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By Dr. Robi Ludwig

When the first hint of cool, exhilarating fall air hits, it’s a thrilling time of year. It is not only exciting for those who love the change of seasons, but also for those of us who pleasantly anticipate one of the most exciting fashion times of the year. This is the season we jumpstart the beginning of our new style, new attitude, and a more stylish, sophisticated self. With fall and its fashionable trends, we get to give the world that special version of our ourselves.

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As a psychotherapist, I understand how fashion is more than just some frivolous endeavor. It can become the gateway to creating a myriad of ways to express and reinvent ourselves, experience excitement, and in some cases, even heighten our performance level. Sounds like a win-win situation! Underscoring this idea, I came across a fabulous quote recently by the famed Hollywood designer Edith Head. She was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for best costume design:

“YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE IF YOU DRESS FOR IT.”

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Edith Head knew what she was talking about, and I just love her philosophy!

To help us discover our most glamorous selves for autumn, I turned to my sister, Ramy Sharp (our family’s personal style guru) and the creative founder and director of Ramy Brook (RamyBrook.com) to discover what her personal inspiration and recommendations are for this season’s most fashionable fall picks.

AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF RAMY BROOK, WHAT’S THE FASHION PHILOSOPHY BEHIND YOUR LINE?

The Ramy Brook line empowers women to feel sexy. The clothing is sophisticated with a cool edge; it has the look of high-end designers at the cost of a contemporary brand.

WHO IS THE “RAMY BROOK WOMAN”?

We like to say the Ramy Brook woman ranges from 18 to 80 years old. When she wears Ramy Brook she feels happy, sexy, and strong! She stays busy and active between working as a mom and having a social life.

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE FALL FASHION FOR 2015-16?

So much of our fall collection is exciting; it has become my favorite season to design. Our sweaters are fabulous! They aren’t your average sweaters – they’re fashionable and on-trend, a staple for every woman’s fall wardrobe!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE RAMY BROOK FALL PIECES THAT YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?

I find it hard to live without the Ramy Brook classic styles, especially our tops. They make the perfect day to night outfit. The “Harriet” is my go-to top: It goes with everything, looks sexy, and I can wear a cool necklace with it to change the look.

WHAT SHOULD FASHION-MINDED WOMEN INCLUDE IN THEIR WARDROBE THIS FALL TO FEEL SPECIAL AND FABULOUS?

Everyone should own one sexy black top. If you already have one in your closet, then it’s time to break out of the box and get one in a jewel-toned color!

WHAT SETS THIS FALL’S COLLECTION APART AT RAMY BROOK?

Ramy Brook has always been the place for the perfect going- out outfit. Especially with the fall collection, there is really something for everyone, from our tops to our bottoms. When you really

do not know what to wear, the jumpsuit is the answer – one and done! For newness, sweaters are major for us and really make a statement in this season’s collection.

IS THERE A COLOR THEME YOU ARE DRAWN TO MOST THIS TIME OF YEAR?

I love the color blush! It’s neutral but also has personality. It never reads last season.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST FASHION ADVICE FOR THE BELLA LADIES OUT THERE?

Be yourself. Your clothes should not identify who you are. You should identify who you are by putting something on that makes you feel confident. This guarantees you will have a fabulous day!

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