Fashion Sneak Preview for Spring 2013

Pantone fashion color report spring 2013It’s January. On one hand, the weather has been freezing cold and we’ve had snow on the mountain. Who cares about spring trends?

On the other hand, I’m already tired of my winter clothes! I have actually begun staring at my closet in the mornings wishing for something fresh. I’m ready to see spring fashions and plan for summer even while I’m in front of the fireplace.

That’s why designers have a fifth season thrown in the mix: resort wear! Resort collections harken back to when the East Coast elite wintered in Palm Beach and took January cruises to sunny destinations.

In addition to our forecasts and our buying trips at market, resort collections give us a wonderful sneak preview of what’s ahead – and the future looks bright, very bright!

This spring will focus on an optimism expressed in bright colors. The new normal is fresh and uncomplicated. Sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

• Color. The Pantone Fashion Institute has decreed emerald as the color of 2013. However, fashion’s love affair with green won’t just stop at one shade. Fresh underwater colors such as aqua, turquoise and deep ocean green are also going to be big.

We have seen strong selling at Tres Mariposas on a particular shade of jade green. Add to those shades a full spectrum of bright and neon colors and you’ve got a very colorful spring coming soon.

• Prints and patterns. We’re going to be seeing three popular types of patterns next season:

Sea and sand. You can almost hear the ocean in prints ranging from seascapes to palm leaves.

Flowers. It’s all about the power of the flower in every size and shape, from impressionist to stylized.

Graphics. Stripes keep on keeping on in all varieties – wide, skinny, broken and wavy. Grid patterns and digital looks will be big.

• Silhouettes. The skinny crop pant rules this spring. Tunic blouses will finish the outfit. Peek-a-boo pieces with open backs and daring cut-outs create an edgy excitement. Spring dresses will be sporty and easy, meant to go equally well with high wedges or feminine flats.

• Handbags. Structured bags will be dominant, with single and double top handles. Give the giant slouchy tote a rest.

• Jewelry. Get ready to make a statement this spring with beads, beads and more beads; stackable bracelets and cuffs; and inspirational pieces with special meaning.

Maybe just thinking about spring will energize us through some of the gray days that we’ve been having. No question, we have some fun styles ahead, so hang in there!

 

El Paso: Star of Wonder, Star of Night by Nan Napier

Thank you card

Thank you card

As Oprah said in the December issue of her magazine, “It’s the time of year when we show the people we love best what they truly mean to us, when we open our hearts and spread a little love around.”

Some people will still be shopping right up to closing time on Christmas Eve, but if you’re finished and want to go further to spread the love, I have an idea for you!

One of my favorite things to do is to put a meaningful note under the Christmas tree for each person who’s coming over to celebrate. After all, the holiday season is one of the very few times when the world becomes still and heartfelt expressions can be heard. Some notes are mushy, some are funny, but all reflect my gratitude for the individuals in my life.

What would I write if I wrote a holiday note to the whole El Paso community? I can think of several things I’d say. In that note, I would write I am especially grateful to the El Paso community for:

• Letting us adorn you! Thank you for allowing Tres Mariposas to be part of your fashion lives. You let us partner with you to make you gorgeous and you let us share the latest fashion forecasts and trends. You allow us to be a part of the most significant events of your lives – weddings, galas, baby showers, all kinds of special events that you dress for.

• Shopping local. Women living in our border region are on the go and have many shopping choices including online and out of town. Thank you for supporting your local businesses. It really does make a difference.

• Keeping El Paso employed. With your commitment to shopping local, we have been able to sustain this local business for more than four decades. I have led it for 34 years, but it was open eight years before that – a total of 42 years! That’s countless casual and special occasion outfits, business wear and sportswear ensembles, accessories and shoes enjoyed by women of all ages. That’s innumerable gift-wrapped Tres Mariposas packages placed under Christmas trees. And that’s many employees and their families over the years who have been fed, housed, educated and supported through your shopping.

