8 FASHION PIECES YOU SHOULD BUY IN SEPTEMBER

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New season, new you! Much like the first day of the year, back-to-school season is about starting over, wiping your slate clean, relishing beginnings, and all that. That means either reinvention with a complete wardrobe overhaul or, your same look, but enhanced with key purchases. Whether you are actively pursuing “a look” like an ’80s mom aesthetic with a blazer and burgundy midi boots or are splurging on a one hero investment, like a sleek double-breasted coat in preparation for winter or a newly discovered carryall that will last a lifetime, scroll through to find out what you should buy this month, because we definitely are.

(1) MENSWEAR BUTTON DOWN BLAZER

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Why not “borrow from the boys” with a menswear button down blazer? Whether you choose to steal your partner’s jacket, or find a more tailored style to fit your silhouette, this is an easy way to spruce up your Fall wardrobe with the things you already have in your closet.

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Don’t just reserve the menswear jacket for daytime. You can also pair your coat with your favorite dress and sheer tights to keep you warm against Fall’s chilly nights.

Check out our favorite “menswear” style jackets here:
“East Meets West” Taupe Beaded Ponte Jacket
“Bolero” Black Jacket

(2) THE HOBO BAG

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We found the perfect Fall carryall- a hobo bag is roomy enough to hold an iPad, but not too big that it overwhelms. Mix a deep brown shade with your favorite flare jeans for a subtle style or go with a bright pop of color added to your normal fashion routine. And to top it off, we love that you can buy different types of straps (woven, chain, etc) to match whatever mood you’re in.

Our favorite flare jeans to match the hobo bag with:
1921’s “Distressed” Denim Jeans
AC Collection’s Medium Wash Flare Jeans
Hudson’s “Ferris Flap” Pocket Flap Jeans

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(3) STATEMENT SWEATERS

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All the faded jeans, slouchy overalls, and leggings in your wardrobe simply cannot survive Fall without the help of a cozy long-sleeve knit sweater in a statement color or print. Whether you prefer a chevron, animal, or sequin print, make a statement without saying a word this Season.

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Check out our favorite “statement sweater” options you can try:
“Design to Mesmerize” Pink Chevron Sweater
“Sequin” Black Pullover Sweater
“Lucie” Grey Elephant Sweater

(4) STATEMENT RINGS
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And speaking of making a statement, why not try this Season’s favorite jewelry trend. Trade out your delicate, threadbare-thin bands and go for bold, beautiful gemstone disc rings. They look like candy, and you can wear one or many all at the same time. Even if you don’t change anything in your wardrobe this year, a big, glittering piece of jewelry will draw attention and make you stand out.

Shop our favorite finds here:
“Aegean” Round Stone Ring
“Ever Tiger Eye” Disk Ring
“Compass” Silver Ring

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(5) CLASSIC DOUBLE BREASTED COAT

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In anticipation of Fall, invest in a durable double-breasted coat. It is the perfect transitional piece and versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Pair with your favorite evening attire for a night on the town, and throw over your favorite button down and jeans for errands during the day.

Our favorite pairings with your double breasted coat:
“Amelie” Black Suede Sheath Dress
Hudson’s “Collin Skinny” Jeans
“Jepson” Black Faux Leather Leggings

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You can also wear your coat as a dress, pairing with a turtleneck and tights when the weather is chilly, or go solo with just the coat and a chic pair of nude heels for a streamline effect. However you choose to style, be sure to include this classic into your wardrobe this Season.

(6) HIGH WAISTED PANTS

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They hide love handles, belly bulges, and front flab. They keep shirts properly tucked in. Best of all, they don’t give you a muffin top or show a plumber’s crack. No wonder that the high-waisted style is on the rise. Take a cue from celeb Selena Gomez and go “business” glam with a chic pair of sleek black high waisted wide leg slacks combined with a matching blouse tucked at the waist for a streamlined, slimming silhouette.

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On casual days, grab a pair of high waisted denim jeans and pair with your favorite comfy tank and ankle boots for a no nonsense style.

