Fall fashion roundup: Is your closet ready?
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 18:09
I have long awaited for school to start once again, and not for the typical reasons. The beginning of the school year signals the imminent coming of a new fashion season – the arrival of the fall collections I have been eagerly anticipating. Chicago is notorious for its ever- and rapidly-changing weather. Since this is my first year in a city with a back-and-forth climate, I hope to take a more practical approach to which trends I would invest in and be able to wear.
Chunky sweaters have been shown on the runway, with a range from subtle colors to bright animal silhouettes and prints. Chloé has a variety of knits that I lusted over, whether it was a flowing turtle neck or a gathered cable knit sweater. For more affordable versions, Zara carries quite the assortment as well, with just the right amount of lace or embellishments.
Last spring, peplum became popularized after a long hiatus. This fall, it appears the traditional ruffle overskirt is being incorporated into styles as well. Some of the notable designers who featured peplum garments this fall were Zac Posen, Burberry and Lanvin. These styles are undeniably picturesque and geometric, but rather pricey for a college student’s budget.
For a style that is feasible for everyday, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters have peplum dresses and blouses that are feminine and versatile. Lastly, the militant look is my favorite of all the fall creations. It seems that this classic look will never go out of style, but only continue to evolve over time.
Jason Wu highlighted many military-inspired pieces in his fall collection, and what draws me to this style is the impeccable tailoring, as well as the unexpected detail. The high-necked bodice paired with the fur detail and rich burgundy colors are timeless, yet invigorating. Simple military jackets can be found at the Gap, where there is a wool double breasted or cargo colored option. It is important to remember we can use current trends as a guide, but still incorporate it into our own style preferences.