I have experienced fashion from all over the world. Living & traveling between London, South East Asia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and many other countries- has given me the opportunity to experiment with different trends and looks!
As your Fashion Expert, I will guide us through each season showing you what's hot- and what's not!
See pictures below for this season's look!
Fashion Expert, Y102.5
The First Day's Of Fall
September 22nd, just after 11pm marks the official beginning of Autumn or Fall. The season that marks the transition from Summer into Winter. Such an elegant way of expressing our wardrobes needs for this time of year... a transition.
So, What's Hot and Instyle????
Animal skins (water and land) and furs (real and faux) are hot looks for everyone! Depending upon how brave you feel, wear more or less leopard print. Animal print is all over the magazine pages, pencil/mini skirts, gloves, shoes, scarves and handbags take your pick. Pair that with a something leather and a faux fur vest and you'll be mistaken for a model from a designers Fall 2010 look book!
Or will you???
In Charleston it's still over 90 degrees, and the very though of a faux fur anything is enough to make you long for sip of cool iced tea. So how do we ease into Fall in Charleston?
Firstly, change your shade palette. This Fall calls for camels, lodens, burnt oranges, grey's, British khaki and surprisingly enough emerald green.
Try a pair of pencil leg or skinny jeans .. (you'll probably find you'll need to buy a size or two larger than you do in boot cut) paired with a fall toned shirt plus a vest. Try a pair of light weight leggings under a cotton belted shirt dress or fuller school girl skirt with fitted curve hugging silky top.
Top the look off with a multi-layered necklace or pendant. Then to dress up the outfit, stack bangles, bracelets and cuffs.
Boots are big this year too. Look for a pair of high (as you can walk in) heeled short boots with detail around the heel/cuff area. Great with jeans, leggings and dresses. If you are more comfortable staying with wide legged pants (also stylish), don't wear a ballet flat - instead, elongate your legline with a mid to high wedge. Oh, and don't forget to buy a pair of high heeled penny loafers and a pair of pointy pumps.
Everything available (but of course) at Victioria's Consignments and Butterfly Consignment Boutiques!
For more on Fashion - listen to Y102.5 on Thursday September 23rd. From 7:30am to 8am; you'll hear Amanda Rosen, owner of Butterfly and Victoria's discussing the Fall "Must Haves" with Brian Cleary.
Want more Fall fashion coaching? Then drop into one of our three women's stores, Butterfly at Belle Hall, Victoria's at Village Point and Butterfly on Upper King Street and let one of our personal shopping style adviser's give you some jewel toned ideas or allow them to create a personal look or two tailored just for you ... no charge for fashion advice and style service .. it's our pleasure!
We have already received some fabulous Fall pieces - come in and look!
Missoni knit dresses (knit will be "big" as it gets cooler), Trina Turk, T-Bags, DVF, Milly, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Tory Burch and Theory. Come in to shop while you drop off your Fall consignments.
How should you know what to consign? Here are a few words of wisdom from design and closet editing consultant Lee Heyward owner of Charleston Style Concierge:
"A closet edit is the foundation to great style. And it's necessary if you want to create a fashionable and versatile wardrobe that allows you to get dressed quickly. We wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. It's no wonder we find ourselves standing in front of a bursting closet, yet find nothing to wear.
Editing and organizing your closet will remind you what you have, where it is, and whether you actually wear it. The trick is being ruthless about what you truly need and wear.
Go through your closet, section by section. Ask yourself 4 questions about each piece of clothing. This is where the true edit comes in.
- Do you love it?
- Is it flattering? Specifically, does it fit your body right now?
- Does it help you meet your style goals?
- When did you wear it last?
If you don't love it, get rid of it. If it doesn't fit or isn't flattering it is a detriment to any attempt at style. The first step to great style is great fit. Without fit, you have no style.
Does the item help you portray the image you desire? Does it work for your lifestyle? If you want to go from the playground to the PTA in style, will it accomplish this goal?
If you haven't worn something in over a year you probably aren't going to wear it again.
Once you have honestly answered these questions about each item in your closet, you will be left with a wardrobe you actually want to wear"
You can access more of Lee's great tips at
Please bring in your closet edits (consignments) Monday thru Saturday 10am to midday, 3pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Freshly cleaned, laundered and pressed and on hangers where appropriate. Remember, we can't sell - so don't accept, stained, wrinkled or designer rip-off items.
No ... we are not opening a children's consignment store ... not just yet ....
But we thought we'd offer out a good option for a good cause so you can consign and shop childrens clothes:
70% to consignors 30% benefits the church school.
More details : Rachel Sanders (843) 302-0338
Or http://www.fjbc.net/ (click on weekday Kindergarten for sale info.)
Well that's it until next time .... looking forward to a fabulous Fall with y'all and thank you for your wonderful consignments and friendships ... we treasure all of our loyal shoppers and consignors! Thank you!!
Amanda, Kim, Michelle and Lucy and the fun fashion ladies