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Segue into the evening hours by pairing your high waisted pants, whether jeans or slacks, with an eye catching sequined top for nighttime glam.

Click here to see our favorite high waisted options you can wear this Fall:
AC Collection’s Black Wide Leg Pant
AC Collection’s Black High Waisted Skinny Jeans
AC Collection’s Dark Wash High Waisted Skinny Jeans

(7) LEOPARD PRINT

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 The power of the spots is immediate: They can make the laziest outfit seem intentional. Leopard print has been around for decades, from Josephine Baker and Jean Harlow in the 30’s to Eartha Kitt and Bettie Page in the ’50s, and in the ’60s, it was Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” and Edie Sedgwick in Andy Warhol’s Factory. Keep running through time and you’ll see Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve in the print. These days, it’s favored by Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Michelle Obama. Notice a trend here? These are all strong women with strong points of view.

It’s no surprise that at a time when the world at large is questioning what it means to be a strong woman, leopard print has popped up as a runway trend at shows from Prada to Givenchy. Looking at Hillary Clinton in her thigh-grazing coats and wide-leg pants is making us think about what it means to power dress in 2016.  Just as female leopards are the hunters of their prides, so do females in leopard print tend to be of the “Girl Boss” variety.

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Take a look at our favorite “leopard print” styles you can get today:
“Nico” Mid Rise Super Skinny Jeans
“Martina”Green Printed Tank Top
“Bright Young Things” Bodycon Dress

Why not let your hands do the talking in a chic “leopard print” nail fashion. Check out our favorite tutorial below on how you can achieve the look at home.

Leopard Print Nail Art

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(8) STUNNING MIDI BOOTS

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And finally, you can’t go wrong with a chic midi boot for Fall. The trick to styling? Find your sweet spot: For those with a bulkier calf, aim for a boot that ends just under the widest part of the muscle. For those with slim limbs, a heel always helps.

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Still clinging to your minis? Tights will even the whole thing out in a pinch for a classy streamlined effect.

Shop our favorite Fall mini skirt styles today:
“Berlin” A Line White Knit Skirt
“Asiah” Beige Patchwork Suede Skirt
“Valda” Black Mixed Media Ultra Suede Skirt

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Midi boots also pair perfectly with this Season’s midi skirt, giving just a hint of alluring leg action, in the way a flash of wrist or ankle might have caused shockwaves for a Victorian era audience.

Our favorite midi skirts:
“Kenley” Black Floral Lace Midi Skirt
“Corra” A Line Midi Skirt
“Timeless Lace” Grey Floral Midi Skirt

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And don’t forget your favorite pair of comfy cropped and skinny jeans or pants. The midi boot blends perfectly with the shortened leg combined with a chunky sweater or oversized coat for perfect Fall style.

Our favorite cropped leg pants to choose from this Fall:
Joe’s Rolled Classic Cropped Jeans
Hudson’s Cropped Distressed Boyfriend Jeans
“Rylie” Black Satin Cropped Pant

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Which Fall Fashion item will you include into your wardrobe collection this year? Make a point to add at least one NEW piece to usher in and celebrate the Autumn Season. Whether you choose Leopard Print, a Hobo Bag, or Midi Boots, you are sure to shine in style this Season.

And remember we here at Posh at Play want to remind you to
Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.

STYLE EDITORS TIPS & TRICKS FROM NY FALL FASHION WEEK 2016

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Whether you are attending the sartorial circus that is fashion month, are watching from a distance, or just want to look put together to welcome the new season, chances are you are in the market for some outfit inspiration. You’ve come to the right place. Take a few tips that we’ve chosen from NY fashion editors ensembles during fashion week this year and be inspired by the Fall runway looks.

(1) The Bright Bag Effect : Take The Yawn Out Of Neutrals

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Whether clutch, crossbody, or satchel, it’s time to put a little color into your Fall wardrobe this Season. Instantly spruce up Fall’s neutral and darker colors with a pop of color. In a morning rush, fashion editors know that they can turn a simple outfit into an eye catching look simply by grabbing a brightly hued handbag.

