Fall & Winter

4 Fab Fall Pieces to Pump Up Your Style

You don’t need a huge closet full of clothes to look fabulous this fall. The secret to a chic wardrobe is having a few key pieces that are flexible, comfortable, and totally on-trend. I’ve partnered with Christopher & Banks to show you what I mean.

Here’s what you need to create a stylish fall wardrobe that works.

ponte knit dresses

Anchor Your Wardrobe With A Little Black Dress

Every woman needs a go-to dress in her closet that she can wear just about anywhere. This classy Ponte knit dress is it! Think of this dress as a blank canvas. There are so many ways to change your look by simply adding different jackets, sweaters, jewelry, and accessories.

The best part is that Ponte is soft and comfy. It stretches with your shape and follows your curves. The hip way to wear a knit dress this fall? With a colored faux leather jacket and a long, slimming scarf.

bohemian style clothing for women

Pop on a Poncho

Express your creative side with a pretty poncho.  This 70’s inspired piece has an artsy bohemian vibe. You can wear it as a statement sweater, or layer it over a blouse or top. Gray + burgundy is such a striking color combination, and so on point at the moment.

Pair this look with Ponte pants or leggings or even jeans. It’s the perfect thing to wear when you are running around on the weekend doing errands or visiting friends.

leopard print clothes for women

Accent with an Animal Print

Now and then you need a great print to spice things up. This alluring leopard top will make your wardrobe exciting and fun.

Pair it with black Ponte leggings, flats, and a faux leather jacket. The beauty of this top is that it captures the animal print trend without “roaring too loudly”. It’s trendy but sophisticated, and the V-neck is slimming.

christopher banks clothing

Look Cool and Confident in Leather

The best way to give your wardrobe a modern edge is to mix in leather or faux leather jacket.

Black leather can look heavy and drain you, but a pop of color adds warmth and makes you look vibrant and youthful. Choose a richly colored jacket that is soft and lightweight, and wear it with an interesting statement blouse to look updated and chic.


I’ve been featuring clothing from Christopher & Banks, a brand I was recently introduced to and really like. Its mission is to make women of all sizes feel as good as they look.

Christopher & Banks:

  • Has 533 stores across the country and is proud to serve REAL WOMEN.
  • Offers Missy and Petite sizing that ranges from 4-16. They also have Plus sizes for women sizes 14-24W. All this is under one roof!
  • Are staffed by personal shoppers who can help fit every woman and occasion.
  • Have an online store if you prefer to shop from home.

Christopher & Banks offers style and value every day!

To shop any of the clothes in this post be sure to visit Christopher & Banks.

This is a Fabulous After 40 Sponsored posts I was paid/received a product for this sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

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153 thoughts on “4 Fab Fall Pieces to Pump Up Your Style

  1. I love this outfit! The jacket is such a beautiful color. But I also love how the whole company is put together. I could not have done this myself.

    1. I selected the blue jacket, animal print top, and black leggings as the giveaway because that’s what I thought my readers would like best. ( I like it best) It looks like I was right. We’ve had a lot of yes votes for that one. We’ll be picking a lucky winner soon! Cheers, Deborah

    1. Hi Debbie, I have to say that the black dress is fabulous. It is a Ponte knit, so it is very comfy, and the style and cut are superb! This is a dress I know I will get a ton of wear out of. Cheers, Deborah

  2. I really like the little black dress with the faux leather jacket, very cute and I could even wear it to work!

  3. I love the blog and I have used lots of the tips. I also love CJ Banks. The “pop in poncho” is really cute.

  4. I like the outfit with the leather jacket the most. I would love to own a leather jacket like that to mix in with items I already own.

  5. After seeing your review of this outfit earlier in the week, I planned to visit our local store later this week! Would love a chance to win!

  6. Love your blog, it is so helpful for us “over 40” ladies. Thanks for your commitment to making us all feel wonderful!

  7. Great website with lots of great ideas! So glad I found it!. I love the very versatile black dress.

  8. This is a wonderful giveaway! Thank you, especially for making it available i plus sizes! I hope I win, that jacket is gorgeous!

  9. I really like the knit black dress and the leather outfit. The giveaway outfit would be perfect for job interviews.

  10. You look gorgeous in all of them! I especially love the poncho outfit.The colors are so pretty and it looks so cozy.

  11. I would so wear that colorful leather jacket (makes my blue eyes bluer)! The jewelry and rest of the outfit are cute, too, trendy without being little-girlish. Going to C&B to check out their line.

    1. Hi B,
      That is a gorgeous shade of blue, and it looks so striking with gray. I always find a pop of color like that up near your face adds energy and makes you vibrant and with it! Send me a photo of you in your new jacket. I’d love to see it. Cheers, Deborah

  12. I have to add another comment. The young model is very pretty, but actually Deborah, I think you look better in the outfit!

  13. OK, you’ve done it. I am going to get a leather jacket in a bright color! I can see how it’s so versatile through many of your segments. I guess it’s a staple.

  14. I’ve been a CJBanks/Christopher & Banks customer for many years. They have great clothes that follow trends, but give you choices appropriate to your “real life”. They also have great scarves and jewelry. I’ll be checking out their shoes collection next!

  15. The faux leather jacket is perfect for chilly fall days that turn warm in the afternoon. Combining
    that with the statement tunic, ponte pants and flats make for a very stylish as well as comfortable outfit. I love that Christopher & Banks also carries petite!

  16. I love the way you changed up the feel of the LBD!
    I’m headed over to the website to look for it right now!

    1. Hi Suzanne, That dress is a fantastic find. It’s well cut and I love that it has sleeves. You could do a million things with it. This is the kind of dress that is so versatile you really feel you get your money’s worth. It’s a great wardrobe staple. Cheers, Deborah

  17. i liked the leather jacket over jeans. i’m most comfortable in jeans for almost every day, and the jacket and print blouse makes it look sharp.

  18. I love the black Ponte leggings, flats, and a faux leather jacket with the animal print top. Christopher & Banks is my favorite store for clothes and accessories.

  19. I Love Christopher & Banks. I have been shopping there for years. They have a wonderful Friends and Family sale each year. I buy my Mother and my Mother-In-Law an outfit there every Christmas. Love this Store! My favorite is the little black dress- scarf…and jacket just Beautiful!

  20. Great advice about keeping black from being too draining and heavy! I think the poncho would look great with leggings too.

  21. I already have a sleeveless black pointe knit dress and that was great to see a new way to carry it over into fall.

  22. love getting your emails and seeing all the awesome styles — !!! Inspiring for a hard working woman in need of several updates, with everything! Thank you!

  23. Just saw this store, Christopher and Banks, for the first time in Georgia. I was curious about it. Now I know! Thanks for sharing.

  24. I love these looks in outfits, except for the faux leather jacket. I would gladly pay for genuine leather, but I wouldn’t say I like anything fake. The companies are adorable!

  25. This is the second Canadian website today with a U.S. product giveaway to U.S. residents only! I am not so happy about this. I love to find Canadian blogs and hope to see products I can buy in Canada. Insert sad face here…..

  26. I’m so glad I found your blog. At 48, I’m starting to get out of my boot-cut yoga pants and into fabulous style. I love what I’m learning from your blog. Xoxo :-)

  27. I love everything I have from Christopher banks. The clothes look so lovely and wear so well.
    They also fit me better than any other clothes. I love the choices.

  28. Absolutely love the Faux leather jacket with the black leggings! Especially the sea blue leather jacket from Christopher and Banks!! Perfect fall attire for looking elegant and stylish.

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