News & Observer Fall Style 2006

Blue Heaven. For this Tar Heel, these two words best represent fall in the Triangle. As the air turns crisp and the leaves take on their vivid autumn hues, I occasionally find myself reminiscing about those days long ago ... a return to classes and old friends, court parties, fall rush, Franklin Street, tailgating and, of course, Saturday afternoon football. The wondrous roar of the crowds at Kenan Stadium traditionally festooned in a sea of Carolina Blue, and handsome young men in khakis and navy blue blazers escorting beautiful young coeds in plaid “kilt” skirts and monogrammed sweaters with those ever-present add-a-bead necklaces dangling playfully from their Peter Pan-collared blouses.

Even then, for me, it was all about the fashion.

Fall is traditionally my busiest time of year, as clients old and new eagerly await my arrival to transition their summer wardrobes into the latest fall trends. With few exceptions, the questions remain the same: What’s in? What’s out ? What works best for my figure? How can I create a more professional look? Can you fit all that into this budget?

With each client, the focus is always on building a classic wardrobe that will withstand the elements of change from season to season. Then it is just a matter of enhancing it with a few trendy seasonal updates.

Fall 2006 appears to be the most “figure friendly” season for fashion in quite some time, with every imaginable silhouette well represented. No longer is it necessary to use your figure as an excuse for not keeping up with the latest styles.

flare pants professional dress business casual

flare pants professional dress business casual

For the full figure with slender legs, try a pair of black leggings under a longer knit top or a little dress, and add ballet flats. For a taller figure, thin or full, try the new wide-leg trousers with a fitted jacket or blouse and platform heels. For the sophisticated professional of all sizes and shapes, try an updated plaid skirt or pantsuit that can easily go from day to evening with just a change into a sheer romantic blouse. The taller and slimmer the figure, the bolder the design can be.

To update your wardrobe with a moderate budget this season, I might suggest a chic satchel bag; shoes or belt in leopard print; patent leather skimmers; a red or purple blouse or knit top; a pair of black suede flat boots; a sweater coat in black, charcoal gray, camel or chocolate brown; a velvet top or blazer; plaid slacks and/or skirt; a flirty dress; and a large gold chain-link necklace.Voila!

I hope you enjoy our latest edition of Style. I’d like to thank my resources, the wonderful Triangle retail community. Your support and expertise are greatly appreciated. To my clients, it’s going to be a fabulous fall for shopping! And finally to my friends at The N&O, my heartfelt appreciation for your continued trust and confidence in me and my vision of fashion in the Triangle.