With fall upon us, it’s the perfect time, whatever your age, to make your own fall and winter fashion statement. “I think a put-together woman of any age is trendy,” says Diana Wellman, 76, of Newtown. “My fashion style is classic with a little flair of the dramatic. Although I like shades of blue and black clothing, now that my hair is silver gray and white I wear more shades of gray and pink,” she says.
Wellman appreciates today’s spotlight on casual attire. “I usually wear slacks and a sweater when I attend meetings or volunteer. In the fall, a blazer with a scarf as an accent completes the outfit,” she says. “My casual, everyday outfits are jeans, denim or twill, in dark colors with a sweater or blouse and sweater. I usually add a scarf and perhaps a pin to an outfit and always earrings!”
According to Dani Pariser, modern women’s buyer at Darien Sport Shop, fall will spotlight the sporty-casual look. “The sporty vibe will be a big trend with a main focus on leisure wear in soft fabrications such as cashmere and cotton in cardigans, sweatshirts and jogger-type pants. Pants with a track stripe from ponte to denim is a prominent trend for all ages. Another important trend is animal prints, especially in blouses,” says Pariser.
Pariser notes that gem-tones are featured colors for fall along with pops of camouflage. “It’s nice to be tonally dressed from the top to bottom — great go-to pants in navy, black or beige and complementary solid tops — then you have a neutral base that can be mixed and matched with a variety of stylish pieces. Think sport blazer in velvet, a leather jacket or cashmere sweater as toppers finished off with a fun statement necklace, earrings, or a trendy and functional scarf.” Pariser adds that boots in suede with block heels for dressier attire and sneaker boots are a new trend for around town. High fashion sneakers are also trending. “We feel like women of any age can rock the Vince slip-on sneaker, plus they will love its versatility,” she adds.
Sara Campbell, the designer, founder, and CEO of Boston, Mass.-headquartered Sara Campbell Ltd., which includes a boutique in New Canaan, offers a litany of popular apparel: “A big trend this season is sleeve detail and a lot of plaid. Knits and stretch fabric are always important because they move. There are beautiful cashmere sweaters and tops, and solid ponte pants.” Campbell suggests adding accessory and statement pieces to take it to the next level.
Faux suede and fur is on winter’s hot list. “Fur trim details as part of a coat, on pockets, on purse handles … we have shawl wraps where the whole circumference is fur,” says Campbell. “Be yourself and a little adventurous. You can be bold and vivacious or quiet and understated, but you only live once and you don’t want to be in the same thing every day.” Campbell feels women can’t go wrong with oatmeal and black, or mixing it up with baby blue with navy blue, or different shades of blue with heather gray pants.
According to Diane Lloyde Roth, owner of L’Armoire in New Canaan, the mature woman can wear trendy designer styles with some modifications. “Take everything down a notch. Make the hem length longer, make the fit looser, and definitely don’t wear a cropped top without a long tank under it,” she advises. “Learn to adapt current fashion to your body and life. Look ageless, not like a fashion victim.” To do that, Roth suggests maintaining a common thread either in color or style to look your best.
In winter, Roth says we’ll be seeing high-waisted pants, soft long skirts, fitted jackets layering pieces, and lots of dresses in burgundy, teal, navy, and all shades of camel. “Muted tone-on-tone, animal prints, and leaf motifs are most flattering,” Roth says. Winter wardrobes will be accented with pumps and suede boots, along with cross bodies, backpacks, and anything hands-free.
According to Leslie Troy, owner of Pemberley Designer Consignments in Monroe, fashion is important at any age. “Age gives us the experience to know what looks best on our bodies and to not care about what others think,” Troy says.
Listening to others is helpful. “When receiving a compliment, pay attention to the color you’re wearing. Often it’s the color that draws out the positive reaction by others. If you have a shopping buddy you trust, spend a day with them,” says Troy, who offers free personal styling. “Dress for comfort first, then how the fabric and cut falls on your body.”
Years ago, Elaine Salem, 75, of New Milford, attended a beauty seminar to learn how certain colors enhanced her complexion and complimented her hair color. “I’ve followed that training ever since and purchase clothing colors appropriate for my skin tone,” says Salem. “Fashion has always been important to me. I enjoy wearing clothing that has lasting appeal, such as dresses, suits, jackets and skirts that are as fashionable today as in years past.”
Salem noted she never follows trends: “Each age of a woman’s life brings many changes, but a style that has worked for her through the years will remain the appropriate one for her.”
A quick fashion tip from Leslie Troy to determine your most flattering color tones:
“Your unique skin tone, eye, and hair color determine the colors that work best on your body. A simple rule of thumb is to drape a white fabric around your shoulder and then do the same with a cream or off-white fabric. Your skin will look better with one over the other. If you look best in pure white you should gravitate to more cool tones, if the cream/off-white looks better on you, then warm tones will work for you.”