Fall fashions this year include grunge, pastels

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis, Date: September 5, 2013

Now that September is in full swing and the temperatures have cooled down, fall fashions are poised to make their way into your favorite stores in the coming weeks.

As foreseen months ago, grunge-inspired clothing is all the rage this season, statement-making outerwear is in, basic black is out and pastels are set to make their most notable fall takeover yet.  With such an eclectic mix of trends making the transition from the runway to the hallway, everyone will be able to find something fashion-forward to add to their wardrobe this fall.

The ‘90s are officially back in style thanks to the majorly cool grunge-inspired fashions that graced the runways of Saint Laurent and Topshop Unique.  Plaid is synonymous with this trend and can be worn on pieces from head-to-toe.  The most common way to wear it, and the easiest way to incorporate it into your wardrobe, is to wear the ever-popular button-up in coordinating shades of red and black.

Forever 21 has a number of chic and affordable options available, but the Desert Plaid Shirt for $20 will give you the most bang for your buck.  The deep red shirt has a loose fit that will look great closed or open over top of another quintessential grunge piece, a band t-shirt.

Stay at Forever 21 to find the Rolling Stones Muscle Tee for around $16 that showcases the band’s iconic logo embossed onto a red and black lightweight top that will look great with your new plaid shirt.

Jason Wu and Prada have been at the forefront of the statement-making outerwear trend ever since they debuted their eye-catching coats earlier this year during Fashion Week.  Simple monotone black and blue coats are no longer going to cut it when compared with the patterned and bright-hued ones that will be making their way into stores within the next few weeks.

The Emilia Charley Stripe Coat from BB Dakota takes a relatively neutral approach to the trend as it features a solid ivory background, but is given an edge with a black stripe and chevron pattern.  It has a large shawl collar that will keep you warm against the elements this winter and a matching printed belt that ties at the waist, and it can be yours for just $105.

If you’re feeling bold, try on the Popper Skater Coat in red from Asos for size.  For just $118 you can get your hands on this beautiful coat that features a feminine high-low hemline, belt closure at the waist, and a high neckline that can be buttoned up the entire way, to ensure that you stay warm during what’s sure to be another chilly Slippery Rock winter.

Typically pastels are reserved for spring and summer, but this season they’re all the rage thanks to the gorgeous pieces seen on the Céline and Dior runways.  Although these designers advocate pastel skirts and pants for fall, you’d be wise to choose more practical options like shirts and sweaters instead.

J. Crew takes this trend to the next level with their Stripe Necklace Tee in provence pink for $65 that gets a heavy dose of sparkle from the pink and silver jewels in the hand-sewn necklace motif.

This embellishment takes away the need to wear any jewelry, as it gives off the right amount of shine for both day and night.

If a cozy, chunky sweater is more your style, Gap offers an affordable option in pastel shades of both blue and pink for just $50.  The Marled pullover is light enough to be worn in the early stages of fall and can be worn well into the winter as a layering piece.

With such a variety of clothing styles available this season, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for on your next trip to the mall.  Remember to be open to trying new styles, while still maintaining the look that you’re famous for.


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