The Fashion Folder: Ease into Autumn

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By Roxy Rowton

Just as the laid-back days of summer give away to the purposeful days of autumn, fashion reflects the return to industrious and enterprising pursuits. During autumn, the sartorial dress code becomes the most pronounced and intentional of any other fashion mind-set. Sartorial undertones of tailoring, styling, craftsmanship, construction, aesthetics, and form stunningly stitch together the cold-weather designs
of the autumn fashion portfolio.

The fall dress code suggests warmth, strength, confidence and beauty to dress us beyond the season and across the trends. The autumn portfolio nods an appreciation to tradition, classic and timeless sartorial design, but it’s also a study of exaggerated hemlines and generous silhouettes, originality in detail and design, innovative textiles and textures, and utility and luxury.

Define the autumn fashion dress code by complex and subtle juxtapositions in proportions, aesthetics and tactile layering: A sturdy glen plaid field jacket over a tailored wide-leg tweed trouser. The combo of a weathered-chambray button down tucked into a fine gabardine pencil skirt. An elongated easy-fit poet blouse under a tailored velvet pantsuit. The meeting of a rugged-leather bomber and a soft silky midi-length dress. An over-sized nubby cardigan wrapped around a crisp cotton shirt.

Refine the autumn fashion portfolio with an investment of the classics: the difference between style over trends or more aptly quality over quantity. Punctuate the fall outwear collection with an iconic closet staple—the trench. Elevate office appropriate style with a timeless wardrobe essential — the silk shirt. Simplify cold-weather dressing with a necessary layering piece—the long sleeve tee. Refresh autumn attire with a clever twist of the pant hemline—the wide-leg trouser. Reintroduce a benchmark of power dressing—the pantsuit. Fall back on timeless designs in modern versions that are as fashionable as these are functional.

Re-imagine autumn fashion by taking cues from art or nature to create vibrant pairings of contrasting color and tactile patterns. Mix of utility and luxury. Embrace fabrics and designs that are sustainable as well as fashionable.

Before loading the shopping cart with garments that simply fill a void in the closet, begin the process of assembling a cold-weather wardrobe with foundation and statement pieces hand-picked to offer thoughtful details, balance design with lifestyle, blend sensibility with luxury, and make it easier to get
dressed for varied autumn occasions.

Wardrobe and style consultant Roxy L. Rowton ( spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She has two-plus decades in the fashion, apparel and beauty industries.


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