By Jill DeAndrea
Fur: Whether faux or real, fur made a huge landing on the fall runways this year. From boots to handbags, hats and vests, expect to see many items in full-on fur or accented with fur this season. If you are morally opposed to fur, then faux is a wonderful option. I don't have a problem with vintage fur, and there is so much of it available to enjoy that you don't have to buy new. Fur is a great addition to your wardrobe because it's so textural; it adds another dimension to your outfit. One hot trend this year is the Mongolian lamb vests. They can be found from low end ($100) to high end ($2000). If you are a bargain shopper like me, just make sure that the stitching looks good and that the fur isn't shedding. This is especially important to note when buying vintage pieces. Also make sure the pelts are supple and soft (not brittle).
Leopard Print: Did it ever really leave? Like a great red lipstick--leopard is always classic in my book! This year, animal prints, especially leopard, are coming on strong. I believe every woman should have at least one accessory in leopard print in her wardrobe arsenal; either a clutch/handbag or pair of boots/shoes. It's a print that will go with nearly everything in your wardrobe--it punches up a little black dress and it also works effortlessly with your jeans for date night. Only one piece per outfit, though, unless you want to get a fashion fine!
Statement Jewelry: From unique and vintage to bold and new, statement jewelry is one of fall's brightest stars! Personally, I love the mix of vintage and new. My Stylist tip is to use jewelry in odd numbers, such as a huge necklace and two rings, or three bracelets and a pair of earrings. Too many women make the mistake of matching their jewelry, which is not interesting and tells me nothing about your personal style. Also, earrings, a necklace, a ring, and a bracelet aren't always necessary. Pick two places to adorn, such as your neck, your fingers, or your wrists.
Jill DeAndrea, The Style Coach and Fashion Shoot Stylist, is owner of The Impeccable Eye, a full service Interior Design firm and showroom.