As the leaves change, so too does fashion. And although your slacks and work sweaters have probably stayed in the closet this year, working from home doesn’t have to mean wearing pajamas all day. In fact, dressing well might lift your spirits. This fall, go for bold colors and reliable staples like turtlenecks.

When it comes to color, apply fall-oriented hues to your favorite summer trends. Tie dye and floral are still in, but consider dressing in deeper, richer colors or darker floral patterns to match the feel of the season. Blues, fired brick —a gorgeous, lush red-brown — and military olive are all on trend, whether that means a blouse or even a layering piece, like a cardigan.

The variety in fall fashion this year can work to your advantage. Headed out for a day at the pumpkin farm? Opt for a plaid; bonus points if it’s an unconventional mixed patchwork pattern. Or a night out for dinner? Interesting, tasteful cutouts on your shoulders or waist can add a flare without being too chilly. If you simply want to dress up an outfit you already have, consider a chain necklace or hoop earrings, both of which are back in style. This year has been a whirlwind, but your wardrobe doesn’t need to follow suit — with a few new statement pieces and accessories, you can dress both warm and stylishly this season.

Apricot Lane is located at 1514 Commons Drive in Geneva. The store is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Editor's note: This story appeared first in the October issue of Kane County Magazine.

She’s wearing a balloon sleeve sweater with tight forearms and high-waisted blue jeans. Puff sleeves are still very trendy this season.
She’s wearing a balloon sleeve sweater with tight forearms and high-waisted blue jeans. Puff sleeves are still very trendy this season.