Fashion

Mix it up this fall

Ponchos will be replacing a lot of jackets this fall. The gray and black poncho pictured is soft acrylic with detachable fur collar, $60, at The First Place. Photographed at the Bartlett Arboretum.
Ponchos will be replacing a lot of jackets this fall. The gray and black poncho pictured is soft acrylic with detachable fur collar, $60, at The First Place. Photographed at the Bartlett Arboretum. The Wichita Eagle

Just when you thought the summer would never end, the leaves start to turn, the temperature drops slowly and it’s time to change out your wardrobe.

Sandals and shorts go to the back of the closet making room for what’s new for fall.

This is the season to mix it up. The good news is a lot of pieces you invested in last year carried over to this fall.

For example, if you have anything with fringe on it, you’re on the right track. If you thought the fringe was swaying last year, there’s even more this fall.

Don’t have anything with fringe on it? Get something. Whether it’s a jacket, a handbag, boots, a poncho or belt, fringe makes it a trendy item.

Tassels are the other hot detail for fall, especially on handbags and jewelry. The long necklace is a big look for fall with tassels being the number one pendent. Tassels of silk, metal, beads and other materials hang on long chains or cords.

Early fall brings transition season which makes cashmere and light sweaters important wardrobe staples. Sweater vests in all lengths and textures will be another fall favorite.

The jumpsuit that showed up several seasons ago, not to mention when they were hot years ago, is back. The one-piece outfit easily goes from desk to dinner and even makes it into the evening wear category.

Retro looks are everywhere and bell-bottoms in bright prints top the list. Prints reminiscent of the ‘70’s add to the nostalgic styles that young people consider new.

The ankle boot with a chunky heel is worn with everything. It is definitely the favorite boot of the season, but soft suede tall boots and even a few over-the-knee boots will show up.

Leopard print is the favorite animal print for fall. Shoes, handbags, jackets and coats are showing up in a wide price range.

While you are mixing the old with the new, designers mixed fabrics and textures. Jackets are leather and knit. Dresses are faux suede and wool. Skin tight leather pants have a stretch knit panel up the legs. Sometimes the mix is for comfort, but usually it’s to add texture and interesting details to the garment.

Tired of black? Go for gray. Grays ranging from deep charcoal to the palest dove gray is at the top of the color popularity chart. Another neutral, camel, also is a favorite.

Whether you plan to get a whole new wardrobe, or add to what you already have, get out there and see what the stores have to offer. Have some fun, add new pieces, and mix it up.

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