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Photograph by Jennifer Denton, @1010ParkPlace 2018
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FYI, my photoshoot didn’t come together in time for this week’s Fashion Friday post, so I’m using a photo Jennifer took of me last fall. You’ll notice I was ahead of one of this year’s trends because I was wearing a belted, tweed blazer. Here’s A GREAT STYLING TRICK: Fold back the cuffs on your blazer to expose a pretty lining and/or the sleeves of your blouse.

Checkout this Fashion “Friday” post because I’m also featuring seven other bloggers.

You’ll also notice this week’s Fashion Friday is on Thursday! That’s because California designer, Cindy Hattersley, who profiled me and my style last year on her blog, Rough Luxe Lifestyle, asked me to be part of a fabulous group she selected to talk about this year’s Fall fashion trends. It’s an opportunity for you and me to get to know seven other over 50 bloggers. Thank you, Cindy! I appreciate you for including me!

Whether you shop at Target or Neiman’s, Fall 2019’s, biggest trends are clothes with great tailoring and defined waistlines that show off the female body. One of the biggest trends is “strong shoulders” but fear not. This year’s clothes are not a return to the days of Dynasty where Crystal Carrington and Alexis Colby influenced everything that walked the runway.

Some of this year’s Fall trends are:

COLOR: On the runways this Fall we’re seeing warm colors like rich brown, olive green, gold, orange and cinnamon along with variations of tan, blush and cream.

LEATHER: Designers are showing lots of leather separates like dresses, skirts and jackets. (Leather pants will never go out of style.) DON’T BE AFRAID OF WEARING LEATHER. You can make it as edgy and hip as you want, or dress it down. If a leather dress is sleeveless and you’d rather not show your arms, wear a long-sleeved sweater, tee-shirt or blouse underneath. Pair a leather skirt with an oatmeal colored sweater to give it a softer look. You can also belt a sweater, dress, skirt or pants to create more of a defined waistline… another one of this year’s trends. Leather separates can be worn with any shoe, including slip on sneakers, sandals or black boots (pick your length) with black tights.

I had a great leather skirt like this in my 20’s but a few years later I gave it to Goodwill. Dumb! So dumb! I believed that when something went out of style… that was it! Adios. Goodbye. Forever! Now I understand why Goodwill said they always looked forward to my calls… LOL!

BELTS: Thin belts, wide belts, all kinds of belts were shown on the Fall runways worn over everything from blazers to sweaters, dresses and coats. WAISTLINES ARE IN, even if you don’t have one! Wear a Spanx camisole underneath your clothing. It pulls everything in and then by adding a belt, it will give you more of a defined waistline. Shape is sexy! Even if you’re a curvy girl. Shape is youthful!

CHUNKY GOLD JEWELRY: If you didn’t catch last week’s Fashion Friday post, here’s where you can find it. Our mothers’s gold link necklaces and bracelets are back. Lucky me! I have several pretty ones of mother’s to choose from.

STATEMENT COATS & CAPES: This year’s coats and capes have lots of drama! Many are floor-sweeping… think really long, belted, double-breasted with big collars and nipped in at the waist. During the cold months your jacket or coat may be the only thing people see, so what if you BUY A COAT THAT MAKES YOU FEEL FABULOUS… instead of ordinary?

This long coat is from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row. A bit pricey, but you get the idea about “floor-sweeping.”

I LOVE this $149.00 Double-Breasted, Buttoned Trench Coat from Zara with a lapel collar, long sleeves with adjustable tabs and a back vent. It comes with a matching fabric belt, but they’ve added a black leather belt here. A GOOD STYLING TRICK TO REMEMBER! Very chic!

Here are links to the other seven bloggers who are joining me this week for Fall Fashion Trends 2019. Please stop by and pay them a visit! Now the only thing we need is to feel some Fall in the air!

Brenda  • 1010 Park Place
Cindy • Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Annie  • Most Lovely Things
Mary Ann • Classic Casual Home
Janet • The Gardener’s Cottage
Kim  • Northern California Style
Brenda • Brenda Kinsel
Susan • Une Femme d’un Certain Age


  • Beckye August 22, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful, Brenda! Thanks for the tips and color palette. And the links to the others! Come on, Fall!

