STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Black, White and Red All Over

It’s the symbolic thread that winds its way through The Sixth Sense. It’s Taylor Swift’s poppy lipstick color of choice. It’s the little girl’s coat in Schindler’s List. As the cast of Les Miserables sings so earnestly in one particularly charged scene, it’s “Red, a world about to dawn!”

By now, I’m sure you can tell where this train of thought is headed. The perfect accent color to make your outfit feel fall ready, especially against a sleek monochromatic background, is none other than a rich, warm shade of red.

This Fashionista knows exactly how to make her chosen item of scarlet pop, pairing her autumnally appropriate wool cloche with an otherwise neutral color palette. While some may consider a black and white color palette too tame or minimalistic, monochrome doesn’t mean boring for this bold Fashionista. She makes sure to combine a variety of clothing silhouettes and textures to make her ensemble feel fresh and striking. Her flowing black-and-white striped peplum tie-back top, streamlined black leather pants and oxford-inspired tweed and leather pumps serve as a solid background for the drama of her red hat and similarly shaded lipstick. Her silver rings and white-banded watch serve as subtle yet catchy accessories that enhance the outfit even further.

For a snazzy fall fashion formula, take a cue from this Fashionista and don some sleek black leather pants, a striped shirt with a gamine bow-back detail and some professional high-heeled oxfords. Top it all off with a singularly memorable cherry red accent, like this stunning red cloche.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Dress with no regrets. There will always be clothes that match based on color, and that always makes for a simple but stylish mix—black and white, for example. But a splash of color never hurts: It adds that personal touch that makes the outfit ‘you.’”