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Fall Style Guide

With summer swiftly drawing to a close, we can抰 help but delight in the possibilities a new season brings. To get us ready for autumn, we asked celebrity fashion stylist Elle Werlin and members of the Oribe Education Team for expert advice on transitioning into fall with great style. Read the tips below from Elle and Oribe Artistic Director Ronnie Stam, then scroll through the slideshow to see some of Elle抯 favorite emerging trends from the fall runways accompanied by complementary hairstyles courtesy of our educators.

What are the newest fashion trends we should expect to see this fall?
Elle: In terms of overall trends, I抦 seeing a lot of print-on-print, menswear-inspired looks for ladies, punk styles and 90s luxury for today抯 hipster. Main elements include modern fur textures like pony skin, broadtail fur and astrakhan wool textures, as well as shearling and fleece-like fur that isn抰 as bulky, giving way to modernity. The 90s are also showcased through sleepwear and lingerie-like slips that are worn everywhere except bed. Women are completing a strong outerwear look with bomber jackets and widely cut or floor length coats with a menswear feel. Sweatshirt detailing is also huge.

As far as accessories go, I抦 seeing big bags, portfolio clutches and purses with handles as opposed to straps. Shoes are chunkier with stacked heels. I抦 often seeing boyfriend shoes like loafers and thigh-high boots, followed by mod and flat styles.

What抯 the hottest hue of the season?
Elle: The hottest hues going forward will be hunter or dark green, many shades of grey and navy.

How can people transition their summer clothes into fall?
Elle: The best way to transition summer clothes into fall is through layering. Pile on springtime knits, mixing them with leather and other fabrics like denim to get a warm, fall-like feel.

Do you have a go-to fall outfit?
Elle: Leather pants, a cropped knit sweater and boyfriend shoes.

What are some must-have staple items that never go out of style?
Elle: The little black dress, a pointed heel and a great evening clutch.

What kind of outfit and hairstyle would you recommend for someone going straight from work to a social event?
Elle: The ability to take your wardrobe from work to play is a skill that only a true lady can master. My fail-safe favorite is the fitted sheath dress, which every woman should have in her wardrobe. For day, pair it with flats, pumps or even lace-up brogues and a large day bag, tote or briefcase. Keep hair, makeup and jewelry to a minimum. For evening, exchange any flat shoes for heels, platforms or strappy open-toed sandals. Then pull out a clutch that was previously packed into the daytime tote. To complete the look, bring some accent or statement jewelry to complement hair, makeup, shoes and bag.

If a fitted sheath isn抰 a great look for you, try a pencil skirt or fitted pants with a light cotton button-up shirt under a blazer or cardigan. At night, exchange the button-up for a loose silky blouse, cutout top or sexy racerback tank top. Bright colors, prints and other embellishments can easily take the pants or skirt from day to night. Just keep in mind who your nighttime audience is and adjust the look appropriately.

Ronnie: It depends on what the temperature is, since obviously summertime lends itself better to off-the-neck styling, but I like the idea of something that can easily be changed. When you抮e feeling the need for a boost around your temples, use Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots for extra lift. Or, try a slicked-back look by wetting your hairline with Foundation Mist, applying Rock Hard Gel to roots and combing hair back for a very sculpted look. Leave the ends down without product, put on a headband梥omething skinny and small梐nd add statement earrings.

With August winding down, the Labor Day party planning has begun. Do you have any thoughts about Labor Day outfit options that balance all-day comfort with style?
Elle: For an outdoor barbeque or picnic, pair a long, light and airy circle skirt with something as simple as a cutoff tee to hint at that tan you抳e been working on all summer. Stick to flip-flops, flat sandals or lace-ups since the key is to be comfortable. Since it抯 a picnic, you should be prepared to get dirty, tipsy and potentially wet if you抮e near the beach or pool. Wear a bikini under everything else!

Ronnie: I love doing something with scarves, especially for outdoor events. Apply Cr鑝e for Style to damp hair and do a pin curl set. Once hair is dry, gently loosen the curls with fingers and finish hair with Shine Light Reflecting Spray. Then, wrap a scarf that matches your outfit around your hair to act as a headband or elastic.

What about fall weddings?
Elle: For a fall wedding梑oth day and night梤emember that this is the bride抯 day, and you don抰 want to look like you came from a club in front of someone else抯 (or your own) grandparents. For daytime, a silky knee-length dress always looks great. Some people take seasonal colors into consideration. Again, depending on wedding attire梬hich is generally specified in the invitation梐 sheath is an excellent option since it抯 form fitting and flattering without being too revealing.

Ronnie: Simplicity is important, particularly in the fall, though sometimes you抣l want to think about changing the look depending on how long the wedding is. My first tip is to go light on the hairspray. That way you can create a different look later on without worrying about product resistance. Imperm閍ble is light, but holds the hair and will maintain shine. If you抳e got an updo during the day, let it down at night. To finish the look, add a few drops of Gold Lust for shine and Fiber Groom to seal the ends.

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