We’re back at it again. And this time we get to put on chunky sweaters and elastic waist pants and other cozy things that can sometimes be slept in. It’s amazing. Join us for this season’s trends of jewel tones, bell bottoms, pistachio green and, once again, animal print.
Here’s how it comes together: Katie pores over runway reviews to see which trends are big for fall (according to actual fashion editors), texts a condensed list of trends to Mary, and then we drive around to local boutiques to see how that’s translating as everyday wear in a city that’s not exactly on the map as a major fashion hub.
Follow us to the fitting room for a casual, unedited, un-styled look at the themes we saw popping up at multiple shops — priced from $39.99 to $3,640. Where available, we’ve included links to purchase online.
Here are the stores we visited this time:
Boem – 3920 Sharon Road
Capitol – 4010 Sharon Road
CRIV – 1111 Metropolitan Ave.
Girl Tribe – 1800 Camden Road
Julie’s – 4145 Park Road
K|LA – 4123 Park Road
McKenzie Claire – 1419 East Blvd.
Poole Shop – 4010 Sharon Road
Vestique – 1532 East Blvd.
Animal Print (yes, still)
This trend has been holding on for several seasons and we’re 100 percent here for it. Sorry if you don’t like it because it’s everywhere.
Marc Jacobs leopard coat, $2,600 at Captiol
Jonesy skirt, $52 at Girl Tribe
ASTR Nikita dress, $148 at Boem
Leopard Faux Fur jacket, $82 at K|LA
Dolce & Gabbana button front leopard dress, $2,845 at Capitol
Dolce & Gabbana short leopard dress, $2,295 at Capitol
Pantara Cardi, $114 at Boem
At Your Earliest Convenience skirt, $52 at Vestique
BB Dakota Hot Spots dress, $100 at Boem
So long, millennial pink. Purple has arrived. This trend hasn’t quite landed in Charlotte yet, and what we did manage to find skewed more into dusty rose territory than what really lies ahead in vibrant hues of violet and lilac. Some shop owners said purple is expected to hit Charlotte in spring inventory. For now, we did our best.
Mustard Seed dress, $44.99 and Julie wedge sneaker, $39.99 at Julie’s
Layered in Lilac dress, $62 at Vestique
BB Dakota jacket, $100 at Boem
The Quinn Dress, $58 at Girl Tribe
Gold and Silver
Shine on as shimmery lamé fabrics make a comeback ahead of the holiday season.
Current Air Venetian top, $108 at Boem
Current Air gold skirt, $108 and Hysteria Tour Weekend tee, $70 at Boem
Entro gold sleeve shirt, $39.99 and Roaming Wyoming boots, $44.99 at Julie’s
Truth Hurts pants, $58 at Girl Tribe
Can’t afford fine jewelry? Wear the colors of gemstones instead — like amethyst purple, emerald green and citrine yellow.
(I, Katie, selectively avoided this trend because my neutral earth-tone soul can only handle two color trends per season, thank you.)
Monica skirt, $52 and CLT Leopard tee, $38 at Girl Tribe
Astoria sweater, $52 and Leopard Lady skirt, $38 at Girl Tribe
Rachel Lurex Doss skirt, $595 and Pink Floyd tee, $160 at Poole Shop
Wyoming Adventure pants, $49.99 and Basics & Waffles top, $34.99 at Julie’s
Scarecrow chic is very seasonally appropriate.
Rianna and Nina maxi dress, $3,640 at Capitol
Playing on Repeat dress, $72 at Vestique
Moving Far Along skirt, $58 at Vestique
Your mom rocked these pants back when she was still making out with random dudes in her college dorm room. Now it’s your turn.
Black distressed bell bottoms, at Vestique
The most predictable of fall trends is back every year. Do we even need to discuss it?
Stephan Tartan dress $1,125 at Capitol
Rentrayage plaid skirt, $1,495 at Capitol
Like purple, green is trying to oust pink for the title of favorite millennial color. And like purple, green isn’t all over the place in Charlotte. Yet. Bright pops of lime and chartreuse are probably on the way, but the color most cited on fall runways was pistachio — a cool, almost pastel minty green.
Lee Matthews puff sleeve dress, $600 at Capitol
Rachel Taylor fluffy coat, $795 at Poole Shop
The Kinsley dress, $62 at Girl Tribe
The Avery Romper, $52 at Girl Tribe