'70s, '80s looks are in, so shop your closet

What’s in vogue? Who better to consult than Vogue magazine? In March the magazine affirmed its fashion authority by sharing what women will don this fall:

— Utilitarian garb: Items featuring camouflage to tea-olive hues and military-inspired details meant to send the message of outdoorsy-ness and safety.
— Throwback 1980s-style assertive shoulders.
— Sparkly adornments in 3D: Not just sequins affixed to garments, but actual chain mail, beaded strands, etc.
— Oversized pieces and multiple layers.
— Head wraps: Not just hats.
— Neon everything — to be seen.

Plus, the long coat is in again — another throwback to 1980s fashions. In a July fall trend report, Harper’s Bazaar featured several, including ones by Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Prada.

For men, fall-wear trends center on “street style,” according to February’s GQ:
— Nubby fleece jackets
— Thick flannel shirts
— Long wool and trench-style coats
— Scarves
— Puffer jackets over hoodies

The overwhelming focus in footwear is on the tennis shoe, for both men and women. From office attire to party duds, the casual iconic shoe fits. Harper’s showed off chunky luxury sneakers on a model wearing a sleek evening dress, while Forbes in July spotlighted the sock-type sneaker and touted: “Sharp-looking sneakers now are the epitome of cool.”

Whowhatwear.com calls sneakers, tennis shoes, trainers — whatever the favored label — a closet’s staple item. In the past, women employed in large cities might wear comfortable shoes to walk to work and then quickly change into pumps or dress shoes immediately upon entering a building. Now casual is a statement-maker all day and evening long.

Muted hues, all-white, sparkly, reflective, low, high, streamlined and chunky are all green-lighted sneaker designs for fall.

Boots, as well, are a fall preference. Every imaginable style seems to get a nod, whether cowboy, work or the ’70s knee-high slouch style.

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