Want to know what to wear, how to wear it and the latest on the fashion front? Reno Magazine stylist Emily Farren Wieczorek answers readers’ questions about fashion for each issue of the magazine.
Question: What are your favorite (wearable) trends for fall?
Answer: There were so many amazing trends shown on the runways this past season, and while some of them are a little out there — think thigh-high glitter boots — there are so many runway trends you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe.
Here are a few favorites:
- Structured shoulders and power suiting: This is a trend that I love to wear, so when I saw it all over the runways, I was ecstatic. The easiest way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is to invest in an amazing longline blazer — in white or black — and then to mix and match bottoms. I love wearing mine with boyfriend jeans, leather leggings, even a mini-skirt.
- Wide belts: Belts are back — and the wider the better. The corset-belt is huge this season.
- Fall florals: I think the easiest way to wear this trend is to juxtapose the femininity of the florals with something more structured and masculine, like a suede moto jacket.
- Velvet: Velvet is one of those tricky trends to wear, but I love it. I think that velvet dresses in gorgeous jewel tones are perfect for the holidays.
- Polka dots: I’ve always loved this print, and I was so happy to see it on the runways in full force. A polka-dotted maxi dress is a fun way to wear this trend.
- Large knits: Chunky knits have been big for the past few seasons, and I was thrilled to see them back again for fall. You don’t have to spend a fortune to incorporate this trend in your wardrobe, and that is something that makes everyone happy. To get the look for less, I always head to Old Navy and stock up on cable-knits in classic colors. You can also head to any of the thrift stores in town.
Q: What colors are going to be big this year for fall?
A: Bright red and chocolate brown were all over the runways, and I think you’ll see a lot of them this fall. An easy, classic way to incorporate the chocolate brown into your wardrobe is with a Barbour jacket. They’re investment pieces, but fashion-wise they stand the test of time, and they last forever. My dad still has the one he wore when I was growing up. Now that I have my own, and I can’t recommend them enough. They keep you warm, they go with everything, and they always look amazing! You can find a great selection in town at Orvis.
As for the bright red, it really makes a statement, and is perfect for fall and the holidays. I am going to be investing in a long, bright red coat this fall. I can’t wait.
Q: What gifts do you like to give to people who have everything?
A: I am obsessed with giving personalized gifts — I always have been. I recently was introduced to an amazing local artist, Jonathan Farber, and I’m in love with his work. I bought one of his pieces for my husband — it’s a hand-drawn map of downtown Reno — but he also has maps of of Tahoe and Donner, and you can even commission him to draw a map of any place your heart desires.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, I love to buy Cuyana products for my girlfriends. You can monogram anything on their site, and their leather goods are amazing.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, and if you want to support a local business, I love gifting bottles of Speak Wines. This company was started by Kerry Sutherland, a Reno native, and their bottles have cheeky labels — perfect for hostess gifts.
Q: Does the “no white after Labor Day” rule still apply?
A: Absolutely not. I think that is one of the most antiquated fashion rules, and I wish it would just go away. What I will say is when wearing white in the winter, be conscious of the fabric. White chiffon is probably not the right look, but an amazing white wool coat is perfection. I’m also a fan of white jeans for winter, which a lot of people find surprising. If you wear them with thigh-high boots and a matching chunky sweater, there’s nothing more chic.
Q: How do you curl your hair and make it stay?
A: I get this question all the time. I curl my hair with a flatiron. It is far too complicated to try to write out the directions, so the best advice I have, is to learn how I learned — via YouTube.
Q: What’s in your purse right now?
A: First and foremost, my favorite everyday purse is my Cuyana tote. I wear it everywhere, and because it is so large, it doubles as a diaper bag. I love these purses for so many reasons: the leather is high quality, they are simple in design, and you can monogram them as well. Who doesn’t love a monogram?
As to what is actually in my purse, I’m a new mom so I keep lots of “mom stuff” in my purse: gas drops, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, etc. I also bring Dermalogica sunscreenwith me everywhere and Babyganics sunscreen for the kiddos. I have really sensitive eyes, so my sunglasses come everywhere with me as well. The bigger, the better is my philosophy regarding sunglasses, and Celine and Karen Walker’s are the largest I’ve found. I am also in love with Clary Collection Balm. It is all natural, and super hydrating for our dry, Nevada climate. I use it under my eyes and on my lips. The thing I get asked most about is my eyeliner, and I use a drugstore brand — Revlon Colorstay in black/brown. For a snack, I keep chocolate-covered cashews from Whole Foods on hand. They’re my latest guilty pleasure — but be careful, they’re super addicting!
Meet Emily during Reno Magazine's Fall Fashion Styling event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Whispering Vine, 4201 W. Fourth St. Tickets are limited to 30 people and cost $25 at https://tickets.rgj.com.
Emily Farren Wieczorek is a corporate bond trader by day and a fashion blogger by night. Follow her on Facebook @twopeasinaprada and on Instagram @twopeasinaprada.