Fall in Love with Fall Fashion

 

Written by Lance Evans in the September 2013 Issue

NecklacesThe leaves are starting to dance in the air and the colors are slowly changing. One of two things must happen: it’s time to pull out your old fall rags or put your new credit card to use. This season, local retailers are making it easy to jump from the pages of your favorite fashion magazine.

While various designers played with color in fashion ads and on the runway this season, many chose to stick to the basics. “It’s all about black and white this fall,” says On A Whim buyer Alexandra Bratton. On A Whim not only knows who its customer is, but specifically offers clothing tailored just for her. “The On A Whim woman is not defined by age,” says Bratton. “She’s hip, fresh and always knows what she wants in regards to her personal style.” On A Whim offers pieces that will allow their shoppers to build multiple looks as they move from the board room to social hour. “We’re offering great jackets, booties and large statement jewelry.” Bratton was especially excited to check-list the new accessory items. “Cool scarves, layering necklaces and crystal headbands for a bit of sparkle.”

Black and WhiteLike our friends in Classen Curve, downtown OKC’s Bow & Arrow Boutique knows the importance of a great accessory. Owner Courtney Moore is excited about bringing back an old favorite this season. “A scarf is the easiest accessory to work with. It can dress up a white tee in seconds.” Instead of wrapping up her fashion story with the scarf, Moore is continuing to introduce new accessories at her boutique this season. “I offer a wide range of jewelry at Bow & Arrow Boutique, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches, clutches, and select shoe styles.” Moore definitely had her eye on the runway prior to making selections for her store. One item on fashion critics’ “do list” is the oversized sweater, and Moore hopes it will also be a hit with consumers. “It’s my favorite palette to work with. I love to pair it with denim, leggings, skirts, or even over tight-fit dresses,” she says. Bow & Arrow Boutique will have the oversized sweater and a number of other clothing items for women this fall. Moore is continuing to model her boutique after the closet and budget of the everyday girl. “I understand working women who cannot spend top dollar on every piece of clothing in their closet—I’m just like that,” she says. “I have my designer pieces, but I mix in affordable boutique clothing and reach that trendy look without breaking the bank.”

SuitWhat’s fashion without the men? No longer are males just an accessory for the high-priced cocktail dress. This year, men are front and center and Spencer Stone Company is helping to keep them there. Menswear made big statements on the runway this season with new takes on classic styles. Fall 2013 for men is bigger, bolder and better. Take what you already know about fashion and elevate it. Don’t worry, store owner Spencer Stone will help craft your fashion persona. “The Spencer Stone shopper is looking for high quality, out-of-the-box merchandise,” he says.  “I spend a great amount of time searching for items that I believe have a story to tell.” This season, Stone is telling a familiar tale about jackets, but he’s adding a whole new chapter. “Must-haves for fall are soft jackets,” he says. “They are deconstructed sport coats that are great with trousers or jeans, and they come in everything from cotton to cashmere.” Grooming is a vital part of men’s fashion. Spencer Stone Company has a number of accessories that help men get a tailored look from head-to-toe. “As far as jewelry is concerned, we keep it simple,” says Stone. “Tie bars are very popular, but I would have to say that magnetic collar stays are our number one selling accessory.”

Oklahoma stores continue to make it easy to get the best that fashion has to offer. The temperatures may cool, but with the help of these boutiques, you’ll surely stay on the hot list this fall. 

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