Sumptuous fabrics and classic lines in fall fashion are inspired by French chic this fall. Start with a classic blazer and build your fall wardrobe around this wardrobe standard. French women are known for investing in classic, timeless styles that can be worn in many different ways. Fall's blazer is shorter in length, shrunken to the body and often showing up in velvet fabrics. Pair a velvet blazer with jeans or skinny pants. This fall's velvet is not stiff and heavy, it's a lighter weight, softer version. Velvet is also showing up in footwear such as the classic velvet smoking slipper. To further accessorize add the de rigueur scarf.
Another elegant fabric, brocade goes from night to day with intricate designs in graphic, repeating prints, and florals. Unlike fall velvet, fall's brocade is stiff and can add bulk to the body so choose separates such as vests and skirts, or a dress for a slender body type.
Three very French colors: gray, navy and burgundy were prevalent on the runways. While New York women stick with the standard black, French women prefer gray as their wardrobe color standard. Which is why gray is showing up in many shades (50 shades anyone?) in the fall collections. The French do love their wine, so not surprising burgundy is another hot color for fall that showed up on the runways in Paris and New York. Navy, another fall 2013 color, is a black alternative and a good color for the fall blazer. There's nothing more classic that a turtleneck under a blazer and there were turtlenecks on the runways under the season's coats and jackets.
The combinations are endless if you want to be tres chic this fall.