From Hugo Boss to Alexander Wang to Rag & Bone, bright colors are all across the runway for Fall 2016. Jazz up a simple jeans and tee outfit with your brightly lit handbag accessory and shine in style this Season.

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(2) Monochromatic Palette: One Color, Multiple Tones, Different Textures Equals A Slimming Polished Look

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On the other side of the spectrum, fashion editors go with a monochromatic ensemble consisting of various shades and textures to create a slimming and polished effect. Look for items in the same color scheme for a slimming effect against the mixture of different materials from leather to lace to cotton to suede.

Spice up the romance in a “girly” pale pink monochromatic look this Fall. Mix and match Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quartz “color of the year” with a variety of patterns and textures.

Check out our favorite pink Fall wear options:
“Cameo” Pink Suede Shift Dress
“Marty” Kimono Jacket
“Emely” Pink Draped Satin Blouse

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Camel, beige, and nude also gains attention this year. Mix things up by combining with a white or ivory color combo and intricate patterned accessories for an updated style.

Our favorite neutral monochromatic items for Fall:
“Lacy Sunday” Beige Textured Lace Blouse
“Cabana” Beaded Tie Dye Jersey Shirt
“Pascalla” Ultra Suede Ponte Leggings

A chic black and grey monochromatic ensemble creates a bit of drama for the Fall season with a nice mixture of textures from denim to leather to silk. Go from a grey tee by day to a silky sheer black by night.

(3)The Right Jacket Elevates Any Ensemble

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Take your outfits from casual to edgy this Season. While the September weather fluctuates back and forth, fashion editors know a good coat or jacket is handy to have. When the weather is warmer, drape the coat over your shoulders for a cute “cape” look. As the breeze picks up, wear your coat normally to stay warm.

For the office, pair your coat over comfy pants and a classic pair of heels.

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A basic “go to” tee and jeans outfit can go the next level by pairing with this Season’s chic blazer for a casual yet polished look. Will you go with a classic solid or try this Fall’s trending “text tees?”

Pair your jacket with our favorite classic skinny pant choices:
“Rogue Waves” Skinny Denim Jeans
“Bonded” Black Lace Skinny Pants
“Thompson” Mid Rise Skinny Jeans

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Don’t forget a moto jacket to keep you polished and styled with an edgy effect for Fall. Your leather jacket can be combined with not only your casual outfits by day but also your nighttime dresses by night.

(4) The Classic Button Down – Polished But Not Too Prim

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Whether tucked into classic skinny jeans, tied at the waist, or belted, fashion designers know you can’t go wrong with a traditional crisp button down top. Go with classic white or neutral or get into this Season’s style with a chic patterned print. Take a cue from fashion and celebrity icon Kim Kardashian with a half tucked in look. Why? It shows off your waist without looking too prim.

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Or go with the “frat tuck” for business in the front but a party in the back. Insert your button down at the waistline, pull slightly for a loose effect, and let the tail trail behind.

Need more button down shirt styling options? Check out this handy “how to” video on  chic ways to style your look:
Tips on Button Down Shirt Styling

Our favorite button down shirt styles to own today:
“Cristal” Ivory Gauze Button Down
“Tropical Punch” Short Sleeve Button Down
“Mariane” Floral Button Down

(5) The Jean Roll

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How to show off your favorite Fall heels and booties this Season? The”jean roll”
is your perfect solution while adding a polished look to the boyfriend jean. 

Whether you take your favorite straight leg jeans and roll the cuffs yourself or grab a pair of cropped boyfriends, be sure to include this style into your wardrobe. If you are feeling extra ambitious, you can combine your favorite heels with a pair of ankle socks for a super trendy fashion designer street style.

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And don’t forget, you can also wear your rolled jeans style paired with heels and a blazer for a business meeting and trade out your blazer for a sheer lacy top for a fun night out on the town. Allow your co-workers to see your relaxed side while still looking professional.

