Make way for fall

Some fashion trends making a comeback this season

by Meg Wilkins Strader

 

 

Fall offers a wide range of opportunities to enjoy special occasions or outdoor activities. As we slip out of summer and head into fall, keep some of these updated trends in mind when sprucing up your wardrobe.

 

As always, color plays a major role this season. But the vibrant shades from the spring and summer palette are toned down, with jeweltones of amethyst, peacock teal, and maroon appearing in designers’ offerings. For added appeal, these colors and designs are frequently accented with sparkling sequins, hand-sewn leather pailletes, and other forms of leather trim.

 

Leather jackets are back, and the fashion industry has done a fabulous job of keeping them affordable, especially with new faux leather fabrications.

 

Skirts are always an important element, and this fall the tulip cut is a flattering option. It’s a sophisticated silhouette that can be complemented with a nice pair of patterned tights. This season’s tights range from dots and stripes to argyles and cable knits. Leggings are back as well, offering versatility in both denim and Ponte, a versatile fabric.

 

Ponte is great for its comfortable stretch that maintains its shape. It’s also ideal for travel because it packs and wears well, and you can dress it up or down. Corduroy has made quite a showing in fall offerings as well. Both corduroy and Ponte can be found in multiple colors.

 

Denim, of course, remains a timeless favorite and is available this season in boot, skinny, and straight legs. Be sure to look for denim that’s lacquered, a treatment process that gives it a sheen that’s perfect for a dressier look.

 

If you weren’t quite ready for the exposed zipper that found its way into many spring and summer designs, then you have another shot to embrace it this fall. It can be found all over and offers a simple statement of interest on classic styles.

 

Studs also can be found on a wide range of designs, from leggings, pants and jackets to shoes, handbags, and tops. Shoulder pads also have found their way back into tops this season, as well as a high-low hemline that offers more coverage over the hips. This is a sleek look that works well with a military-style jacket and skinny pants.

 

Cool weather always beckons us to make some much-needed wardrobe changes. Keep these trends in mind as you’re shopping this fall, and incorporate them into your own personal style.

 

Meg Wilkins Strader is owner of Simply Meg’s, a clothing boutique located at The Shops at Friendly Center in Greensboro. To learn more, call (336) 272-2555 or visit www.simplymegs.com.