Fall Into Fashion: Campus Chic

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By Carrielle Sedersten and Jake Thacker, Fashion Correspondents

Female Fall Trends

Punk

Spring fashion trends have focused on whimsical pastels and florals with a polished look, but all of that is being thrown out the window for fall anarchic. Since the Met Gala, punk has started to trend majorly. So it’s no wonder clothes with spikes, studs, vinyl and chains are rocking the runway this season.

Since punk is synonymous with leather, the trend is taking on an urban feel. Mixing leather and lace is no longer; leather goes back to its roots of rebellion.

This trend can be incorporated into the smallest details of your ensemble, through shoes, belts and jewelry, or the trend can be embraced with a full-blown punk outfit.

Steve Madden’s ‘Marble’ flats ($99.95 on stevemadden.com) are a perfect addition to any shoe closet, as they are very versatile. Black with gold metallic studs, the shoes embrace a punk essence and are topped off with an adorable bow to glam-up any look.

Stores like Forever 21 and Express are great places to stock up on punk gear because apparel at these popular shops are fashion-forward and reasonably priced.

Statement Outerwear

April showers may bring May flowers, but what does fall bring? OUTERWEAR! This season, outerwear is out to make a statement with a shift to the candy pastel colors of powdery pink, yellow tones and baby blue hues.

Now, if pastels aren’t your color, don’t fret just yet because fur is also a main player in the outerwear game. Any coat fur that is ultra-shaggy, patchworked, vibrantly colored or oversized is suitable for fall.

For all outerwear pieces, oversized is the fit to look for. It’s a play on the long-time “his is hers” trend -like boyfriend jeans most every lady loves.

Finding a pastel colored coat in Omaha is a bit a challenge, but at H&M, in Kansas City, they carry a light turquoise, wool-blended coat ($149 on hm.com), perfect for fall.

Classic Prints

True classics never go out of style. This motto could not be more fitting for fall prints as they channel popular menswear fabrics and styles. Timeless prints of herringbone, houndstooth, pinstripes, plaid and Prince of Wales check are essential this season.

For this trend, the pieces that should be staples in your wardrobe are those that can be worn in numerous ways. Houndstooth heels, plaid skirts, pinstripe pants or blazers make any outfit a classic. Try to avoid a look where all the pieces are a print. Instead pair your staples with black or neutrals to compliment this trend.

These classic prints can be found almost anywhere -it just depends on your personal style to find the store that suits your needs.

Forever 21 carries a trendy, plaid bodycon skirt ($8.80) in white, black and red print.

One With Nature

Since camouflage is a huge fall trend for menswear, its influence carries over to womenswear, with a polished twist. Apparel in deep, rich shades of emerald and military green is the womenswear interpretation for camo styles.

Likewise, cozy knits, fur-trimmed outerwear and tweeds are moving the fall trends back towards nature. Earth tones of brown, beige and red are ideal for knits as they embody the leaves changing.

Nothing says fall quite like boots do, and over-the-knee, thigh-high boots are the best way to start the season off on the right foot. If thigh-high boots aren’t your preferred choice of footwear, leather leggings with ankle boots achieve a similar effect.

The best places to shop for high boots are Von Maur, Dillard’s or Younkers because of their large shoe sections. Vince Camuto’s ‘Bocca’ over-the-knee boot ($239 on dillards.com) is a spot-on choice for fall footwear.

Male Fall Trends

Camo

Camouflage is huge for fall and you’re going to be seeing it everywhere. Ironic, no?

A great way to incorporate this trend into your fall wardrobe is not with a full-on, I-bet-you-can’t-see-me, head-to-toe Mossy Oak inspired ensemble. Instead, use the print sparingly.

Fossil’s ‘Mercer East West’ messenger bag comes in a durable camo canvas. This bag ($128 on fossil.com) is a great alternative to the typical backpack. If the messenger bag isn’t your style, Fossil’s accessories line for men has iPhone and iPad covers and wallets in camo (from $35).

From belts to scarves, to T-shirts and more, both William Rast at JC Penny and Forever 21’s 21MEN’s lines are full of camo options at very reasonable prices.

Denim

Let’s take some inspiration from our neighbors to the North and try out the Canadian Tuxedo (or denim-on-denim look), eh?

This may seem like a mistake – and it is – if it’s not properly executed. The trick is to make sure the denim garments being mixed aren’t the same wash or color.

Make this rugged look more modern by pairing a slim-fit or skinny jean in a dark indigo wash with a long-sleeved, button-down denim shirt in a much lighter wash (bonus if the shirt has a pattern or distressing of some sort for an added effect). The Gap’s 1969 iconic dot denim slim-fit shirt ($59.95 on gap.com) is a fantastic option.

Style the shirt by leaving it unbuttoned and layering it over a graphic Tee and rolling up the sleeves.

A Staple Jacket

All you need is one, guys! There are two styles of jackets that should be considered for fall: the varsity/baseball jacket and the leather jacket.

Varsity or baseball jackets are typically made from lighter materials and transition easily from summer to fall. 21MEN’s colorblocked ripstop jacket comes in a deep navy and features light leather accents ($39.80).

Since a real leather jacket will easily run upwards of $400, don’t be ashamed to go faux. Express has some great options and its mixed media biker jacket is nothing short of über-cool ($198).

A Good Pair of Boots

Nothing says casual, cool and all-American like a great pair of boots and cuffed denim on a guy. For fall, look for hiking boots, work boots or desert boots to add to your footwear arsenal.

Check out Haney Shoes in Benson (6060 Maple St.). As the area’s largest authorized Red Wing dealer, their selection is top-notch. Red Wing’s iconic 875 6-inch work boot in Oro Legacy leather will last you years.

Haney Shoes also carries Clarks. The shoemaker is known for its desert boots (also called chukka boots). While it’s still summery, pair suede or leather Clarks desert boots with a pair of khaki shorts and a basic T-shirt. When it starts getting chillier at night, wear your chukkas with your favorite dark-wash jeans. 

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