Must have colors for Fall!

Yes,it is hard to accept Fall is here and in some parts of North America snow is on the ground.In New York City we are still very firmly in Summer with everyone walking around in Shorts and  Tees.The stores however have turned over to the new season.

So that brings up the burning question as to what colors you should slowly start bringing into your wardrobe.Black,Grey and Deep shades of Brown are Fall classics and are the backbone of a great style statement so hopefully you have plenty of them in your wardrobe.Now for the Pop Colors.

The number one color once again is Red,no surprise here power red has been leading 3 seasons in a row and is well on it’s way to becoming a fall neutral joining black,grey and Brown in the hall of fame.If you are only able to add one color this season make it a shade of Red.

Pink is always a great Fall pop color as it mixes so well with the big 3 (Black,Grey and Brown).This season punch it up with Red,which was the big trend at the Emmys last week or shock it with a bright orange.If you are not a pink girl then go for just a touch in a great bag or shoe.

Pumpkin everything is a Fall mantra and so is Orange.This seasons must have according to Pantone is a Tiger Orange.Bold,Bright and Beautiful it is not for a wallflower.I liked it mixed with Navy,Grey and Chocolate,avoid mixing it with black as that is a little bit too Halloween.

Purple is the new Red,that great contrast that can liven any monochromatic outfit and this season all shades are in from a Dark Royal to a Deep Lavender.It is the must mix color with Grey and I love it with Brown.

Nothing lights up a great Fall outfit that a piece of Winter White.This season it is all about a rich creamy Vanilla.Pantone’s must have is called Vanilla Custard and is so chic and smooth.Wear it head to toe or mix in with almost any shade to elevate your outfit.It is a big color for accessories this season as well.

So have fun with color and brighten up your day!

Love,Sunil

Fashion Tips from the Red Carpet

With the 2019 Awards season ending last night and all of us talking about our favourite dresses,the fashion hit and misses.There are real takeaways that will influence what we are going to wear.What is worn on the red carpet influences what we wear to prom,weddings and other events during the year.So what are the fashion lessons that you can use in your own life.

1.Fashion is having a big princess moment.The award season was all about full volume dresses with ruffles,bows and bodices often paired with some kind of cape detail.So if you are buying a dress this season make sure it has the princess vibe.

2.Black is king,after analysing all the award shows it was very clear that most of the unique cuts and shapes were in black.This is an important fashion lesson if you are taking a risk and going for a silhouette you usually do not wear do it in a color like black or navy. It is easier to step out of your comfort zone when you have the confidence and flattering effects of black on your side.

3.Red is the new black?What does that mean?Red is now on par with black and white when it comes to color for evening.Red was once considered a daring choice but not any more.Women have embraced the  sexy power vibe it brings and love how it makes heads turn.So if you already have a black dress opt for a red one and rotate them.Yes it is perfectly okay to wear red to a wedding,in may cultures it is a sign of good fortune.

4.Metallics are the key trend of the season.Metallics have been growing in strength over the past few years and have overtaken lace as the must have fabrication.Silver seems to be leading the way but we are also seeing gold and other Spring tones like lilac and pink.

5.Pink is the new player.Last year it was all about nude and understated color this year it is about pink.Pink is the new power color with all it’s old associations being tossed aside.So if you need to make a splash at your event pink is the way to go.

If you want to read more about color for this year go to http://sunilr.com/blog/must-wear-colors-for-spring-19/

6.Pants are now totally glam for evening.It used to be that if someone showed up in pants on the red carpet or at an event is was as if they were not even trying to dress up.However some celebrities have been rocking some high wattage pant looks.Think of tailored feminine tuxedos,glam pantsuits and pairing pants with overly dramatic tops.So if you are not a dress kind of girl this is your year to dazzle in pants.

 

“So be influenced by the stars and do take some fashion risks at your next event”

♥ Sunil

Must wear colors for Spring 19!

After pouring over many fashion magazines,attending several trend seminars,visiting many stores in NYC and talking to my friends in the fashion business I am able to share what the key colors for Spring 2019 are and how to wear them.This seasons colors are all about joy and being uplifted.Spring is about being confident in the colors you wear and also about choosing  unexpected combinations.

We are seeing this trio of color becoming the base for any great Spring wardrobe.The seasons white is bright leaning towards optic,the black is bold and rich and the red is very intense.Black and White have always been the backbone of a Spring/Summer wardrobe and now Red joins it.If you only wear these 3 colors this season you will have a very classic and chic wardrobe, that can take you right thru the end of the year because a lot of the Fall 2019 show in NYC featured these 3 colors in a big way.Most of the store windows in the city are featuring combinations of these 3 colors right now because they are the most wearable at this time of year.

I would say wear 2 or 3  these colors combined  right now and as we head into the warmer weather go all red or all white.If you are buying any investment pieces this season make sure they are in this color trio as you are going to get your value by wearing them all the time.White shoes are going to be a key trend this season but if you buy ones that have a touch of black or red you will have more opportunities to sport them.

Neutrals in shades of beige are a huge trend this season mainly due to the influence of Meghan Markle.For a super sophisticated look go for monochromatic head to toe beige or mix it up with black,red and white.Do invest in a great pair of shoes and a bag in this color as it will go with everything you own.Some shades of beige can wash you out if you have a lighter skin tone,so it that case look for warmer shades like sand or khaki that have more brown in them.This is a big color for outerwear so if you are buying a new coat do gravitate towards this color family.

