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A fashionable fall

A fashionable fall

August 13
09:57 2009

With the beginning of a new school year just around the corner, storefront windows are already brimming with shiny, new fall fashions. Crissy and Teri Camp, co-owners of Emma’s Boutique on Brinker Rd., offer dollar-stretching advice on incorporating what’s already in your closet with fall’s most popular colors and trends.

fashion“When people think of fall, they usually think of browns and dark, dull colors,” Crissy said. However, this fall’s trendiest colors are far from drab. In fact, the summer’s bright colors may be even hotter in the fall.
Bright reds, yellows and oranges will take a leading role this season, Teri said, and reports and photos from New York’s fashion week in February showed a strong affinity for pink. Hot pink, baby pink, fuchsia and every rosy hue in between – pink is forecasted to be one of fall’s most popular colors.
The benefit of fall’s bright color palette is that “you can still have fun with your fall colors and incorporate your summer wardrobe,” Crissy said. The mother and daughter team agrees that the most budget-friendly way to update your existing duds is to update your accessories.
“Sometimes you may not need to buy a whole new outfit,” Teri said. “By changing your accessories, you can create an entirely new look.”
Adding an ultra-trendy statement piece like a necklace with big, thick layers and a variety of textures – another major fall trend – is one of Crissy’s   favorite ways to update summer pieces, she said.
“Different accessories can also dress the look up or down, depending on what you’re going for,” Crissy said.
When shopping for new accessories, size definitely matters. Crissy recommends big, chunky pieces and metallics.
“Even if its a scarf, it can still add so much to an outfit,” she said. “Big rings are also a really big accessory to look out for this fall. With a big chunky ring you can add so much and not even have to wear a bracelet and sometimes not even a necklace.”
Lower temperatures are no reason to put away those summer dresses.
“I totally think a great and fashion-forward look is pairing a dress with a great pair of leggings,” Crissy said. “You can automatically have two great outfits.”
Printed leggings made a cameo appearance last year and, judging by fall collections like Marc Jacobs’, they are set to make an even bolder and brighter comeback this season.
Another easy way to turn a summer dress into a cold-weather-worthy ensemble is to pair it with boots and additional layers like long-sleeved shirts, jackets and scarves.
When it comes to rules for layering, “There are no rules,” Crissy said. “That’s the fun part of it! You can layer all your clothes and layer all your jewelry. Layering adds dimension to everything.”
Emma’s Boutique will begin featuring fall pieces toward the end of August, with new items arriving every few weeks.
“If you go to a mainstream store, you’re going to see a lot of heavy jackets and things for cold weather even though it’s still really hot outside,” Teri said. “One of the benefits of shopping at a boutique like ours is that we have more weather-appropriate items that still reflect the season’s popular trends.”
Sometimes the urge to splurge can be too great to supress. The best piece to invest in this season “would probably be a pair of our LTB jeans or a set of jewelry,” Crissy said. “Since it would be a splurge, you can get lots more jewelry for a smaller price tag. I would go for a variety of color so that you can have something for every outfit!”

– Heather Jackson

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