Women’s Business Casual… What to wear- Fall 2016

Do you need some Fall inspiration? Are you tired of wearing the same old pants to work every day? Fall is a great time to add the perfect layering pieces to your wardrobe… clothes that’ll mix and match for lots of options and add some fun back into getting dressed for work!

Start with pants that have style and a modern silhouette like the cropped Avery Pant from Banana Republic. The Avery is available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics and looks especially flattering when worn with heels, but can also be worn with flats or booties for a more casual look. These cropped pants are perfect all year long so don’t think you need to put them away for the winter.banana-republic-avery-pant-plum

If you prefer a more tradition trouser, try the Ann Taylor “Devin” fit pants. They’re available in regular sizes 00 to 18, as well as petite and tall sizes. This style is available in a selection of fabrics and colors to create your perfect outfit.ann-taylor-devin-trouserAdd a top with special interest like this silk blouse from Banana  Republic. It can be worn casually with jeans, with a pencil skirt, or dress trousers.br-silk-top

Finish off your outfit with a jacket for extra polish. The “Campbell” blazer from J.Crew is a great addition to your Fall/ Winter wardrobe. This will keep the chill away all season long. Going out for a weekend lunch with friends? Wear the jacket with your favorite t shirt and faded jeans to get the most bang for your buck.j-crew-campbell-blazer

Add a great bag from Tory Burch that’ll hold all your work essentials.

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Slip into a powerful pump with a spike trimmed heel made by Sam Edelman… the “Tonia” in port wine suede from Nordstrom.

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You’ve got all the pieces for a great workday outfit and so many options for more outfits when you mix in your favorite denim jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Trends for Women 2016

FALL is right around the corner and it’s time to check out the latest trends for Fall 2016 …

Leopard print, berry and wine tones, leather and suede, narrow pleats, gold jewelry and accents, military inspiration, flared sleeves and other great vibe’s of the 70’s are a hit for Fall!

Update your shoe wardrobe with this comfortable platform block heeled ‘Harlan’ sandal by Michael Kors in plum suede… it’s perfect with pants or skirts and pairs well with denim jeans for a casual look.michael kors plum shoeBooties are everywhere and can go from the office to a date night out. Rag & bone makes this ‘Harrow’ bootie, available at Nordstrom, in four different colors of suede or black leather, and also comes in a style with fringe.

rag & bone 'Harrow' bootieGet into the leopard trend with this Rebecca Minkoff leopard print top…. you can find it exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.minkoff leopard shirtOr, add a touch of military style to your outfit with this soft and cozy wool jacket from Anthropologie…. a totally versatile layering piece for Fall and comes in black or light grey.military jacketRefresh your wardrobe with the current trend of flare or bell sleeves…they’re giving a nod to the 70’s! Here’s the White House Black Market top in “Rosso” which is also available in petite sizes.bell sleeve blouse

Add an interesting necklace to your outfit for that extra touch of style. Here’s a J Crew necklace with gold accents to complete your look and tie it all together. And, don’t worry about mixing gold jewelry with the grey tones in your wardrobe!

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Trend Alert – Capes and Ponchos!

Do you remember wearing a cape or poncho back in the day? Well if this is your first time around with the trend, you’ll enjoy it because capes and ponchos are a huge hit this Fall and Winter and can be found nearly everywhere you look!

C Wonder has a black and white herringbone belted cape which was featured in September’s Oprah Magazine.

C Wonder black and white capeFor a more laid back vibe, this casual poncho from Calypso St. Barth would be great for a drive to the mountains, spending the day exploring the West End, or strolling a Fall festival.

Calypso St Barth navy ponchoAnthropologie has a cozy unbelted cape that can be dressed up or down for a sophisticated business casual look or for fun on the weekends and is appropriate for women of any age. It pairs well with a skirt as in the photo below, pants, or your favorite jeans. The cape is available in petites too!

Anthropologie neutral capeFrench Connection has an adorable wool blend plaid version!

So, how do you wear this trend? If you’re wearing a poncho or cape, make sure the rest of your outfit is more fitted with a slim, straight, cropped or skinny leg pant or a skirt that stays close to your frame so you don’t look overwhelmed by your clothes, and no long skirts or baggy pants allowed! Keep your shirt plain, simple and smooth underneath so your cape or poncho is your style statement without extra bulk. A structured fabric works best for the office, while a knit is more appropriate for casual days. Capes and ponchos feel current, in style, and super chic so try them to break out of your “same old sweater” rut!