• Making El Paso unique. Thank you to all for helping to make us such a rich, interesting and decidedly different community. El Paso has so many things that make us different in a positive way – our multi-cultural history, our lively future, our special geography and climate – and we all benefit when we celebrate our distinctiveness in our dealings with the world out there.

So, if I were to write a personal note to the people of this extended community, I would be sure to include these four messages of gratitude and recognition. This would be my mushy love note to the region!

Have an amazing holiday week. Wear only attire that makes you feel your loveable best. If that fails, drink more eggnog and Champagne!

 

How men can win at gift giving by Nan Napier

Shopping for Christmas

Shopping for Christmas

Tory Burch slippers

Tory Burch slippers

Does the average man love going through racks of women’s clothes to find just the right thing for the special woman in his life? Hardly.

I find that most don’t want to take time to shop for their own clothing. “Men would rather give blood than shop,” according to one pundit.

Around this time of the year, this is a major problem. Years of experience consulting with men have taught me that every man wants to give a gift that delights his lady, but most men absolutely dread the gift-buying process.

However, before a guy goes into procrastination and avoidance mode, he needs to know that most women just want to know that their man actually took time out of his routine to go to a store and think about her.

What she really hopes for is a gift that says he loves her, he understands her and he knows her.

Sometimes men need help translating what they know into a great present and that’s how a good sales assistant or friend can be of service.

If the gift is on trend, all the better. That helps her feel like she is both loved and fashionable!

Each holiday season, as a guide to help our men customers, I watch what women pick out for gifts to their daughters, mothers, sisters and friends – and for themselves!

Some of this year’s most popular fashion gifts are cashmere sweaters in contemporary styles; fur vests and scarves; and today’s new mid-size handbags by Valentino, Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs.

We’ve also seen women picking out jewelry from a wide variety of designers, like Ippolita and Jude Frances. Furry slippers from designer Tory Burch are also popular because women love both comfort and luxury.

Making shopping fun

Okay, so most men don’t like to shop – and we wondered how we could help. So a few years ago, my women’s boutique, Tres Mariposas, came up with a plan to make shopping fun and ease their gift-giving dilemma. It’s called “Men’s Night Out” and it’s Monday, Dec. 10.

Starting at 6 p.m., we put up huge flat-screen TVs for Monday Night Football, which, by the way, will be a good game between Houston and New England. We bring in some of El Paso Country Club’s favorite bartenders to make our guests feel at home. And we’ll have Asher Wildman, KVIA Channel 7 sportscaster, as the event’s energetic emcee.

We are thrilled that Men’s Night Out has become a community-supported endeavor. We’ll have a miniature golf green set up to raise funds for the First Tee, El Paso golfer Kristi Albers’s non-profit that promotes life skills for youth. Men chip in for a good cause while they compete in a friendly chipping contest.

Hors d’oeuvres will include Dr. Tom Alost’s famous Salmon Cheesecake, which is a gourmet wonder, as well as generous donations of creative pizzas, delicious Mexican food and savory sliders from El Paso restaurants.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. The men will go home with a party favor of “adult eggnog” donated in part by Gene Carrejo of Price’s Creameries.

Shopping can’t get any less painless. To make it even easier on their men, many women come in ahead of time to fill out special wish lists and leave them with our staff.

Their guys can be 100 percent sure to know their ladies will get gifts they will love.

This special Tres Mariposas tradition is a win-win situation. The men will have fun Monday and the women will have fun opening their gifts later!

 

The essential 6: Your jewelry wardrobe by Nan Napier

Everyday earrings

Everyday earrings

Statement ring

Statement ring

Party earrings

Party earrings

Stack of Bangles

Stack of Bangles

Jewelry with color

Jewelry with color

Just as there are pieces that every woman must have in her wardrobe – a little black dress, classic black pants, crisp white shirt and flattering jeans – you also need a few essential pieces of jewelry for everyday and special events.

