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Fall Lineup
Fashion insiders talk trends


August 2014

Fall 2014 runway looks from Dolce&Gabbana, Kenzo, Moshchino, Philipp Plein, House of Holland

While fashion trends have a reputation for being fleeting, if not fickle, the top theme this fall appears to be a generous dose of more of the same.

Many of the top trends that emerged last year will continue to dominate the fashion scene through the end of 2014, according to area stylists. "Fashion right now is about feeling good in what you’re wearing," says Beverly Bartel, who owns Beverly Designs in Oconomowoc.

With many of this fall’s trends taking their cue from last year, women may have quite a few pieces in their closet already. Another added bonus — most pieces can easily transition from one season to the next. "All of these looks are transitional and women of any age can wear them," says Faye Wetzel, owner of Faye’s fashion boutiques in Mequon and Brookfield.

Color Coordinated

Overcast fall days are easier to weather in bright, daring colors. Those that top the list are sangria, aurora red, radiant orchid and cypress green.

Color blocking also remains strong, which Bartel is happy to see. For the less daring, a chambray shirt and brightly hued pants are an easy weekend look. But if you want maximum impact, try wearing the same color in different tones — think hot pink top and red pants.

"Color blocking is slimming on people of any size," says Bartel.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, black and white is always a go-to color palette, but this fall expect to see more gray and black together. "The color combination is softer and more elegant," Bartel says.

Fall 2014 runway looks from Dolce&Gabbana, Kenzo, Moshchino, Philipp Plein, House of Holland

Comfort Zone

Perhaps one of the more comfortable fashion trends for fall is activewear-influenced looks. That’s right, workout gear has moved out of the gym and onto the street — albeit a bit more dressed up.

"Simply put, yoga pants are the new jeans," says Wetzel.

Pull off the look in a pair of jogging pants and heels. Soft, drapey fabrics like rayon in wild prints work well, especially when balanced with a tailored blouse and sleek accessories on top.

Sweatshirts are another sporty trend continuing to take over the fashion scene. Your oversized college hoodie won’t make the cut, so opt for knits in bold colors or slouchy silhouettes to achieve this comfy yet chic look.

Funky and Fun

Couldn’t get enough of last year’s novelty sweater trend? Well, they’re back in all of their cuteness. While animal motifs still adorn these playful sweaters, kitschy objects like tubes of lipstick and hearts are fun alternatives. These versatile tops look great with pencil skirts and dress pants — solid or patterned.

Asymmetrical hemlines and mixed media also are making encore appearances this season. With mixed media, there’s no end to the outfit combinations lurking in your closet. Pair a plaid boyfriend shirt with a flirty floral skirt, whimsical dots with conservative stripes, or even contrasting textures like leather and fur.

Asymmetrical hemlines are another bold way to mix up your wardrobe. Flattering to any figure, the nonlinear look isn’t limited to skirts and dresses — tops with unbalanced hemlines also suggest effortless style.

Fall 2014 runway looks from Dolce&Gabbana, Kenzo, Moshchino, Philipp Plein, House of Holland

New Lengths

Crop tops are all the rage right now, but unlike other current fashion trends, not everyone can pull off this look, says Wetzel. "All that’s required is youth and a gym membership," she quips.

But paired with a long, high-waisted skirt, the crop top can look grown up, says Bartel.

Though the maxi style is still popular, skirts and dresses that fall midcalf are edging in — especially those with full A-line skirts.

All Wrapped Up

Jackets are still on trend, too. Expect to see updated blazers, bomber jackets, moto jackets and blanket coats — slouchy, relatively untailored garments inspired by the Native American Navajo style. "Jackets are an easy way to dress up any outfit," says Patrice Bouchard, who owns Mode, a designer boutique in Wauwatosa.

That said, staying warm this fall doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Puffer jackets — in bright hues, edgy prints, cropped and belted versions — are the fashion statement in this season’s outerwear. "Puffers proliferated the runway in new and elegant variations," Wetzel says.




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