New Castle News

July 31, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: It's never too early to start thinking about fall fashion

Sarah Stright-Hartley
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE —

Though we've recently seen temperatures well into the 90's, these last few days have felt much cooler.  As someone who likes the cooler temperatures and much prefers fall to summer, I've been enjoying thinking about the fall trends and excited to see what will soon be in stores.  So here (and to the right) is a fall preview of the top trends you'll be seeing.  I'd love to know which ones you'll be buying in to.
 
Color Blocking- A trend that has never really gone away, color blocking is the art of mixing different colors in - you guessed it - blocks.  Wearing complimentary colors throughout your outfit looks well put together and classic.  Keeping your colors muted in fall colors is an easy way to follow this trend.  I love the Victoria Beckham look to the right, and think it's the perfect look for a fall day at the office.
 
Gray- I love gray for fall - actually, I love gray any time.  But when worn as a chunky knit, or a warm wool coat, it is perfect for the season.  Particularly the gray cape in the picture to the right, I'd love to have that hanging in my closet.
 
Dark Green- Emerald is the color of the year, so taking a darker version of this color is not surprising for fall.  Try and incorporate it in unexpected ways- an accessory, a professional trouser, or a beautiful coat.  I especially love it when worn military inspired, like the Prabal Gurung outfit to the right.
 
Knits & Fur- Chunky knits are always in style for fall.  They're warm, generally oversize and can be dressed up or down.  But this fall, consider wearing them along with (faux) fur, and knee high boots.  The effect is chic and trendy.  The Belstaff outfit to the right can easily go from the office to a dinner date- and a transitional outfit is always right up my alley.
 
Leather- A trend that seems to stick around season after season is leather.  But for fall, you'll see it as full outfits (like the Michael Kors outfit to the right) rather than one piece here or there.  While it may not be practical for every day life, you can still get in on the trend with leather pants, a leather pencil skirt, or a leather jacket.
 
Graphics- A trend following from summer- graphics, especially on repeat.  An all over print in either one piece or two is perfect for fall, especially when worn with knee high boots.  I particularly love the J.Crew dress- especially with the contrasting scarf.
 
Tuxedo- Finally, tuxedo inspired looks continue to be a fall trend.  Menswear is always in fashion, but this season it's a bit more tailored to fit a woman's body.  I particularly love it when worn as a more casual look like in the Diesel outfit to the right.  A tuxedo jacket paired with leather pants (another trend) looks very city-girl cool.