By: Katie Williams
When it comes to street style, if you thought NYFW was the place to see and be seen, clearly you have never visited the boulevard. As the weather cools down, we want to talk about five of this fall’s hottest trends and how to style them for our final boulevards. We talked to three SMU students who shared just how they plan to do that.
Pull out your old school skirts, because plaid is back. It’s no secret this trend dominated the runways for fall, so it’s time to make it work for our own grassy runway. Cool-girl, freshman Isabel Ensminger says “plaid is definitely one [of my favorite fall trends] because it’s a statement piece and can add pattern to a boring outfit.”
Floral Embroidered Everything:
This trend is hard to miss right now. Floral embroidery seems to be everywhere we turn. Senior, McKenzie Shea, who describes her style as bohemian, prefers the trend in a flowy dress. However, we are seeing it on jeans, tops, and, an SMU Look favorite, shoes. Junior Caroline Hogan wears her embroidered shoes as a standout piece for both simple and fun outfits. They come in every style imaginable. Check out these sneakers and these booties, too!
This trend evokes the “optimism and high shine of the space age” (Vogue). Saint Laurent and Chanel are just a couple of the designers that rolled out shiny silvers and glittering golds for fall. Ensminger, who describes her style as “edgy,” makes the bold look wearable by pairing it with her favorite, distressed LF jean jacket. When it comes to the boulevard, she has already learned “comfort is key,” which is why she loves sneakers with the look. When it comes to metallics, take a note from StyleCaster and “dress like the disco ball of your dreams.”
Classic Colorful Fur:
A fall boulevard favorite, fur, is back for another season. Vogue and Cosmopolitan agree; this fall, furs are being in shown in bright colors, bold patterns, and super-sized proportions. Hogan says her chevron fur is a boulevard staple. Vogue and W Magazine both highlight “homespun treasures” and patchwork as another trend to look for this fall, making Hogan’s DIY patch jeans the perfect pairing with this fluffy jacket. She said her secret to boulevard shopping is finding statement pieces and pairing them with inexpensive staples.
Perfect for your next boomerang, “fringe [adds] a sense of playfulness to many collections” this fall (StyleCaster). Hogan says she loves the look. Her Victorian-inspired, high-neck top is another trend turning heads this season according to Elle. You just need a boulevard sticker and face-tat to be game day ready. Shea adds a western inspired flare to the trend, which Elle also declares a hit for the fall. To complete the cowboy-chic outfit, she throws on neutral booties, a play on the cowboy boots we saw earlier in Boulevard season, and a fun necklace (similar here, made at SMU). For a mix between the two looks, check out this skirt too!
All three girls agreed, once we reach fall, school colors go out the window, and students have an opportunity to show off their favorite looks. Tell us how you plan to style these trends and others for the boulevard! Pony up!