Fall Fashion Advice from Stacy London

Posted in Fashionistas by Sarah on September 7, 2009

Stacy LondonYes, it is September:  the official kick-off of Fall and – of course – Fall clothing!

I have compiled some great suggestions and advice on the upcoming fall fashions from our favorite fashion guru, Miss Stacy London.  Of course, these must be taken with Stacy’s timeless advice:

“Women should never follow trends just to follow trends. You should wear the thing that looks most flattering on your body type.”

Stacy pointed out a few general themes, along with some suggestions of stores offering reasonably priced items to rock the styles!

Military-styleH&M Military

  • H&M has a cute cotton canvas military jacket (for $35!) – as seen on this pose-y chic to the right
  • I also like the military-style jacket at Urban Outfitters, which is such a pretty fall color (and a steal at only $60)Urban Military


Stacy especially loves the velvet jackets from J.Crew (like this one, below)


j-crew velvet eden blazer

And I hear that these velvet pencil skirts are actually quite complementary,

even if you are not toothpick-shaped like the model in the picture (velvet “sintia” pencil skirt from tobi stylists)

Chunky cardigans

Nothing says cozy like a sweater, and a chunky cardigan is definitely one of the best things to wrap up in on a brisk fall day…. whether you’re watching a football game, on a walk to see the changing colors of the leaves, or just pretending to be a librarian, these are perfect.

Banana Republic has some chunky long cardigans… many with fun hoodies! br-otf-out15584oviv01


Abercrombie (of all places!) also has a great selection of decently priced sweaters to wrap yourself in while poking around your local pumpkin patch.

Animal print (and Faux Fur)14213504_50

Well, Stacy, this is one trend I have a hard time with.  I did find this cool animal print-style top at Mango that could definitely work, though I’d probably have to layer it under a cozy cardigan (convenient!).

If you manage to find a sweet animal print piece o’ fashion goodness, feel free to post it on here!


Also, faux fur vests are apparently all the rage, but I cannot help thinking that these ladies look like weird versions of the abominable snowman.

Or a wet cat.



No longer just for lumberjacks, plaid can be lovely and ladylike!  Plaid can definitely work for all kinds of clothes, too.

  • For example, this top from Martin + Osa has the flannel plaid look, but is Martin + Osa plaid topalso feminine enough to avoid being confused for a Kurt Cobain groupie.
  • This jacket (also from Martin + Osa) is so pretty, too!Martin + Osa plaid jacket
  • I’ve also always been a little obsessed with plaid for pants.  They always look great with a crisp white button-down, and make getting dressed ridiculously simple.  gap plaid pantsAnd I like that!  Try these plaid pants, brought to you by the Gap.

Forever 21 plaid ruffle dress

If you’re feeling a little more bold, try a plaid dress!

This one is from Forever 21.  A plaid dress would be perfect for a fall weekend under a nice neutral jacket (or cardigan) and paired with a sweet pair of boots.

One piece of advice on plaids:  don’t wear them all at the same time!


Not the potato-chip kind, but the gathered fabric, fruffly-ruffly-twirly-swirly kind.   Ruffles can  be flirty and fun and add just the right amount of texture to an outfit.

Anthropologie Swept Away Top

Stacy likes the J.Crew silk ruffle blouses in “pretty candy colors”.

I also like more muted ruffles & gathered fabrics, like this top from Anthropologie.

Ruffles don’t have to take over the whole outfit either.  Cute little ruffle collars, and other ruffle-inspired embellishments can pop up in scarves, shoes, skirts and dresses (like this one from Victoria’s secret).VSDress-Big

Schoolboy style jackets

Well here’s an easy way to dress up an outfit – toss on a fitted schoolboy style blazer.  I think it’s awesome that these cute chicas (ok, beautiful Gap and J.Crew models) can dress up a long-sleeve t-shirt or button-down and jeans with a little blazer.


Notice that they both have the sleeves rolled up… I think that may be key to making this boy-ish look a little more feminine!

Deep-Colored Floral Patterns


Stacy recommends deep-green or deep-purple floral patterns. I think you’ll be luckiest finding such pretty patterns at Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft this season.  (I’m not the biggest fan of Ann Taylor, so this means a lot coming from me!)  AT does seem to be on the floral gravy train, though, and both the main Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft have a bunch of great silky floral tops like the ones shown here.


I also noticed that many of these tops were featured as paired underneath school-boy blazers.  660756_fpxIt’s a crafty ways of incorporating multiple trends, without looking to “trendy”.  I also found this cute floral-y fall dress at Macy’s for $60.  Nice!


I definitely believe that leather is best left for accessories (shoes, bags, etc…) rather than, say, pants, or a topleather-halter-bodysuit… (yeah, this one’s not so hot)


Instead, try a little leather belt like this one from J.Crew for only $32…

Or some pretty leather pumps from Nine West.


thumbs_Zara Fall 2009 (3)Also, Zara has this gorgeous leather bomber jkt for$169, which is a great investment, considering how soft the leather is, according to Stacy!


    2185_5548_702This fall, look for embellished jewelry, bags and shoes with studs, chains and jewels.  felix2005412867_prod_zoom_front_v1_m56577569831697427_254x500This little bag is only $45, and is a great little clutch for a fun Friday night out.  I also like these chains, to the right, from Martin + Osa, as well as these diamond-studded teardrop earrings that are on sale from Forever 21 for $4.  Seriously. 66366898-01

    leigh2026313049_prod_zoom_front_v1_m56577569831681096_150x296I also though this cuff, which I found at, was pretty interesting!

    Finally, I discovered this company called AK Vintage Jewelry.  This one-woman show designs jewelry inspired by various poets, including Walt Whitman, E.E. Cummings, and — my very favorite — Kahlil Gibran.  She hunts through antique stores and estate sales for pieces to we63incorporate into her designs.  All very unique stuff!  These earrings are inspired by Kahlil Gibran, and are called “Sighs of Lovers”.  They seem to fit in with the trends of the season, too.


    Stacy says the “it” shoe is definitely the platform boot.  She is obsessed with Stuart Weitzman’s Keen boot!    I can totally see Stacy rockin’ these.stuar2000126666_prod_zoom_front_v1_m56577569831682589_254x500 I’m not sure I have the cajones to!   It seems that the hot boots this season are also the ankle-height boot.  These three below are pretty cool!

    Michael Antonio McKey Boot

    This first platform boot by Michael Antonio McKee is a little less aggressive than Stacy’s obsession.

    ASTRIDE Lace Up Ankle Boot

    This second boot, in lace-up style from Astride, is trendy enough without looking too librarian.

    These third boots are one of Rachel Zoe’s picks from Piperlime, simply – and cleverly – named “Awesome.”pl703062-01qlv01

    I also like these T-strap heels from Anthropologie,

    Anthro T-straps


    and these embellished flats from Calvin Klein!

    For Fancier Events:

    Stacy loves sheer panels and cut outs on cocktail dresses.  PMMD3248-ZINN-RF

    Guess seems to be totally with this trend, as seen in this purple dress to the right.


    537747_fpx-1I also found these two other dresses at Macy’s featuring a more demure sheer & cut-out looks.

    The fun little black dress below is from Allure and is only $40!  Sweet!166996_blac_main

    Well, that’s all the Fall Fashion advice I have for now!


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