Fall 2010 Picks Part 1…a.k.a. That Would Look Great On Me!


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Here are picks for the upcoming season that would look great on my petite body, which is a rectangle-ish size 12-ish with a generous bust and an oval face shape.

As far as what works for me now these are a few things I know:

  • The more vertical buttons on a jacket, the better
  • Fitted – but not tight – looks better on me than boxy or baggy
  • Darker colors and structured or skimming fabrics keep me out of Spanx-like shapewear
  • V-necks and/or anything that draws a vertical line down my body makes me look taller
  • Keeping color contrast similar on my top and bottom will make me look taller and thinner
  • Pointy toed shoes and boots with a medium chunky heel are my best friend

With that, here are early fall picks grouped into outfit ideas that easily multiply and/or mix and match with things you may already have.

Casual Corduroy

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This set of outfits is based around Anthropologie’s Finishing School Skirt (11) which is a subtle a-line that draws skims my hips and creates the bottom of an hourglass.  I would pair this skirt with Donald J Pliner Jokla boots from Nordstrom (16) which are similar in contrast.

The top half combinations, clockwise from bottom left:

  • A fitted denim jacket (1) goes great with corduroy and is a great layer over a patterened shell (9).  Pockets in the bust region as shown on the jacket can add volume but these are small, monochromatic and appear to lie flat.  The ruffles and pattern are not too small or too large for my frame and bust size.  I would leave this (and most) jackets unbuttoned.
  • The clay brick color of this fitted corduroy jacket (3) is perfect because it matches the red undertones in my skin.  And while I don’t like denim with denim, this corduroy pairing in similar wales seems like a doable match.  A shirt with a horizontal pattern (7) adds some interest while camouflaging my shape.
  • A soft cardigan with pretty ruffles (4) dresses the cord skirt up and a silky cami or shirt (8) is a simple base layer.

The tiered gold Miren Necklace from Chico’s (15) will add shine and finish to any of these outfits.

A charcoal or off-black pair of tights (17) in the same contrast bridges any gaps between the skirt and boots while keeping my legs covered and warm.  I prefer a little design element on tights or nylons to break up a completely solid streak.  The more minimal this design, the more professional and polished.

If you’re not into skirts, a pair of thin-wale corduroy pants would be a great alternative.

Dressed Up Denim

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If you don’t have a great-fitting pair of dark denim jeans (14), RUN, DON’T WALK to get a pair now!  These are an essential wardrobe item and it seems like everyone is recreating and re-engineering their fits.

Straight cuts are the universally best fit for petite women under 5’4″ and a bootcut is great to balance hips in the larger sizes.  A stylish ankle boot with a mid-sized heel (19) gives adds height and a color like bourdeaux keeps things fun and interesting while being neutral.

The top half combinations, clockwise from bottom left:

Pair any of these looks with this beads and chain necklace (18) similar to one I get endless compliments on.

Silky Soft & Pretty

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Ann Taylor’s Modern Carving Tulip Skirt (13) is an interesting mix of pattern and fabric in a great subtle a-line shape.  Silk has a lovely drape while holding structure, making it a great option for dressing up.

The key to wearing a lighter weight item into fall is layers on top and bottom.  Fortunately, the pattern on this skirt gives it weight so it won’t look imbalanced with heavier fabrics on top.  I selected the Me Too Pixy Pump from Nordstrom (22, I recommend the Violet Patent) but a sleek black or grey dressy boot would be another ideal option to warm the look up.

A pair of sheer grey, black or nude nylons (21) will keep in balance with the silk fabric.

A set of pearls mixed with gold (20) adds an elegant statement to all of these outfits.

Everything Goes with Basic Brown

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All of the pieces from the other outfit combinations above work with a classic pair of brown trousers (12) in a dressy fabric and weight.  The dark red ankle boot with a mid-sized heel (19) keeps these outfits from being a total snooze.

Incorporating a sparkly necklace like Nordstrom’s Metallic Beads (23) keeps the outfits from looking stuffy while lighting up your face.

What pieces are waiting for you this fall?

If you’re finding yourself stumped, overwhelmed or out of time, Fabuliss can help!

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Color, fit, closets and shopping.  Fabuliss.com or 612-554-4629 }

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