Fall Fashion Twist

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Vince Camuto faux leather-trimmed jacket with sleeveless blouse and skinny ankle pant and platform pump. Available at Penn Square Dillards.
Anna & Ava bangles.
Theia gold sequin cocktail dress with silver accets - available at Ruth Meyers.
Rena Lange - available at Ruth Meyers.

BY LINDA MILLER

What’s in store for fall fashion?

A feeling of luxury and sophistication. Inspiration from menswear and the military. A page from past decades as well as a continuation of recent favorites such as peplums and color blocking. Renewed interest in classic and ladylike dressing, thanks to the style of a popular duchess. And let’s not forget leather, lace, gold metallic, reptile prints and colors that remind us of cooler weather — dark teal, golden yellow and oxblood.

Cindi Shelby, owner of Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza, said the ladylike trend — the look favored by Kate Middleton — continues to be one of fashion’s strongest statements. Ladylike extends beyond dresses to skirts and pants. A pencil skirt is still a wardrobe go-to, but it’s updated for fall with a high waist, techno fabric or texture. Wrap skirts offer a modern feel plus they allow for easy maneuvering. Future queen or not, isn’t that what every woman needs?

Pantsuits were all over the runways and they’ve been given a more chic and polished look. Opt for a plaid or checked jacket for a nod to menswear, but keep the look from being too literal by layering with a silk blouse or a top with sheer or lace accents.

Along with ladylike looks that nip at the waist, prints and patterns reminiscent of1960s Carnaby Street in London add a touch of mod, said Rita Manzelmann-Browne, senior buyer for Miss Jackson’s in Tulsa. Prints don’t stop there either. Patterned jeans and pants tickled women’s fancy earlier this year and they’re back for an encore in hounds tooth, lace jacquard and metallic.

Fall delivers several other trends and ideas. Supple leather comes on strong in dresses and pants. Lace dresses and skirts are more sexy than sweet. Many designers fell in love with winter white, but it will be interesting to see how many women wrap up in the look. Peplums and color blocking return. Digital prints play up a futuristic feel. Texture, color, prints and other interesting details give jackets the oomph they need to be statement pieces. Navajo-inspired wraps, capes, sweaters and ponchos are all about comfort. Intricate embroideries, touches of fur, gold metallic and plush fabrics such as velvet add a bit of opulence. “There’s a story of Baroque that kind of harkens to Elizabeth Taylor and vintage Versace,”Shelby said

Gold metallic reigns in both apparel and accessories. While navy is heralded as the other black, plenty of other colors will add a spark to fall wardrobes. Along with oxblood, the season’s “it” color, look for eggplant, royal blue, cobalt, burnt sienna, teal, golden yellow and mixed greens from olive to emerald. Don’t be surprised to see unusual color combinations such as navy and black as well as pink and oxblood.

Accessories continue to play an important role in dressing for fall with layers of necklaces, rings and bracelets, said Manzelmann-Browne. Handbags are architectural with some color blocking, and the cross body remains a favorite. In keeping with the ladylike trend, many shoes feature feminine details from polka dots to bows. Expect to see more kitten heels, too. Ballet flats aren’t old news but a fresh alternative is the tuxedo slipper. And what’s fall without a pair of great boots? Take your pick of boots from studded motorcycle styles to the ever-popular riding boot.

So, get ready to embrace the old and new that fall fashion delivers.

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