“What is old is new again.” This old adage of the fashion world proves to be a very true statement in recent fashion trends. As a self-proclaimed Fashionista, I recognize the importance of trend forecasting and searching for the newest styles. Over the years of scouring magazines and following blogs, I have realized that the majority of trends are not about trying to see into the future but looking back on the past. Trends are always being recycled, adapted and slightly modernized in a cyclical pattern for the new generation of consumers. Recently I have been sucked back into watching reruns of one of my favorite shows, Friends. My favorite episodes are some of the earliest that were filmed in the ‘90s. I was surprised by how many of their items matched pieces in my closet. Their cropped tops, flannels and denim cut-offs were almost identical to my summer staples.
For fall, there is a return back to the more retro styles and fabrics of a few decades ago. Cardigans, tweeds, florals and knits are all necessary for scoring this look. You may want to take a peek in your grandmother’s closet because granny-chic is a trend that was on the runways for fall 2012. I spotted this Fashionista on a cooler day in October and really liked her mixture of fabrics and colors. She looked both retro with her houndstooth printed sweater and modern with olive green corduroys.
Name: Maggie Schneiderman
Major: Religion and Political Science
CF: What are you wearing today?
Maggie Schneiderman: A houndstooth sweatshirt from J.Crew, skinny J.Crew cords and vintage Dexter penny loafers — my mom's from when she was a teenager!
CF: What’s your go-to outfit?
MS: I definitely believe in the power of great fitting jeans and a cozy T-shirt — some things are timeless for a reason. That being said, I love mixing the old with the new, like a classic cardigan worn with combat boots.
CF: Is there anything in your closet that you cannot live without?
MS: Infinity scarves, oversized sweaters, rainbows.
CF: Who do you look at for fashion inspiration?
MS: Those who style themselves confidently and interestingly. The best-dressed girl in the room is not always the one in a super trendy outfit, but is often the one who clearly dresses for herself and not for others.
CF: What is your favorite season to dress for?
MS: Fall — I'm all about the layers!
How To: This look is all about a return to more basic and classic pieces. Go for more neutral colors and modest hemlines and necklines. This long, fuzzy cardigan from Free People is a perfect piece to layer to look cool and retro at the same time. These skinny ankle pants from Forever 21 are also a great basic for the fall.