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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for most people. School is back in session, the pools have closed and soon enough we’ll begin to see leaves changing and feel the first brisk of cool air.

Along with the changing of leaves comes the changing of colors in your closet and in each of your favorite stores. This year is no exception; ready yourself for rich hues and heavier fabrics as we embrace autumn.

Here are some trends you’re going to be seeing this fall. It’s incredibly easy to incorporate a piece of each in your closet without breaking your bank to ensure you’re on trend for the season.

Color story: cobalt

This luxe greenish-blue tint adds a pop of saturated color to your fall wardrobe. The jewel tone is incredibly flattering on a variety of skin tones and can be worn with any neutral — black, tan, navy, gray or a new neutral pattern like cheetah print or houndstooth.

Print party: ‘moody floral’

We got a sneak peek at this new trend in resort lines on the runway.

Some of most recognized designers utilized this saturated print as inspiration for their fall collection. Zac Posen, Michael van der Ham and Igel Azrouel all hosted dramatic garden-party fashion in their lines for autumn.

Still confused about “moody” floral? Just picture floral patterns during a goth phase … without the embarrassment of guyliner.

Fabric frenzy: leather

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Leather is always a cold-weather staple and this year is no exception. Leather moto jackets, skirts and leggings will soon flood the racks of every retailer. For those less adventurous, leather accents have begun to appear on sweaters, cardigans, blouses, pants and accessories. These small touches of the rich fabric allow you to rock the trend in the office without pushing dress-code boundaries.

Cage pumps

Cage pumps for summer have been a staple for quite a while, but now the popular trend is carrying through to fall with a closed toe.

These strappy shoes add detail to any outfit and pair well with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, leather leggings (as mentioned above) and most skirts and dresses. The caged heel adds an edge to your ensemble while still maintaining a feminine silhouette.


Move over, “Duck Dynasty,” camo is getting a redo in the fashion world. No longer reserved for sporting, this pattern is quickly becoming a new neutral and is popping up all over runways and in stores near you.

You’ll find the pattern in accessories and on clothing staples like trousers, blouses and my favorite, the field jacket. Camo is no longer “country”; it has truly secured a place for itself in every closet.

You don’t have to worry about buying a new fall wardrobe this year. As always, beloved classics are still going strong.

You’ll find traditional favorites like moto jackets, trench coats, animal prints, oxblood and lace in stores come fall. These pieces wear well alone or can be paired with new trends for an updated feel. Leather and lace isn’t just a song from Fleetwood Mac, it’s also the perfect pairing for 2014.

Reach Morgan Robinson at Follow her on Twitter @charmcharleston.

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