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Let’s face it: There are fall fashion “trends” that disappear instantly (and rightly so), and “trends” that pop up every few years like clockwork. Of the latter, here are a few notable ones:
The List: trends to fall for this season
From woolen capes to plaid and winter white, fall-fashion crazes have come back around, and some are worth trying on for size.
Can capes finally just happen this year? I don’t mean the superhero sort, but the romantic woolen French-lieutenant’s-woman kind or the girly-Sherlock-Holmes tweed variety (I have one of these; now I just need a pipe and a deerstalker hat) — the sort of thing you can just fling over your shoulders on a cool day and go. Very dramatic, very fun, and they seem to be turning up again this season. Just be careful with shoulder bags; slippage will occur.
Plaid was, once again, featured in fashion spreads everywhere this fall; and a touch of tartan always adds a bit of whimsy and charm to an outfit — or something else. Nordstrom is currently featuring a “Lady Macbeth” plaid skirt on its website; just the thing to wear while, I don’t know, plotting to kill the king of Scotland? Regardless, tie a plaid scarf on yourself and see if you don’t feel cheerier.
“Winter white” is a big color this year, and for those of us who live in a city that’s more or less “winter gray,” let me elaborate that it’s a creamy white, often on a substantial garment like a wool coat or tailored pants, and that it’s extremely pretty on the right person. Which is to say, a person who can dry-clean her trousers after every wearing. Winter white, alas, does not like puddles; I’ll be wearing, as usual, 50 shades of gray (and black).
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic