Oct 07, 2011
BY SUSAN VARGHESE
Fur vests, and oversized sweaters in brick reds, blacks, and jewel tones are just some of the trends that fashion-forward female Five Towners will be wearing this season.
Fur seems to reign as the top trend among local stores like Lonny’s, Flirt, and Sheryl David. Contrary to popular belief, however, fur doesn’t have to be a splurge; faux-fur capelets and vests are practical, chic, and versatile. Using accessories like a waist-cinching belt or layering a sweater underneath makes it flattering for nearly everyone.
When it comes to showing skin, less is more, but off-the-shoulder tops and dresses with open-backs will add a touch of allure without giving too much away. Fitted cardigans have been traded in for chunky sweaters, leaving prim and proper styles in the past for a more relaxed and bohemian look.
Leggings and a good pair of jeans are fundamental, but options like leather leggings and flared jeans create more interesting looks. Corduroys are an emerging trend rising in popularity, and some buyers, like at Lonny’s, swear that the impeccable fit make it a must-have.
An ode to the 70’s complete with wide leg pants, brick reds, browns, and terracottas are how Lonny’s Buyer, Ellie Bonaiuto envisions fall fashion. “It’s kind of re-inventing the 70’s. The flare and the wide leg pant are very important, denim especially. Corduroys have made a big comeback.”
Corduroys are now more than just a childhood memory, Bonauito explained. “It’s definitely reminiscent of being 13 again,” she said laughing. “But, they fit amazing. It’s a pant for everyone. Half the battle is getting women to try it on, but once they do, they love it. It’s about how you put the look together to bring it into current times.”
Other must-haves include the leather Ponte pant, and a parka (which Bonauito explains as a light jacket with a touch of fur which is “yummy”). As for tops, the more shoulders, the better. “There are still a lot of tops that are one shoulder, cold shoulder, or a cut out sleeve. Plus, nobody has bad shoulders. It’s a way of showing enough skin to be sexy without being self conscious.” Tops and pants at Lonny’s start at $48.
Lonny’s is located at 1312 Broadway in Hewlett. (516) 569-4884. Lonnys.com.
Leggings are essential, and vests embellished with fur are the best way to make a statement this fall. Sheryl David Manager, Diane Lipton explained, “ Leggings are always important because it pairs perfectly with peoples’ boots. Women spend a lot of money on their high boots, so they need something tight to get the look.”
Besides footwear, Lipton suggested pairing leggings with a long sweater and scarf. “A great oversized cashmere sweater works with leggings and tight jeans. It works with everything,” Lipton said. She noted that for chillier days, a sweater blazer is a unique touch without being too stiff or heavy. Sweaters start at $82, trousers and jeans start at $110, vests start at a $100, and belts and scarves start at $30.
To minimize shopping in excess, Lipton emphasized the importance of focusing on pieces. “Always try and think is it going to make my wardrobe better? Is it going to add to it? “
Sheryl David is located at 1584 Broadway in Hewlett. (516) 295-1412.
In the world of dresses and flirty casual wear, black is back, lace is in, and fur is taking over.
“Start with a little fur vest, layered with a bulky sweater, and finish it with a belt,” advised buyer and stylist, Maria Danca.
To transition a summer piece into fall, like a long and whimsical maxi skirt, pair it with a sweater or leather jacket, Danca said.
Emeralds, sapphires, and deep purples are this season’s go-to colors. The jewel tones and a touch of sequins or beads are just the right amount of glitz, according to Danca. “No matter what figure you have, a safe dress is a beaded dress because it’s forgiving of figure flaws.”
As far as lengths and cuts go, Danca noted that a micro-mini only really works for beaded dress, but a dress hitting right above the knee is sophisticated and classic. High necklines and open backs in dresses add flair without going too over the top, Danca said. The average price of tops and dresses are $98-$398.
“Buy the navy or black dress, or a beautiful silk top,” Danca added. “They last. Invest in classic pieces and add trend with an accessory.”
Flirt was opened a little over a year ago by owner, Carla Haynes. Danca is previously the owner of The Strapless Dress boutique in Lynbrook. “Flirt is a place you come for a special occasion, for a birthday dress, party dress, date dress,” Danca said. “It’s a more going out look. We have a few long, formal gowns, too.”
Flirt is located at 5 Franklin Avenue in Hewlett. (516) 295-0206. Flirtfabulous.com.
About the Author: