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Fall: equinox, season + fashion

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Fall is a significant time in most people's lives. For students, it means a return to school and all of the homework, organization and focus that it demands. For everyone else, it means a return to routine away from the lazy days of summer. People often feel a need to get things in order, clean house, take on tasks they’ve been putting off and get ready for the dark days of winter.

I know I get a mad urge to tick off my to-do list and keep it clear, to wrap myself up in cozy sweaters and slow down. I also feel that programmed response from years of school to shop for supplies, clean out my purse and get ‘er done. So what cosmic energies are at play during the three fall months and how can you harness them to your advantage?

I want this blog to be more than a promotional platform for the shop. In fact, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This blog is about connecting with you, about informing you and about helping us all live the values we hold dear: slowing life and our fashion down; simplifying our to-do lists and our closets; buying fewer, better things and taking care of ourselves, each other and our planet.

I’ve asked astrologer Kathryn Connolly of Simply Astrology, a dear family friend and a steady guide in my life to share her insights on the stars and how they affect how we feel about the coming months in relation to work, life and of course, fashion. Kathryn will post every quarter, at the turning of the seasons, and I look forward to hearing your feedback on her insights.

(September 22 - October 22)

Image of two women, one on the left wearing a black and white palm leaf print dress, the other on the right a red blouse with jeans and a black blazer.

Libra represents marriage, socializing, beauty, balance and harmony. During this time, you can enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage beneath the lovely Harvest Moon and stroll through farmers’ markets brimming with pumpkins, sunflowers and squash. Use Libra’s energy to clean out your wardrobe, swap out seasonal items and replenish as needed. During Thanksgiving, we count our blessings and enjoy the holiday with friends and family. Take advantage of this time to pare down to your fashion essentials. Bring out your fall/winter wardrobe and carefully plan your clothing shopping list as needed.

"Elegance is elimination." - Cristóbal Balenciaga

Ms. Libra air sign likes coordinating things, in life and relationships. Her wardrobe reflects a head-to-toe finished look with matching accessories, tasteful colors and unerring instincts.

Colours: blues, ivories, creams, pinks, black, soft florals and abstracts

Fabrics: linen, checked houndstooth, silk and raw silk, wool, cashmere, dotted Swiss, organdy, eyelet, cotton, polka dots, stripes and plaids, textures

Preferences: tailored jacket/skirt/pant suits, two-toned dresses, creased dress pants, elegant pumps, classic accessories, quality designer labels

(October 22 - November 21)

Two pictures, side by side of one model wearing black outfits.

Scorpio represents death, transformation, sexuality, money, intimacy and power, and it encompasses the pagan Halloween. Scorpio is an emotional sign so use its energy to dig deep into your feelings, assess any problem areas in your life and lay out an action plan to right the wrongs. Masked goblins roam the night until All Saints Day on November 1st and All Soul’s Day November 2nd. Remembrance Day pays tribute to fallen veterans and those who still serve. Now is a good time to pause, clear your calendar, plan your holiday shopping budget, reconnect with friends and cut out some down time for yourself.

“Women who wear black lead colorful lives!” - Neiman Marcus

Ms. Scorpio water sign learned early on that sex equals power and mystery, the ultimate aphrodisiacs. Sporting stiletto heels, seductive lingerie and midnight black, she sees no need for subtlety in her all-or-nothing approach to life.

Colours: black and more black, black and white combos such as checks and stripes, silver and metallic accents, smoky maroon, scarlet, deep purple

Fabrics: black vegetable-tanned or recycled leather, mesh, lace, recycled vinyl, fishnet, spandex, pleather, see through materials, faux fabrics, lace/mesh/silk, zebra and animal prints

Preferences: black leather boots and jackets, lingerie, minis and tees, cutaways, zippers, studs, snaps, chains, black pants, leggings, hoods, hats

(November 21 – December 21)

Sagittarius represents education, travel, beliefs, expansion and revelry. It means Christmas parties, term exams and midnight masses. People are more joyful and giving this time of year. Feasting and spending during annual trips home can overtax credit cards and belt buckles, but, oh, what fun it is. Take advantage of this sign’s mindful energy to review your shopping habits. Try to uncover the true meaning of your shopping, especially any guilt you feel around buying gifts (or not buying enough). Now is the time to change your frame of reference and avoid getting caught up in buying for the sake of buying. Focus on what the holidays are truly about. Opt for homemade gifts, quality gifts that will last, hand-written cards and inviting family and friends over for some quality time. 

“You can be the chicest thing in a T-shirt and jeans.” - Karl Lagerfield

Ms. Sagittarius fire sign sports a unique blend of ethno-chic:  bohemian fringe, Latin flamenco, casual camper or European gypsy.  Her closet features unpretentious, easy wear and care clothes from her travels abroad.  

Colours: deep purples such as plum and mauve, blues, reds, jewel tones, magenta, burgundy, white, saffron, patterns

Fabrics: Gore-Tex, batik, tie dye, flannel, denim, down, cotton, Madras cotton, Polar fleece, polyester, plaids, international and eastern natural dye fabrics

Preferences: down vests, sweat shirts, denim jeans and jackets, fringes, sarongs, sundresses, sandals, leggings, sloppy shirts and sweaters, bold scarves and shawls

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