Ask a D.C. Expert: Preparing for Fall Fashion

August 23, 2016 8:00 AM

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Summer is on its way out, and temperatures are cranking down to a nice, manageable level. Before you know it, temperatures will plummet and it will be time to pull out the pants and long sleeves. There is a sunny side to the emergence of fall: you get to go out and buy new clothes! This fall is all about rich textures, fun embellishments, bold patterns and defined proportions. Now is the time to start prepping your wardrobe by looking out for the hottest fall fashion trends for 2016.
Roxanne Carne
Stylist, Personal Shopper
(855) 877-8953
www.roxannecarne.com

Roxanne Carne is a fashion stylist based in the DC/Northern Virginia area. Born in New York City, Carne grew up in fashion central and has always harnessed a love for style. After spending 15 years in the human resource field, she decided to follow her passion and became a full time fashion stylist. Her experience in the business world and the entertainment industry helps her dress clients for both the office and the runway. Roxanne has the knowledge to help you leverage styling trends in crafting your fall wardrobe.

Pantsuits

When you think of pantsuits, you probably think of Hilary Clinton, but that’s not where we are going with this. Keep warm and look professional by choosing pant and jacket combos that look good on the Hill, as well as the board room. This fall you’ll find pantsuits in bolder colors, patterns and fabrics, including popular carryover shades of tan and gold. You can also mix and match by pairing a bold print jacket with solid pants or vice versa.

Embellished Sweaters

Put your traditional cable knit sweaters aside this season and make room in your closet for tricked out sweaters embellished with leather, fur and fringe! Fur collars and cuffs, leather piping and floor length fringe are just some of the looks you’ll see in stores. These fun accents bring sweaters to life serving as both a staple and an accessory. Add some personality to your wardrobe with a cardigan you can pair with basic fashion staples.

Plaid Overcoats

Overcoats are a necessity in Washington to protect you from the wind and the wet weather. But those dark, muted colors are a thing of the past when it comes to outerwear this season. Step up your game and choose an overcoat with a pop of color, including bright accents, patchwork or fog all in with a full color plaid design.

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Bold Tailoring And Texture Mashups 

The hottest looks this season feature mashups of different fabrics, such as wool, cashmere, silk, tapestry and cotton. The designs are highlighted by bold tailoring in terms of cut, proportion and volume. Don’t be afraid to build your look with bold accessories like print scarves, antiqued sweater clips and handbags with chunky hardware, fringe and lots of fur.

Slides, Mules And Combat Boots 

Let’s not forget about shoes! Those pointy-toed slides and mules are transitioning from summer to fall with darker colors and richer textures like velvet & leather. These shoes are a comfortable, yet stylish must-have for your closet. Combat boots are moving from the battlefield to the shoe department, charging across the floor in brilliant patent leathers, crushed velvets and colorful graffiti designs.

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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