- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - It may feel like summer outside, but many stores are showing styles for cooler weather. Here are some tips and trends to help your wardrobe look “clean and fresh for fall,” according to Lucky magazine’s style editor, Laurel Pantin.


“One of my personal favorite trends is what we’re calling ‘Santa Fe’ around the office,” Pantin said in a telephone interview. “It’s a little bit Southwestern-inspired, with a Native American influence, blanket coats, Pendleton prints.”

Look for “blanket skirts with fringe running down the front, and anything natural, handcrafty, folksy.” The Lucky editor, herself a Texas native, says “a lot of these things, you can find vintage. I bought a lot of great pieces on eBay.”

The trend is turning up in scarves, too, with “knit fringe on the ends, folksy and handcraftsy printed blanket scarves.”


Pantin’s forecast for outerwear trends: woolly coats; shearling; a bit of a “‘70s ski lodge” look, including Fair Isle sweaters; big, oversized cardigans and long “sweater dusters” that are “relaxed and loose and lux and cozy.” And here’s a twist on the boyfriend jacket: Make an oversized vest by cutting the sleeves off an oversized, mid-thigh blazer.


“Baby blue has been everywhere for outerwear,” said Pantin. “It’s nice to see lighter colors. Baby blue mixed with black and gray is pretty, clean and bright.” Also on the fall palette: “emerald green, which is gorgeous and more of a traditional fall color.”

In addition, Pantin said, “black and white never really goes out of style. I’m also excited about plaids, but in a lighter color palette - more white-based plaids, with a softer winter white. And leopard is having a little bit of a moment.”


“It’s going to be about straight trouser pants,” the Lucky style editor predicted. “Super-skinny is not entirely on its way out, but it’s not the most current look. It’s more about high waist, straight leg or wide leg, plus culottes and gaucho pants. If you were going to get a wide leg, a pair of wool trousers would be a good buy.”


“Clothing shapes are not quite so tight, but a little bit more relaxed,” Pantin said. “Mid-calf is still the way to go for skirt length - 3 or 4 inches above the ankle. Also: pencil knit skirts and stretchy fabrics.”


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