Check out our favorite rolled jean denim styles:
Hudson’s “The Leigh in City Kid” Cropped Denim Jeans
Citizen’s of Humanity’s “Dani” Capri Denim
Joe’s Jeans Rolled Cropped Jeans

(6)The Scarf Effect – Artfully Tied Can Make You Stand Out or Be A Stand In For Accessories

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And finally, our favorite accessory for Fall that can add a bit of pizzaz to any outfit from casual to dressy is the colorful printed scarf. Tie your favorite scarf in a knot around your neck paired with your favorite jacket, wide leg pants, or sheath dress.

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Another Fall trend we’ve been seeing street style in NYC is using your favorite printed scarf as a chic bangle bracelet. Fold the scarf in sections, wrap, and tie in a knot for an instant jewelry piece.

You can also use your scarf as a chic belt option, cinched around your favorite boyfriend jeans or tied across the waistline of a dress for dressier occasions.

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Bad hair day? Have no fear. Cover up a messy do or bed head with a colorful printed scarf headband. Not just reserved for “Boho” this Season, you can rock this look in style from work to play. Simply fold scarf in sections and tie around head, securing with a few bobby pins and you are good to go

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Don’t settle for less. Go ahead and elevate your Fall fashion this Season. Stealing secrets from this year’s top fashion designers, which look will you try? Whether you go for a standard button down, cropped boyfriend jeans, or colorful scarf, let your fashion do the talking. Make this Season’s trends fit YOUR style and let the real YOU shine through.

We here at Posh at Play encourage you this Season to
“Be YOU, Be Fabulous, and always Be Feminine.”

 

FALL FASHION YOU CAN WEAR NOW

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Though Summer’s heat waves are still hitting most of America, Paris looks to signs of crisp, cool days ahead at this week’s Paris Fall Fashion Week 2015-2016. It may seem unbearable to already think about putting on a fur vest or bundling up in a cozy wool jacket. Nevertheless, the Fall season is just around the corner so it is time to start thinking about segueing into Autumn’s favorite fashion finds and we have selected the top trending picks for Fall. The weather may still be a bit warm, but we’ll show you how to make Fall’s fashion fit your Summer wardrobe perfectly. Take a look at our top styles and start thinking of pumpkin lattes, autumn leaves, and cooler temperatures with our favorites.

HALF SLIP SKIRTS

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One of our favorite skirt styles trending into the Fall season on is the sheer midi or maxi skirt with half slip. We’ve been seeing this look on the Red Carpet all Summer long and are excited that the trend is carrying into the next Season. Designer Bouchra Jarrar displayed dozens of half slip skirts in sweeping silk and sheer lace fabrics at this year’s Paris Fall Fashion runway. In the Summer months, get your own half slip style with Liberty Garden’s newest black lace midi skirt paired perfectly with an ivory ultra suede muscle tank . Segue into the Fall season by trading out your tank with Liberty Garden’s black menswear sweatshirt for a great “Athleisure” look. Dress up your style Summer or Fall with Hale Bob’s versatile yet chic black lace bodysuit, a trending fashion silhouette throughout the rest of the year.

BRIGHT FUCHSIA

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Giorgio Armani dazzled the runways this week with an array of bright fuchsia colored blouses, gowns, jackets, furs, and shoes. The designer definitely left no doubt in our minds what color pallet he prefers for Fall 2015-2016. All Summer we have been talking about going bold with brights, so why not take the look into the Autumn season? Start with a bold fuchsia Mayan Tribal print tunic from Hale Bob paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s ivory cut offs for Summer and easily switch to Hale Bob’s black faux leather leggings or even black zip up ultra suede leggings as the weather cools. Keep shining bright no matter what Season you are in.

CUT OUT

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Keeping Summer alive, the half top and cut out style is not retreating for Fall 2015/2016. From Yiqing Yin to Alexander Vauthier, designers are favoring one of Summer’s hottest silhouettes for Fall. What better motivation to keep your body toned and in shape throughout the year than to grab onto the cut-out fashion style. We love Liberty Garden’s black mesh long sleeve cut out top paired with basic jean cut offs or Hale Bob’s black lace eyelet shorts for dressier Summer occasions. Switch it up for Fall by combining your cut out top with your favorite skinny black jeans from 7 For All Mankind or go “Boho” (still trending for Fall) with AC Collection’s medium wash flare jeans. Dare to bare your body all Season long with the tastefully flirty cut out style.

