In the spirit of London Fashion Week, I am launching a new weekly series on travel fashion. The ‘travel’ orientation of the content may be loosely based at times, but in essence, we want to look and feel our best when traveling, don’t we? Our clothes very much contribute to our confidence and persona, enriching the element of intrigue that often surrounds us as travelers (if we play our cards right). In fact, fashion goes a long way in separating ‘travelers’ from ‘tourists’. (That and behavior.) My plan is to highlight beautiful, sophisticated and functional styles, which need not be mutually exclusive, to create a guide for seamless elegance in travel fashion. We should fully employ all the wonderful charisma a good outfit lends to our already glowing (or sparkling) characters!
This series launch is rather timely in that I have the treat of beginning with styles of Autumn, arguably fashion’s favorite season. First, I’ll cover the theme of 2014 Fall Fashion. According to Vogue, Elle and other fashion experts, this year’s fall trends are as follows:
gun-metal and misty grays, coloured metallics and even that tricky color – cocoa brown
shearing, fur, knit, snakeskin, tweed and a bit of tartan
think cozy-natural with an edge
bringing back mascara
Before you fill your pretty head with images of Vogue’s wildest explosions of ‘Yes okay I would never wear that in real life,’ know that my aim is to pull together outfits that you could probably find in your closet, and at the very least in a shop.
My first outfit inspiration is this classic, never-fails look on Jennifer Aniston:
The pieces of interest are:
charcoal grey belted trench coat
light grey knit scarf
rich tan suede knee high boots
chocolate brown tights
This look is excellent for highlighting your fall fashion ‘big guns’ – the trench coat and knee high boots. Elegant and functional, this outfit suits a fall getaway that includes strolling in colorful leaf-strewn parks, city sight-seeing, local markets and a corner cafe pick-me-up spiced latte and pastry.
Post autumn wardrobe rummage, here’s my take on the look with an attempt to incorporate Fall 2014 trends. If it were a cocktail, Jen’s outfit is the alcohol and Fall 2014 is the mixer.
Oh, and I’m the garnish. What shall we call it…the London Fog?
Tommy Hilfiger tweed peacoat, metallic neutral scarf (a gift), Max Studio classic black dress, warm tan tights and low-heeled caramel boots that I’ve had for ages (and I’ve found few things as beautiful since). This is a great outfit for both fall and winter, and though it’s a bit glimmery with the scarf and dressed-up with the dress, each piece is comfortable and plenty functional for all-day city strolls.
Apologies – I got distracted before I could take a close up of the make up and accessories. I’ve matched it with vintage-look silver and pearl earrings, vintage-inspired square pendant necklace, Clinique Chubby Stick in ‘mega melon’, Clinique soft-pressed powder blusher in ‘pink blush’, Palladio herbal eye liner in ‘Brownie’ and Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara in ‘Ultra Black’.
What’s your fave fall outfit to wear? I would love some inspiration from your ideas, so please leave some comments below! Friendly critiques and fashion advice are more than welcome.