Top five fall fashion trends

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By Rachel Kidd

Fall is on its way here in the Blue Ridge. There is a crispness to the air, the leaves are just beginning to turn colors, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is officially back in the Bonnie. What’s not to love?  On top of all the autumn goodness is fall fashion, a favorite among many (including this fashion writer!) To welcome this beautiful season, I decided to do some research on what was trendy this year in the world of fashion. Keep reading to check out my results.

1. Eye-catching coats

Here’s the thing, if you can only buy one new item this season, let it be a coat. All kinds of different coats (flowing dusters, classic trenches, and oversized parkas!) are gracing the runways right now, and with cooler weather right around the corner, it’s time to jump on board. I highly recommend investing in statement outerwear! Why, you ask? I will tell you why. The perfect coat can transform your typical mini-dress and boot combo into a totally new outfit for fall and winter. It is the perfect transitional piece, and therefore, economical. College student love economical, right? Do not be afraid to mix styles, lengths, and textures, but do remain conscious of what you have got going on in your closet when choosing a coat. Try to keep the rest of your outfit simple when rocking a can-not-miss-it coat.

2. Emerald green

Emerald is this seasons go to bright color. Many forgo brights altogether during this season, which can often be mistaken for muted and bland. While neutral colors are always a fall fashion staple, it is okay to spice things up with a flash of vivid color to give some life to an otherwise dead outfit. Pantone, who chose emerald as the top color for 2013, lists this vivacious hue as “a luminous, magnificent hue, the color of beauty, new life, and prosperity.” So it comes as little surprise that this color has been all over the runways for the upcoming fall season. Try to incorporate the shade in a subtle way with a handbag or shoes. For more of a statement look, throw on a pencil skirt or skinny jeans in this season’s color of choice.

3. Classic Patterns

When it comes to movies, nothing beats the classics, right? The same is true of fashion. Sure, some fashions go out of style, but some endure forever. They are just that good. This fall we are all being called to suit up into some classic patterns. My personal favorite right now is houndstooth. It’s just so cozy and familiar, perfect for setting up camp in the library with your favorite book and a PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte, stay with me guys.) Not to mention, this pattern is a much needed shift away from the florals and prismatic patterns of summer. Get that psychedelic stuff out of here, it’s school time! Don’t forget that classic menswear fabrics can extend a sharp and professional vibe to an outfit, perfect for all your classes in COBE.

4. Hats

It does not get more specific than that. I mean, when in doubt, throw a beanie on it, but honestly they are all in right now: fedoras, porkpies, floppy knits. Even baseball caps are acceptable with the right ensemble. A hat is often the proverbial cherry on top of the cake. I am not the only one that thinks so. Designers such as Kate Spade, Alexander McQueen, Band of Outsiders, and even Armani have hats sprinkled all throughout their fall 2013 collections. Not all hats work for all people, so find the type that works for you, and work it!

5. Layering

Layering is a timeless fall tradition. As the wind picks up and temperatures drop, clothes start getting piled on. The greatest part about layering is that it can be done so many different ways. You can combine different laces and crochets for a whimsical feminine look. Alternatively, you can overlay pieces of denim and leather for a more provoking feel. The key to layering is to mix textures. Pairing a sheer top or dress over a harsher texture like leather or denim will create a dynamic look without adding too much bulk. And remember; do not focus too much on looking systematic. Sometimes the best outfits look thrown together and unorganized.

There you have it: This fall’s top five trends. Use them wisely, and you stay classy, Radford.