Fall into style

Staff Writer

Summer has quietly faded away, making way for the return of autumn. As the golden crisp leaves fall to the ground around campus and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte re-enters your daily routine, the fashion trends of fall debut.
For fall 2013, the trends take inspiration from signature looks of classic eras to create the perfect look for today. Inspiration comes from the menswear iconized by Coco Chanel, the feminine waist coats Jackie O flaunted outside the White House, and even the punk plaid rocked by the virgin Madonna. But it would not be fashion if it did not include new additions from today’s generation, including leather in all forms, graphic sweatshirts and the much-loved knit beanie. So there is a little something for everyone, even broke college students. Let me show you how to ball on a budget.
As college students, it can often be difficult to stay “on trend.” However, staying fashion forward does not require clearing out your closet of all your purchases within the last year. Most students, let alone professionals, cannot afford the designers whose designs grace the runway (no, Kanye, none of my fellow classmates will be purchasing a plain white T for $120, unless it does free Boosie or help us find bikini bottom). But instead, this time of the year teaches us how to fall back in love with our closet…with the help of a few additional pieces.
One of the most popular looks of this season is streetwear mixed with a taste of the ‘90s. This is a look each of us can cleverly pull off simply by raiding our many local thrift stores. Find an old flannel that can wrap around your waist to finish off a look. And you know all of those retro pullovers you see on reruns of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that we wish we could have lived through the early ‘90s to wear? Well, now is your chance! Half-off Wednesdays at Salvation Army will be your new favorite day of the week.
Push those washed-out sweatpants you have grown a little too comfortable in to the side and instead grab a pair of slouchy pants. Whether they are harem pants, loose menswear or even a dressier “sweat” pant, wear them in place of your usual joggers. They can be found in a variety of materials from cotton, to linen or a coated leather look. Dress them up with a collared shirt and jacket or dress them down with a pair of sneakers and a phrased t-shirt.
Rihanna…Miley…Ciara. Probably the easiest craze this fall is the graphic beanie. With catchy phrases such as “Thug Life,” “Haters Gonna Hate,” and “Ballin,” this headwear will be sure to grab everyone’s attention. If you are a little more modest, feel free to opt for a knitted, studded or slouched beanie. Whichever you prefer, a hat can complement any outfit and most of all, make a statement.
So try pairing a vintage pullover with slouchy pants, throw on a beanie and wrap a flannel around your waist and you are set for the season. And if you don’t want to explore these trends through clothing, try accents of leather or plaid on a bag or pair of shoes. Or even simply a couple on-trend colors like gray or orange. Either way, know that you have options this fall when strolling around campus. Fashion is essentially what you make it.

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