Thea’s Fall 2011 Women’s Fashion Picks

My clients know that creating a Signature Style is much more important than jumping all over the latest trends. However, incorporating one or two current pieces can keep your style fresh while you remain true to yourself.

After reading through major September fashion mags (thousands of pages, seriously), I’ve picked some that complement a wide range of tastes and lifestyles. Experiment with these head turners for high impact updates to your wardrobe.

Missoni Print.  America’s love affair with the Italian designer Missoni’s bold print hit epic proportions in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s.  Target is now re-introducing Missoni to the masses from September 13 – October 22, 2011 in stores and online with select items running through December.  Traffic generated from the marketing blitz caused their web site servers to crash the first day! Prices average around $40, as opposed to the design house’s collection which retails for about $500 up to $1500 at Neiman Marcus.

Drew models Donna Karen for NM

Multi-textured Monotone Outfits. Yes, it’s a mouthful.  But it’s really quite simple.  Pick your best neutral color and dress head to toe in it (playing with light and dark variations) and blend different textures and/or prints from piece to piece.  This look works for just about everyone because a) dressing in one color family makes you appear longer and leaner, and b) mixing textures is aesthetically interesting and pleasing. Inspirational examples are Drew Barrymore in Donna Karen (then the rest of Donna Karen’s Fall lookbook) and Max Mara’s ready-to-wear lineup.

Rachel Zoe's modern fur jacket

Faux Fur. It’s everywhere, in part thanks to personal stylist gone designer Rachel Zoe, who’s ba-na-nas about fur.  Since we live in Texas (103 degrees as I write this), faux is fab in minimal, understated doses, like the trim of this Rachel Zoe motorcycle jacket, Aldo wedge boot or Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag. When choosing fur apparel, strategically place fur where it adds drama without adding perceived poundage.

D&B's alternative to the Gucci ostrich handbag

Exotic Skins. Brahmin bags are sophisticated and embrace the exotic skin look without couture pricing.  Dillard’s loves Brahmin and Nordstrom finally got in on the game.  Gucci has a beautiful Ostrich Boston bag, but a less expensive version from Dooney & Bourke is just as fun. Nine West’s Martina pump comes in various colors and reptile embossing.  This Michael Kors slingback has just a hint of exotic skin with a kitten heel for comfort. The pointed toe elongates the leg without the need for a 4” heel.  Yay!  Score these Michael Antonio alligator flats for only $12 from My Diva Closet.

Murano Glass Ring from

Super Chunk Rings & Feathers. The smaller the hand, the bigger the attitude required to successfully pull off statement rings.  If you have long, lean fingers, you can rock rings that hit or go past the middle knuckle.  If not, stick to designs that stay between your middle and bottom knuckle.  Embellish Nails & Boutique has a small but attractive collection at reasonable prices (and a good manicure is the best way to show off a statement ring).  I’m also a fan of The Turquoise Door for natural stones, Mana Culture for silver, and Franchesca’s for rhinestone animals.  Browse an enormous selection in any color, size and shape at Charmin’ Charlie’s. And who can resist disco-diva Murano glass rings?

Sue Wong does 1940's feathers

Francesca’s also got on the feather bandwagon.  Feather earrings made of real feathers, metals and enamels everywhere.  Bangles with feathers painted on them, even feather printed tops and dresses.  If you want feather extensions in your hair, call my good friend Lisa Kennedy at The Hills Salon.  She’s reasonably priced, friendly and talented. This trend is very youthful and can go from Sue Wong to Ft. Lauderdale Spring Break in a heartbeat. If you’re over 30, opt for darker, richer feathers (or feather embossed materials) that blend subtly into your hair or outfit.

I hope at least one of these picks appeals to your personal tastes and sense of adventure.  Call me if you’d like some extra help putting together ensembles or choosing new trends that will best highlight your unique beauty.

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About Thea Wood

I'm a professional image consultant who styles men and women in Austin, Texas. Whether you're climbing the corporate ladder or looking for Miss or Mr. Right, my services will help you create a remarkable first impression that gets results. This blog is a way to provide free tips and fun information about timeless style and things you can do to create your own signature style and increase your confidence. If you'd like to talk in person, please call me at 512.217.9869 to schedule a free consultation.
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