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Ajit Berg, Published October 17 2013

Fashion in Focus: Three luxe trends to update your fall/winter wardrobe

FARGO – This season’s fashion embraces luxury and femininity. Luxe fabrics, colors and styles walked the runways in bold jewel tones, classic tweeds and sexy leather.

Here are three essential trends that will add instant style and sophistication to your wardrobe:

1. A PENCIL SKIRT

Nothing is more glamorous or feminine than a curve-hugging pencil skirt, especially when you top off the look with a pair of sexy stilettos.

The skirt is popping up in lavish fabrics like leather, wool and lace or with embellished details. The below-the-knee silhouette creates curves with its form-fitted shape.

Wear it with a short jacket to keep the look long and lean.

Black is by far the most elegant color to choose.

2. A PULLOVER SWEATER

An essential this winter is a pullover sweater. Popular fabrics include cashmere, wool and angora, and the weight of the sweater ranges from chunky to lightweight.

Wear a skin-tight chunky “fisherman’s sweater” with a floaty silk skirt to offset the fabrics. Or try a longer-length, lightweight crew- or V-neck sweater with a pair of black skinnies or leather leggings and ankle booties to balance out your look.

The light-weight pullovers can be worn in the “tuck in, tuck out style” that was shown for spring and summer with

T-shirts. Simply tuck the sweater in the front of your jean and leave the back hanging out.

The pullover sweater also looks sophisticated worn with a pencil skirt and a stacked ankle boot. A pullover worn with the same color skirt is considered this year’s modern suit.

3. A COCOON COAT

Volume rules in this year’s coats. Pair your oversized cloak with something sleek and narrow on the bottom to balance out the proportion. If the coat is too voluminous for your body type, choose one with wider sleeves while keeping the body narrow.

Choose one of this season’s radiant jewel tones such as cobalt blue, emerald green or bright fuchsia to add fun and style to your outfits this winter. Or make a statement in a bold and fiery shade of red. Camels and tweeds are a classic choice and go with everything.

Ajit Berg is a former personal shopper for Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. She and her husband, Chris, live in Fargo with their daughter. Ajit can be reached at abergfashionista@yahoo.com