And there are different ways to build your personal jewelry collection:

Silver versus gold. Most women favor either silver or white tones, including white gold and platinum, or golden yellow tones. This could be based on anything from current hair color to family heirlooms. But I don’t know anyone who owns only all gold or all silver. That’s just too confining. Some outfits really need silver, some gold. So while the emphasis may be on one or the other, both are needed.

Jewelry suites. A “suite” of jewelry is at least two matching pieces worn together, like a silver necklace with a mother of pearl pendant and matching mother of pearl drop silver earrings. It’s all ready to go. You’re not hunting for earrings to go with your statement necklace.

Individual items. I love having individual pieces to work with as I pick out a day’s jewelry. Sometimes suites get too matchy-matchy. What’s the downside? Sometimes I am stuck with great pieces that don’t necessarily look perfect with anything else I have. Still, I’d rather deal with the challenge of mixing items to create something interesting.

At Tres Mariposas, we carry the beautiful Ippolita collection, designed by Ippolita Rostango, the daughter of an American artist and an Italian intellectual who grew up in Italy and now lives in the U.S. Ippolita is so successful in part because of the versatility of her jewelry.

Rostango recommends building a collection with styles that work together and can be used in many ways. Her pieces can be worn together or apart, so women can be comfortable matching or mixing.

Ippolita recommends six essential pieces for your collection. Here are this year’s must-haves:

Stacks of bangles. Mix bangles of different metals and stones to create your own look. Bangles are your No. 1 essential right now in terms of popularity.

Everyday earrings. These are your go-to earrings that work with anything. For some, it’s a diamond solitaire; for others, it’s a silver hoop. Boom. Done. No more thinking.

Statement rings. Tell the world who you are with a ring that reveals your personality, bold, flirtatious or sultry. Make it edgy, like a large stone in an unusual setting or a fun combination of metal shapes and textures.

Long necklaces. Wear one significant strand or several long necklaces layered. Long necklaces have more drama and oomph than shorter pieces.

Anything with color. Don’t settle for an all silver or gold jewelry wardrobe. You wouldn’t settle for all-neutral clothes. Include pendants, earrings or bracelets that carry a punch of color.

Party earrings. This time of year, our everyday earrings just aren’t enough for evening affairs. Sparkly, dangly, shimmering and luxurious, party earrings elevate your outfit and your mood.

If you’re shopping for jewelry for the ladies in your life, have fun selecting something from this list of essentials.

You’re sure to receive a big hug this holiday season!

 

Ready to wrap up: Top 10 ways to wear fur by Nan Napier

Animal Print Fur

Animal Print Fur

Fur Stole

Fur Stole

Colorful fur scarvesColorful fur scarves

Dress-length fur coat

Dress-length fur coat

Dress-length fur coat

Dress-length fur coat

Orange Fun Fur

Orange Fun Fur

Fur Trimmed Sweater

Fur Trimmed Sweater

Reversible travel coat

Reversible travel coat

Furs rode back into fashion on a big wave a few years ago.

It’s said that in time of economic downturns, people look for ways they can find luxury and glamour. The resurgence of furs continues strongly this year because of innovative products that meet the need for lightweight practicality.

If you haven’t shopped for fur garments recently, you might be surprised. Knitted fur coats and jackets are amazingly lightweight, feeling more like a sweater than a heavy winter garment. These pieces can be so light that they are often substituted for a blazer or jacket.

Prices are appealing, varying from a couple of hundred dollars for a fun vest all the way up to the sky for Russian sable and exotics.

Fur accessories are also hot this season. A fur scarf is a must, but you can also have fun with fur-trimmed sweaters, fur hats and fur collars. Just as you have a closet full of coats, multiple furs are needed for dressy, casual, and sporty outings.

Here are your top 10 ways to wear fur this year:

• The animal print fur

• The fur stole, a must for evening occasions.

• Fur scarves in bright colors

• The dress-length fur coat, in a bright or neutral.

• The car coat, for everyday errands

• Color in a fun fur

• The wrap in purple fox

• The fur-trimmed sweater

• The fur vest, the hottest style of all because it’s so easy and sporty.

