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Local fall fashion forecast: Boyfriend jeans and ankle boots
By Melissa Hutsell

Every season has its perks, but fall is certainly a favorite for fashion. The hot days of summer make many long for cooler weather and comfy clothing. As the seasons transition into autumn, local boutiques have got you covered on the season’s staples, trends and colors.


“A big trend for fall is lux fabrications such as leather and suede,” said Glitz Fine Clothing store manager and assistant buyer Leslie Jerner.
The Turlock-based boutique offers the Central Valley styles just as eclectic as the runways with their extensive lines of contemporary clothing and shoes, such as; Free People and Steve Madden, and jewelry from local artists including Joy Dravecky, Whitney Shelhamer and Mack & Ro.
“Some of the top styles for fall fashion this year are boyfriend-style denim paired with ankle boots, shift dresses paired with solid tights, and oversized sweaters and ponchos paired with skinny jeans and riding boots.”
Easy-breezy sweaters and comfortable denim make for an effortless transition into the cooler months.
Re-occurring styles like over-sized sweaters mean we can keep our wardrobes fashionable with the help of boutiques like Oakdale’s CoCo Piccolo, which offer new, used and locally-made merchandise. The boutique’s owner and buyer, Nicole Bautista, is most excited about this fall’s blanket scarves, boots, booties, boot socks and hats.
“We are taking the art of layering to the next level,” she said. The boutique offers brands such as Grace and Lace, and Hobo International.

Staple Items:

Bautista and Jerner agree that tried and true items such as distressed jeans and boots are fall’s staple items. Leather jackets are also classics to keep throughout the season.
Blanket coats are also an autumn must-have said Lisa Dixon, co-owner of Stockton’s FINA Boutique. For nearly three decades, the shop has offered designer brands including Michael Stars and Parker, to name a few. Dixon also recommends having these essentials always on hand in your closet for a stylish ensemble: a great white shirt, animal prints and a pair of skinny jeans.

Color Schemes:

Warm colors are always in for the cooler months, but this fall we see a little bit of summer also.
“We are seeing a sprinkling of sunny citrus which keeps it fun,” said Bautista. Yellows, oranges, peaches and olive-hued tops and bottoms bring in bursts of color reminiscent of the summertime. A neutral outfit can be brought to life with colorful scarves or socks.
A pop of color can perfectly compliment cooler tones. This year, all shades of grey are popular. According to Jerner, color schemes that are making a comeback are neutrals such as black, charcoal, brown, nude and, of course, white. Some other specific colors that are popping up in the fashion scene this season are maroon and caramel.
Whatever your individual style or budget, local boutiques have what you need to embrace the season in style.

Get your local look by visiting these boutiques:Glitz Fine Clothing

306 E Main St., Turlock
(209) 664-9737

FINA Boutique

308 Lincoln Center, Stockton
(209) 478-5670

CoCo Piccolo

345 W F St., Oakdale
(209) 848-4444