This week I want to focus on all of the items that will make your transition into fall a smooth one. We are just a few short weeks away from Fashion Week and it is usually around then that women in NYC start to break out their newest and best. Of course, we all want to look transitional chic without looking silly in the still hot weather, so here is one of my fav tips...go plaid!!!
Plaid or any fall-like pattern will update you in a pinch. If you aren't yet familiar with Beckerman, I suggest you get acquainted. Beckerman is eponymous collection from twins Caillianne and Chloe and Samantha Beckerman. Hailing from Canada they cut their design chops at FIT...they are known for their inventive use of fabric (they design their own textiles) and their original approach to creating feminine and at times whimsical design. I am fairly obsessed with the Spring collection which sadly is not readily available anymore, however in true The Gift Of Style fashion I found just THE piece to take you gently into the Fall frenzy...the Charlotte Plaid Tux Jacket is the perfect solution!
Its yellow with a plaid overlay...fab color combo!!! The sunny hue is just what you need to still feel summer-right, while the pattern is distinctively fall-esque. We are going into a very black season, but I urge you to play with color to really stand out. The tux shape is clearly on the impending rocker trend and believe it or not it is quite versatile. I of course would wear it over a cool graphic tee for some downtown impact or pair it with one of the coming season's micro-floral patterned blouses for a more sophisticated boho feel. Play with pattern...plaid looks great when mixed with any tight micro-design. Denim is the easiest pairing with either option, so jeans are a must, however I also love this color combo with mid-grey to charcoal (more fall than transitional). Black seems a bit heavy, though the photo is styled this way.
This jacket is perhaps "advanced fashion" for some of you, but don't despair, as you can find other plaid options that might be a bit more "fashion 101"...Topshop is a good go-to. Either way, look for Beckerman this Fall...Shopbop will have the best selection online, though LuvCharlie.com and Milk also carry it...not much Fall in yet.
It is time to start thinking transition ladies, so don't wait until one week before you have to hit the tents to buy...rumor has it, most stores have cut back their inventory, so the best pieces will be sure to go the minute they hit. Happy Shopping.