It’s time to move Now that it’s time to develop our Fall wardrobe, we could think of no one better than Today Show contributor, fashion expert and co-author of “I Have Nothing to Wear” and “Fashion for Dummies,” Jill Martin to guide us through the process. We caught up with Martin in her New York Apartment to check out her closet and discuss Fall staples, packing for the holidays and what to do with all of those summer whites.
What do you think are some of the most wearable trends from the Fall runway?
Gold! There is always a way to integrate metallics into your wardrobe. And leather (real of faux). Whether it's a bomber jacket or skirt, black leather pieces are always wearable. You'll be seeing a lot of leather skirts at all different lengths with all different cuts. Opt for a slit if you have a fun night-out planned! (Hope so!)
What are your five key pieces for Fall?
There are five pieces that every woman should have in her closet this Fall. These pieces will allow you to mix and match easily and with style:
1) The Cape made a comeback and it's sticking around... this is the piece of outerwear to invest in this season.
2) A bright color cardigan you can layer over a dress or wear under a blazer for a pop of color. Red was a huge color on the runway this year.
3) Peplum skirts: Yes, they are back! This is a perfect transitional piece to take you from Fall to Winter in style.
4) Knee high boots—classic to equestrian styles—knee-high is the length to go with.
5) Denim: expect to see ripped jeans (in a more sophisticated way) this Fall. As always though, a great pair of dark denim jeans should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe.
Scarves are having a moment; how do you like to wear yours?
A scarf can really complete any outfit—from your most casual look to your dressiest. The key is finding the fabric and the scarf that works for you. Nothing is sexier than a white tee shirt, a pair of jeans, and a great scarf!
What are some ways that someone who may not live in a location with seasons—like Miami—can change up their wardrobe?
Changing your color palette is the easiest way to transition into Fall even when the weather doesn't follow suit.
Let's talk about the closet. Best way to store summer clothes?
Before storing summer clothes, you should evaluate your wardrobe and toss away anything that looks ratty or damaged. White pieces sometimes don't make it past one Summer and beachwear often times starts to look worn out. Once you have removed these pieces (donating is always a good idea!!), make sure all of your items are cleaned (washed and dry-cleaned) and then fold neatly.
When it comes to sweaters, fold or hang?
Fold always! Hanging causes stretching in the shoulders. There are, of course, exceptions but always safe to fold.
How often should you clean your coat?
Depends on the fabric—wool coats should be cleaned about twice a season but regardless of what kind of coat it is, make sure you read the care label and take it to a dry cleaner you trust! It's worth the money to make sure your favorite winter staple doesn't get destroyed!
What’s your advice for traveling in the Fall and Winter months to avoid too much bulk?
Pack pieces that can be layered so you can wear the same items to create multiple outfits. Find one great jacket that works with everything and bring great basics (black, grey or camel sweaters are always easy) and one or two cool scarves to help add a bit of personality to your outfits. I love thin cotton or cotton/cashmere blend long sleeve tees—they take up very little room in your bag and go with everything. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane and don't bring anything that's really difficult to walk in—nothing can ruin a great nigh out like a gorgeous pair of shoes that hurt!