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The 60’s are Back!!!

What’s NEW This FALL?

What could be more fun AND classic than the 60’s? Jump into the trend with fringe, suede, leather, Shearling and a mix of textures and layers. Think hippie chic or Jackie Kennedy.

Tory Burch fringe suede

This Tory Burch bag might be just what you need to give you a fun new 60’s vibe. It can be hippie casual or sporty equestrian.

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Try these OH SO CLASSIC Michael Kors flats to channel your best Jackie O style…

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and Fall is all about layers, so the bow tie blouse from Zara is perfect for the office or a night on the town under this textured and perforated leather jacket from NeimanMarcus. Wear it with a pencil skirt at the office and then with skinny jeans and boots later. There’s a classic combo for your Fall escapades….dinner dates, cocktails with friends, football watching, marshmallow roasting … you’ve got the idea!

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FOX 5 WAGA TV Style Segment

“A Season of Gatherings”

What an exciting day for me and my team of models!!! Best Impressions In Style was invited by FOX 5 TV to create a style segment with Karen Graham, anchor of GOOD DAY ATLANTA using three basic pieces men and women could wear now and through the holidays to social gatherings. FOX 5 TV had already asked Kohl’s to participate so I got to work styling three models in fabulous outfits from a local Kohl’s store. Of course I wanted to include the current trends of animal print, embellished collars, gold accents, knits, and leather!

Don’t they look amazing in their new clothes?!! They’re in perfect outfits for parties, dinner out, and for getting together with friends. Each piece can be worn so many ways to make totally different outfits…love the leather jackets!

Here’s the whole group with GOOD DAY ATLANTA’s own Karen Graham (center) and make up artist, Udunma Ogene (second from the right).

This one’s a little blurry but we were having FUN!!!

Lucy looks hot but classy in this feminine blouse under a quilted leather jacket paired with a cute pleated knit skirt!

 Doesn’t Barbara look like she’s ready for a party in her animal print top with gold chain trim paired with cropped straight leg pants? She’s wearing a pretty cream colored jacket that’s a perfect fit for her little petite body.

 And here’s Karen Graham and me giving big smiles for the camera! Well, as they say in show business…. “that’s a wrap!”… Now I’m off to style my next client….is it YOU?!!

Atlanta Wardrobe Stylist Sue DeVos – Best Impressions in Style

FALL is FINALLY here!

What’s Happening this FALL?

Sad news in the ATL…..The Braves are OUT of the playoffs and the Falcons need a WIN! Will it be the Georgia Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship?! Cheer for your favorite team while dressed in style this season.

Are you a Plaid lover? Plaid is HOT for Fall with many colors and styles to choose from like this adorable

British Tweed Mini skirt from the Boden website (it’s also available in a longer length). Pair it with a sweater, tights and boots for a casual gameday look.

Another popular trend is real or faux leather found in tops, dresses, pants or just trim details on anything and everything. Here’s the perfect faux leather dress from Anthropologie. Wear it a million ways!

How about Houndstooth… it’s in for Fall! A fun addition to your wardrobe is this Isaac Mizrahi pump with a comfy kitten heel found at Nordstrom.

Jump right in to the gray flannel trend with this little bag by Kate Spade, available through Zappos online. It’s 40% off and as always, the shipping is free!

And, of course hang on to your leopard prints ladies, because they’re SO in style too!

Consider skinny jeans…

SKINNY JEANS are EVERYWHERE!

The SKINNY denim look keeps going strong! There are so many denim brands to choose from in all price ranges so it’s hard to know where to start and what to look for! Are premium denim jeans worth the price? You CAN find skinny (or straight leg) jeans to fit your shape!

People Magazine Style Watch 2012 winner’s Levi’s Modern Rise Bold Curvy Skinny jeans might be just what your curves need and the dark wash is slimming too.

Also a Style Watch award winner in the “boyish” category is the Gap 1969 Always Skinny jeans.

To improve shape retention, premium brands are made with specialized fabric blends of cotton, polyester, Lycra, spandex, etc… the list goes on. Added extra’s … hidden pockets and forward side seams are common, as well as other special features like you’ll find in the Paige skinnies (my personal favorites) available at Bloomingdale’s.

