Ask A Connecticut Stylist: Putting Together Your Top Fall Look

October 29, 2013 8:00 AM

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It’s not surprising that fall fashions are as colorful as an autumn in Connecticut. With four seasons changing enough to mandate a change in wardrobes, Connecticut residents are on top of the trends year-round. Happily, Connecticut has many professional and highly experienced style consultants and fashion experts to help women and men select the perfect wardrobe for fall.

Pam Friedlander
Positive Reflections
23 Richter Drive
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 798-0718

When Pam Friedlander went from a size 16 to a size four, she started helping other women who lost weight but still held onto the same style of clothing. A people person, Pam is now a fashion consultant for all women ages 40 and up. For this fall, Pam says think “peacock.” She suggests wearing rich purples and blues and combining reds and oranges together. Business women should wear a colorful teddy with that black suit. Pam also says that leather will be all the rage this fall. Therefore, incorporate it in everything. As for handbags, go leather and color. It doesn’t have to be black or brown anymore.

Related: Ask A Stylist: Tips For Finding The Perfect Suit

Amy Lyons Kemler
Fresh Start Wardrobe Consulting
157 Leeder Hill Drive, Suite 102
Hamden , CT 06517
(203) 988-5137

Amy Lyons Kemler comes from a long line of fashion experts. Her grandfather worked in the garment district in New York City and her parents worked retail in women’s clothing. “I have always loved fashion and although I have been involved in it all my life, I officially started my business five years ago.” Amy advises her clients to mix what they already have with a few new things. With a passion for jeans, she recommends adding a jewel color T shirt for fall. Those fall jewel colors are burgundy, jade and gold tones. Amy is a self-declared “Queen of Shoes.” She recommends ankle leather booties.

Ellen Gang
Ellen Gang Design Studio
Sunnyside Lane
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 222-1717

When it comes to keeping up with the trends, Ellen Gang knows just what’s happening. Having received numerous design awards throughout her career, Ellen now teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is developing a concentration in fashion at Sacred Heart University. Her studio specializes in teaching fashion to teens and young adults. “This year, leather is in,” she said that adding leather patches and inserts will be hot. “Plaid with leather, chains and mesh have gone from punk to mainstream,” she said, concluding with “What’s old is new again, but with a twist.”

Pia Malizia
PIA, Personal Images Artist
238 Post Road E.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 557-0901

Pia Malizia believes in the whole package when it comes to putting together a total fall look. Her studio offers services ranging from make-up application, haircuts, coloring, highlights and more. An artist who studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, her drawings drew attention because of her unique use of detail for faces and hair. Because of this, she was advised to go into cosmetology. “This fall, women need a clean face look, but with bold, well-defined brows and wine-stained lips,” she said. “For me it’s an art,” said the Parsons-trained artist. Knowing the trends, she said that tousled hair is in for fall along with a shoulder length bob.

Wendy Queen
Wendy Queen Personal Stylist
24 Monroe St.
South Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 345-0030

Earning her claim to fame by designing beautiful feminine clothing for post-surgical breast cancer women, Wendy Queen has been a personal stylist for 20 years, with an emphasis on personal. She said that one of the most important things about fashion is to look and feel good in what you’re wearing. “Jeans count,” she said, adding to buy them, wear them and love them. “Everything you wear should speak to who are you. It is far more fashionable to have a personality than fit into a crowd. There’s nothing interesting about a crowd,” she stressed.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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