Wrapped up in style What’s in store for fall?

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Cropped pants, turtleneck and jacket by Lafayette 148, available at CK & Co.
Laggo fringe handbag, available at Miss Jackson’s, Tulsa.
Nicole Miller cummerbund pants with illusion top, available at R Meyers.

Wrapped up in style
What’s in store for fall?

By Linda Miller

New season, new fashion possibilities.

When the weather cools, get ready for rich colors, interesting details, alluring prints,’70s influences, updated twists on familiar looks, fresh silhouettes and feel-good fabrics.

It’s a mixed bag of sorts and that’s what women have come to enjoy. In other words, lots of choices.
But some trends and themes stand out more than others.

“One of the big trends that has been coming on and is going forward is the ’70s,” said Cindi Shelby, owner of r meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza.

Like many trends that reappear, there’s always a twist to make it modern, she said. A patchwork suede skirt, for example, is accented with gold studs to bring the look into 2015.

It’s a similar message from Rita Manzelmann-Browne, senior buyer for Miss Jackson’s in Tulsa.

Bohemian glamour with influences from the 1960s and ‘70s are at the fashion front. Think big, bold and vivid florals associated with that era, along with fringe and ponchos, she said.

Shelby said the urban hippie or Bohemian look offers interesting fabrications such as crinkle patent and a rich color palette with burgundy, wine and grape hues.

Sportswear offers a casual sensibility influenced by the athleisure trend. Think sleeveless sweaters and jackets, sweatshirt looks in luxe fabrications and elastic waistbands and cuffs.

Comfort is key, Shelby said.

Jayme Hale, a buyer for CK & Co., Nichols Hills Plaza, agrees.

“Cozy, comfy and chic knits dominate,” Hale said. “Sweaters, robe coats and furs galore are must-have buys. Gray, taupe, wine and olives are translated beautifully with this season’s top trends in rocker, boudoir and folkloric stylings.”

Other trends include longer hemlines, vegan leather and Ultrasuede. Plaids still play an important role in contemporary offerings and modern lines take shape with asymmetrical hemlines, high-low tunics and maxi-length cardigans, Manzelmann-Browne said.

Grays and optic whites lend an architectural feel as do oversize sweaters and shift dresses worn with ankle boots, she said.

And who’s ready for gauchos? They’re back. Turtlenecks, too. Menswear influences continue to be strong with houndstooth, mini checks and windowpane. Cummerbund pants are going to be popular for holiday and evening.

Perhaps Hale said it best: Have fun with fall fashion and know that everything old is new again.

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