• The travel coat: mink reversible to rain silk.

 

15 Top Fashion Tips – Tried and True by Nan Napier

Scarves by Michael Kors

Scarves by Michael Kors

People always ask me for fashion advice and I love to share what I’ve learned from years of experience in this field. I actually collect fashion tips, writing them down with you, dear readers, in mind. This week I’m sharing my favorites, starting with the tried-and-true classics and ending with some for the current season.

• Stay healthy and fit. If I had to pick one tip for being fashionable, this would be it. It’s nigh on impossible to look chic and stylish if you are ill, weary, overweight or anorexic. Take care of yourself, keep up with your vitamins and good nutrition, and get enough sleep. If you aren’t physically fit, find an exercise that you enjoy and ease into it slowly.

• Be yourself. Style is as much about character and personality as it is about a specific look. Know who you are in each chapter of your life and use your clothes as a vehicle for self-expression.

• See the total picture. This includes makeup, clothing, accessories, hair and the way you carry yourself. One trendy item doesn’t make great style unless it is blended with the right elements.

• Change is good. Don’t stick with one look for a lifetime. Every season designers give us new looks and introduce new colors. You need only adopt a few of the many au-courant options available. Even a little change will make you look youthful and up-to-date.

• Wear clothes that fit. Proper fit is neither overly roomy nor too snug. You want clothes that have a really nice drape without tugging or bagging. In designer or couture circles, good fit is sometimes called “elegantly loose.” The alterations expert is your fashion assistant. Correct hems for pants and sleeves are a must.

• Take a cue from European women. They prefer quality over quantity. Look for quality in fabric, construction, design and fit.

• Throw on a scarf, the ultimate accessory. I know I get a lot of compliments every time I wear a scarf. I’m pretty sure I could wear a garbage sack and a scarf and I would still get compliments. Don’t try too hard to tie it in a cutesy way or you will look contrived.

• Leverage the power of color. Coco Chanel said, “The best color in the world is the one that looks best on you.” It’s not hard to figure out. It’s the color you’re wearing every time your friends say you look great.

• An organized closet is your friend. Many closets and chest of drawers are cluttered with clothes that haven’t been worn in years. Even though it’s a pain to constantly update, the benefits are huge. Working out of an in-shape closet means you are choosing only current items that you like and that fit. What would you rather face each morning: a great small assortment or an overstuffed closet of questionable garments?

• “There are no ugly women, just lazy ones.” This Helena Rubenstein quote reminds me of how some women say that they wish they could look more fashionable and more youthful, but they don’t do anything. It’s like the joke where a woman looks into the mirror and says, “Somebody needs to do something about this!” Spending time on ourselves is all a matter of priorities, whether it is getting just the right haircut or exercise regime or wearing sunscreen and a hat.

• Update your evening wardrobe. Don’t make the mistake of having one evening wear or black tie outfit that you pull from the back of the closet once or twice a year to wear to a gala. Just look around at the next big party or wedding: some women will be wearing their same old dated uniform. Yes, it’s impractical to buy a new dress that you will only wear a few times. However, it’s fun to dress up and feel like Cinderella! Remind yourself that you are worth it.

• Be open-minded. Take at least one thing into the fitting room that is a stretch for you. You never know until you try. At Tres Mariposas we have women who are astonished all the time.

• Know the universal colors. These colors go with all skin tones: they’re not too warm or too cool, too light or too deep, too muted or too bright. They include coral pink, violet, watermelon red, turquoise, teal and periwinkle blue.

• Pay attention to silhouettes. Right now, big on top and skinny on bottom is fashionable. However, you can’t wear a little cropped, tiny silhouette jacket without looking dated these days. Silhouettes, the overall shape and form of a garment or outfit, change. Even though you have 10 pairs of black pants in your closet, you need the current shape and silhouette.

• Accessorize with brights. All it takes this month is a yummy bright colored scarf in solid or pattern, and you have it made. A great scarf positively pumps up everything else to make a super look. What could be easier?

