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Spice up your fall wardrobe with tips and trends from local experts

Written by Kelsey Ralston

Don’t just spice up your latte this season — add a little spice to your life with these fall fashion trends. After a hot and humid summer, we relish the cooler temperatures and the chance to break out our favorite sweaters. Local fashion experts reveal this season’s cool trends, so the looks can go straight from the runways and into your closet.

Plenty of Patterns

Plaid has become a fall essential, but the pattern doesn’t stop at comfy flannels. “The 90s vibes are strong this year with plaid in the spotlight,” said Jessica Meadows, assistant manager of The LBD, Etc. “From skirts and blazers to pants and scarves, plaid is the perfect way to transition your summer wardrobe to fall.”

If you’re feeling adventurous, experiment with other colorful prints, too. “The bolder the better,” Meadows said. “Add a print to your wardrobe for some vibrancy and fun.”

If you don’t own any animal print, add this wild trend ASAP. “Animal print has been a classic staple that always comes back around,” said Carley Kaeser from Apricot Lane. “We are seeing leopard and animal prints everywhere — from a chic, faux fur jacket, to pants to accessories, and especially shoes; we can't resist! A touch of animal print will be your new essential.”

Cool Coats

Looking for an easy way to incorporate those trendy patterns? Stay stylish — and warm — with a statement-making coat. “Coats had taken over the runway this year,” Meadows said. “The statement coat is the perfect one-and-done piece you need to make your fall wardrobe pop — just add boots!”

The fashionistas at Apricot Lane agree that a statement jacket you can sport all season is a must-have. “Whether you are dressed up or down, a textured, plush and luxe layer will be your go-to,” Kaeser said. “Add an instant touch of glam to any ensemble with a show-stopping piece. Our favorites are a faux fur animal print coat, and a warm and cozy sherpa.”

Vintage Vibes

Vintage “mom” jeans sure are back in style! If you can’t get your hands on an original, you’ll find plenty of 80s-inspired jeans in stores. “High-waisted, distressed mom jeans can be dressed up with a button-down and booties, or go casual with sneaks and a tee,” said Robin Forpahl, owner of Robin’s in El Dorado.

Pair the jeans with a splash of rainbow for a super fashionable look. Rainbows made an emergence in spring, and the trend hasn’t faded yet. The colorful stripes will continue to appear on everything. “Whether worn for pride or just for play, rainbows have a way of brightening everyone’s wardrobe and day!” Forpahl said.

Not So Neutral

As the leaves change color, fall wardrobes also shift to autumnal hues. Neutrals remain a safe choice, but don’t shy away from a pop of color or print to complement the look. “Cozy cream and cocoa sweaters paired with neutral knit pants are a no-brainer buy for fall,” Forpahl said. “Add a cheetah print topper for a fun contrast!”

The not-so-neutral trend even extends to bridal gowns. Instead of traditional white or ivory, brides can choose shades such as rosewater or smoky lavender. “All are shades of ivories and creams with hints of pink, purple or gold,” said Jillian Forsberg, sales manager of Dress Gallery. “Under a sheet of ivory antique lace, the bride's unique preferences are made more classic.” For fall weddings, you will see neutrals rounding out palettes of burgundy, gold and navy.

Fit for a Princess

The Royal Wedding may have been months ago, but it will inspire brides for years to come. “Brides are embracing the chill of October by covering their arms, a direct influence of Meghan Markle's Givenchy gown,” Forsberg said. “Fall 2018 brides are wearing so many varieties of sleeves. Illusion lace on bare skin gives a tattooed effect that evokes an old world charm.”

For a princess-worthy wow factor, complete the look with a statement-making veil. “Cathedral veils dominate the aisles this season — long, silk ivory tulle softly cascades down trains, leaving questions for the guests as to where the train begins and the veil ends,” Forsberg said.

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