As the weather finally begins to transition from the summer heat to the cool crisp weather of autumn, the fashion is beginning to change with it. From gorgeous velvet, to touchable fur, to button down skirts, to leather jackets, ‘70s and ‘90s inspired fashion is back with a vengeance for fall and winter this year.
Crushed velvet is turning out to be especially huge this season and it’s no question why. It channels the ‘90s grunge rocker in us all yet offers more sophistication than the baggy flannels and smudged eyeliner of that era do. Velvet is perfect for chilly fall nights by providing more warmth than a traditional fabric would. In addition, the deep jewel tones velvet comes in make it always a perfect choice for holiday parties.
Breanna K., sophomore, demonstrates a more casual take on the crushed velvet trend. By pairing her velvet skirt with solid neutral pieces, the emphasis in the outfit is on the skirt’s texture and vivid amethyst color. This look is kept very autumn appropriate by adding tights, boots, and a cozy scarf.
There’s something about a great leather jacket that is just hard to beat. Maybe it’s the way it can fit almost anything you’re wearing, or the way it echoes a different era, or maybe it’s just the general badass vibe you give off when wearing one, it’s a safe bet to say leather jackets are timeless. This doesn’t mean that you’re limited to the classic ‘90s black leather jacket. With more and more stores carrying different cuts and colors of leather or vegan leather jackets, it’s guaranteed everyone will find something to fit their style.
River B., freshman, rocks her leather jacket over a burgundy body-con dress and tights. The brown of the leather jacket enriches her outfit by adding an autumn vibe to it. By accessorizing with a matching beanie and tan socks, River stays warm and fashionable.
Fur is one of the most surprisingly versatile trends for this year. Fur vests and coats can be thrown over a dress for a night out or worn over jeans for a causal day time outfit. They add something fun to every assemble: a bit of ‘70s extravagance and glamour you don’t see everyday. A fur accent is a guaranteed way to make a bland outfit stand out. To sweeten the deal, you don’t have to worry about breaking your moral code. Recently, the quality of faux fur has gotten so high it is often indistinguishable from real fur.
Victoria R. dresses down her fur vest to make it class appropriate. By pairing it with a good fitting pair of jeans, ankle boots, and a neutral long sleeved shirt, the outfit highlights the fur without seeming gaudy.
BUTTON DOWN SKIRTS
Button down skirts have become a wardrobe staple for many girls this fall and upcoming winter. With the ‘70s inspiration and a Charlie’s Angels vibe, there’s something about effortlessly cool about it. Generally made out of denim, suede, or cotton with an A-line silhouette and buttons in a line down the front, these skirts are universally flattering to all body types.
Frannie M. looks put together and cozy. By pairing her skirt with black and blue toned pieces, the caramel color and silver buttons of the skirt really pop. The tights and high neck of the shirt are a nice touch that helps transition the button down skirt from warmer weather into fall.
Button down skirts don’t always have to be neutral. By choosing a skirt with a pattern, Ariana J. revamps the ’70s style of the button down and gives it a modern makeover.
Words by Sarah Craig, @sarahthecraig