By LAURI GROSS
From the start of school to watching Browns games, fall brings welcome changes. Don’t leave your closet out of the excitement.
Men, have you added a track suit, bucket hat or oversized “fugly” sneakers to your wardrobe? GQ advises you to do just that. It might feel a bit ’90s but it is also oh-so-2018. You’ll also be seeing well-dressed men in leather pants, which are enjoying renewed popularity. As for coats, consider an ultra-long style in worn-look leather, or perhaps a quality shearling for a lifetime of good looks and warmth. Other popular men’s jackets include oversized long puffer jackets filled with down; thin, lightweight, waterproof cagoules; bomber jackets; and deconstructed blazers. “Esquire” also suggests a sweater blazer, or a varsity jacket.
Whatever you wear, wear it with hiking boots, from sleek versions made from python, to a lace-up pair ready for a hike up a Swiss mountain. This fall’s boots feed the general western trend in menswear.
As for color, this fall, brown is everywhere in men’s fashion, from outerwear to suits, in shades of tree bark and milk chocolate. Even blue suits get an update this season with brighter hues as the go-to, rather than traditional navy. Also, checks mark the spot of a smart wardrobe this fall, from clashing checks, to bright checks, tartan pants, plaid shirts and more.
For women, “Harper’s Bazaar” says checks and plaid are popular this fall, as they are for men. Try herringbone or houndstooth on nearly any garment, including coats which this fall are, you guessed it: oversized. PopSugar.com encourages mixing plaids by color and material like maybe a wool scarf with a nylon tote bag, both in plaid.
Also, like men, women will be wearing plenty of shearling coats this fall and beyond. Choose faux or real shearling or something with just a hint of shearling in stripes, patchwork or appliques.
Other women’s coats make a street-style statement in wild, ornate prints, or even a bit fluffy. Like men, whatever you wear, wear it with boots.
PopSugar.com says ornate and clashing prints – including animal prints – are popping up all over in women’s fashions. The experts there advise to add at least one neutral shade or solid accessory to pull off the look.
Women, add some folklore style to your look with dresses that sweep the floor, and add hints of quilting and crochet, plus textured knits for a put-together layered statement. Tops, as well as short and long dresses, will be showing a lot of florals this fall, whether delicate or bold, appliqued or hand-painted.
And, for better or worse, the retro look of the ’80s will be banished no more. Watch for bold-shouldered tops but, to keep it modern, wear the look with skinny jeans. Kitten heels and statement earrings from the ’80s are also currently in style, especially if they’re worn with western-themed accessories in cowboy prints, or fringe. Also watch for the return of ruching in tight-fitting, detailed midi-dresses, miniskirts and other pieces that elongate and flatter a woman’s frame.
It’s not all backward looking: The futuristic look of long and lean lines is also popular this fall, especially in hints of silver or chic white. Choose something in maxi length but with a slim silhouette. Tie a scarf at your neck for a fresh take on this minimal style.
Red is the “It” color for women this fall. Try varying tones from your head to your toes for a guarantee that you’ll be noticed.