To layer or not to layer, that is the question this fall

In the 50s, poodle skirts and leather jackets were hip. In the 80s, brightly colored exercise suits a la Jane Fonda were bangin’. And in the early 2000s, Uggs and Juicy sweats were sweet.
These days trends like crop tops and short shorts rule the summer store windows, but with the weather taking a turn for the chillier, all eyes are on the lookout for fall fashion.
Staples students still find inspiration from magazines like People StyleWatch and pictures of their celebrity style icons out and about.
“A lot of my inspiration comes from one of my favorite celebrities, Kylie Jenner,” Lily Kalman ’18 said in a Facebook interview.
Where girls find their inspiration from well-known celebrities, guys are little more low-key.
“I probably get most of my inspiration just based on what I see at some of my favorite stores. Things that employees suggest or just new items…” Jack Bowman ’15 said in a Facebook interview.
This season, the trends revolve around versatile pieces that can be layered. Both Esquire and Elle magazines show layering with styles like dark-wash jeans, comfy sweatshirts, ankle boots and hooded jackets for women, and button-downs or sweaters and vests for men.
“My personal favorite fall trend is sweaters. I have a lot, but I can’t wear them half the year, so I’m excited for that,” Bowman said.
Sweaters work for both genders, being available in styles from stripes to cashmere to sweater vests.
“My favorite fashion trend right now is stripes because you can dress it up or down and pair it with anything,” Kalman said.
Bold trends are also making a comeback. Elle advertises a bold patterned sweater to complement jeans and a fall colored jacket.
“This season 60s silhouettes are very in, as well as bold fabrics. Prada, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few, have collections focused around bold prints and bright colors,” Rachel Doran ’15 said. Doran is known for her style and has made her own clothes for years. It is not uncommon for her to find inspiration based on trends she sees and likes.
Stores around the Westport area make it very easy to access these types of clothes. JCrew, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville and the like are able to provide ample options for all kinds of fall weather.