No autumn leaf unturned when it comes to fall fashion

Posted Aug. 28, 2012, at 2:53 p.m.

After the bright floral prints and neon colors of the summer, fashion is cooling off to welcome fall. This season, fashion is taking some inspiration from Maine; rustic, fall foliage colors are dominating fall clothing lines and fashion magazine pages. People are going to be wearing the beautiful colors that visitors from all over the world travel to Maine to see. Burnt oranges, deep reds and golden yellows are the principal colors to look for, but some forest greens, dirt browns and midnight blues are making a statement.

Designers such as Michael Kors and Calvin Klein are showing off sleek dresses, bulky sweaters and oversized scarves, all in the foliage colors Mainers are so familiar with. These trends are popping up locally in Bangor at Mexicali Blues, Frock Affair and American Retro, to name just a few.

And what’s better to go with the shades of fall than understated jewelry made from items found in the Maine outdoors, such as a wooden necklace or rock pendant?

To go along with these foliage hues, some old favorites are returning. Feminine lace and tribal prints are making a comeback, complementing and contrasting the tougher, natural feel of this season’s shades. Faux fur is also being spotted, lining the hoods of coats and making extra-warm scarves.

Even with several reappearing trends, the shades of fall colors are the standout of the season. They’re functional, cute and easy to mix and match. All the colors are complementary and can easily be worn together or with a pair of basic jeans and boots.

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