While the fall season is still a few weeks away, those East Carolina University students wanting keep their closet fashion ready will be pleased to know the season’s trends have already found their way to the local scene.
Although skinny and slim fits have long been classics in one’s closet, the key denim fit this season is oversized pieces. According to Vogue Paris, the trend of wearing larger-than-normal clothing pieces — particularly shirts, pants and jackets — have been around on the mainstream for sometime and this season, the trend trickled into the local scene in full force.
The trend has also inspired many pieces specifically made to be oversized, having a cut wider than regular fit garments of the same size. Usually these pieces are labeled as oversized to cut down confusion when figuring out the right size.
“Everyone wants oversized stuff especially for the fall. Everyone wants oversized sweaters,” Sydney Fulford, general manager at Shimmer Boutique’s Greenville Mall location, said. “Everyone I’ve seen is going up a size just so it’ll be a little baggier.”
According to Monroe & Main Blog, in order to avoid going overboard with this trend because of the larger than usual proportions, a tip for oversized pieces is to wear a oversized article of clothing either above or below the waist and keep it lean on the other. Pairing oversized sweaters with a slimmer jean or cropped sweaters with a skinny jean are two ways to proportionally balance an outfit with an oversized piece.
A change this season is the rise of white denim, as the idea of “not wearing white after Labor Day” becomes another former fashion rule to be discarded by modern tastes. Dubbed “winter white” by fashion leaders such as Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley, the most common shade of white for the fall/winter season is somewhere between stark white and ivory.
“Pairing a white jean with a fall color like olive or hunter green is one of my favorite ways to spice up an outfit this season,” Taylor Meyer, a junior declared nursing major, said. “What’s even better is if those white jeans have a slit in the knee.”
While becoming slightly less prevalent, ripped jeans have stuck around for the fall semester, according to Popsugar Fashion, rips are becoming more subtle with neat knee and thigh slits favored over large, summer-friendly gashes.
Popsugar also touches on the sudden resurgence of 90’s and 80’s trends aren’t getting rid of the 70’s inspired flare jeans trend that’ve been happening the past few seasons. For this fall, one should stick to darker tones for flare jeans and opt for lighter colors for bottoms such as boyfriend jeans.
Classic fall colors such as orange, yellow and red turn to their richer shades such as marsala, burnt sienna and mustard yellow leading the way, according to Glowsly’s fall 2018 color trend list. The catch is true mustard yellow is a noticeably darker shade than the condiment. All of these colors can provide a pop of color to an outfit without being overwhelming.
“Mustard yellow can be such a standout color this fall on darker skin tones,” Tierra Grant, a sophomore intended nursing major, said. “It’s my go-to statement color this season.”
For a comfort-to-class outfit, students can wear leggings in their color of choice with a cardigan sweater or a hooded sweater in place of a sweatshirt for an elevated look, according to fashion merchandising alum Caitlyn Klem.
As a student, Klem said she always opted for a “cute and comfortable” outfit for her four fall semesters spent on ECU’s campus. However fall fashion, according to Klem, should be “open to the consumer.”