Get Cozy, Look Cool In A Colorblocked Sweater

Baby, it’s getting cold outside! We’ve had some snow the last two days. Time to slip on a cozy top, that’s for sure!

I stepped out of the house in -10 degree celsius weather to take a quick shot of my  new DVF cashmere sweater for you.

Deborah Boland Fabulous After 40 DVF Striped sweater

Deborah Boland Fabulous After 40 Colorblocked Sweater
Shop the Look : DVF colorblock sweater, Paige midrise jeans, suede booties, gold necklace ( similar)

I Love Color 

You know me ….  I love color, and this year with all the black and gray it’s been really hard to find. That’s why I grabbed this gorgeous sweater. The combo of navy, red, and fuchsia is so vibrant and happy that it makes it a little easier for me to shift my mind  into the long winter ahead. Here, I’m wearing my new sweater with dark denim Paige jeans (midrise, stretchy, soft as anything- the best jeans I have ever owned) and some cute black booties with gold zippers.

Color blocking isn’t new, but this year I notice the focus is on colorblocked  knits. I think a colorblocked sweater is a great thing to wear to look sporty, casual and modern, plus colorblocking does wonders to visually whittle your figure into  shape. Strategically placed panels conceal trouble spots and draw the eye to your best features, making you look shapely and slim.

Here’s a few favorite colorblocked knits that look great at any age.

Fuzzy Wuzzzy

white and gray colorblock sweater

Don’t you just want to reach out and touch this soft, fluffy gray and white sweater? It’s super casual, but so very classy too. Nice! Sweater  by Vince Camuto.

Bright and Bold

Red, White and black is always a stunning color combo. I love this perky sweater which looks great over jeans or leggings. The vertical lines are so slimming! This sweater from Intarsia 
 red colorblock sweater
Awesome Asymmetrical

This simple asymmetrical cut is chic and slimming. It’s an elegant and artful look. Very classy and figure flattering in black and gray. asymmetrical sweater found here.

 black colorblock
Colorblocked Cuffs

I’ve seen a lot of these cute sweaters with zippers at the waist. This sweater takes it one step further by adding fabulous colorblocked cuffs. This simple detail ups the style factor big time. (red sweater can be found here)
 eileen fisher colorblock sweater
Colorblocked Lace

Isn’t this an interesting and feminine twist on the colorblocked look? …Soft pastel peach up top highlights your pretty face and warm mocha gently conceals any tummy. Lace divides the two for a lovely, ladylike look. This sweater found here.
lace colorblock sweater
Want to see more? Take a look these other colorblocked sweaters in the stores now. They’re such a nice change from  1 color sweaters and they look cool and modern.

I’m linking up with Fashion Friday.

7 Fall Accessories To Look Fabulous after 40

Accessories are the icing on the fashion cake. Nothing finishes off or updates an outfit like the right bag, shoe or a bit of bling.

By the same token, the wrong heels or earrings will make you look  stuck in last season or not-quite-so-right territory.

With this in mind, here are 7 Fabulous accessories that are making big news this fall.

They’re all you need to Tweak Your Chic!®

fall accessories 2014


Gloves, earrings, purse, rings

Bucket Bag

If your  9 to 5 requires a structured bag or briefcase,  you’ll love this trend: the casual-luxe bucket bag is having a renaissance! Perfect with jeans and made for errands, shopping and Saturdays, look for a solid-coloured bag with a defined drawstring top. The easy shape of it makes you look effortlessly on-trend.

Statement Earrings

Long, jangle-y earrings were a fixture on the fall/winter runways. Many models even sported only one earring on the runway! An easy way to translate the look for everyday is to break out your best shoulder-grazers. Pair large dangly earrings with everything from a tee and jeans to a cocktail dress!  They’ll draw eyes towards your face and add some decadence to any look.

Multi-finger Rings

Rings have been a fashion focus for a few seasons now. The latest twist  is a slim ring that slides over 2 or more fingers. These rings are perfectly minimalistic and add an instant downtown edge to any look.  Consider this the go-to trend when you want to update your look in a subtle way!

Personality-Packed Gloves

Give yourself an upgrade from the plain, black dollar store style of glove and  buy yourself a super-splashy new animal print pair.  Gloves are an often overlooked part of an outfit. Embellished gloves can update last fall’s jacket and make darting out to start your car feel much more fabulous.


Accessories Fall 2014


Boots, gray hat, necklace

Floppy Hats

The beanie hat has reigned supreme for the past few winters in the hat department. This season’s ’60s glam [perhaps best shown at Saint Laurent’s show] threatens to dethrone the beanie in favour of the floppy hat. It adds an unexpected twist to everything from flow-y dresses to structured blouses and wide-leg pants.

Mod Boots

Knee-high, block-heeled boots are back in a big way. This fall has a seriously swinging ’60s feel to it, and these boots are the easiest way to work the trend. Perfectly modern with skinny jeans or retro-cool with black tights, mod boots are a fun way to play with different eras in your outfit.

Cuff Necklaces

After seasons of navel grazing pendants, bold, graphic necklaces that sit right at the collar-bone are back. They’re a perfect way to highlight your decolletage and work equally well with scoop-neck tees and structured blouses!

Do you have a favorite accessory for fall? Comment below.

Guest Contributor for this post: Stylist Morgan Mullin.


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