Return of the turtleneck? Fashions for fall 2013

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By Elana Katz

A new season has begun. New York Fashion Week has come to a close and fall has arrived. With the changing colors of the leaves and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes, it is time to trade in maxi dresses for capes and sandals for combat boots. While ostrich feathers and plaid may not be for everyone, there are many more trends that college students can easily try.

First and foremost, Pantone, the authority on color in the fashion industry, dubbed emerald green the color of the year. Emerald green is a soothing shade, creating balance in any ensemble. Therefore, it is the ideal color to pair with wild prints like leopard or floral.

This shade of green can be worn several different ways, but will primarily be seen in the form of dresses, pants and structured jackets. If you prefer little pops of color, then look for jewel encrusted belts or solid colored satchels. Either way, emerald green is a great investment in fashion this year.

Grunge was a huge focus for style-makers last fall, and this trend is back for round two. With the stellar Metropolitan Museum of Art punk exhibit as the arbiter of this trend, Vivienne Westwood ensembles are bigger than ever.

Tartan plaid, in particular, will be seen everywhere in the form of oversized coats, menswear and funky sneakers. This is a bold trend to test run this fall, so be sure to start small with an accent and slowly work your way up to rocking all-plaid looks.

While turtlenecks will never truly garner mass appeal, they are gaining more momentum as we enter this coming season. Donna Karen and J. Crew are just two of the fashion houses highlighting this practical and wearable style. Just picture it: Your neck is warm without the bulk of a scarf.

Turtlenecks are a no-brainer for the fall, but only for those with the courage to defend such an unpopular trend.

Thigh-high boots have an important place in many fall 2013 collections. Designers like Tibi, Celine, Chanel and Altuzarra have showcased this style.

While modern booties still have a foothold in most wardrobes, thigh-high boots are the favored style this fall. Be sure to look for thigh-highs that will pair well with both a chunky knit sweater and leggings or a basic top and midi  skirt. The more versatile the boot, the better.

Other trends for this season include fall staples like velvet and leather, winter white, lingerie inspired pieces, oversized clutches, loafers and colorful socks.

With so many trends to explore this fall, it’s time to go out on campus in style.

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