5 Wardrobe Essentials for Autumn from Uber Stylist Sophia Banks-Coloma


Just yesterday she was styling Kristin Chenoweth for her closing number at the 85th Academy Awards. And today she’s styling the readers of Fox in Flats for Autumn 2013.


Sophia Banks Coloma

Sophia Banks-Coloma. Photo: Steven Chee


Sophia Banks-Coloma is one of Australia’s great fashion exports. Based in LA, the mother of 4 year old Coco is on the fast-dial of such celebs as Chenoweth, Nicole Richie and Michelle Williams. She also designs costumes for movies, as well as her own fashion line, Whitley Kros (worn by Katy Perry, Blake Lively and Kate Hudson).

Yet among all that, she’s still got time to generously share her tips on what to hook into for the upcoming season. And happily, some of them you’ll be guaranteed to already have in your wardrobe.

Here are Sophia’s top 5 wardrobe essentials for Autumn 2013.


1. Black & White

Black and white is a huge trend, so mixing them is a must-do. Try a black leather top, black jeans and a white pointed toe shoe” advised Banks-Coloma.

Black & White


2. Pointed Toe Shoes

Pointed toe shoes are coming right back into all wardrobes with no platform. Black and white are a must-have.”

3. The Peplum Top

“Add a peplum top into your wardrobe to create some dramatic volume,” said Sophia “and throw it on with leather leggings to give a flattering shape.” 
Peplum leather The Native FoxImage: The Native Fox

4. Red Blazer

“A nice thing to have for this season is the blazer, and there is nothing I love more than a touch of red… sexy yet classy!” winked Sophia

Red Blazer

Blake Lively sending a selfie to Sophia 
5.  The White Shirt

White Shirt

Wear it with jeans, black leather leggings or some great wide-leg pants – this classic is making a come back.”

What’s on your wish-list for Autumn?

  • I want it all!! I can’t wait for Autumn.

    • FoxInFlats

      Me too for the clothes. But I LOVE summer. want more….!

  • Erin M

    ooooo I want ALL of these!!!

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes – I can’t stop thinking about the shoes. Such an 80s flash back but I’m willing to go there.. 😉

  • I have been on the hunt for a nice red cropped jacket/blazer since last winter.
    Sounds like leather leggings are going to be up there. Not so sure about those….
    Still hunting for the perfect white shirt. Any tips on where to shop that is friendly to a sahm’s budget please?

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Katrina, Don’t be too afraid of leather leggings – if you’re worried about going the whole hog (and with the price-tag attached!) look for a ponte fabric with leather panels – Witchery and Sportsgirl have a couple of great options at the moment. x A

      • Kat

        Thanks for the tip. I found some Country Road ones in a Red Cross shop. Now what do I wear with them?

        • FoxInFlats


  • Love this whole list, I NEED a red blazer and those white heels – yes the heels are 80’s but I am happy to go there 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      Natasha, me too – I can’t stop thinking about them!

  • Oh I am loving all of this for Autumn. I am so getting into white shirts again as it’s been awhile and total swooning over those shoes. xxx

    • FoxInFlats

      Can never go wrong with a great with shirt. I always think of Elle MacPherson and how she works a white shirt back with everything and looks amazing.

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