PLATTSBURGH — As summer winds down, students and fashion lovers will scour local clothing stores for the perfect fall wardrobe.
“It’s my biggest season,” Julie Woodley, owner of DressCode in Plattsburgh, said of back-to-school time. “It’s like Christmas for everyone else.”
On a local level, it’s difficult to predict trends and what shoppers will favor before the season starts, said Stephanie Brown Mavor, owner of What’s In Store, which offers new clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children at a discount, in the Village of Champlain.
Leopard print will likely be popular in fall clothing, as well as sweaters and boots, Mavor said.
Aztec-inspired prints are also in this season, Lola’s Closet sales associate Krissy Flynn said, pointing to a sweater in the window of the boutique with a purple, turquoise, orange and brown geometric print.
Pieces with intricate prints are nice because they add interest to an outfit and few accessories will need to be added, she said.
“Asymmetrical is huge,” Woodley said.
Women’s magazines predict last fall’s polka dots, “granny” plaids and camouflage-inspired attire will be traded for wine and burgundy hues, navy blue, winter white and reptile print.
Skinny jeans and jeggings will also continue to be in fashion this fall, said Kristin Perry, manager of the women’s clothing store Pink in Saranac Lake.
For a simple yet chic first-day-of-school look, Perry recommends a pair of denim jeans, a loose-fitting T-shirt and boots or flats.
Flowy, button-up shirts; high-waisted pants; thin belts; and lace will be popular for fall, too, Woodley said.
Bright hues of magenta, red and green have been popular this summer, Flynn said.
Handbags, shoes and jewelry can add pops of color to an outfit, but brightly colored jeggings have taken the trend a step further.