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Fall forecast: scattered and retro

For the freshest looks, designers are taking their inspiration from decades gone by.

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  • Lace

    BCBG Max Azria dress ($328), Petal, 704-817-8871; Necklaces ($36, $32), K-La, 704-643-7800; Zac Posen clutch ($865), Capitol, 704-366-0388; Christian Dior shooties ($790), Step by Sloan, 704-376-1275.

    Plaid

    Joie top ($168), brown belt ($88) and Big Buddha clutch ($47), Pink Hanger, 704-366-7272; Rich & Skinny jeans ($195), Coco Fleur, 704-321-2626; Eva Franco jacket ($298), Sloan, 704-376-1275; Costume National heels ($625), Step by Sloan, 704-376-1275; Necklace ($28), K-La, 704-643-7800.


  • Menswear

    Penguin pinstripe trouser ($168) and vest ($138), Boris & Natasha, 704-375-0079; Liquid blouse ($189), Coco Fleur, 704-321-2626; Necklace ($41), Pink Hanger, 704-366-7272; Chloe bag ($1,495), Elisa Ferare heels ($660), Capitol, 704-366-0388.

    Ruffle

    Trina Turk dress ($268), Sloan, 704-376-1275; Malene Birger belt ($128), Poole Shop, 704-553-8868; Necklace ($28), Sloan, 704-376-1275; Kooba bag ($645), Step by Sloan 704-376-1275; Claudia Ciuti heels ($310), Step by Sloan, 704-376-1275.

    Purple

    Anna Sui dress ($460), ChezElle, 704-372-6612; Nanette Lepore coat ($308), Luna's 704-892-1004; Necklace ($34), K-La, 704-643-7800; 49 Square Miles bag ($693), Luna's, 704-892-1004; BCBG boots ($325), Step by Sloan, 704-376-1275.


  • Don't be afraid to raid stores such as Old Navy and Forever 21 for accessories, says style expert Tom Julian. Here are few hot trends to update your wardrobe.

    Necklaces: The bigger the better. Sizable statement pieces are this season's armload of bracelets.

    Feathers: Skip the peacock fan and go for refined detail. Feathered headbands, trim and pins add texture.

    Fringe: Boots and bags with fringe scream boho. Wearing both at once shouts overkill.

    Belts: Skinny, wide, loose, snug – try them out with a blouse, a sweater or a dress to instantly update a silhouette.

    Patent: The options are nearly limitless. Bags, shoes, belts in shiny black or jewel tones add a bit of 'tude to any outfit.



The fashion scene for fall is all over the place. Which can be a good thing if you like to channel “Mad Men” one day and “Dynasty” the next.

Designers are drawing from many silhouettes from past decades: nipped waists of the '50s, flowy boho skirts from the '60s and '70s, and the exaggerations of the 80s.

Scattered? Sure. But also fun and wearable with a modern spin.

Don't mistake this season's trip down memory lane for complacency – the movement is being accompanied by a strong artistic aesthetic.

“It's more about art and craft and fabric and sculpture, which is coming through in fabric, silhouette and new proportions,” says national style expert and trend analyst Tom Julian. “We are seeing tone, texture and color in a variety of ways.”

Build a wardrobe of quality staples, Julian says (here's the artistry again). Making room in your budget to accommodate may mean buying less or indulging in trends via more moderately priced accessories.

Restraint is key, as is being a good self-editor. Fringe on shoes and handbags, slouchy boyfriend sweaters and patent leather can coexist with bright colors, leopard print and tailored ensembles, but not all on the same body.

“Pick your battles carefully – live in one decade at a time,” Julian says.

We focused on '80s-inspired trends: menswear for women, lace, ruffles, plaid and purple, the season's hottest color. Don't get too hung up on the era, you'll find subtle traces of earlier decades as well.

Style Editor Rachel Sutherland

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