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Ask A Connecticut Expert: Tips For College Style Essentials

August 27, 2013 8:00 AM

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You will be happy to hear that there are clothes in your wardrobe that will be fashion forward such as pencil skirts, oversized coats and peplums for another school year. Military as wells as camouflage are still in style. Then there will be a few new pieces you will want to add to keep your outfits looking fresh and up to date. It’s nice living in Connecticut with four seasons and fashion trends for every type of weather.

Wishlist
Co-owners Carla Strobel & Suzanne Zarrilli

1101 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 655-0050
www.shopwishlist.com

350 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 629-4600
www.shopwishlist.com

606 Post Road E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 221-7700
www.shopwishlist.com

Wishlist is a shop for trendy teens and young women with casually chic styles and contemporary clothing. The owners of the shop are Carla Strobel and Suzanne Zarilli. Carla Strobel has years of retail management experience in stores like Barney’s. Suzanne Zarrilli had more than 20 years of experience in the design industry when they opened Wishlist in 1998. She graduated from Moore College of Art & Design with an MFA in fashion illustration.The objective of the shop is to bring edgy and fun apparel to the suburbs with a mix of expensive and inexpensive clothing. If you are looking for a personal shopper, whether it is a question about style or coordinating an outfit, they are here for you.

Color Trends

When shopping, keep in mind the color trends for this fall/winter. A new sweater or t-shirt in a bright red color like oxblood or garnet can be paired with all shades of blue in your closet, especially dark aquamarine, navy blue and cobalt blue. Neutral grays and browns can be spiced up with emerald green, mustard and/or yellow. The yellow should be bright and bold.

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Chunky Scarves and Slouchy Hats

These will not only add warmth when stepping outside, but also style. Scarves or cowls wrapped around your neck several times and knit or crochet with thick yarn are the perfect accessory. The patterns of twists and cables in soft fiber with lots of texture will be your choice. Slouchy hats provide a fuller shape with a longer cap. This gives the wearer the option of wearing it further down on the face and over the ears or more protection for the back of the neck.

Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are in vogue again, just in time for a snowy and cold Connecticut winter. High necks, whether worn under a plunging neckline, paired with jeans or a pencil skirt, are a must in your wardrobe. They will keep you warm as well as trendy. A couple of turtlenecks in this season’s colors is an inexpensive way to update your wardrobe.

Leather and Lace

Leather and intricate crochet lace, though opposites, make a great looking combination. Add patent leather, reptile skins or metallics in colors and shimmering fabrics to your wardrobe and you have balanced out a new look. Don’t shy away from beads or sequins to play up this look. Pairing the ultra feminine lace top with a tomboy or a bit of tough girl accent like a leather masculine jacket or pants and you are ready for the runway.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses in floral prints and bold colors are all the rage. A tie-dye retro bohemian look is making a comeback. This type of dress is comfortable as well as fashionable. It can be worn as an everyday dress or with a bit of jewelry and the right clutch handbag ready for an evening out. You can find the maxis flowing and draping or slim and body hugging. Choose the shape and style that bests suits your body type.

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Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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