Last week we launched our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. And we asked you not to confuse neutral with dull! This week we focus on Brown—a tried and true color of fall. It blends well with the season and serves as a great transitional color for colder months ahead.
Try pairing a textured jacket with a timeless leather pencil skirt or even a pair of corduroy pants. The Pacey pumps by TORY BURCH complement the leather skirt and tweed jacket perfectly for an inspired fall office look. Or for a more casual look, pair dark brown ankle boots with corduroy pants to elongate the legs. Add a hint of sparkle with a graphic, textured link necklace by EDIE BORGA. To top off the monochromatic fall look, the SURELL fox fur collar adds a touch of softness for those cold, windy days.
- Surell Fox Fur Collar/Headband
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Sinequanone Brown Tweed Jacket
- Lauren Jeans Co. Straight Corduroy Pants
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Trenery Leather Skirt
- Acne Studios Pistol Ankle Boots
For a fall dress that will transition seamlessly from the office to dinner, ELIE TAHARI’S Lolly dress fits the bill in beautifully textured rust jacquard leather with flecks of orange, brown, and gold. Pair with a comfortable stacked mid-heel during the day and switch to an arch-revealing suede pump at night to lengthen the legs. Mix and match accessories to complement the dual textures of the dress. Add a pop of color with an orange tote to break up the dark tones.
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Elie Tahari Lolly Dress
- Tumi Villa Turn Shopper
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Vince Suede Celeste D’Orsay Pump
To celebrate the arrival of the fall season, we are launching our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. Just in case you’re ever on Jeopardy!, here’s a brief history lesson on the color: Navy blue, a very dark variation of blue, got its name from the dark-blue colors that have been worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world. Indigo dye is the basis for all the historical navy-blue colors; almost all navy uniforms were made by dyeing them with various shades of indigo dye.
History lesson over—now on to fashion! Do not confuse neutral with dull! This season, the fashion bloggers have deemed navy blue the new black! We chose two navy sheaths that are beautiful as stand-alone pieces and that also serve as wonderful canvasses for accessories that most of us already own. These dresses come with different sleeve lengths to accommodate those of us who may no longer have perfect triceps! They also have hems! So if you want them longer, you have the wonderful option of having them altered. And as extra treats, we’ve included some fabulous jewelry pieces, complimentary bags, a sheer cardigan that works for day or night, and great pumps.
- Alexis Bittar Ophelia Fringed Pansy Brooch—Hand-sculpted Lucite; catches and reflects light beautifully.
- Phillip Lim Color Block Dress—Long sleeve ponte color-block dress with jewel-neck collar and contrasting side panels.
- Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote in Port—An all-purpose leather tote with a signature flap and zipper for flare.
- Aquatalia by Marvin K IBIZA Suede Pumps—Comfortable mid-heel with padded insole is ideal for day-to-day wear.
- Alice and Olivia SHIR Short Sleeve Princess Line Dress—Form fitting color-block dress in navy and black slims and contours.
- Alexis Bittar Vine Hoop Earrings—Hand-sculpted Lucite encased in golden vines, with pa·véfaceted crystals.
- Jean Paul Gaultier Printed Tulle Cardigan—Airy three-quarter-sleeve printed in nautical theme veils the skin.
- Tory Burch ADALYN pebbled leather clutch in metallic gold—A modern metallic transforms the classic clutch; detachable chain and leather shoulder strap.
- Alice and Olivia DIANA Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps—Leg lengthening suede pumps with pointed toe and adjustable ankle strap.
Next week’s neutral: Brown.
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These days, the fashion headlines declare, “Black is Back.” Or, the magazines dictate to us the trendiest color of the season. We, however, believe black never left the carousel of fashion and style. In honor of “Black Friday,” we thought it fitting to pay homage to the beauty of black. Read More »
Give the Green Light: This Nancy Gonzalez Small Crocodile Tube Tote has the opulence you can break out in daylight. For those who want to steer clear of the in-your-face trends, a ladylike top-handle bag is an instant classic. A true, rich, gem-tone green makes for an unpredictable choice, but one that is much appreciated in the fall as the leaves start to turn from verdant to brown.