Looking for more quick tips? A couple of great sources in my library are In Style magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Fashion Tips of All Time” (“In Style/ Makeover 2011”) and Dorius Pooser’s book, “Always in Style” (Axo Press, 2010).

Easy and fast fall fashion updates

A fox fur scarf that’s been dyed bright pink.

Reptile-inspired patterns for pants and jeans in fall colors.
Reptile-inspired patterns for pants and jeans in fall colors.

It’s October and I am just loving all the fall colors and transitional pieces that women in El Paso are wearing now in El Paso.

So many ladies around town, young and old, are enjoying the trends we’ve talked about in previous columns. They are embracing autumn 2012 with delight.

However, if you have been too busy to shop lately or if you have somehow found yourself in a fashion rut, never fear.

I’m here to tell you about a few quick and easy ways to update your style for this season.

Wear one of these key items and you’ll instantly tell the world you are fashion savvy, current and with-it.

Reptile pants or jeans

You got on the colored jeans bandwagon earlier this year – and you wonder what’s next.

Now it’s on to printed pants, including reptile-inspired patterns in fall-perfect earth colors.

A python print is a great way to go because it’s a subtle print. You’re out there but not in a screaming loud print.

Fur vest

The fur vest takes top billing this fall. It’s perfect for our Southwest falls and winters, not too hot and not too cold. Fur vests are available at all price points, and for dressing up and down. Nothing is more versatile or fashionable this year.

Brightly colored fur scarf

They’re doing amazing things with dyed fur these days. If a fur vest or jacket is not your thing, think about making a smaller statement.

You can pop your whole wardrobe with a bright orange or yellow or teal fur scarf. If you don’t add one other thing to your wardrobe this season, this one will do it!

Oodles of bracelets

Load up your arms with bracelets. Open any celebrity photo magazine and you’ll see bracelets and more bracelets.

We love the fabulous beaded 18-karat gold bracelets from Meredith Frederick. Sooo sophisticated.

It doesn’t take a whole wardrobe makeover to be in style and current this season.

Even just the right accessory or two can make a difference.

Add the perfect piece here and there and you’ve got the latest look!

New York State of Mind

The Man Repeller, a celebrity blogger spotted in New York City

If you follow fashion, you’ve heard of New York’s Fashion Week. It has star-studded, fabulous runway shows, celebrities who want to see and be seen, and it’s great for a retail buyer who has an extra week on her hands.

But Fashion Week is not for buyers who need to select fashions for their stores. Half of the fantastical designs on the runway are never produced. They are too unrealistic and unwearable.

Instead, those pieces set the tone for the designer’s collection. After the runway show, designers adapt and pare down their collections to saleable items.

Those of us who work for a living descend on New York the week after Fashion Week. We go to see new spring collections – for real, not for show – and attend the Fashion Coterie, a trade show with more than 1,600 different designers and lines.

New York is always its most chaotic during our September trip. The United Nations is in session, and takes all the hotel rooms. And President Obama apparently wants to be in New York at the same time I am each September. His Sept. 18 visit blocked streets and snarkled traffic.

To escape this chaos, we stay at a great hotel by the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, which is serene compared to the rest of the city. The area exudes dignity and a respect for life, a welcome change at the end of each day.

What is the Fashion Coterie? The dictionary says a coterie is a small group with shared interests or tastes, and is exclusive of other people.

Indeed, the fashion industry thrives on exclusivity. Many designers and lines scrutinize a store before they give the merchant permission to carry their precious products. They want to see photos of your store. They want to know if you carry the correct blend of other designers.

The Coterie, which began as a small show at the Plaza Hotel, is now held in New York’s massive Jacob Javits Convention Center and features designers and buyers from around the world – Barcelona, Miami, Milan, Munich and Istanbul.

Some people might think we fashion buyers spend our time in New York’s fashion district, around Seventh Avenue from 34th to 42nd streets. In the past, a designer had a showroom in front and manufacturing and shipping in the back. Showrooms still occupy the Fashion District, but they’re just a part of the fashion industry. Cool designers wants to be in the Meat Packing District, SoHo or in a modern mid-town high rise, the funkier the better. Rundown buildings are popular.