These 4 colors are your neutrals and form the foundation of your wardrobe along with Navy and Denim which are now a staples for Spring and Summer.Here are the accents.

Pink is always a key color for Spring this season it all about being bold and beautiful.Pantone listed Pink Peacock as one of the top ten colors and we are seeing this as that pop to jolt your wardrobe into joy.Mix it with white,navy and khaki for a cool chic vibe or pair it with red for that fashionista feeling.Creat color for your spring sweaters and tanks.

Magazines,Celebs and fashionistas worldwide are in love with this color.Pantone mentioned Aspen Gold as a top color because it brightens our day and stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.As much as we love Yellow and all the wonderful vibes it brings it is a hard color to wear for most skin tones.It does look better with a tan so you might want to save it for later in the season.I have to say it looks amazing when mixed with navy and white.If head to toe yellow is not your thing try a yellow shoe with jeans and a white shirt it will really give some zing to your step.

If you really want to make an on trend statement this Spring,Yellow is the way to go.

We usually associate orange with Fall but this season designers have made it a must have for Summer.Pantone named Fiesta as a top ten color for Spring.Orange is all about energy,passion and excitement after a long dark dull winter we seek those things.Mix it with pink for that over the top exuberance or pair it with navy,denim and khaki for a little more restrained joy.

This bright blue was all over the Couture shows because of how it glistens and glows,Pantone listed Princess Blue as an important choice to provide that boost to your wardrobe.A great color for a light weight sweater or cardigan it mixes well with white,khaki and black.

So take the time this season to break from the basics and have some fun with color.
♥ Sunil

What to buy now!

We are half way thru the Spring season and parts of the US and Canada had snow last weekend.This unusually long Winter has lead to an over abundance of merchandise at most retailers and the Summer product is about to hit stores right about now.Most retailers are currently offering 40% to even 60% off  the current seasons merchandise which is unprecedented this early.

So what do you buy right now?We all know that this is going to be a very short Spring so what  has value?The good news is all the Fall/Winter fashion shows have all ready happened so we know what is going to be in for the rest of the year.I also recommend that you be a little daring and take some fashion risks and may be get a piece or two that is a little out of you comfort zone.You can afford to take a little risk when prices are so great.Here is what you should focus on.

 

  • Colors that go into Fall

    -Red that is a big color this season is moving to Fall in a big way.Red dresses and Jackets are going to be a key item for Holiday so if you can snag one at a deep discount where it from now to December.Deep Pink that is in stores right now is also going to be popular in September when it is going to be mixed with grey and red.Look for classic tops and sweaters in this color.

 

  • Perennial  Prints

    -Animal prints have now become season less and are a major statement all year round so grab some at a great price.Plaids which are normally associated with Fall are now a year round staple.

 

  • Key Items going in to Fall

    -Floral Dresses that are one of Springs must have items continue to be a statement in colder weather where they are layered with chunky sweaters and leather jackets.Look for prints that are on a dark ground and have sleeves.Trench coats which are the key outerwear for Spring were featured on major Fall runways.

 

  • Printed Scarves

    -Scarves in bold prints were an integral part of the Fall shows,designers showed them in all kinds of innovative ways.So grab a bunch on sale look for traditional square ones and stay tuned for my post on how to create all these amazing looks.

  • Layering pieces

    -Use this opportunity to stock up on Tanks,Camisoles and classic Tees in Black,White and Nude.You will have to freshen up these pieces on a regular basis.

 

  • Classic Pieces

    -White button Front Shirts,Classic cashmere V-necks,A little Black Dress and A great blazers are all items that are worth the investment.These are pieces that are timeless and are the building blocks of your wardrobe.

 

  • Investment Pieces

    -A fantastic black leather handbag,timeless nude pumps,a beautiful evening clutch.Think of these as items you will use in your life time and then share with your daughters.

 Always be a Smart Shopper

♥ Sunil

Must have prints for Spring!

Snow is still on the ground but Spring is in the stores.This year it is all about prints,they are now an integral part of a stylish woman’s wardrobe because they help pop your outfits.If you are not a fan of print do add them in small doses like a scarf,bag or shoe.You will be surprised at how much impact they have in elevating your outfit to the next level,plus prints are so much fun.

Here are the must have prints this season.

Spring is all about florals and this season’s crop takes their inspiration from the 1940’s and 50’s.They are bold and often colorful.They will totally add some drama to your wardrobe.

Head to toe florals are a big trend this season and these soft ditsy florals will are designed to be worn that way.Soft,sweet and romantic they scream springtime is here to stay.They are perfect for a Spring wedding.

Stripes are always a staple for Spring and Summer but this season they are bold and brash.Vertical stripes dominate but when worn on the bias they have a softer edge.

Animal prints that are usually a Fall favorite have now become a year round staple.This Spring it is all about the big cats and the sensual snake.The colors are a brighter to give them a seasonal twist.

This Spring season,you do not have to give up your plaids,designers have reinterpreted them in lighter playful ways and mixed in all the must have colors of the season.

 

This trend started last fall and just got stronger.Spring’s version is more graphic instead of playful and black and white combo’s lead the way.

Why limit your art to the walls when you can wear it.This trend is all about graphic and pop art made wearable.If you love making a statement this is the print for you.

Who does not love a cute critter,butterflies,parrots,fish and other adorable animals are this season’s must have quirky prints.They will add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe and make you smile every time you put them on.

Do pop your Spring wardrobe by adding a couple of prints on heavy rotation.

♥ Sunil