt and gave her a more defined waist. I loved mixing the textured sweater with the cheetah scarf because it offered a pop and also provided synergy with her first look.
CLIENT: MAIA H.
BODY TALK: Triangle - average chest, wider hips
FOCUS: The Sleeveless Dress
Sleeveless dresses are perfect silhouettes for seasonal transitions. You can easily wear them by themselves during the warmer fall days and at night layer on an jacket. The sleeveless black midi dress that I pulled for Maia was a great versatile piece for her minimalistic style. To complete her look I added a leather jacket to add more waist definition and black booties.
If you're familiar with last year’s Fall Sip’N you’ve seen this concept before but it's a layering trick that never gets old. To create Maia’s ‘Wear Later’ look, I layered on a high neck sweater over her dress, doing so created the illusion that the dress was a skirt. As a stylist, I’m dedicated to making sure my clients get the most out of what they wear so, I’m reminding you all of this styling trick too! This style is easy to replicate, all you have to do is grab a summer dress and your favorite sweater- high neck or turtleneck preferred. If you need waist definition, simply add a belt to cinch you in.
The scarf was another style detail that elevated the look and is sure to help her stay warm during the chilly nights in November.
CLIENT: NADIA P.
BODY TALK: Inverted Triangle- larger chest, smaller bottom
FOCUS: The Suede Skirt
Suede again, but this time the focus is on the suede skirt! Not only is this silhouette on trend but it's super chic and versatile. The pencil skirt was a great classic color that I styled back to the halter neck sweater top for the warmer days. With Nadia's body frame, the top created a slimming effect and balance for her larger chest. The black heels elongated her frame and the lace detailing added a element of sexiness.
The layering for Nadia's ‘Wear Later’ look was styled to perfection. People often complain that when layering they feel frumpy. However, it's all about finding the right pieces that compliment each other and provide a balance between light and heavy pieces. For Nadia, I paired her skirt back to a heavier long-sleeve cowl neck sweater. Tucking the shirt gave her waist definition which helped provide proportional balance for body frame. The striped coat slimmed her chest and offered an extended range of color to her look. The accessories were great accents and rounded out the look.
LEAD STYLIST: GERMANEE G. 'THEPRADA-G'
BODY TALK: Pear- smaller chest, wider/curvier hips
FOCUS: The White High Neck Sweater
White is a color that can and should be worn all year long so, don't let anyone ever tell you that you can't wear white after Labor Day. How you wear white post- September is more important than the color itself. The key is to pair white with darker hues like black, berry, and jewel tones for an autumnal vibe. I styled my high neck sweater with high waisted pants to compliment my shape and give me waist definition. The monochromatic look was not only chic but it elongated my petite frame. The snakeskin jacket was bold and elevated the look in a sleek way.
Keeping the high neck sweater, I styled my 'Wear Later' look with a longer length menswear-inspired coat and a midi wrap skirt. The longer lined jacket which was draped over my shoulders elongated my frame while the wrap skirt silhouette skimmed my curves. The camel with the white was fresh and added the richness to the look which made it easy to carry white into late fall.