Melisa Goldie serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. With her extensive background in advertising and photography, Ms. Goldie is responsible for directing and executing the company’s branded materials for advertising, marketing, packaging, licensing, and promotional initiatives, across all product categories globally. Ms. Goldie, who graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
Here, she helps us navigate that daily dilemma we all encounter: “What am I going to wear?” —Ed.
It’s an essential question we each face daily and depending on your line of work, you are also likely dressing for multiple scenarios: dropping the kids off at school, going to the office, a client meeting, a dinner date, or a cocktail party—and sometimes these all need to be achieved with the same outfit, so a little bit of planning is key.
Unless your job calls for a business suit, a scrub, or other type of uniform, achieving the right look is more art than science— and strikes a fine balance of confidence, taste and personal style.
Curating your own wear-to-work wardrobe can be looked upon as an exciting personal challenge or a daunting experience. As a working mother, with two decades of experience in the fashion industry, I have found a few key ways to approach my work wardrobe. Here are a few personal pointers—along with my top picks from this fall’s Calvin Klein sportswear line.
- Keep it simple. This belted long sleeve print dress mixes both modest and feminine elements effortlessly. Paired with black patent leather lizard pumps and a rounded Saffiano leather satchel, it’s a versatile look poised enough for the work day and perfect for an after-work date.
- Dress smart. Start with black crocodile embossed leather pumps, and pair them with black stretch leggings and a white pleated mandarin collar blouse for a smart combination that’s both practical and polished. Add a blazer if you need to take it up a notch or head to a meeting.
- Pencil it in. A sleek, black leather pencil skirt is super chic and turns an otherwise simple skirt look into a confident statement. To complete the look, trade the pumps for a pair of over-the-knee leather boots.
- Go back to black. Try layering a long sleeve shirt dress over skinny stretch leggings for a casual look with a sophisticated appeal. Accessorize with a platform ankle boot, and a dome satchel. Remember, black will always be the new black.
Shop for these and other great wear-to-work looks at calvinklein.com.
Averie Over-the-Knee Leather Boot
|In my recent article “White Lightning,” about fashion trends for spring 2011, it was evident that white is THE color for the upcoming season. As style.com’s Nicole Phelps wrote in her review of the spring Thakoon show, “It’s official, white is the new camel.” But if we back up to take a look at fall, we discover that this season, camel is still king.|
Classic style is back, and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. There are many variations on the theme, from ladylike elegance to pieces emphasizing tailored menswear. But throughout, almost all the collections feature camel. Since camel is indeed a classic, chances are you already have a piece or two in your closet. And if not, there are many ways, at many price points, to add this of-the-moment neutral to your fall wardrobe.
Let’s begin by looking at a few of the collections. Chloe’s fall collection is spectacular and one of the strongest proponents of this color . When considering how to wear camel this season, consider mixing it with denim, as shown here, for a casual-chic take on the style.
Or keep it all tonal as shown in the examples below (left to right: Chloe, Gucci, Michael Kors).
|I think either this wool blend funnel neck coat from The Gap (below left) at a very reasonable $168, or this double-breasted overcoat from Michael Kors Michael line (below right) for $250 would be an incredibly useful addition to anyone’s outerwear repertoire. They are both versatile pieces that would work beautifully over a dress, skirt, or slacks to the office or over jeans on the weekend.|
|If you love this look and would like to add something more modern this season without breaking the bank, take a look at this clever Italian wool blazecoat by J. Crew (below left) or chic coat from Banana Republic (below right) for a fraction of the price.|
|And let’s not forget the essential accessories—the easy way to update any outfit. Try these stunning Sutton tall leather flat boots from J. Crew ($298) with an all-black outfit for a chic and modern look…|
|The tonality of this Love Quotes Hand Knotted Tassel Scarf ($85) goes with everything and will look great in the spring with all your new white ensembles.|
So whether you make an investment in a fabulous coat, a versatile accessory, or a simple sweater, camel is definitely a color worth having in your wardrobe this season.