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Style Spy: Changing Seasons


Don’t pack away your summer clothes just yet. Ease into autumn by layering lacy tanks, lightweight jogger pants and other warm-weather staples with traditional fall pieces, recommends Nicole Hinton, owner of Nicole J Boutique in Middletown. The boutique has a shopping website in addition to its brick-and-mortar location, both offering a variety of clothing and accessories for $50 or less.

WHAT’S TRENDING: “This season, we’re seeing pops of plaid along with multicolored prints and an autumnal spin on summer’s boho glam,” Hinton says. She suggests incorporating a dash of dainty jewelry and some layered necklaces to complete the look. Here are a couple of her favorite transitional fall looks.  

AUTUMN BOHO GLAM: The model in the photo is wearing a sage lace tank, $38; printed jogger pants, $40; and ankle booties, $45. Her accessories include a wool floppy hat, $25; The Giving Keys necklaces, $28-$50; and metallic tattoos used as bracelets, $10. As colder weather approaches, transform the look—and stay warm—by throwing on a slouchy, open-knit cardigan, $40.

PLEASING PATTERNS: Plaid never seems to go out of style, and with this look, you’re going to look chic whether you’re going to a wine tasting at a vineyard or a friend’s casual bonfire. Our model sports a plaid top, $35; dark-denim jeans, $50; and ankle booties, $45. Accessories can include an infinity scarf, $20; matte tortoise sunnies, $15; and knuckle rings, $10 for a set.

Nicole J Boutique, 423 N. Broad St., Middletown, 376-7393, www.nicolejboutique.com.

Photography By Ni4u Photography; Model: Jennifer Murray; Styled by Nicole Hinton


The Loafer

If you buy only one pair of shoes this fall, it should be a loafer. There are a variety of casual and work-appropriate options, including penny, leather, tassle and print styles. We really like Topshop’s Kitten Leather Slip-On Espadrille ($75), a variation of a traditional loafer shoe. The silhouette not only comes in a fun print, but it’s also comfy, thanks to supple leather construction, a flexible sole and stretchy elastic at each side of the instep. Available at Nordstrom, Christiana Mall, www.nordstrom.com

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