Although it’s hard to say goodbye to the shorts, sundresses and sandals of summer, autumn brings an opportunity for a whole new wardrobe — think cozy sweaters and cute boots. We asked the local fashion experts what’s trending this season.
The big trend for fall is cowlneck sweaters — it’s a great fashion look that makes an easy, warm and cozy statement. You’ll also see quilted barn jackets, which provide a great fresh look to outerwear. Animal prints will also be popular, think animal print dresses, beanies and sweaters. Color block sweaters are in, too!
– Kristi Ham, director of marketing at Glik’s Boutique; locations in Grand Haven, Saugatuck and Holland.
We are seeing long, open cardigans or jackets in many textiles. They can pull an outfit together and add a layer of warmth for evenings and cooler days. Two trends in pants are the high-rise that allows you the option to front tuck your top and the cropped cuff pant in heavier knits. Many of our fall styles of jackets and pants are in textured fabrics. Lastly, we are seeing lots of plaid! I would suggest buying a couple of statement or unique pieces that can work back with your current wardrobe. Those new pieces should be something that will keep you on trend with this season’s fashions. Adding some of the above-mentioned styles will keep you up-to-date!
– Jenna Sharnas, owner, Threads on 8th, Holland
Shoe trends for fall 2019 are on a similar track as last year with short boots and booties leading the way. With skinny jeans, boot cut, flares or the revival of the ‘mom jeans,’ boots are the footwear to pair with them. Whether you like a heel, wedge or flats, boots in a variety of colors are going to complete your outfits. Tones of grey, tan, neutral, red and black are all considered basics. Contrasting colors to your clothing is what you want. Just remember, black doesn’t need black. Pop a color like red or tan for contrast. Or try grey as your black option. Also remember, fashion and comfort CAN go hand and hand. Borr’s will have so many cute and comfortable shoes and boots this fall. You do not need to sacrifice comfort for style — you can have both!
– Cathy Tubbergen, co-owner, Borr’s Shoes; locations in Holland and Grand Haven