Fall Fashion Tips

What’s Hot, What’s Not, and How to Listen to Your Inner Fashonista

Article by Kelsey Huber

Photography by Lindsey Wagers/Wagers Photography

Originally published in Topeka City Lifestyle

Fashion not only changes every season, it evolves over time, so it’s easy to fall behind in the style game. Have no fear! We teamed up with local Topeka wardrobe specialist, Sara Schultz, not only to find out what’s in this autumn, but to give us some style tips that will keep us looking our best season after season. Let’s start with what’s hot this fall:

TCL: What colors are in?

Schultz: Dark romance: blacks, browns, wines, plums, and metallics are all the rage. Red will also be a hot color this season! And believe it or not, butter yellow will be popping up amongst all the darks. 

TCL: Let’s talk tops.

Schultz: White button up shirts are on trend for fall. Bralettes are on the must-have list and turtlenecks are back too.

TCL: What about fabrics?

Schultz: Look for chunky sweaters, especially cardigans. Leather will be everywhere - as separate pieces or head to toe. 

TCL: What’s the bottom line on bottoms?

Schultz: Denim is all over the map. Skinny jeans are still around, but straight leg and wide leg are in. We’ll also be seeing tights of all kinds from fishnet to geometric shapes to opaque.

TCL: What trends do you see?

Schultz: Outerwear is finally back. Warm and cozy will rule. Oversized statement coats will be making an appearance and the classic trench coat will reign supreme. It’s going to be cool to be warm. 

TCL: What’s afoot when it comes to shoes?

Schultz: You can’t go wrong with boots this season. Ankle boots, knee-high boots, and even thigh-high boots rule the runway. Fashion sneakers, loafers, and clogs are hot too. 

TCL: If you had to pick some key pieces, what should we include in our wardrobes this fall?


·         A pair of straight leg denim jeans in a dark wash

·         A chunky cardigan

·         A crisp white button-up shirt or a basic T-shirt

·         A favorite piece of leather - jacket, skirt, pants, boots…something, anything leather.

TCL: Can you share some long-term fashion tips?


1.      Here’s the skinny on looking thinner: One of the tricks is to create long lines. V-necklines, pants with a slight flare, pointy-toe shoes, long necklaces, and monotone outfits all help in the visual lengthening game. 

2.      Women get hung up on color analysis. It’s a great tool, but don’t be so strict with it. If you have a favorite color that doesn’t fit in your color palette, don’t ban it from your wardrobe altogether. Just keep it away from your face. Try it in a belt, purse, or shoes. Style is more about personality than palette. 

3.      Your style is a reflection of who you are on the inside. If you are in a wardrobe rut, hire a professional stylist who can make getting dressed fun again. 

For more fashion tips, follow Sara Schultz on Instagram @sara.schultz.styling. For a personal styling session, email her at or call her at (785) 845-5963.

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“Your closet is bursting, yet you have NOTHING to wear. That’s because you purchase pieces instead of outfits. My best advice - don’t buy a piece unless you can wear it three different ways.”

“There’s a difference between fashion and style. Fashion is timely and trendy. Style is timeless; it’s in your DNA. Everyone has style.”

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