Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Fashion 101

Fall Fashion 101
Bailey Chauner

Autumn is my favorite time of year in Missoula. The air is crisp and I swear the smell of pumpkin lingers in the air. The golden leaves float off the trees almost hinting toward the snowflakes soon to fall. My scarves make their way forward from the back of my closet and my peep-toe wedges are swapped for knee high boots. However this fall, it’s camo, denim vests, and fur. A few months ago, the thought of these pieces made me cringe. Fast forward to October, and they’re hanging in my closet. So, what gives? A cool breeze rolled in bringing new fall fashion!

Photos by Turk Ismail
Our first trend is camouflage. While this trend may have made me fear the introduction of hunting gear as fashion, don’t be scared! Camo is chic. Kelsi embraces this trend casually with camouflage pants with a white tee, cardigan and ankle boots

Denim vests have made a huge comeback from the grungy nineties. A denim vest is a great piece because it adds interest to your outfit and can be dressed up or down.  I chose to dress up my denim vest with a long cream sweater, leggings, and a wide brimmed felt hat.

Leggings revolutionized modern fashion and now they are being updated! The latest leggings are patterned with flowers, tribal prints, camo and leather.  Michelle styled her floral leggings for a daytime and evening look.  She paired her leggings with a casual sweater and beanie for a cozy daytime look.  For evening, Michelle used her floral leggings to create interest when paired with a simple denim vest and black leather jacket.

Love or hate it, fur graced the runways this fall. And while real fur can be an ethical issue, faux fur is a perfect solution.  Fur is fashioned into vests, coats, and the lining on hoods and gloves to give an upscale accent to your outfit.  

This Fall, Pinterest pages are covered with over sized sweaters, especially with an tribal design. Over sized sweaters are extremely versatile with your autumn apparel.  The large knitted pieces can be worn casually with leggings or dressed up with a skirt. Aurora finds the perfect happy medium.  She chose to pair her over sized dolman sleeved sweater with a skirt and tights for a feminine look. Aurora makes this outfit applicable for everyday life with a pair of comfortable combat boots.

Jocelyn is wearing a thick, knitted, loose aztec printed cardigan.  This fall you can’t open a magazine without seeing this new style.  Again, this sweater is easy to style and very comfortable. Match this warm sweater with jeans, boots, or some leather leggings and you will be Vogue worthy!

In Montana, jackets are required to keep us from freezing.  However, just because our outfit might be covered, this doesn't mean we can't look fashionable. Yoko is wearing a wrap around trench coat.  This style is great because the coat is stylish, comfortable, and warm.

Wide brimmed hats are topping off lady’s outfits everywhere this fall. Made of suede, these sun hat inspired accessories can cover up any bad hair day or give your look a unique finishing touch

Turk gives us the only male look sporting a forest green button up and leather vest.  Leather is an undeniable trend this fall.  The material infiltrated fall fashion and shows up in entire pieces, such as this vest, or as small accents.

Autumn is a fantastic opportunity to experiment with fashion. The cool weather allows for your summer, autumn, and winter wardrobe to work together. With a touch of fur, a splash of pattern on your leggings, or a wide brimmed hat, your look is refreshed and guaranteed to be the envy of any fashionista.