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  • Fall's styles about making your own statement

    For fall, fashion is breaking out of its typical trend cycle and embracing individuality. It’s a refreshing concept that seems to celebrate a smattering of styles rather than just one set of rigid standards.

    It’s the opportunity to “go your own way” and try mixing it up, sticking to tried-and-true classics or maybe a bit of both. Anything goes this season, and you can wear and interpret the trends as you want and still be in style.

    Alberta Ferretti's Rmantic Victorian look of a fitted red coat over a high-neck lace top. Photo: MCV /McClatchy-Tribune News Service / Chicago Tribune


    Here are several standout themes from the runway to provide inspiration when building your fall wardrobe.The trend: modA-line miniskirts, skintight turtleneck tops, pointed toe Chelsea boots and graphic acid bright prints are reminiscent of the edgy 1960s look, but with a modern-day spin.Who did it best: Louis Vuitton, Jonathan Saunders and FendiHow to wear it: A little mod goes a long way, so temper an A-line skirt or dress with more contemporary pieces. If wearing acid bright shades, pair them with solid black or camel, and keep makeup minimal and neutral rather than cat eyes and matte lipstick to ensure you don’t teeter into costume territory.

    The trend: romantic VictorianCheck out ruffle-neck and bow-neck blouses; long, full skirts; and rich fabrics with a purely romantic edge.Who did it best: Alexander McQueen and Alberta FerrettiHow to wear it: For this trend, light flourishes work best. Choose one detail, like the long skirt or a ruffle neck or sleeve, to avoid looking like a character from a period piece.

    The trend: gothPrepare to take a walk on the dark side with all-black ensembles, dark and heavy fabrics and even long black gloves that feel traditionally goth but far from gloomy.Who did it best: Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Marc JacobsHow to wear it: Wear the style without the solemn vibe by making sure fabrics aren’t head-to-toe heavy. All black is totally acceptable but not when done in an overwhelming way.The trend: global tapestryBoho is back (or maybe it never went away). The gypset look is in full swing for fall with patchwork patterns, embroidered details and globally inspired outerwear.Who did it best: Burberry Prorsum and Tory BurchHow to wear it: This season, the boho look isn’t subtle. Fringe, tassels, texture and maxi lengths are all major trends.

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