Five Fall Fashion Must Haves

November 3, 2016

By Buffy York

About two, maybe three, months ago I asked stylist Tracy James to write a quick blog informing us of the fall “must haves.”  Since it really hasn’t felt much like fall in Alabama and I haven’t been overly excited to run out and buy a new season of clothes, I have procrastinated posting this blog.  However, the reality is that it is November and even if it is 85 degrees, it is time give up on summer staples and embrace fall trends.  Tracy, Virginia (one of my teenagers) and I have all weighed in on a few of our favorite pieces for each trend.  I have also included my favorites from Target (just for you Marni).

By Tracy James
Fashion Consultant and Wardrobe Stylist
Chic Made Simple

The Sleeve
Tracy’s Favorite | Buffy’s Favorite  |  Virginia’s FavoriteTarget
When I told my husband this was one of the trends I was highlighting, he responded, “Are you kidding me? A SLEEVE? Um, well I plan on wearing shirts with sleeves so does that mean I’m trendy?” OK, ha ha, I realize it sounds like we’re reaching to the bottom of the barrel for trends, but not when you stop to pay attention to the new sleeve silhouettes on runways and in stores this fall. So perhaps we should call it “the Statement Sleeve,” because attention-grabbing they are indeed. Bell, ruffled, lantern, puff, tied, off-the-shoulder, cold shoulder, even completely missing…you’re gonna notice the sleeves of garments this Fall. Which leads me to the next must-have trend:

The Blouse
Tracy’s Favorite | Buffy’s FavoriteVirginia’s Favorite | Target
Again this sounds like a ridiculous generality, but not when you consider all of the past seasons that knits have been in trend. This is not that season. Instead of sweaters and knitwear, Fall runways were adorned with all sorts of blouses – from soft, silky and draped…to stiff, structured and statement. We’ve discussed the sleeve, but other details include ruffles, lacing (still hanging on from previous seasons, broadening to mass market appeal), and the neck tie or, as is the correct industry name for it, “the pussy bow.”

Fall Florals
Tracy’s Favorite | Buffy’s Favorite |  Virginia’s Favorite | Target
I have to say, J’ADORE a fall (or winter) floral print. There’s just something so sexy about taking the femininity of a floral and painting it with the darker, sultrier shades that oft accompany cooler weather fashion. I’ve always preferred my florals more mystérieuse than sweet, and this season many designers kicked minimalism to the curb by splashing these botanical prints all over dresses, coats and more. The fashion adventurous are mixing their florals with other prints, like leopard (which, let’s face it, is now a classic).

Tracy’s Favorite | Buffy’s Favorite |  Virginia’s Favorite | Target
While color forecaster Pantone featured 10 “it” colors for Fall/Winter (I’ve written an article on said palette for October’s B-Metro), in shopping the stores and online for clients, the hue I’m seeing the most of is pink, in a variety of shades. On the softer side, there is blush, carnation, rose, and Pantone’s “Dusty Cedar.” But there are also more vibrant versions like bubblegum, cerise, fuchsia and Pantone’s “Bodacious.” Thus, this trend offers a shade to flatter every skin tone.

Luxe Textiles
Tracy’s Favorite | Buffy’s Favorite |  Virginia’s Favorite | Target
Velvet is the clear standout when it comes to Fall fabrics. Fortunately, the construction is less retro costumey and more modern luxury. Other textures include buttery suede and soft leather, and not just in the now everywhere bomber jackets and over-the-knee boots, but also in shift dresses and skirts.


Pictured Above
OTK Boots | Lip Jolt ( This is my latest drugstore find.  I love it!) | Eyeshadow | Backpack | Velvet Clutch ( I saw this on stylebriefs’ blog and had to repost.) | Cashmere Scarf | Cold shoulder Blouse (Obsessed) | Velvet Heels (These should be coming the in the mail today.  Perfect for Date Night!) | Floral Party Dress




Size Matters

August 29, 2016

By Buffy York

Okay friends, three people have said something to me this past week about missing the blog so I thought I would try to crank a few posts out in the coming weeks.  Today’s is timely because football season is upon us and terrorism is real. (I’m sure I’m on a government watch list now because I said the T word on my blog and I am good with that.)  If you are a woman and a football fan you have probably heard there are new guidelines for handbags that can be carried into stadiums these days.  —Bags or purses must now be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Small one compartment, clutch purses are also allowed as long as they are no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.— We actually received an approved clear tote with our football tickets this year.  I told Tim it felt like getting a free drink at a casino.  That tote is currently the most expensive handbag I own.

There is a company making clear totes approved by major sporting and entertainment venues that comes in two sizes with customized straps that accommodate most team colors and logos.  Personally I like the leather straps, but I’m not planning on purchasing one.  Number one, I’m not feeling this look and number two, if you are the person in your group carrying the biggest bag you become the designated wallet/lipstick/cell phone/etc carrier.  I don’t want to be responsible for your stuff people.

As to not be a total yawner with my accessories this coming weekend in Dallas for the big opener, I’ve been on a web search for weeks for small purses no bigger than an index card that will hold MY newly edited game day essentials:  ticket, lipstick, deodorant wipe, license, cell phone, and beauty blender blotters (a new fave of mine).  The pickings are slim but I’ve found a few in all price ranges (Target to Neimans) that roughly fit into these size restrictions.  Will Security be standing around with rulers at the gate?  I have no clue, but a few of these bags fall slightly out of the guidelines so be warned.

Clockwise Kate Spade || Red Forever 21 || Rebecca Minkoff || Black Forever 21 || Taupe Jessica Buurman || Red Valentino Rockstud || Grey Jessica Buurman this is a decent Gucci knockoff || Tory Burch || dv for Target fringe bag || dv for Target (not pictured)



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