Fashion takes adventure in color, print for fall
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Sunday, September 30, 2012
9/30/12 at 9:08 AM
It's all about adventure and showing off what sets you apart this fall.
Vibrant colors paired in unexpected but harmonious combos say "look at me." And familiar combinations of navy and black and black and white play together in surprising new ways.
Animal prints - from zebra stripes to leopard and cheetah - are edgy when used in a small way, such as a high-heeled bootie. Or go all out with a full-on print mini dress.
Prints from the wild are not only a draw in sight but also in touch. Scaly, reptilian skin - real or fake - offers a unique dimension that is not easily forgotten.
Other popular textures this season include leather, which is being worn in more ways than just on handbags.
Riding boots are back, and they're not just for Ralph Lauren ads any more. Riding boots lengthen the leg and make an assured and stylish statement. Choose from a wide selection of looks.
Blazers, whether tuxedo fancy, a contemporary workplace style or vintage accessory, can dress up a fitted T-shirt and pair of jeans and take you from casual office-appropriate to happy hour with a basic black heel.
Pants keep getting better in a variety of colors, cuts and fabrics. Corduroy is not only a favorite fall texture this year but also a wise wear, keeping you warm as the weather cools down.
And you can't be without your heels. The popular platform stiletto-style have gone sky high and are far from your mother's pumps, available in every color imaginable, with color-blocked toes, all-over patterns or studded embellishments. Or rise to the occasion with a wedge shoe that has a personality all its own.
Guess has a three-quarter scoop-neck leopard print sweater at Macy's. On a soft off-white, black and taupe prints cascade down the sweater before disappearing at the stomach. In an almost ombre effect, the print makes its presence known without overpowering the garment.
Check out the mustard-colored corduroy pants at Target. In a skinny cut, these bright cords celebrate the fall. A welcomed departure from traditional neutrals, they are a fun option to pair with something as starkly different as a black peasant top or as adventurous and savvy as a plum tie-front blouse.
Old Navy's ballet wedge in red adds drama to any outfit. Black offers office appeal and more versatility but with no less style.
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Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
Wedge heels offer an alternative to stilettos. Courtesy photo
A blazer can give extra polish to a fall outfit. Courtesy photo
Colored pants, whether jeans or corduroy, remain a must-have item. Courtesy photo
Animal-print accents will be popular again this fall. Courtesy photo
Leather is a popular texture this season and not just on handbags. Courtesy photo