Every new fashion season makes us want to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe, but something always stops us: our budget.
Savvy stylistas have mastered the art of keeping their closets current by adding just a few key pieces each season.
To show you how to do it this fall, we asked two local women to create outfits using key fall essentials and clothes they already owned.
In a couple of instances, we had them wear the same piece to show two ways to style it.
Lindsey Kupper is a Kansas City fashion stylist and personal shopper who blogs at jujoustyle.com. A long-time thrift-store stalker, she calls her style masculine chic.
If she wears a dress, she typically dresses it down with a leather jacket or military boots.
“It is not often that I have all feminine pieces on,” Kupper says. “I feel most comfortable mixing and matching the two. Feminine pieces make me feel sexy, while masculine pieces such as ties, fedoras and blazers give me empowerment.
“It’s like standing on State Line Road. I like to have my toe dipped in both sides.”
Laurie Ramirez, owner of Laurie Ramirez Makeup Artistry in Kansas City, dresses on the casual, sporty side.
“I will put a sleeveless, lightweight cotton vest over a sporty white Nike T-shirt and wear Nike sport pants and my Nike Air Shox,” says the hair and makeup stylist. “It’s a simple style and yet looks nice.”
Kupper stays up on trends but won’t spend a lot of money on styles that are in one season, out the next.
“When you see a trend that you really like, purchase that trend at a low prices store such as Forever 21 or H&M,” she recommends. “There really is no point in spending a lot on super-trendy pieces because they go out of style so quickly. Accent your staple pieces with low-priced trendy pieces.”
The staples she keeps in her closet include a pair of body-flattering denims, good boots in black and brown, a black and a white tank top for layering, comfortable flats and a nice blazer.
Year-round, Ramirez shops her own closet for new looks.
“I don’t think women have to go out and buy a new wardrobe because you can find so much in your closet,” Ramirez says. “And a lot of the stuff you have you have either not worn for a long time or it has just been pushed way back behind everything else.
“I think getting into your closet and organizing it is so important. Also color-coordinating everything. You would be so surprised at what you would find.”
To reach Lisa Gutierrez, call 816.234.4987 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.### Awesome autumn must-haves 1. A gray cardigan: Long and lean for layering.
2. Something quilted: Sneakers, boots, a jacket, anything.
3. Masculine prints: Even undies come in houndstooth this fall.
4. Anything emerald green: Fall’s biggest color story.
5. Printed leggings: Camo, stripes, Aztec, leopard, the styles are endless.### The trend: Military inspiration The find: Jacket with vegan-leather sleeves; $65, Ruby Rouge, downtown Overland Park.
Laurie’s look: Rocker Chic. She wore the jacket over a T-shirt decorated with a crystallized cross from Mardel Christian bookstore and added more bling with Victoria’s Secret dog tags and a charm necklace from Target around her neck.
Lindsey’s look: Military Grunge. She wore a sheer black tank and dark denim skinny jeans from H&M with boots from Forever 21. Her black knit hat gives a nod to another big fall trend: knitted beanies.### The trend: High shine The find: Gold sequined skirt; $89, Shop Girls, Brookside.
Laurie’s look: Downtown Girl. She dressed down the shine by wearing black Target leggings under the skirt and a black shirt from Plato’s Closet as a jacket. A gold blouse, a Wet Seal find, picked up the gold in the skirt, as did the gold platforms on her black high heels. Her sister, Pam Carson, made the black scarf.
Lindsey’s look: Uptown Girl. A chambray shirt and tall suede boots played down some of the glamour, but a faux fur jacket and bold turquoise necklace and dramatic earrings added a night-at-the-symphony vibe.### The trendChevron stripes The find: Maxi skirt; $40, Frankie & Jules, Overland Park.
Laurie’s look: Boho Sophisticate. She paired a sequined white tank top from Black House, White Market and brown J. Jill denim jacket with the skirt, filling in the neckline with a Charming Charlie necklace. “Layering is fun and you can come up with some really neat looks and get a style going on of your own.”### The trendBlack and white The find: Tunic with gold buttons and tab sleeves; $55, Frankie & Jules, Overland Park.
Lindsey’s look: Vintage Mod. She wore the tunic over black leggings and added pop with a red belt and red boots. The beaded purse belonged to her great-grandmother, who was a flapper in the 1920s.### The trends: Color block patterns and carpet-bag purses The finds: Color block sweater; $85, Shop Girls, Brookside. Carpet bag purse from the 1960s; $45, Donna’s Dress Shop, Kansas City.
Lindsey’s look: Runway Ready. She wore a clearance-rack Old Navy button-down shirt under the sweater, with leather Zara leggings and Nordstrom Rack booties. She accessorized with a carpet bag purse — a big look for fall.