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From Seattle to San Diego, the weather along the Pacific varies as much as the style. But one thing holds steady: Comfort is king.
These are not your precious pastels from spring. The new floral is dark and brooding--typically set against a navy, charcoal or black background--and way more exciting than autumn’s expected plaids and tweeds. Our advice: Pair with comfy staples (say, distressed denim). You can still rock the casual vibe, but now in an elevated way.
When you’re from the land of “purple mountain majesties,” you’re used to being in awe. Turn the tables and be the one making the statement.
Just like that snowboard of yours (we can’t wait for Park City to open, either), the handbag you carry should command respect. This season’s most impressive shapes: sleek satchels and anything with a top handle. It’s minimal effort, with a big impact. And the angular shape will go with just about everything in your closet.
It’s true: Everything is bigger in Texas—and canyon country. With so many vivid natural colors, there’s no such thing as blending in.
Photo: A Piece of Toast
Bib necklaces had a good run. And while they’re not exactly passé, our newest statement-jewelry pick is massive chandelier earrings--chunky, tiered and attention-grabbing. Sweep your hair into a tousled pony, throw on a rockin’ pair of jewels and skip the necklace altogether. (It’s too hot anyway.)
The Great Lakes. The Great Plains. The Heartland. Call it what you will, the Midwest appreciates a good coat when it sees one.
Buh-bye, dark and drab. This fall and winter, overcoats are boasting crisp new cuts and softer colors. When your outer layer usually dictates your first impression, better make it a worthy one. Invest in quality wool (to ease you into winter) and go for a mood-lifting hue (to help you make it to spring).
Down South, summer can sometimes stretch to Thanksgiving (save for the occasional chilly football game). A light, feminine--and matching--outfit it is.
The concept is as simple as Granny’s apple pie: Two separate pieces are made from the same fabric. Think of it like a killer jumpsuit that’s not a pain in the neck every time you have to pee. The beauty: Coordinating ensembles look polished but are effortless enough to bust out at a tailgate.
Top $295Skirt $330
Top $71Shorts $75
Top $450Skirt $650
Top $75Pants $225
Top $270Pants $300
Top $60Pants $60
Top $28Pants $44
Top $311Skirt $586
Top $178Skirt $298
We’re guessing you grew up around a whole lot of nautical stripes. But experimenting with new trends is always more fun than clinging to a classic look.
You might have tossed it during the great closet purge of ’94, but--surprise!--the knee-length denim pencil skirt is back. Much like jeans, this staple goes with everything. Button-down and heels? Sure. Sweatshirt and slip-ons? Yep. You can’t go wrong.
Glaciers and dropping temps may trump most sartorial decisions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun beneath that puffer coat.
The latest alternative to a cardigan or blazer is inspired by our friends in the East. A kimono jacket lets you play dress up (jeans and tee: officially upgraded), while still allowing room for proper layering on top. And the vibrant pattern will be a welcome sight once the snow kicks in.
Let’s face it: You live in paradise. Your sundresses are seasonless. To have a little fun for fall, why not add oomph to your work wardrobe?
Stick to your time-honored hues (a festive orange is always a good idea), but try reinventing those colors with more structured pieces. Think tailored pants, sharply cut blazers and pointy-toe heels. And don’t be afraid to pair brights with brights. A monochromatic suit and a punchy clutch? Take notice, members of the board.
Jacket $100Pants $60
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