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Fabulous Five for Fall

The statement blouse or jacket is a key item to buy for fall. (Photo courtesy of
The statement blouse or jacket is a key item to buy for fall. (Photo courtesy of

By Sharon Mosley

There are lots of ways to update our wardrobes and put a new spin on the old standbys. Here’s a quick list of the basic must-haves to get you started.

Start with something velvet. Velvet is making a huge comeback this fall, but refined in dressed up details and softened flowing silhouettes enriched with jewel-tone colors and embellishments.

Add a statement jacket. If you only add one new piece to your closet this fall, make it a special jacket that you can wear with everything. Check out the brocades, the metallic, the glossy leathers, colorful suedes and military-inspired looks.

Suit up with a dandy of a suit. The mismatched suit has long been the “creative” take on the professional side of fashion’s work force, but this fall, the more “matched” separates the better. Think preppy with a twist of punk thrown in. Whether it’s a colored suede skirt and jacket or a black and white tweed pair of pants and long vest, the suit of the moment is anything but classic.

Dress on the dark side. Matching prints are still all the rage, and for fall, you can feel free to wear them head to toe in all their glory. Most of the prints that you’ll see for the new season are on the dark, romantic side.  And if you love leopard prints, then you’re in for a treat.

Go for a little sporty look. The ath-leisure trend has gone mainstream Take a tip from trendsetters who have embraced the casual lifestyle and then dressed it up to make the crossover from active wear to streetwear. Think about pairing a track suit jacket with a floral dress; or a moto-leather jacket with a pair of stirrup ski pants.

The new way to dress is to think in opposites — come up with fresh contrasts to the ways you’ve always put together your outfits. Start with these new key pieces to give your wardrobe a whole new fashion twist on life.

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