This fall, opt for a few updated classics to put a fresh spin on the rest of your wardrobe now, and for years to come.

Blue suits of every color feel fresh and more modern than solid black or gray. Mix and match colors, like navy pants and a gray suit coat.

McKinney Online - Style File October 2014
McKinney Online - Style File October 2014

Try pairing pocket squares and ties to liven up a go-to look. Pick a patterned pocket square, then choose a solid color tie from a color family found in the pocket square. Or try your hand at bold pattern mixing with combinations like paisley and stripes or polka dots and checks. Just be sure that one pattern is larger and obviously the star player. You can also pattern mix in a more understated way by using one small print that reads as a solid color from far away.

Accessories like patterned socks, cuff links and watches are also great ways to update a wardrobe. Try wearing subtly patterned socks that mesh well with the pattern of your shirt, tie or pocket square. Be sure to check out the watch feature in this issue on page 12 (in the magazine) for the latest trends in wrist-wear!



A few key accessories will really elevate your style this fall: such as anything animal print, layered necklaces or an updated tote.

Animal print is everywhere. Because it’s made up of neutral colors, it can be treated as a neutral in your outfit. Pair it with other neutrals, colors or even prints to update your look.

McKinney Online - Style File October 2014   McKinney Online - Style File October 2014

Layer necklaces of varying styles and lengths to create a unique jewelry statement. Stamped initials, delicate shapes and pendants are all great options. A button-up or crew neck top makes the perfect backdrop to showcase your style.

Totes are perfect for the workplace, and they’ve upped their ante lately. Choose a neutral bag with subtle detailing, like gold corners, to work for a variety of situations. Dress up a look by choosing a tote with pattern or shine, or opt for the popular reversible leather versions, that let you switch from a cognac brown to black in a flash.


About the author: Caitlin Skidmore is a McKinney-based writer and style coach. She is the creator of Greater Than Rubies, in which she teaches people how to make the most of their closets. You can contact her at


McKinney Online - Style File October 2014