Fall fashion for the back-to-school season


Red is the color of the season — so whether it’s a statement piece or an accessory, be sure to sport some this fall. photo by Chloe Sonnier

Time to go back to school! And guess what that means? Fall is approaching, or as some like to call it, pumpkin spice season. As the seasons change, the fashion trends change, so here is a highlight of the five top trends for this fall.

Red is this fall’s color. Spotted on the runway multiple times from designers like Victoria Beckham, Max Mara and Fendi, it was evident this would be the big color of the season. In addition, Givenchy even did a tribute to 27 of its most iconic looks from the past 12 years, but recrafted them all in red. So put your red lipstick aside and make room in your closet for a pair of power-red pants.

Many distinct patterns presented themselves on the runway. Specifically, plaid dominated both in menswear and womenswear. When people think of plaid, many think of flannels or 1990s grunge, but what is trending now is 1970s plaid. But what’s the difference? 1970s plaid is much lighter in color, so it doesn’t look as angsty. So next time you browse through Urban Outfitters be sure to look for a plaid dress or crop top with lighter color schemes.

Red velvet is not just delicious, but it will be in vogue “” no surprise. Designers like Jason Wu and Alberta Ferretti formalized this fabric on the runway by showing velvet nightdresses, jewelry, suits and boots. So when formal season comes around, be sure to purchase velvet attire.

Another notable trend for men is quilted jackets, such as bombers and blazers. They are usually seen on grandfathers, but now it seems like people of all ages will be wearing them since brands from J. Crew to Converse will have them available for the season. This outerwear is comfy, cozy and might make you look like a balloon. Of course, you’ll be a stylish balloon.

Good news for country fans and cow herders: western wear is in mode. So make western wear great again by rocking your finest pair of cowboy or cowgirl boots! Designers like Raf Simons, creative director of Calvin Klein, are putting their own modern twists on country attire this season. Ashley Williams’ fall collection consisted of cowhide crop tops, while steel-toed boots appeared on Stella McCartney’s runway.

Obviously as college students, we cannot afford fresh-off-the-runway looks, nor do we care to. But it is important to always look your best, which is not hard if you are smart about the way you shop. So here are some names of a few online brands that are not only stylish but cater to students’ needs by having great sales or giving students discounts. ASOS is a U.K.-based website that carries a ton of brands for both men and women. It is a lot like Amazon, but specifically for clothing. They also give a 10 percent discount to students. In addition, Topshop, my personal favorite, offers a 10 percent student discount too, but has a 20 percent student discount for limited time only. NastyGal, a Los Angeles-based women’s clothing brand, has had a 40-percent-off sale all summer, but as of now their sale has gone up to 50 percent off, so it is worth emptying your bank account! Men, don’t worry; River Island, a less-popular version of Urban Outfitters, has a great sale too right now “” up to 50 percent off “” so go make it rain.

So whether you decide to rock red or cruise down in a country look, have fun with it and make it your own!