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Beckye, Thank you! Hurry, hurry Fall. Your brutal temperatures are just like mine! xoxox, Brenda

  • the Gardeners Cotttage August 22, 2019 at 8:52 am

    love a belted blazer! x

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      I do as well, Janet. Thank you!

  • classic casual home August 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Fun advice! I love this idea: Pair a leather skirt with an oatmeal-colored sweater to give it a softer look…since I have a black leather skirt like one of your examples. Love the color palette, too! So nice to have you doing this with us.
    Mary Ann

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Mary Ann, Now all I need is the oatmeal colored sweater! I loved collaborating with everyone for this week’s post. Brenda

  • Brenda Kinsel August 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Ooh, I feel the pain of that learning curve from handing Goodwill your leather skirt! I’m loving this fashion season. I’ve been styling fall outfits for my clients and I’m pulling out the belts and the chunky chain necklaces. Personally, I can be an eager purger but I’m glad I’ve saved the good stuff over the years just in case. Belt bin here I come! Thanks, Brenda!
    another Brenda

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Dear Other Brenda, My Goodwill donations were painful, but I’m hoping there was some deserving woman out there who looked fabulous in that skirt. I got so much out of how you styled Veronica’s skirt and have signed up for your blog! Thank you! The Other Other Brenda

  • Colleen Fuller August 22, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I enjoyed your interview with Cindy and will be reading the other blogs. Your photo above reminds me of Diane Keaton’s great style. I think leather is always a good choice because it lasts forever. I have a bright pink jacket I bought twenty years ago and I get a compliment every time I wear it. The only thing I love about winter is always wearing a fabulous winter coat or jacket. I usually add a Hermes scarf. They last forever, too.

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Colleen, Thank you and thanks for reading Cindy’s post. I know she appreciates it as well. This is the second time, today, I’ve heard someone mention Hermes scarves. There’s a message there somewhere! Your bright pink, leather jacket sounds amazing! xoxox, Brenda

  • LA CONTESSA August 22, 2019 at 11:17 am

    WE watch MADAME SECRETARY and they put HER in some AMAZING LONG COATS!!!!!!
    I have three in my closet from 0ver 30 years ago………..We never have a reason to wear them here!

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Elizabeth, Everything The Row does rings my bells… just not my wallet. And Perry Ellis? Oh yes! Back in the day I had a white linen dress with large blue peonies and a matching coat of his. Gave that to Goodwill as well. By the time I get from the house to the car, the heat and humidity here makes linen look like I slept in it. That may have been my first and last piece of linen clothing. Thank you!! xoxox, Brenda

  • Cindy August 22, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Loved this fabulous post!! You did your research!! I am babysitting so have to come back and read more later!!

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      Cindy, I didn’t have anyone to take my photo and didn’t want them to be selfies in the bathroom mirror, so I took another route with this week’s blog post. Thanks for inviting me to be part of the group! I will enjoy getting to know everyone better. xoxox, Brenda

  • Annie Diamond August 22, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I second what Janet said! I love a belted tweed blazer! I and love the belts and gold bracelet!

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Annie, It’s been fun getting to know a different group of bloggers. I look forward to seeing you again! Brenda

  • Pamela Lamp August 22, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Love the statement coats and the belts! Thanks for giving me a head start – on this 96 degree day – on thinking about a fall wardrobe.

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Pamela, LOL! “Thinking about” a fall wardrobe is about all I can do today. It’s been over 100 here every day this week although today we’ve had a cool front move in. It’s only 98! Thanks so much for reading and leaving me a note! Brenda

  • Nina August 22, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    What a lovely group of blogs, Brenda. I loved your post and stopping by to visit a whole group of blogs I haven’t seen before. Thank you for putting together such a lovely post and introducing me to new inspiration.

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Nina! So great to see you here! Thanks for stopping by and reading. I’m enjoying meeting new bloggers and seeing how they’ve styled this year’s fashion trends. xoxo, Brenda

  • Juliet August 22, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Love, love, love the look of leather. I had a great leather skirt that, sadly, I donated. Live and learn. I’m saving this post for all the great inspiration and fall looks while I wait for our California weather to cooperate. Several years ago, while visiting NYC, I bought a gorgeous Ralph Lauren cape. I rarely wear it unless traveling to colder climates, but it might be the excuse I need to book another NY excursion. Great post, Brenda! xo

    • 1010ParkPlace August 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Juliet, Thanks so much! TWO OF US HAVE DONATED LEATHER SKIRTS? Amazing!… LOL! I imagine your cape is beautiful. I’d like to visit NYC just to see RL’s flagship store. I hear it’s beautiful. xoxox, Brenda

  • Susan B August 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Ooh, I’m loving the gold jewelry! It will work beautifully with the warm fall colors.

