Puffy sleeves for fall

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Wearing: gold mother of pearl earrings / Chanel sunglasses / MAC lipstick in Fabby / puffy sleeve navy top (runs big, order size down if between sizes) / navy pleated skirt / gold sculptured ring / Chanel Emeraude nail polish / patent leather pink east/west tote / blue grey patent pumps

Volume seems to be the silhouette of the fall 2016 season. We are seeing ruffles, puffy sleeves, ruffle sleeves, puffy hi-lo skirts (for dressy occasions), and sleeves which could be mistaken for something from the 1980s. While this was a little runway trend for the fall 2016 season, it seems to have exploded on the streets.

Exaggerated puffy sleeves are a bit much for us here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although puffy sleeves are intimidating, they can be worn daily when done in an understated way. That is what drew me to this navy puffy sleeve top. There is enough volume in the sleeves to make them puffy, yet they are not over-the-top. This makes the top on trend, puffy, yet understated. How very Bay Area! Love that!

I wore this puffy sleeve top with my favorite navy pleated skirt to church, and then to dinner over the weekend. It was really comfortable, and I felt runway ready. This is a great top to wear now while the fall temperatures are moderate. The fabric is comfortable, the sleeves offer volume, and it is easy to dress up or down. Just wait until I pair it with jeans! Fabulous!

This puffy sleeve top can also be worn in a creative work environment since it is not overbearing, yet offers a little bit of sass with it’s volume. It is also perfect for weekend-wear such as jeans, a denim skirt, dress shorts (weather permitting), mini skirts, and midi skirts; such as how I styled it in this post.

This puffy sleeve top runs a little bit big. I feel like I should have ordered one size down. It looks a little bit large on me. If you are considering ordering it, and are often between sizes, go down one size. You can find this puffy sleeve top in navy online here, and online here.

What do you think of puffy sleeves or ruffle sleeves for the fall 2016 season? Is this a trend you will be rocking?

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Fall lace at fashion week

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Pictured: Earrings / necklace / sheer lip balm / top (sold out, similar here) / gold hinged cuff / nail polish / black top handle satchel / color blocked lace skirt / black fringe booties

Day two of New York Fashion Week was a lot calmer than day one! I attended four shows, Issosy London (children’s clothing), Francesca Liberatore, Katie Gallagher, and Demoo Parkchoonmoo. My friend Dawn (who took these fabulous photos), and I had a chance to actually eat three meals, and walk around a little bit. Eating meals-what a luxury!

These black fringe booties have turned out to be so comfortable! They are made from a soft suede which helps add to the comfort level. I love the fringe on the side, it is both sassy and on trend. Love that! I cannot wait to wear these booties non-stop until the rainy season starts. And yes, I am very optimistic that God will give us rain in the Bay Area this year. It is time for that pesky drought to stop! But I digress. . .

After two days of shows, some spring 2017 trends are starting to pop up! Many designers seem to be favoring black and white combinations, metallic hues, green, pink, red, and soft autumnal hues. One color trend which is surprising me, is the continuation of blush! It seems like blush pink has been around for many seasons. I thought by now designers would tire of the ultra-feminine hue in favor of other shades from the color wheel, but it seems to still be going strong. Hang on to your blush pieces from 2016 ladies, it will still be hot in 2017!

In addition to color trends, designers seem to be favoring small floral prints, pattern mixing, texture, vertical stripes, decadent embellishments, twisted and tied fabrics; and a 1960s influence seems to be emerging. It will be interesting to see if these trends continue throughout fashion week, and if store buyers pick them up!

Stay tuned! Early next week I will give a full trend report straight from New York. I have hundreds of photos from the runways to sort through, and decipher. I can’t wait to identify some new trends for spring 2017 and share them with you!

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Fall pleated skirt two ways

Look 1: Casual, daytime look perfect for running errands, walking around downtown, brunch, running after kids, and more!

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Look 2: Dressy look for church, a daytime fundraiser, girls lunch, afternoon meeting, shopping trip, and more!

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Look 1: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Chokers: blue, black / Tee: H & M / Jacket: AG Jeans (wash sold out, linked to new wash) / Skirt: Topshop / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel (mini avl for pre-order, reg size in stock here) / Ring: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Dior Steel Grey / Shoes: Nike

Look 2: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Tee: Bobeau / Skirt: Topshop / Handbag: Givenchy / Cuff: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Dior Steel Grey / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Pleated skirts are a huge trend which is carrying over into the fall season. I love the pleated skirt because it adds volume without adding weight to one’s frame; which is huge when you have a little extra padding like me. I’ll admit it, I love food! But I digress. . .

A fall pleated skirt is perfect to wear now, while the weather is warm, and well into the fall season. It can be worn casually, like I have done in the first outfit pictured above, or dressed up, as I have done in the second set of photos shown above. When the weather cools down in late October, a pleated skirt can be paired with a turtleneck sweater and boots for a 1970s inspired, cozy fall look. Love that!

Another casual idea is to pair a pleated skirt with ballet slippers, such as this current IT pair, and a bomber jacket, such as this one.

This pleated skirt by Topshop is super comfortable, and the price is reasonable. I might be a little addicted to Topshop’s pleated skirts; you can see my pale blue one here, and my black and white one here.

What are your favorite ways to pleated skirts for summer into fall?

Look 1

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