All Good Things Come in Threes

A can’t-miss guide to the must-haves for fall

By Kristie Jacobs

Everyone’s favorite season has made its way down the runway, and the magazines are locked in with the trends. You are about to be in love with the new 2017 fall styles. Thankfully, pumpkin spice lattes—and pumpkin spice everything—will be making their appearance in your local stores. But folks, I’m not only talking about our favorite seasonal flavor. By the end of this blog post, you will be racking up these trends in your closet. For now, I’ll toss the autumn jokes to the side.

According to Elle, fall has plenty in store for our wardrobes, including warm and vibrant colors; vintage-inspired furs; Glitterati boots; fishnets; nylon coats; couch florals; wide belts; and mid-length skirts. “Crazy Cozy” is another fashion trend we’ve seen inspired by oversized clothing. Today, I’ll focus on the color, the clothing and the outerwear.

First things first, push that shade of hunter green clothing from last year aside because grenadine (a powerful, dynamic red) is now the new color. The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2017 suggests nine more colors for the season, including:

  • Tawny Port (a deeper, darker and more elegant red)
  • Ballet Slipper (a flattering, rosy glow of health)
  • Butterum (a warm, toasty shade of a glass of Butter Rum)
  • Navy Peony (a go-to neutral that is an anchoring shade of stability)
  • Neutral Gray (an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade)
  • Shaded Spruce (a sheltering and protective evergreen shade)
  • Golden Lime (a yellow-green shade to complement fall classics)
  • Marina (a fresh, bright color with a nod to the clouds)
  • Autumn Maple (a tawny and russet quintessential autumn color)

Red is the boldest of colors for this season. Red isn’t just a color but a state of mind. I once heard of a study which suggests that our emotions are tied to the clothing color we choose. For example, if you first wake up feeling sad you’re more likely to wear the colors blue, gray or black. Red represents both positive and negative emotions, which is why I think hues of this color have dominated the runway. In her novel Pretty Face, author Mary Hogan wrote, “[red] is the color of life. It's blood, passion, rage. It's menstrual flow and after birth. Beginnings and violent end. Red is the color of love. Beating hearts and hungry lips. Roses, Valentines, cherries. Red is the color of shame. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Broken hearts, opened veins. A burning desire to return to white.” Every store in the mall and e-retailers are prepared for the fall by having every shade of red on almost every rack.

Next up, oversized clothing. It’s not just a must-have in an average college student’s wardrobe; it has expanded to the mainstream. Why would someone ever want to wear something that makes them look like they’re not wearing pants? Hmmm, I wonder. Well, here is the answer … Listen closely, it’s for pure comfort! I refused to cave in to the trend on my campus for the longest time and once I did, it was an eye-opener. Some adults may believe it’s a little insane but now that stores are selling clothing that way, maybe it’ll be a little less insane. In 2012, Sarah Mower wrote in Vogue, “Thanks to Céline, Rag & Bone, DKNY, Givenchy, J.Crew, and a slew of young designers, the overscale shirt is now in full active service on many fashion fronts” and it looks like the cozy comfort of oversized clothing can now be seen again. Oversized shirts can play a role in layering, which is very common among the fall season due to Carolina weather being so unpredictable. The cuffs of the shirts or the little tails peeking out of a jacket can easily be dressed up or down! Trust me, everyone, buy now and be prepared for these trends.

Finally, let your outerwear do the talking this season. Not only did ’90s bomber jackets make a comeback last fall, but millennials have now continued the trend into this fall using a variety of colors and fabrics like pastels and satin materials. If you’re just catching up on this trend, don’t worry; you can borrow it from the boys thanks to its “unisex wearability,” notes Women’s Wear Daily: “Elongated silhouettes, collegiate-inspired motifs and appliqués—especially patches—” give bomber jackets a fresh approach to fall. The jacket is a quick throw-on with any boyfriend jeans, skirt, or even a dress. And, if I can be honest with you all, I do not see this trend leaving us anytime soon—we’ll be bombarded with it this season. 

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