Fall Fashion Clothing: Cover Me in Velvet, Baby; Wrap Me in Deep Ruffles

Fall fashion clothing drapes you in easy to wear sensual fabrics and kisses you with styles that flatter every figure. Here's my five trends to watch and enjoy:

Velvet -- solid colors and burnout are strong.

Burgundy -- rich shades of deepest wine red.

Sheer blouses in nude, flesh, and pale pink decorated with tiny or deep ruffles, or lace.

Bell sleeves that end in deep flounce ruffles, like the gown of a Renaissance wise woman.

Upcycled looks with combinant fabrics and trim.

Velvet-- Sensuous, Mysterious, and Inviting

The word velvet whispers tempting allusions to secrets and sensuality. Black velvet is as impenetrable as woman's cherished dreams. Today's burn-out fabrics add the allure of peek-a-boo patterns to this year's winter fashion for women.

Velvet is a perennial hit for the winter holidays, a splendid background for your best jewelry, and hides figure faults in that mysterious opaque nap.

Whether you choose a velvet robe for lounging, a little black velvet dress for stepping out, or a velvet jacket that you can dress up or down, you are making the right choice.

Take advantage of fall fashion clothing's plethora of velvet to add this classic fabric to your seasonal selections.

Micro-suede and plush velour are terrific alternatives to this classy textile. I've got a fabulous plus-sized caftan for sale on Etsy, perfect for entertaining at home, a casual event out, or just cozy relaxing by the fire.

Velvet slippers and slides are showing up this year with whimsical embroidery, beading, and other trim. With care, a nice pair should last you through a few years of holiday celebrations.

Burgundy -- A Richly Sophisticated Red

Burgundy in all shades is a rich addition to the fall-winter palette.

Like the legendary Diana Vreeland, I'm a big fan of red. But when I see red next to a rich burgundy wine fabric, it may seem flashy and cheap.

Burgundy is a flattering color for olive complexions, as well as some pink-fair skin tones.

Count on seeing a good selection of burgundy blouses, sweaters, dresses, and jackets on the racks of winter fashion for women. Your choice is all the sweeter if you find burgundy velvet -- solid or burnout pattern -- or such fashion-forward touches as flounce or bell sleeves.

H2>Sheer Blouses, Beguilingly Designed with Ruffles and Lace, Invite You to Show Some Skin

Blouses in trompe-l'oeil tones such as pale pink, flesh peach, and nude offer a chance to titillate without showing anything.

Some of the best of these styles are pricey. With a sharp eye for style and a bargain, you can pick up something cheaper among the selections of fall fashion clothing. Or find a sheer blouse and handstich your own lace ruffles.

Worn under a velvet blazer, these achieve a look that moves from day to evening.

Bell Sleeves Ring in the New Year

Bell sleeves are another romantic throwback with a Bohemian vibe. There is nothing like a ruffled flounce at my wrist to make me feel uber feminine.

Fall fashion clothing features bell sleeves on blouses, tunic tops, dresses, and a few sweaters.

Enjoy feeling like a Renaissance wise woman as you serve guests or lounge with your pets in the evening, reading a book.

Combinant and Hand-Fashioned Looks Continue Upcycled Craft Trend

Maybe it's because so many of us realize the future of the world is in our hands. Maybe it's because of the exciting return to all kinds of handmade crafts. Whatever the reasons, there is no end to interest in styles that appear upcycled from two or more garments.

Look for styles that integrate two, three, or more fabric, colors, prints, and trims in winter fashion for women.

Anything goes -- velvet with chiffon, wool with cotton. You may find a sweater top with a flounce of a rainbow assortment of silk scarves.

Bell sleeves or a peplum flounce may be added in a different fabric and complementary color to a dress or top.

Lace seems to be everywhere, from denim to velvet. Embroidery and crochet list are high on the list of desirable handcrafted looks.

And those little velvet slippers will look sensational with just about any of these looks.

Update Your Style by Adding a Little Rather than a Lot

Living on a fixed budget makes it challenging to integrate new styles into our wardrobe.

Check out local thrift stores and get in on the upcycling trend to fashion your own style hits.

Whether you yearn for velvet slippers or elegant bell sleeves, do try to treat yourself to a little something special. You deserve it.

Develop your own style so that you incorporate trends without falling victim to every fashion fad.

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