Fall fashion offers plenty of choices

Linnea Imam

It’s often too easy to predict what we’re going to see for fall: the standard coats, boots, and darker colors that can get boring when combined with Marquette’s gray days.

Soon enough the leaves will change, and for our most colorful season, Vogue tells us that this year black is back. This fall there are a lot of ways to make the shade less limiting.

It could be a floral print on a black background, black and white snakeskin, or mesh paneling and cutouts that spice up the look.

Think about an interesting high-low hemline on a bodycon skirt, or some dip-dyed dark jeans. Try a classic leather jacket or panels of leather on a skirt or on a sweater.

If you feel bold get a pair of leather leggings; they’ll keep you warm when the days get cold and the American Apparel ones are a cheap alternative to splurging on the real deal.

A little bit of luxury has come to us straight from the runway. Brocade is a richly decorated floral pattern that is made from woven silk. It’s hard to picture but familiar and easy to identify when you actually see it.

It is a trend that seemed outside a college budget but Urban Outfitters and Nasty Gal have affordable printed versions of the season’s most elegant style.

The pattern is fabulous on a mini dress with cap sleeves, and seriously pops on a pair of leggings. It’s not a look to be shy in and hopefully more stores will be printing it and some daring girls wearing it.

The movement to perhaps be the most excited about this season is ‘90s inspired plaid patterns. Not over-sized flannels from Goodwill, even though they are already a staple in a lot of wardrobes at Northern.

Online stores like Free People and Nasty Gal are showing some modern and feminine takes on one of the decade’s most questionable looks.

Plaid pants and scarves have an edgy-meets-preppy feeling that is perfect for the beginning of the school year and you’ll stay warm and comfortable in them.

Dresses with cinched waists and carefully placed cutouts will flatter your figure while radiating the grungy, kick-butt energy the 90s was known for.

American Apparel has pages of plaid items from crop tops to fitted button downs to chiffon skirts, heightening the versatility of this pattern.

These three trends date back decades, but for fall it is all about how you wear them. Try out options that are close to your style and don’t be afraid to stand out. Go shopping in your mother’s closet for those forgotten pieces.

Confidence and creativity is key for livening up your wardrobe and breaking the cycle on this once monotonous season.