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Fall Fashion Tips by Linda Dresner

September 7, 2017

Fashion icon Linda Dresner shares her fall fashion tips. 

By Alexandra Maura
Photography provided by Linda Dresner

Linda Dresner is not just a store. It is an experience that pushes women to see themselves, not in fear, but in confidence. Since opening her first store 45 years ago, Linda has thought outside the conventional box of beauty to deliver something much greater — art.  

Over four decades, she has championed brands such as Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander and Vetements. Her eye and influence have changed the way we see fashion — not just in Detroit, but around the world. 

Her New York store, which occupied Park Avenue for 25 years and closed in 2008, is still talked about in low-tones amongst global fashion-fanatics, who wish it were still open. Here in Detroit, we don’t have to wish. We can walk around the corner and experience a fashion mecca. 

Linda cares deeply about her customers, how they look and, more importantly, how they feel. Her tone is inviting. There is no ego, no judgment, no pressure — only passion for beautiful things. 

If fashion is a sport (it can be great cardio), Linda is MVP, and fall is her Super Bowl. Here, she gives you the play-by-play. 

Fall Fashion Tips with Linda Dresner


“Fall/Winter 2017 offers a play on proportion and possibilities,” Dresner says. “Cozy, relaxed, oversized or shrunken down jackets. Disruptive details can be found in just about anything this season — whether it’s a comfy sweater with extra-long sleeves that can hang or be bunched up or gently oversized proportions that flatter the frame, not overwhelm it. It can be texture or different prints mixed into one piece. It’s about intriguing the eye and mind. 

“One of the most valuable places to find this season’s look may be in your husband’s closet! Cotton shirts that look like they have been stolen from his drawer, oversized coats that wrap around the body, extra-long leather belts that can elevate a simple trouser … Slouchy, oversized and comfy — don’t be afraid! Play around with the proportions. It’s more chic and modern than the skintight clothes we have been seeing for many seasons.

“Faux fur is the staple of the season,” Dresner adds. “Shaggy, long-haired coats or ‘pretend’ leopard or mink jackets, draped with ease and wrapped closer to the body. Faux fur slippers are not just for the house, but for cocktails and dinner, paired with long wool skirts and sweaters. 

“Officewear is getting the update it so desperately needed,” she continues. “Slim skirts — not tight — with slightly longer, easy blazers. Don’t be fearful of an oversized blazer — the slim skirt or trouser balances out the proportion and gives a modern, updated look that can be worn to a meeting or to dinner. 

“White jeans for winter? Yes, WHITE! Pair with a cozy, oversized sweater with a big turtleneck and a warm, husky coat,” she says. “During Fashion Week, this was what I saw consistently from designers, Dries Van Noten especially, white jeans with everything. 

“Athleisure is out and ‘Luxe Leisure’ is in. It is fresh to be able to transform from leisure to lunch with relaxed shapes and fabrics. Satin pants and T-shirts, paired with flat slippers. Comfortable, but put-together. 

“Why not?” NS

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