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10 Fall Fashion Tips from a Professional Stylist

My neighborhood is jam-packed with talented people! More recently an old friend and professional stylist, Lindsey Shores, moved in just down the block from me. HA! I’m pretty lucky, I know.

Lindsey has dressed celebrities for the red carpet at the Emmys and Oscars, editorials, late night talk shows, and other glamorous events. She has styled people like Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Deschanel, Rose Byrne, and Rebecca Romijn… oh, and most recently ME!

Lindsey pulled some fun fall looks for me, and then wrote up 10 fall fashion tips that the rest of us — you know, those of us who aren’t dressing for the paparazzi every day can totally handle.

  • 1. Fabric matters! 1 of 10
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    Wear blouses/tops (like Alison's black tier blouse) that hang on you nicely. Avoid those fabrics that clench to your waist and add on weight — jersey fabric is most always my nemesis.

  • 2. Say yes to neutrals! 2 of 10
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    If you're wanting to dress up a bit more classy, then neutral tones are always an easy go-to. You'll always fit in, but with style and sophistication. Alison shows this with sass wearing the camel blazer and two-toned pants.

  • 3. Work your assets! 3 of 10
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    Emphasize your best traits. Whether this be your tush, legs, arms or chest, be sure to wear something that fits well. Be careful though, there's a fine line with pieces that fit, and those that are too tight — avoid the latter. Alison does this well by showing off her bottom with sass in the coat-tail cut blouse.

  • 4. Keep it real. 4 of 10
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    Wear something you can move around in. Make sure your fashion is always tolerable and something you can easily wear to work, an evening out, or to play with your kids. Fashion is a fabulous thing to prioritize, but if it's too tight, too tall or too low-cut, then avoid it and wear something you don't have to think about adjusting all day.

  • 5. Coordinate…don’t match! 5 of 10
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    Matching is a good and bad thing. I paired a blush blazer with Alison's maxi-dress to give it more of a statement look. I never would have also added a necklace of the same blush or blue colors as it can quickly become too much of one thing. Slightly matching and then accessorizing with this banging gold necklace made the perfect ensemble.

  • 6. Tame that print! 6 of 10
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    Wearing a loud print top or bottom is on trend this year, just be sure to pair it with something more toned-down so you don't look like a clown. Pretty Alison rocks this well with her animal print top and staple jeans.

  • 7. Don’t put yourself in a box. 7 of 10
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    I often hear, "That color doesn't look good on me!" from clients, when that color actually looks fine on them. There may be one or two colors at most that don't look amazing on everyone, find out what those are, but otherwise, wear whatever you want — feeling good, will make you look good.

  • 8. Wear a little heel 8 of 10
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    I've never been much of a heel person for myself, however, this season is all about gaining that height in fashion. I'm not talking about going out to buy 6 inch heels, but just a little something to make you feel more like a woman. Booties are really great for fall, and Alison has a great list here.

  • 9. Avoid over-accessorizing. 9 of 10
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    Keep accessories to a minimum. When styling Alison she brought up Coco's quote,  "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory" Do this, it'll tone down your "overly dressed" style and make you feel more at ease — beauty should be more emphasized on you, not on your tangled chains. I chose this bright necklace for Alison's look here, but didn't add loud earrings or a bracelet.

  • 10. Take a chance! 10 of 10
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    Wear something that puts you out there. I always feel better when I'm wearing a piece or combo that's unique and showing my personality — that's what fashion is all about anyway, right? Alison was in love with this dress, even though she wasn't sure how to wear it or what to style it with. So I helped her find a way to take a loud statement piece and work it into her everyday wardrobe. These tips can help you do the same!

Thank you so much Lindsey! Be sure to check out Lindsey’s professional site here, and her fashion blog here. Or follow her on instagram @itsmelinztron

Love and happy shopping,

Alison

Find more of Alison’s nonsense and craft ideas on her blog.
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