The rear pockets are very subtly asymmetrical for a flattering look and the dark wash is without whiskering or shading to help you appear longer and leaner.

If you prefer a straight leg jean, the DL 1961 “Kate” style was another Style Watch 2012 award winner, considered universally flattering and can be found at Nordstom and Von Maur.

Plus sized Lucky Brand “Ginger” skinny jeans are available in a dark wash and other colors, and are sold at Macy’s. 

Petite and Tall ladies will find many choices on the Lucky Brand website, and in Gap Stores.

You may decide skinny denim isn’t for you, but these are great options to try! Skinny or straight leg jeans are perfect with flats, heels, tucked into boots this winter or with sandals in the summer…..ahhhh, can’t wait for that!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Up Your Style in 2013

ADD a JACKET to MAKE your OUTFIT!

Are you invited to a Super Bowl Party and don’t know what to wear? Or maybe you’re headed to New Orleans to see who grabs the trophy! Can the Atlanta Falcons do it??? You can toss a jacket over almost any outfit and you’ve just doubled your style all year long!  A jacket adds effortless chic to an ordinary outfit. Think black leather motorcycle jacket over a t-shirt and jeans, or a denim jacket over a sweater dress and boots.

photo credit INFDaily

Jennifer Anniston’s wearing a classic fitted navy blazer in this photo from 2010… it’s just as stylish now as it was then, and will be for years to come. So, what type of jacket do you need?

This denim jacket from Old Navy is on sale now and comes in six colors! The current fashion trend of wearing a denim jacket with denim jeans is great, but make sure the two colors are contrasting so you don’t look like you’re wearing a denim suit!

Jackets with contrast piping are popular like GAP’s version in a comfortable knit fabric. This blazer will go from the office to date night. Wear it with a solid colored top, stripe or print underneath since it’s a neutral… you can find it in petite and tall sizes too.

A fitted blazer like this from Ann Taylor will hide your figure flaws and give you a streamlined look making you appear pounds thinner, and

White House Black Market’s mini trench coat has great waist detail for a slimming look too!

Wear a jacket and feel stylish and confident for the game, a date night or the office!

 

 

Walk on the Bright Side

ADD COLOR TO YOUR LIFE!

One of the latest trends for Fall is a colored bag like Cameron Diaz is carrying as she’s out and about in LA. Her Reed Krakoff “gym bag” is sold at Nordstrom for $990 (here’s the green version)! If that’s a little out of your price range there are lots of lower cost options to keep you updated.

This pretty suede and leather bag from Talbot’s is a stylish choice! It’s an equestrian design and classic look in a gorgeous evergreen shade.

If you’re really loving the bright yellow carried by Cameron Diaz, then you might like the bag designed by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s. Its faux or “vegan” leather which makes it less expensive, lighter weight and saves the animal population.

For a crossbody style made of nylon, check out this bag from Marc Jacobs, available at Von Maur in a beautiful dark mauve color! If you don’t own a crossbody bag you’d be surprised how convenient it is to carry your essentials for a night out, or even just running errands.

A great bag for special occassions during the day or night is an envelope clutch. Shown in magenta, this clutch from Tory Burch (which also comes in two other colors) might be just what you need to complete your outfit! You can find it on the Tory Burch website and at Nordstrom.

What’s your favorite colored bag??? There might be a shade that doesn’t look good ON you but would be perfect to carry! Have FUN with it!

 

 

 

Men…It’s Business Casual

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN YOU DON’T NEED A SUIT

Guys… You might be wearing a suit less than ever before, so what are you supposed to wear to look professional and put together? A shirt and khakis might be your “go to staple” but there are other options. Consider the current trend of a lightweight crew neck sweater like this from Brooks Brothers. A soft crew neck sweater can be worn without a shirt underneath for a clean, professional look.

Layer a crew neck sweater under a sport coat like this also from Brooks Brothers. Wear it with trousers for a business dinner meeting, and then switch to jeans for a casual night out with friends another time.

For an alternative color to your khaki trousers, consider these great wrinkle resistant cotton chinos also found at Brooks Brothers.

Another option on top is to wear a modern sweater vest like this available at Nordstrom. It can be worn under a blazer and may be worn with a tie.

Now remember your grooming touch-ups and you’ll look great! Hope these tips give you new ideas for business casual!

* Brooks Brothers is located in Lenox and Perimeter Malls

* Nordstrom is located in Phipps Plaza and Perimeter Malls