AFTER SEVERAL seasons CLOTH RED WITH casual clothing, fall 95 takes a more classic approach to fashion. That suits Dallas divas just fine. The welcome selection of well-tailored styles boasts a subtle glamour, borrowing the best of the fabulous ’40s and ’50s. To pull fall’s favorite suits into focus, think refined elegenec à la a young Jackie Kennedy or Andrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. These precise suits, sliced neatly from luxe fabrics and tinted in lush shades, replace the less-structured styles of days gone by. Skirts are slim-Cut, skimming the body with frankly feminine ease. Sculpted jackets mold to the curves, Hems nip the knee or ride high on the thigh. Menswear fabrics make a statement. Falll’s favorite shades also take a sophisticated stance. Classic tones of brown, rich burgundy, and pale ivory color the palette. Black and white offer a one-two punch. Red, in all its shades, wins hands-down as the season’s hottest hue.
Perky plaids check out the season as the pattern of choice. This fall favorite varies intensity from big, bold slashes of color to neatly ordered hound’s-tooth checks.
Sexy suits beg fashionable femmes to bypass the little black dress for evening soirees.
Red rates raves as the season’s sassiest shade. Go bold and bright for glamour-packed days, richer in hue for elegant evenings.
This fall, fashion’s pared down panache demands a less-is-more touch with accessories. But don’t abandon defining details altogether. Well-placed accessories still act as the finishing touch.
TO MAKE A STRONG STATEMENT, STOCK UP ON A FEW OF THE FOLLOWING:
●Bold, geometric earrings. While jewelry is sparse this season, what’s worn should be spectacular.
●Diamonds return as a girl’s best friend, wrapping the neck in pendants or twinkling from wrists in encrusted bangles.
●Wrap-around sunglasses à la Jackie O. For fun, opt for sleek versions encrusted with faux gems.
●Small, boxy handbags get thumbs-up approval, particularly those with thin double handles. The newest looks hit the streets in shiny patent leather, alligator, crocodile, and animal prints.
●Send hands undercover in sleek, textured gloves.
●Belts wrap it up, in thick or pencil-thin models, worn waist-high or hip-hugging.
●Put your best foot forward in the newest shoe silhouettes – chunky heeled loafers, low-cut Chelsea boots, feminine two-inch Sabrina heels, sophisticated Mary-Janes and Marlene Dietrich monk-strap models.
●Legs keeps it simple as well. Opt for nude or sheer hose for day, sheer black for nights on the town.
●Fall’s well-bred styles insist on makeup that’s equally chic. The freshest faces are Hollywood hip, with pale skin, barely there blush, and well-defined eyes, edged with lots of liner. -Julie Vargo