Despite the spontaneity of New Orleans’ weather, Dillardstudents offer insight on ways to fall into this season’sfashion.
As the fall season approaches, it is once again time to revampfall wardrobes, replacing sleeveless shirts and capris withsweaters, and blazers.
Student fashion connoisseurs reveal fashion secrets about color,fabrics, accessories, and what it means to be a trendsetter.
Many students agree that fall fashion begins with autumn shadesand should be incorporated, with more subtle colors such as pink,blue, grey, and green.
“Usually people stick to earth tones, like brown and tan, butthis year more bright colors will be in, like pink and blue,” saidErin Akuamoah, a senior mass communication major from Chicago.
“It’s all about variety,” said Devar McNight, a junior politicalscience major from New Orleans, La. “Pastels layered with neutraltones are definitely in this fall.”
As shades become more refined with the arrival of fall, fabricsreach various extremes as people mix and match them to achievestyles from different genres. Fabrics this fall range from silk,satin and metallic textures, to cashmere, tweed, corduroy andfur.
Ashley Harris, a sophomore marketing major from New Orleans,said she thinks tweed and corduroy jackets accented with bows willbe one of the hottest trends this fall.
“Tweed, ponchos, and small-heeled pointy toe shoes are so inalong with the whole vintage look for guys and girls. Cat suits andthrowback jerseys are out; guys and girls are dressing more classicas they become more concerned with clothes that fit,” said Amikole’Diagne, a sophomore English major form New York.
“People are beginning to dress more conservative. Fur-trimmedpointy toe boots with knee length skirts is definitely one of thelooks this fall,” said Pearlina Martin, a sophomore from LosAngeles majoring in political science and history.
While some people reinvent styles from the fifties by mixing andmatching fabrics, other students prefer to create their own.
“What’s going to be in are the shirts worn over the button upsand ties; or at least that’s what I’ll be wearing,” said TrojaEllis, a senior psychology major from Los Angeles, Calif.
“Express or Banana Republic jeans and button downs with themessenger bags are in for me,” said Montae Richardson, a sophomorecomputer science major from Kansas City, Mo.
Noble Allen Bradley III, a sophomore biology major from Dallas,Texas said he likes to pair light colored button downs withmatching ties that hang slightly below the neck.
Adding accessories is another way to personalize clothing.”Clothing and accessories with initials were last year’s trend,”said Ashley Hughes, a sophomore computer science major fromJackson, Miss.
There are new ways to spruce up your outfit. Large belt buckles,clutch purses, drooping pearls, scarves, messenger bags, andBahaman jewelry, can transform a simple ensemble. “Multicoloredaccessories played, Bahaman jewelry is the way to go,” saidAmikole’ Diagne.
Another secret to being a trendsetter is wearing only the latesttrends and making sure others do the same.
“Turtle neck sweaters were definitely in last year. Now they areso played; people don’t do them anymore,” said McNight.
“The fall fashion no-nos are chunky heel boots, do rags, legwarmers, and fish net stockings,” said Alyscia Williams, asophomore biology major from Atlanta, Ga.
“Wearing long sleeve shirts with shorts is not tight. You justcan’t rock that,” said Kentae Bluitt, a sophomore biology major,from Dallas, Texas.
Finally, the key to being a trendsetter is not actually beingone. It is having the confidence to convince others that you areone. Being well dressed just gives you the confidence to do so.