There are two things that I love about fall style. 1. Layering and 2. Mixing & Matching. Truth be told, I do a lot of layering and mixing and matching throughout the year, but for some reason it tends to be amplified for me during the fall. I was recently working with a client who expressed some frustration about the whole fall layering and mixing and matching concepts. Typically if one person has a frustration, there are usually others who feel the same. With that in mind, I decided I would take this opportunity and shed some light on how I approach these concepts, in hopes of helping you master layering and mixing & matching. And to be completely honest, I think you will be surprised to know how simple it actually is!

So, first things first. Be open. In order to layer and/or mix and match like the shabby chic ladies you see via Pinterest and Instagram, you must be open! By “be open”, I simply mean, be open to the fact that it’s going to be different from what you usually do. Be open to the fact that mastering these style concepts requires trial and error. In my experience with personal styling, I have come to learn that many individuals have style roadblocks that hinder them from experiencing new things within fashion. The key to personal style is knowing that it’s personal, which leads me to my next point. Be creative. We are truly living in the fashion days of no rules! Anything goes (which can be a bit scary if you’re picking up what I’m putting down). Long gone are the days of “no black and brown” and “no white after Labor day”, as discussed in one of my summer posts. Rather than living by those traditional rules, I encourage you to blur the lines and start being creative! The cool thing about fall layering and mixing and matching is knowing that the possibilities are endless. Rather than allowing various patterns and colors to throw you off, use them as inspiration and add dimension to your look. And when in doubt, you can always balance your look with a solid or two, as it will keep your outfit nice and balanced!

I hope this post inspires YOU!

Personal style is about taking classic pieces and reinterpreting them to make them your own. – Frida Giannini








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