We just got back from the Coterie Show and I’m processing what we saw. I did notice a few interesting trends for spring:

• Stores were capitalizing on fall’s successful trends, adding to selections of cowl neck tops and dresses, Missoni-esque zigzags and contemporary tops that appeal to a broad audience.

• Spring fashions will continue to be colorful, but the color palette is softening. Mint will be huge, neons are the counter balance.

• Patterned everything is in. Now solid color jeans and bottoms are in, the trend is moving to print bottoms – floral, graphics, mixed up collages and optical illusions.

• Peplums are emerging as a popular silhouette in dresses and tops.

• “Made in USA” labels are showing more in garments and are becoming more sought-after.

Celebrity sightings are popular at the Coterie. Tres Mariposas’ contemporary buyer Gesuina Legaspy was beside herself when she sighted The Man Repeller.

In case you’re not up on blogging celebrities, The Man Repeller is a successful and quirky blog by Leandra Medine about trends that women love and men hate. It has a huge following and is a celebrity for fashionistas.

FEMAP gala – What to wear

Three sparkly, gala-appropriate gowns

 

The FEMAP Foundation, as you may know, is one of our region’s most important charitable organizations, helping thousands of people living in abject poverty.

To help fund their good works, they host one of our area’s major parties, the Friends of FEMAP International Gala. Each year this event has grown in attendance and significance; the seventh annual gala will be this Friday, Sept. 28, at the Civic Center.

I have been a serious supporter of FEMAP – Federacion Mexicana de Asociaciones Privadas – since I visited the organization’s hospital in Juárez about 10 years ago. I was amazed at the quality and quantity of medical services provided with miniscule resources. Truly, I was astonished.

Since then FEMAP has expanded and focused on economic as well as public health concerns of the U.S.-Mexico border region. Well-known community leaders involved in FEMAP include Guadalupe de la Vega, Adair Margo and Dr. Jack Heydeman, as well as Mary Ann Dodson. It was Mary Ann who took me and five other women to Juárez in her famous vintage station wagon.

It was a girls’ day-out road trip with all the appropriate laughs on the way over. I came back humbled by the extraordinary dedication and results that I had witnessed.

The FEMAP gala is an opportunity to pull out all the stops, look like a princess, and remind yourself of your inner and outer beauty and glamour.

Tickets are still available. Visit www.femap.org or call Anna Aleman, executive director of the FEMAP Foundation, at (915) 544-4151.

This gala is a Venetian Masquerade theme, and the exquisite invitation states “formal attire.” Anna tells me that every year she hears from many women wondering what to wear. Well, here is the scoop.

Either cocktail length or long ball gowns are appropriate. Both are in fashion now, so choose the length that makes you feel the most fabulous. You can find some fabulous short, flirty, and glamorous dresses in El Paso stores this season – shop around this week and try some on. Long, of course, is always safe and very dressed-up.

Either way, remember that one of this year’s top fashion trends is the return of lace and illusion – sheer fabrics used to keep a dress modest, but not necessarily all covered up. For instance, think of black lace over nude-colored fabric – it’s not as heavy as solid black and it can look very sexy without being immodest.

The best evening dress colors are nude, rich Bordeaux red, chocolate browns, emerald greens and sapphire blues.

You aren’t likely to feel like Cinderella at the ball in that tired old dress in the back of your closet that you drag out every year. So get out there and pick out something new that makes you feel like a million bucks.

The dress is just the start. Here are some tips for feeling over-the-top beautiful this Friday night:

• Impeccable fit. Have your dress fitted by a professional. Truly, this is one of the keys that make celebrities look a cut above. You should do it, too.

• Elegant shoes. Wear something strappy and feminine in platinum, silver, titanium or nude. You may want an evening shoe with a platform that gives you height, but still has the comfort for dancing.

