Retail reconnaissance: new finds by seasonal palette

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I was a few minutes early to meet a friend for lunch, so took a quick spin through some nearby shops to see what’s new. If you’re looking to add some color to your fall and holiday season wardrobe, good news: I found some fall tops, jackets, coats and sweaters in every seasonal palette!

Fall tops, jackets, coats, sweaters

It can often be difficult to judge colors online, so being able to see colors in person makes a big difference. Here are a few of the pieces I saw during my “retail reconnaissance.”


Summers, I have heard your cries in the wilderness, so was delighted to stumble onto some of your colors in the new Ann Taylor collection. You’ve asked me to keep an eye open for “going out” tops for you, and I think this one is a very nice option. It can layer underneath a jacket, and is available in sizes XXS-XXL.

There are several pieces in this pretty orchid color, and I thought this cardigan was also a very nice choice.

Here’s a relaxed v-neck sweater, available in Misses & Petite sizes.

Eileen Fisher has a lot of good Summer colors in the current collection, including Tea Rose, Cassis, and (some) Claret. (The deeper versions of this color can also work for Winters.) If your holiday or going out style is “relaxed elegance,” this silk shirt might work for you.

A velvet blazer is such a great piece to have on hand this time of year. This one is very close to the Plum in the summer palette. Sizes 00-18.

I think this satin blouse would go quite nicely with that blazer…in sizes XXS-XL.

More for Summers

I’ve focused pretty heavily on the Summer palette here, as those colors can be tougher to find this time of year. But I did spot a few new pieces for the other seasons too…

More holiday & special occasion outfit ideas


Winters, I’m seeing a lot of your Emerald greens this season, so if it’s one of your favorites, you have some great choices. This silk shirt is lovely, and available in sizes XS-XXL. There are several other colors too, some available in Petite & Tall sizes.

This image is a terrible representation of the color of this blazer, which is also a gorgeous emerald green. (I wish retailers would stop adding these “vintage” filters to their images, or at least give us ONE that shows the true color! 😡 ) This jacket is offered in several colors, in Misses, Petite and Tall sizes. (Autumns, check out the “Yellow Gingko Leaf” color!! 🤩)

Not just another beige trench…Winters, this “Razzle Dazzle” color is for you! It’s selling fast, but there are still a few sizes left in Misses & Petites. (Reviewers say it runs large.)


Autumns, there’s LOT in your palette available now. For something a little different and festive, I like this shimmer long cardigan in Copper. Available in sizes XXS-XXL.

The color of this coat is really gorgeous, in between Kingfisher and Marine Navy in the Autumn palette. Sizes XXS-L and Petites available. (Summers, there’s also an Orchid version for you!)


Aside from a few sweaters, I’m not seeing a lot of new options in the Spring palette. As we head into the holidays, look for warm and orangey-reds, like this sweater blazer. Sizes XXS-XXL and Petites.

Are there any colors that have caught your fancy lately?

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