It’s Fall baby! The air’s turning crisp around the edges and we’re all thinking about apple-picking time, planting our fall bulbs to ensure a colorful Spring, and perhaps a few of you (not me!) are welcoming the start of football season. Baseball’s my game, I’m a Yankee fan and am deeply enamored with Aaron Judge, he’s my boy!
But what’s really exciting this time every year is seeing what Fall colors are trending for the season’s newest fashions. I practically inhale the Fall Fashion issue of In Style magazine each year while my mind whirls about devising ways to incorporate what I like into my current wardrobe.
2019 FASHION TREND ALERT – PURPLE IS BACK!
I was thrilled to see that aubergine was trending this fall/winter, as I began creating my color capsule a few seasons back, and am still loving its versatility and fashionable outfit choices it contains. I’ll be teaching you everything you’ll need to know about how to slowly build your own wardrobe color capsules in future posts.
Mind you, I’ve never been a trend-follower, actually the exact opposite, having realized at a very early age that deep down in my soul, I’m a classic, traditionalist who favors timeless pieces that can be worn any year, at almost any age.
Depending on whom I’m speaking to, I’m either ashamed or proud to say that I’ve owned a few of my really stylish classic blazer/jackets for over 20 years. They still look fabulous and can be combined with newer, trendy pieces to update my “look”.
Girls, the fact of the matter is, a small-scale plaid wool blazer with velvet collar, that fits me like a glove, will always make me look fabulous. No one has to know that I bought it 23 years ago on sale at a department store that is now defunct!
FASHION IS SUBJECTIVE AND DEEPLY PERSONAL
Fashion is indeed a subjective matter, and it should be very, very personal. Personal style, in all aspects of our lives, is really at the core of what Ingredients For A Fabulous Life is all about. My mantra in life is that we shouldn’t just take what’s been packaged together for us, life IS, and should be, a very personalized thing.
So it follows that our sense of style, our wardrobes, and how we “put together” outfits that then become “ensembles” must therefore be personal, slowly developing over time into a closet-full of clothes that truly express yours, and yours alone, personal style.
Having said that, I’m also not about “reinventing the wheel”, because there are fabulous clothing brands out there that do much of the work for us, by putting out seasonal lines that have capsule components which can be combined any number of ways and be purchased in large or small doses.
CURATING A CLOTHING COLOR CAPSULE TAKES TIME
I’m a proponent of wardrobe building that entails carefully curating color capsules into an amazing system that literally “creates your ensembles for you”! I started my aubergine capsule 4 seasons ago, so it’s fairly well fleshed-out, but I’m always on the lookout for fabulous individual pieces to update and help expand the ensemble combinations available to me.
Packing for trips is made that much easier when you know that you have the ability to make over a dozen outfits in your carry-on luggage! I’ll be expanding upon my wardrobe system in future posts, so be sure to become an IFAFL Email List Subscriber to receive all our fabulous posts right in your inbox.
I’ve pulled together my aubergine accessories so you can see how I have slowly built an “accessory capsule” that helps make putting together an outfit a breeze and whose contents add oodles of panache to my ensembles. I’ve carefully chosen items that span three seasons, Fall through Spring, thus allowing me to indulge a purple whim most of the year!
THIS IS HOW I DO “PURPLE” !
As you can see in the picture, the jacket is wool and reversible! The matching lavender suede flats are pictured, but I’ve also got a lovely pair of lavender slacks to match! Thank you Talbots!
It’s taken four seasons, but I finally have shoes to go with every outfit combination! Lavender suede flats, deep purple suede booties, and finally, my newest acquisition, a fabulous pair of medium purple pumps that really rock the joint!
Careful consideration and attention to quality and detail all play a part in how to choose your accessory capsule components. The fact that I do most of my shopping for all the “extras” at the end of each season allows me to pick up some real bargains along the way without blowing my budget.
Here’s a quick list of the items I’ve curated for my “Aubergine Accessories Capsule”:
- Reversible wool car-length jacket
- Quilted vest
- Winter wool scarf
- Large silk patterned scarf/wrap
- Leather driving gloves
- Quilted crossbody purse
- Leather floral satchel with matching wallet (don’t let me forget to tell you about Patricia Nash!)
TALBOT’S IS A PETITE GAL’S GO-TO PLACE TO SHOP
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t try to put together all my coordinating accessories myself. It’s one of the reasons I’m a huge fan of Talbots, as they put out seasonal lines that include pieces that can be mixed and matched to start or add to an existing color capsule.
The second and perhaps most compelling reason is that for a 5’1″ gal who weighs under 110 pounds, they have an expansive Petite line that surpasses most other brands in both breadth and quality, and I don’t say that lightly. I estimate that anywhere from 25-30 percent of my wardrobe is from Talbots, much of which is more than 5 years old.
