Ready or not, it's time to pull on your boots and denim " and switch gears. There's just something about this season's fashion. Maybe it's the craze of back-to-school shopping or just the relief from the summer heat wave. Or maybe because it's one of fashion's biggest and busiest times of the year, flaunting new styles and must-haves you can't pass up.
Oklahoma doesn't miss a beat when it comes to the top trends. Local shop owners and fashionistas know exactly what's up " and what's in " when it comes to looking great in the latest styles. From accessories to denim and jewels, take these tips, mix it with your own style, and you'll be glam in no time.
"With this year's fall fashion, we can wear basic and add pieces that are fresh and new," said Jamicia Wylie, buyer and manager for Gil's Clothing Co. "Things are going a little edgy, but still feel safe."
This fall, girly meets glamour. Frilly ladylike styles of ruffles, draping and bows adorn blouses paired with pencil skirts for a simple, yet elegant look, while dresses continue to lead the way.
"This year definitely has a more romantic feel," said Marcy McCoy, co-owner and buyer for Marcy & Abbey's in Edmond. "Dresses are more common than separates for both days and nights."
Sweater and cowl-neck dresses are definitely hot paired with colored tights and leggings " the perfect transition from summer to fall.
Now is the time to show reverence to the days of Katharine Hepburn " with a twist. Boxy trends have gone by the wayside to make room for fitted silhouettes. Shaped jackets, including the voguish cropped leather bomber jacket, add class to your wardrobe.
"Plaids and argyles are back in a non-preppy way," said McCoy. Patterns of tweed, plaid and herringbone are modishly inspired by menswear for a bit of sophistication.
And the No. 1 garment of the season (drum roll, please "¦) is the cardigan.
"This is a big year for cardigans, especially long styles like the boyfriend cardigan, also known as the grandpa cardigan," said Eden Turrentine, buyer and manager for Allyson's Closet. "Pair (it) with skinny jeans, tucked in a boot." Long and fitted, not slouchy, the cardigan creates a finished look.
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
Don't let the grim blacks and browns of fall take over your closet " make a bold statement with rich, vibrant colors that make up the palette this season. "Jewel tones are the pop colors," said Wylie.
Royal blues, plums, emeralds, and citrine freshly abound, while gray carries over from last fall. "Purple is a fabulous color and very flattering on everybody," said McCoy. "It really helps all skin tones."
And shine is everywhere: Satin and sheer textiles garnished with big chunky jewels and crystals update last season's smaller beads and sequins.
Jewelry is the big " literally " accessory this autumn. Go for large, colorful cocktail rings; layered necklaces; and bracelets. "I've even seen stacking and mixing all different kinds of bracelets," Turrentine said.
Vintage hasn't left the stage yet. "Jewelry makes a statement on its own with its estate-looking style," said McCoy.
Belts, hats, scarves, and gloves top off outfits for a stylish twist. Whether it's skinny or wide, chain or leather, belts are mod. Pair belts with jeans (yes, tuck in your shirt), casual pants, skirts and even dresses.
"Hats are popular, too," said Turrentine. "We're seeing the fedora and trapper hats, as well as crocheted berets."
And don't go without a scarf. Sheer linen scarves draped, tucked, and tied are a must. "You can hardly go out with one around you," said McCoy. "It will even dress up a white shirt and jeans."
FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS
It's hard to imagine fall without a new pair of comfy jeans. "Denim is strong and will stay strong," said Wylie. "Skinny, straight and boot-cut are here, but boot-cut is always best because we're Oklahoma." Wide-leg has left the scene, but the more "destructed-looking, old-levy look," is welcomed, Wylie said. Also, dark shades of gray and black enter the denim arena.
More clothing companies are beginning to offer merchandise that "gives back." Hudson jeans now offer a lower-end line that donates a percentage of the cost to a charity. "We're starting to see more of a market for the feel-good, green products," said Wylie.
Work these trends into your own style and you'll look fab all season long. "Valerie Kramer Davis