It's all about choices.
That's been said before about fashion, but it rings especially true this fall.
Shorter dresses and skirts hang with maxis and mid-calf styles. Skinny pants make room for wide-leg and slouchy styles. Menswear patterns mix with feminine lace.
Monochromatic looks and winter white are as tempting as jewel tones. Leather and fur are everywhere in real and faux. Round-shouldered jackets and sweeping silhouettes feel modern and fresh, as do more classic lines and sculpted pieces.
Individuality, always an important aspect of a woman's style, seems to be emphasized even more this season.
“Take the pieces that speak to you and change them up to fit your style,” said Karen Marquis, owner of Kokopelli at Shoppes at Northpark. “That's one of the things we've always been about. We're not trendy, but we're on trend. We try to make it wearable. … The key is making it your style.”
This fall, there's a variety of trends, from continued ladylike glamour to classic prints and patterns to futuristic styles with neoprene and patent leather, said Cindi Shelby, owner of Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills Plaza.
“That makes it great because you can choose different looks for yourself and what works for you and the occasion,” she said.
Some trends stand out more than others. Menswear styles in foulard, houndstooth and pin check patterns have a feminine edge and often fit closer to the body.