• Makeup. Few of us are really pros at applying our cosmetics, so make an appointment with a professional makeup artist. You will be shocked at how beautiful you really are in the hands of an expert.

• Fresh manicure and pedicure. You may want to add a little sparkle or experiment with a daring new color.

• Jewelry. You may have the perfect jewelry in your vault. If not, add glitz and glamour. Focus on lots of layered bracelets and stunning flamboyant earrings. At Tres Mariposas, we just received some gorgeous evening pieces in well-priced costume jewelry from designer BeJe. You might want to take a look.

• Spanx. Even skinny girls like the confidence boost of a foundation garment’s smooth line.

• Host a pre-party. Invite a small group to your house for a get-together before the gala. Share the excitement of the evening with a few of your favorite people.

• Limousine. Hiring a car service is another way to make the evening elegant. Have the limo pick everyone up at your pre-party. You’ll have a built-in designated driver for the trip home.

• Plan ahead. Line up a reliable babysitter, so you won’t have to panic at the last minute. A few smart women I know also have “Plan B” for child care on a special night like this, just in case.

You will be ready to treat yourself to a beautiful evening in support of a beautiful cause!

Your fashion style: the zodiac knows

Nan Napier

Which of the fabulous exciting new fashion trends is a must-have for you? Just look to the stars for the answer!

Even if astrology is for entertainment only, it’s always fun to think about what styles would complement which personalities.

And this fall, with so many flattering and fresh new trends, we have no shortage of great looks to choose from. Let’s start with this month’s birthday girls:

VIRGO

Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

Satisfy your practical side and your penchant for quality with a tote bag in luxurious leather. Go wild with something in emerald, ruby or bright cobalt blue. Make sure your bag has plenty of detailing such as a phone pocket and zip compartments to satisfy your desire to have everything in its place.

LIBRA

Sept. 23 – Oct. 22

Your inner goddess loves ethereal, flowy, harmonious looks. Silk tunics or blouses in moderate, balanced colors of greens and blues will suit you perfectly. Or try another fashion-forward look – the flowy black blouse with an open, slit sleeve.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

You may be charming and sociable, but you also have a sensitive side. Protect that aspect of you in fashionable armor: the color black. Make it interesting with details such as black leather trims or illusion lace.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

Confidence is your signature. Put some more bounce in your step with bold boots. Choose this season’s over-the-knee style or ankle boots with swagger.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22 – Jan. 29

Statement jewelry is fitting for the authoritarian Capricorn. Load up on plenty of arm candy in the form of multiple bangles. Bright and shiny gold will command the attention that you handle so naturally.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

You seek the unusual in fashion. You can be surprising or shocking, but never dull. Now is the time for a fun fur in mandarin orange.

PISCES

Feb. 19 – March 20

Fashionwise, your clothes are usually light and comfortable, which are perfect for the travel on your horizon. Choose soft and cozy cashmere cardigans in any of this fall’s rich jewel tones, such as amethyst or sapphire.

ARIES

March 21 – April 19

Your natural desire for simplicity does not need to be boring. Sexy black riding boots would be a smart choice to seamlessly transition you from work to play – perfect for what could be a very fun and social fall.

TAURUS

April 20 – May 20

Everyone knows how you love to spend money on clothes. Invest in quality instead of frittering your dollars away on too many fleeting items. Invest in a luxurious cape – and if it’s reversible, you will double your options.

GEMINI

May 21 – June 20

Celebrate this year’s fortune with your good luck color – yellow. Try a “pop” of the canary hue in a mustard jacket or coat to get noticed! We’re seeing lots of great accessories in your color, too.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

Fall for a Cancer always means a cozy vibe. Be ready for fall football games and get-togethers with something warm and luxurious. This season invest in a cape in 100-percent cashmere wool or fur.

LEO

July 23 – Aug. 22

This year gives you the star-studded life you’ve been waiting for! Don’t be shy; feel free to garner some admiring glances with a new studded trim Valentino handbag. Carry it with the regal attitude that only you can naturally exude.