We all have our favorite brands that size their clothes to fit us like a glove, and whose designs resonate with us season after season, and Talbots is one of those brands for me.
When I’m looking to add a piece to one of my color capsules, I consider the quality, style and cut, and timeless appeal before even considering an acquisition. When you curate a wardrobe using these basis criterion, you will slowly build a wardrobe that will look just as fabulous two years from now as it does today. Quality is the true timesaver. Buy better, buy less! Well, at least that’s what some people say anyway!
BREAKING NEWS! I SCORED A FABULOUS 3.1 Phillip Lim Satchel FROM TARGET’S DESIGNER SALE
This year Target is celebrating it’s 20th year of designer partnerships that started back in 1999 with home decor designer, Michael Graves, who then added a new collection each of the following 15 years. I still have the copper dupioni silk shirt dress from one of Isaac Mizrahi’s collections he released between 2003-2009. I still look fabulous it it!
For their 20th Anniversary, Target brought back 20 of their past design collaborators to design pieces for their special sale. They also revived over 300 vintage items from many past designer collections to make an incredible sale even more so.
Some of the designers that have specially designed pieces are Lily Pulitzer, Missoni, Zac Pozen, Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, and of course, Michael Graves.
TARGET DESIGNER COLLABORATION SALES – THE “RULES OF THE GAME”
If you’re a seasoned Target “fall season designer sale” gal, you know that the restrictions on these yearly sales border on anti-social. Listen to this — only certain designers are available at each individual store location, and what they do get, is limited to 5 items per size, per color. And that includes home goods too!
In their defense, you are able to find out online what designers will be at your local store, and of course, the online selection is far wider. BUT, you still need to follow some rules to score anything your size that you actually want.
THE RULES OF GAME FOR “TARGET DESIGNER COLLABORATION” SALES
- As soon as Target breaks the designer collaboration sale preview, jump online and see what will be offered that season.
- Make a note/bookmark the items you are interested in purchasing.
- Do all your research on the item beforehand: sizes/colors/fabrics/etc.
- Check the “collection locator” to see what designer collections will be available at your local store.
- Set your alarm the night before the sale breaks. (typically a Saturday morning, EARLY)
- Ditto for shopping online, EVEN EARLIER!
Nan’s Secret’s To Online Success:
When you’re doing your preview, choose the color and size of the item you want and put it in your shopping cart. On the morning of the sale, go right to your cart and check out. Chances are, you MIGHT get some (probably not all) of the items you wanted.
Despite using this method, I did not get either of the Lily Pulitzer pieces or the Isaac Mizrahi sundress I had chosen, BUT I did score:
- Isaac’s – Silk colorblock long sleeve collared blouse in orange/pink motif
- Isaac’s – Houndstooth print long sleeve front button car coat (pink/tan)
- 3.1 Phillip Lim – Purple satchel
It’s tooth-and-nail out there, and lots of people are willing to get up in the wee hours of the morning, including the West Coast. And you’ll need to, if you want to score one of the incredibly well-priced, high-quality designer collaboration pieces available each fall at Target. Good luck next year, you’ll need it!
PATRICIA NASH – A FAVORITE ACCESSORY DESIGNER
Now I promised to tell you about one of my favorite accessory designers (besides the late Kate Spade), and that’s Patricia Nash. She has a fabulous esthetic that just resonates with me on every design level. I own her stylish computer tote in a black floral embossed leather that’s been my travel go-to choice, even on our 21-day land and sea holiday to Europe.
In the accessory capsule photograph, you’ll see her floral leather satchel and matching wallet, that are absolutely fabulous additions to the aubergine capsule. Now that I think about it, I got them on sale, added my store-loyalty dollar certificates and walked out the door with, I’m pretty sure, close to a 60 percent discount! (I tend to remember things like that!) Darn, can I shop, or what?
I spend my sleepless nighttime hours enduring hot flashes, (invented as some cruel joke on women) going through the clearance items of my favorite retailers at the end of each season. It takes patience and fortitude to get through the zillions of clearance pages in the accessory category, so it gives me something to concentrate on as I ferret out a few hidden gems, like these matching Patricia Nash purse, umbrella and scarf that I scored in the middle of the night last Fall.
PRETTY IN PINK!
I’m currently building my pink clothing color capsule, and these three pieces step up my ensemble game quite a bit in two quick deeply discounted hit. Gotta love it! Now I’ve just added my two Isaac Mizrahi pieces to the mix and I’m lovin’ pink.
Now back to aubergine! I’d love to see what you’ve done to incorporate a little purple into your life. Why not head on over to The Fab Life, our Facebook community and post a picture so we can see how you do purple! See you there!
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