Five Essentials to Have in Your Closet this Fall

by Alison Lumbatis

OK, so even though Mother Nature is NOT yet aware, fall is just around the corner, or at least my calendar says so! As usual, I’m getting prematurely hyped up about wearing fall outfits. Living in the south, logic tells me that this really isn’t going to happen for a few more months. But that’s not going to stop me from buying fall clothes, pairing them up and making my hubby take outfit pics in our air conditioned living room! (which btw, I’m still sweating in all of them)

Still, my enthusiasm for fall fashion cannot be contained, thwarted or otherwise poo poo’ed. It is by and far my favorite season of the year to get dressed. I mean who doesn’t love LAYERS?! If you don’t I’m just going to say, we probably can’t be friends.

I mean, have you seen fall 2018’s trends yet? This traditional girl is completely geeking out because they are SO classic! As a matter of fact, I made sure to chock the Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge full of classics that you most likely already have in your closet.

Today I’m highlighting a few of my favorite fall trends that are instant classics. How many of these do you already have?

1. Chambray Shirt

Oh chambray shirt, you should have your own star on the style walk of fame. What else could be so versatile that it can be worn in every season? It’s the ultimate layering piece yet it stands on it’s own. Pair it in the summer over a tank or sundress, in the winter under a sweater or quilted vest or simply tuck it into jeans for spring and fall. This super soft chambray is a recent upgrade that I made to my wardrobe and I can’t recommend it enough!

[Chambray Shirt/Quilted Vest/Jeans/Loafers]


2. Gray Jeans

When gray jeans first hit the scene a few years ago, they were considered a trend but IMO they’ve reached classic status. They match virtually every color and are the first pair I reach for when I’ve grown tired of my basic blue denim.

[White Button Down/Tortoise Necklace/Quilted Vest/Gray Jeans/Leopard Mules]


Bonus Piece: Quilted Vest

Love them or hate them, quilted vests (and their lighter weight cousin, utility vests) are making a strong showing for fall 2018. The puffier, heavier versions from a few years back have been pared down to a light weight layer that makes them so much more wearable. If you’ve hated these vests because they added bulk you might want to give them another try!

3. Leopard Flats (and leopard everything)

I just KNEW this day was coming! Leopard is back on the scene in a big way for fall 2018. You have no idea how positively giddy this makes me! Even though retailers weren’t featuring this pattern as much the past few years, I still continued to wear my leopard mules, belt and booties. Now my love is legitimized with it officially being one of fall 2018’s trends.

[Denim Shirt/Striped Top/Burgundy Jeans/Leopard Mules]


Bonus Piece:  Loafers

Loafers, loafers everywhere and lots of pairs to wear! Loafers are the quintessential fall classic and there’s a bumper crop this fall like no other. It’s safe to say they’re back in the spotlight. Whether you opt for the more traditional penny loafer or a mule or slide version, you can’t go wrong.

4. Slip On Sneakers

Athleisure is on the scene for fall 2018. An easy way to dip a toe in this trend is by swapping your regular flats for a pair of fun (and might I add comfy) slip on sneakers. Metallics go with everything!

[Jeans/Slip On Sneakers]

5. Denim Jacket

Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater…denim jackets have been around forever, how can I have the nerve to put them on a fall trends list? Again, classics are all the rage and this is another that’s been thrust back into the mix in a big way. Layer one on over ANYTHING and I do mean anything. They are just that versatile. Not to mention, they’re the perfect fall layer, not too heavy, not too light.

[Denim Jacket/Dress/Shoes]


Bonus Piece: Taupe Ankle Booties

If you don’t have them yet, run, don’t walk (but don’t fall) to get you a pair of taupe ankle booties. There’s a vicious rumor that riding boots are going out of style (btw, NOT TRUE, I’m extremely passionate about this topic in case you didn’t see my Facebook Live). The ONLY kernel of truth in that rumor is that ankle boots are having a moment. If you make one footwear update for fall, make it a pair of taupe ankle boots. Taupe matches both warm and cool colors and you can wear ankle boots with everything from boyfriend and skinny jeans to dresses and skirts.

It’s Your Turn: What pieces are you planning to add to your fall wardrobe? How many of these do you already have? Join the conversation in our GYPO Pretties Facebook group!

Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge News + Giveaway

Have you heard the news? The Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge is almost here! It opens on September 7th which is also my birthday, btw and as a gift to myself (and YOU, of course!) I chocked it full of my favorite fall classics.

What the heck is a Style Challenge you ask? It’s my online personal style program that basically gives you a personal stylist for practically nothing. But seriously, it’s personal style that fits your budget and size and over 24,000 women have joined since it’s start in 2014!

I started this program based on the premise that life’s too short to worry about what you’re wearing. I want getting dressed to be the easiest thing you do all day!

Trust me when I say this, it’s about SO MUCH more than clothes. It’s real women, real fashion and most importantly real FUN!

I’m not just tooting my own horn either, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and read through some of the 277 five star reviews.

OK, Alison, this all sounds awesome, but how does it work?

Glad you asked! It’s so easy. First off I give you a shopping list of classic basics and seasonal fall trends.You check off anything you already have in your closet and go shopping for the rest armed with your list. No more decision overwhelm, you’ll know EXACTLY what you need. Don’t worry, I also give you links to online options if you don’t want to leave the house.

The best part? Every piece on your shopping list gets paired up in at least 4-5 different ways helping you make the most of your shopping budget!

After your pieces are in place, you’ll get a daily outfit delivered right to your inbox made up of pieces on the list to style and wear that day.

It’s kind of like meal planning for your closet. I give you the ingredients list (shopping list), you check your pantry (closet) for any staples you already have and then I send you a daily recipe (outfit formula) to create your meals (outfits) for every day of the week!

How much does this cost?

I started the Style Challenge on the premise that EVERY woman deserves to have access to great style and the confidence that comes with it, no matter her size or budget. Access to everything in the program is just $39 per season (considering a personal stylist is $150/hour, I think it’s a pretty awesome deal!) We don’t charge you a recurring membership fee either, you pay for the program you want, that’s it. Plus since you do your own shopping, YOU get to set the budget and shop at your favorite stores.

You can’t put a price on confidence but if we had to, we’d say $39 makes it a pretty good deal! PRICELESS!

I’M TOTALLY IN! Now what?

The Fall 2018 GYPO Style Challenge will be available for registration on September 7th. The minute you sign up, you’ll get your shopping list and access to the first week’s worth of outfits plus all the goodies inside our members only area. Make sure that you’re on our newsletter list so you’ll be the first to know when it opens. In the meantime, you can learn more about Style Challenges and our other programs HERE.

25,000th Member Giveaway!

We are SO CLOSE to our 25,000th Style Challenge member! In fact it’s going to happen during registration for the Fall 2018 Style Challenge! To celebrate, we’ve got an EPIC giveaway planned. All you have to do to enter is sign up for the fall challenge. More details to come!