On Trend - Fall Fashion
By Kimberly Boney
Story by Kimberly Bonéy
Photos: James Mazzotta
The end of summer is typically a mixed bag of emotions.The thought of trading long, lazy summer days for a backpack or a business suit isn’t easy. But with the end of one season comes exciting opportunities presented by another, particularly in the realm of fashion. No other season tends to inspire our inner fashionista or dapper dude more than fall. Whether you’re a student on your way back to school, or a parent anxious to get back to business after the kids are back in the swing of things, we’ll show you how to hold on to a touch of summer while you swing into fall.
Who says that you have to give up your summer brights as soon as the school bell rings? Transition your favorite corals, sea foam greens, lemon yellows, electric blues and tangerines from summer into the perfect fall ensemble by incorporating some basic black, charcoal gray, navy or chocolate. You’ll look fresh without having to re-invent the wheel, and since vivid color is all the rage in both men’s and women’s fashion, everyone can get in on the fun!
If you would rather dive headlong into fall, autumnal shades of olive, forest green, taupe, cinnamon and marigold look just as good in fashion as they do in nature. You can’t go wrong with rich jewel tones, ever the traditional mark of the fall season.
A blazer instantly adds a ready-for-the-world perspective to your look. It’s a great investment to extend your wardrobe from summer to fall and it’s a classic piece that will serve you for years to come. Neutral colors are the most versatile, but colored blazers are fun and stylish. Guys, blazers work with everything from jeans and t-shirts to slacks, and, if you are bold, even shorts. Blazers take on a sophisticated look when paired with dress shoes, but can be lots of fun when mixed with a playful sneaker in a vibrant hue. Ladies, pair a blazer with your sassiest shorts, skinny jeans or leggings, or upgrade your summer sundress to a fall head-turner with the addition of a blazer and a pair of classic pumps or platforms. Give it a whirl.
As a playful alternative to a blazer, try a hot-all-over-again denim jacket. Lucky ladies and gents who follow the old adage “fashion makes a comeback every 20 years” are especially grateful for having kept their old denim jacket from back in the day. With the 1990s being the current vintage influence of choice, the denim jacket is the quintessential “it” item to wear with virtually everything. Guys, work the denim jacket with your favorite pair of jeans or khakis. Ladies, denim jackets are perfect for mixing with your maxi dresses and skirts, or sweet and sassy high-low dresses.
Feeling a bit rebellious? Add edginess to your wardrobe by scoring a leather moto jacket and letting your inner Harley Davidson come out to play. The moto jacket is hot for both guys and girls and spans the age demographic. If leather isn’t your thing, you can always find a motorcycle inspired jacket in a plethora of other materials.
Scarves are always in style, and with the many textures and styles available, they add the perfect amount of fun and warmth to shield against the crisp fall weather. Plaid, hound’s tooth, stripes or camouflage help guys infuse signature style into an ensemble. For the ladies, chunky infinity scarves in cozy knits are a bold fashion move worth making.
Speaking of cozy knits, pick them up in the form of a sweater, too. American Pastoral is at the forefront of fall 2013 style. Ladies, pair your thickest, slouchiest sweater with a pair leggings or skinny jeans and oxford lace ups. Guys, sport your cable knit zip-front sweater with a pair of tweed or plaid pants and loafers. Classic never looked so fierce.
If you’d prefer a less bulky alternative to the sweater, try a button-up collared shirt. Ladies, show your style prowess by buttoning it up all the way and wearing a chunky, bold necklace right over those buttons. This look pairs well with cropped skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. Gents, flex your style muscles by wearing a striped or plaid button front shirt or one in a bold color with your jeans or khakis. Bonus points if you choose to mix in a contrasting pattern or color elsewhere in your ensemble. Ladies. Will. Swoon. Trust us.
Opaque tights or leggings extend the life of any pair of shorts or summer dress with ease and can be worn with everything from the ever-sexy high heel to the sweet ballet flat to the edgy-yet- comfortable ankle bootie. And because these elements are functional for all ages, mom and daughter might just be able to enjoy these together. Consider it a double-whammy.
Looking for a hot bag to accessorize your cool back-to-school or back-to-business look? Opt for a backpack, messenger bag, or oversized tote bag. Leather, neon, see-though, plaid, basic, distressed or fringed – it all works, as long as you love it. Let your bag express who you are. Even if it doesn’t match with your outfit, let it be your wild card – something that sets you apart from the rest.
Whatever style you embrace this fall, be sure to wear what you love. Confidence is the coolest ensemble, after all. •