Falling for Fall: A Modest Appraisal of Seasonal Style

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(pictured: The Row, Stella McCartney, Burberry Prorsum, Sacai, Vera Wang)

Slip on couture sneakers, strap on croc backpack: it’s September! Back to… runway. (The aforementioned accessory duo referencing designs of Dior and The Row, of course.) Post Labor Day and pre-Rosh Hashana, the style pack descends upon Manhattan with sartorial sights set on a spring-to-come. While Passover-appropriate collections will be up for review, it’s fall’s finest that will line front rows at New York Fashion Week. Louis Vuitton petite cross-body to Michael Kors suede fringe, autumn IT factor has been established—just leaf through your stack of hefty monthlies.

And with the impending yom tov calendar comes the fun of  incorporating current sweater-weather fads into wardrobe aka ushering in a shanah tovah clad in charmeuse cape dress or inviting the ushpizin from “fur cashmere” cowl-neck. The key to statement style is giving prevailing trend a personal spin. Infusing inspiration into ensemble, something the modest dresser knows a little something about. A successful synthesis of G-d given guidelines and respective ingenuity (with a side of Anna-approved influence) is the recipe for a well-edited wardrobe any season.

My own sartorial ode to autumn 2014 has me employing outerwear as dress and opting sleeveless coat. Embracing blanket as the new poncho, scarf the new necklace, and gray the new black. Boots stretch knee-high and hems fall mid-calf. Shapeless silhouettes; clean, stripped-down beauty. Sporty basics and shearling anything. Denim is a do. Leather is a must. Shirtdress is a staple. Whites and brights hold season-transcending rank. Flat trumps heel and skirt tops pant. Separates are matched while textures are mixed. Colossal knits, miniature handbags and a classic stripe for good measure. Fringe retains sway (coif included!) and the floral marches into fall.

This forthcoming season offers an ultra wearable, juxtaposition of essentials: on one (expertly frayed) end we are obsessing a rich Bohemian vibe (ahem, Etro) and the other a pared-down simplicity (ahem, Hermès). Luckily, both work famously for the tznius set. At core, fall’s signature style has been dubbed an “understated timelessness.” Translation: Collections ripe with investment pieces touting longevity. Need a visual? Google Sacai or Derek Lam or Chloé  for Fall 2014. Of-the-moment dressing can be as effortless as a belted trench or a collar paired pleat, assuming there is a flat shoe involved. My advice? Forget fuss. Build on sophisticated essentials (i.e. fabulous coat) and work in subtle, substantial wow factor. (Think Chanel lock necklace.) That, and go green—environmentally and sartorially speaking.

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(pictured: Theory, Valentino, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Proenza Schouler)

To sum up seasonal musings, what proves befitting glams for our upcoming apple-dipped-honey holiday? I offer you eight fall trends to employee in 5775.

1. Shear Genius: Labels like Prada, Philip Lim and Sacia sheepishly reworked shearlings into autumn everything.

2. Caped Crusade: Burberry Prorsum blanket to Roberto Cavalli poncho, the draped wrap is this season’s most dramatic cloak.

3. Made for Walking: IF you are not slipping into the flat, (Merci to Gucci, Valentino and Jimmy Choo!) the 60’s style knee-high boot is back in a big way and pairs perfectly with the midi length.

4. Pumped Up Volume: Saith Vogue: “Non-body revealing silhouettes are simply more interesting now, from boxy tailored camel overcoat to a giant puffball of white fur,” cites Vogue mag. I could not agree more. McQueen and Rochas concur.

5. Bright Lights: Fall’s palette is all over the color wheel boasting electric accents and art motifs as seen at Dries Van Noten, Cushnie et Ochs, and Burberry Prorsum. Gray days and winter whites may brand the season, but rest assured vibrant tones will fight for the spotlight.

6. The Knitty Gritty: The chic-factor on cozy layering was amped up this autumn. Piled pashmina wraps, roomy cashmere, softly flared skirts; this fall Prabal Gurung, The Row, and Stella Mccartney (to name a choice few) redefined sweater weather.

7. Fringe Benefits: If you have yet to hop aboard the fray train, fall collections of Michael Kors, Valentino and Lanvin continue to supply ample reason to invest in tasseled pieces.

8. Rain Check: Overcast or not, consider the below-the-knee trench coat your new (versatile) bestie.

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(pictured: Etro, Tommy Hilifiger, Thakoon, Marni, Givenchy)

Adi Heyman is a Manhattan based stylist and founder of Jewish lifestyle site www.fabologie.com. She has been dubbed a “Best Dressed” of NYFW and her modest fashion featured in Vogue magazine and notable dot-coms: WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and W Magazine. Adi, her husband, Jonathan, and their son, Caleb, currently live in New York City.

1 Comment

  1. Ann Cohen · September 30, 2014

    Modest is not frumpy.