BOHO MAXI DRESSES

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As we have mentioned all Season long, “Boho” styled maxi dresses and skirts are a huge trend on the runways, street style, and in stores. We are glad to see the trend continue into the Fall. No need to bundle up your “Boho” floppy hats, dresses, jeans, lace vests, or gladiator sandals, this trend is here to stay. Let your hair down and stay cool in the remaining hot Summer months with Liberty Garden’s pale pink embroidered cami maxi dress paired with your favorite wedges or gladiator sandals from Steve Madden. We also love the great selection of “Boho” maxi dresses and skirts from Hale Bob available now at Posh at Play. As the Summer fades into Fall, dress up your maxi dress with platform shoes, popular at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, or go with knee length leather boots   seen at the Versace Collection, also trending for Fall.

RED FROM HEAD TO TOE

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Bright cherry red is not going away for Fall. From Zuhair Murad to Valentino, designers are staying with head-to-toe red for Fall Fashion. Try Hale Bob’s ultra suede red leggings paired with red silk blouse and flat leather sandals to keep you chic and cool throughout the remaining Summer months. Trade your sandals for ankle high boots as Fall approaches. We also love Hale Bob’s versatile cherry red silk maxi dress paired with your favorite strappy heels and clutch for hot Summer nights. Layer with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace Kimono and flat sandals for a casual “Boho” look. Carry your red maxi dress into the cooler months with chic red pumps and red rabbit fur vest from Hale Bob for the perfect “holiday” look.

FUR

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Speaking of fur, designer Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi caused quite a controversy at this week’s Paris Fashion Week with jackets, scarves, dresses, and sweaters made entirely of all real fur. Animal rights activists had were prevented from stopping the runway show altogether and ultimately, the show was able to go on. Whatever your view on animal fur, real or faux, the designer’s creations were a beautiful yet surreal collection of illusion. A piece of fur adds a hint of dignity yet glamour to any outfit from casual to evening. We love Hale Bob’s rabbit fur vests in red, teal, and black, a color to suit everyone. If you prefer a more subtle approach, we suggest Hale Bob’s wool sweater with rabbit fur trim, great over denim shorts for chilly Summer nights or perfect for a brisk Fall day paired with your favorite jeans. What is your opinion on the latest Fall fur trend?

SEQUINED METALLICS

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Finally, one of our favorite trends for Fall 2015-2016 is the metallic colored sequin material found on dresses, skirts, pants, and jackets. From Alexandre Vauthier to Armanisequined metallics are a continuing trend from Fall 2014. For Summer, look for a sequined sleeveless cami or pair your white tee and jeans with a chic copper sequined jacket from Hale Bob. Perfect for Summer or Fall, we love Hale Bob’s great selection of sequined metallic dresses from the silver cami sequined dress to the copper sequined dress to the multi-colored floral sequined dress. Don’t just reserve your sequins for formal evening occasions. Bring your sequins out to play during the daytime by pairing with your favorite Tee, leggings, and sneakers for a perfect “Athlesiure” style.

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Though there are dozens and dozens of many wonderful trends to choose from, half slip skirts, bright fuchsia, cut outs, Boho maxi dresses, head-to-toe red, fur, and sequined metallics are our favorite Fall looks. This Season’s designers are blurring the lines between “Summer” and “Winter” wear, adapting styles from both Seasons to merge into one unique look. This is great for us, the consumers, since it means we do not have to completely change the items in our closets for every Season. We can utilize Summer season’s purchases through the cooler months in new and creative ways, adding a few accessories and trending items for a fresh look. The designs from Paris Fashion Week 2015-2016 all centered on utilizing and accentuating the feminine female form and embracing your inner romantic. What trending Fall style will YOU incorporate into your wardrobe this Season?