    • 1010ParkPlace August 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Great point, Susan! I think the gold jewelry will look rich and scrumptious with the fall colors. Thanks for mentioning that. xoxo, Brenda

  • Lauren August 22, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    I love ALL of these trends. It’s hard to pick a favorite. So I won’t.

    • 1010ParkPlace August 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Lauren, I like them all because fashion is returning to pretty, well designed pieces that make women look beautiful. I haven’t been a fan of the ripped, grungy look, no shape androgynous look or neon colors. xoxox, Brenda

  • Kim August 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Brenda, Really enjoyed your fall fashion review here and tips! I am so excited for a lot of these trends as they remind me of the classics. So crazy what is coming back. I absolutely regret some of my donations! I had an amazing Christian Dior Jacket and a plaid Calvin Klein long skirt, but who knew?
    You are so right about shape. I love it and after several seasons where everything was boxy, this is welcome. I especially think it’s more flattering on older women, as the boxy look did no favors on most of us. Loving that leather skirt look. I bet Zara might have a vegan one soon. Fun doing this with you all! x Kim

    • 1010ParkPlace August 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Kim! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who donated great clothes and now regrets it. Must agree with you that returning to more classic looks should be a welcome change for all ages, but you’re right… Especially women of a certain age. Zara… Don’t you know they have… or will have… some great vegan/leather skirts? BTW, I ordered the short rust colored trench I featured here on my blog, so I’ll let everyone know how it looks. Thanks so much for your London post! I went to Sketch’s website. LOL! It may be beyond my pay grade. It took me a few minutes to find things. It’s truly an interactive site. I’m going to make reservations there for my September visit. xoxox, Brenda

  • Sherry Jackson Hart August 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Love all of your stylish tips! I’m totally on board with leather and that Zara coat is now on my radar!

    • 1010ParkPlace August 23, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you, Sherry! Don’t you love that Zara coat? I ordered it so I will report back on how it looks! xoxox, Brenda

  • carole fletcher August 23, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Loved your post last week on your mother’s jewelry and you mentioned it again. It has inspired me to buy some chunky necklaces. Box of Style has one that is included for Fall. Thanks Brenda!

  • Brenda Coffee August 23, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Hello Miss Carole! I’m so glad my post inspired you! Thanks for letting me know. YOU inspired ME to take a look at this month’s Box of Style. Rachel Zoe has such great taste, doesn’t she? I love everything in that box, especially the bag. It reminds me of a bag from Chloe, which is one of my favorites, but way out of my price range. What a business and an empire she’s built. xoxox, Brenda

  • Tara Dillard August 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Found several incredible belts at thrift store in Texas last year……………seems you’ve posted them.

    And amazing tweed blazer from Georgia thrift store 2 years ago. A vintage Ralph Lauren. Zero worries wearing it to work in the garden.

    Must get spanx skirt you show for those belts/blazer.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

    • 1010ParkPlace August 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Tara! Spanx and duct tape! What would the world do without either one? I’d love to have a vintage Ralph Lauren blazer! Must start shopping thrift stores. I’m going to London this fall and have decided to pop into a couple and see what I find. xoxox, Brenda

  • Barbara August 28, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Fall is my favorite time of year! Especially for the fashions! I just lost about 8lbs. and now feel like I can belt my coat, if I feel like it! You are always spot on with fashion, Brenda! xob

    • 1010ParkPlace August 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Barbara! I think many of us prefer shopping for fall clothes. Whenever I do a “Style Inspiration” post, I ask the women if they prefer spring or fall clothes, and it’s always fall. That’s where we spend the most money. Congrats on losing 8 pounds!!! I’ve gained 8 pounds! How did you do it? Nothing I do seems to make any difference. Is that just what happens when we reach a certain age? xoxox, Brenda

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