Alexandria Column: A Fashionable Fall

Alexandria Column: A Fashionable Fall

What’s on trend this season.

The change in seasons is quickly approaching. School doors are opening and all the swimming pools will soon be drained. As we pack up our flip flops and bathing suits, it is time to start thinking about pulling out the boots and sweaters. I know what you are thinking; you're rolling your eyes and musing that it's still 90 degrees and sweaters seem a little far off. But before we know it cooler temperatures will arrive — and you will want to be ready.

With the new season always comes new trends in fashion and this fall offers wearable trends that are easy to incorporate into anyone's wardrobe. The best part is you don't have to look any farther than Old Town to locate and shop these trends. Never has there been a wider selection of women’s apparel and accessory stores in our city. The return of Periwinkle to Old Town along with new stores like TSALT and The Hive add to our already great selection of women’s apparel and accessory stores like Bishop Boutique, Hysteria, Sara Campbell, Duchess M and The Shoe Hive. Finding the latest trends has never been more convenient.

Rust Colors

Every season — fall and spring alike — a few Pantone PMS colors set the tone for the entire palette of women's ready-to-wear collection. This fall it's rust-inspired hues like Aurora Red, Dusty Cedar and Potter’s Clay. Regardless of the shade, you are sure to find one that suits your skin-tone and closet.


There was a time when velvet was limited to the holiday season and was offered almost exclusively in black. Those days are over. This fall's shelves offer a wide selection of velvet items in a variety of saturated colors. The selection includes but is far from limited to clothing. Look for accessories in velvet if the thought of a velvet blazer or dress is too much for you. There is great velvet detailing on bags, shoes, and even jewelry.


If you invest in any single piece this fall, make it a military-inspired jacket. A versatile piece for all ages and available at all price points, there is a cut and style that will work for you. The perfect transitional piece, wear it over your favorite sundress as mornings cool off or layered over sweaters when the temps turn truly cold. Not into the jacket? You will find military-inspired details on just about everything this season from button-downs with gilded buttons to pants with elaborate embroidery and stitching, from intricate hardware on bags to buckles and studs on shoes.


This trend never goes out of style; women's fashion has been borrowing from the boys for years. You can never go wrong with a classically tailored blazer or pair of trousers, for example. This fall continues to emphasize this trend, especially when it comes to footwear. Look for an oxford with feminine touches including ribbon as shoe laces, gold heels or a d'orsay cut.

More generally, this season is about contrasts; it encourages layering menswear or military-inspired cuts over feminine fabrics with flirty details in rich, saturated colors. Strict and soft, bold and subdued — as long as you're pairing them together, you will be on trend. Still unsure how to go about working this fall's trends into your own wardrobe? The sales staff at any of your local boutiques is willing and ready to help.