Calling all fashionistas! Even though temperatures are still sweltering, fall is quickly approaching – thank goodness. If you’ve kept an eye on the fashion magazines, you’ve probably seen some of this fall’s expected trends like fringe, fall floral, windowpane plaid, and flared denim. Have you added any of these looks to your wardrobe? If not, there’s no better time than the present to grab your friends and head out for a little fall shopping in historic Fort Smith, Arkansas!
In Arkansas’ second-largest city, fashionistas have access to a wide variety of boutiques that are dedicated to offering items that are truly unique, affordable and fashionable. In addition to that, Fort Smith is also home to BrickCity Emporium, which has been described as, “a brick and mortar Pinterest/Etsy,” full of an ever-changing selection of trending fashions, accessories, home décor, and a lot more; no two visits are ever the same. If you’re close to Fort Smith or traveling through, be sure and make plans to visit BrickCity; you will not regret that you did.
Fort Smith’s local boutiques are stocked and ready for fall, and its central location and close proximity to other large cities like Tulsa, Dallas, Branson, Little Rock, Memphis, and Oklahoma City make it the perfect destination for a day or weekend shopping trip. Local store owners hunt for the most current trends, which means you can find looks that are fresh off the runway. Or, if you’re more of a trendsetting fashionista, you can most definitely find something to fit your own individual style. Now, let’s talk about fall fashion and where you can find some of the hottest looks.
Channel your inner hippie and layer on some fringe! Having graced the runway at New York Fashion Week, fringe is totally wearable and adds an interesting element to your overall look. This trend will serve as a compliment to your closet, as most fringe pieces build upon your existing wardrobe.
You can ease into the trend with a fringe statement necklace – like the one pictured below, from Rachas Boutique – which would look stylish over a solid shirt and jeans.
Or, you could start with one of these fringe handbags from Suite One. With options that are woven, textured or solid leather, these fringe handbags are an easy way to remain fashion-forward this fall.
A solid-colored fringe top would go with any of your skinny jeans. This soft olive jersey from Crane Clothing Co. features fringe slits and you could top the look off with fringe booties or accessories.
Magnolia Boutique offers curvy styles in the latest trends, and they’ve embraced the fringe look with a fun Aztec-print open cardigan. It’s an exciting piece that you can pair with a solid shirt and a fun necklace.
For those craving fringe for every day, this beautifully fringed leather jacket from Hazel’s Haven is sure to make a bold fashion statement and could be worn over every outfit to create your own signature fall look.
Flirty Fall Florals
One of the most popular trends for the fall is traditional autumn-colored floral prints. While this look is ultra feminine, fall allows you the opportunity pair your floral prints with things like rocker boots and leather accessories to give this look some edge.
Suite One Boutique has this beautiful floral cardigan that is super flattering and would only need something as simple as a white tee, underneath.
The floral trend translates easily into layering pieces, like this flowy overlay from Fashion Boutique. The darker colors make it ideal for fall, and it would look great over a Piko top with a long necklace.
This gorgeous floral dress from Hazel’s Haven would be just right for any fun fall event. A drop-waist floral dress, this would be adorable when paired with booties and some cute rustic cuff bracelets, also available at Hazel’s Haven.
You can also dress down your florals like All Dolled Up did with this fun baseball tee. The plus size boutique used this oatmeal top – featuring the 2015 Pantone Color of The Year, Marsala – in an abstract floral print, and paired it with distressed boyfriend jeans and moccasins to create a casual everyday look.
A Flare for Denim
Move over skinny jeans, there’s a vintage look back in town, and we think it’s groovy! Paying homage to the 70’s seems to be the overarching theme for this season. Of course, these looks will have a modern twist. Flare jeans are in for the fall, and you can find them at pretty much every boutique in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
These dark flare jeans at Suite One are the perfect example. Wear a flowing tunic or bohemian-style kimono, and complete the look with your favorite fringe accessories.
Wow Them with Windowpane
Another hot look for fall is windowpane plaid. This print has fall written all over it, and you’re going to be seeing a lot of it.
Rachas Boutique has windowpane plaid tops in different colors in their Curvy Couture line. The side slit is perfect for a peek-a-boo of lace, which can be achieved with any lace camisole.
For a work-friendly look, check out this windowpane plaid dress from Fashion Boutique. The wrap style is classic, but the pattern is modern and trendy. Pair this with some red high heels for a splash of color, and you’ll be ready to werk it while you work!
This windowpane plaid tunic from Crane Clothing Co. would look perfect wit your favorite pair of skinny jeans and earth tone booties. It is also available in dark green and red.
Magnolia Boutique has a beautiful curvy windowpane plaid tunic in burgundy that would look amazing with skinny jeans and black boots.
These aren’t the only trends for the fall, but they’re some of our favorites! Discover these boutiques and many more in Fort Smith. If you’re ready to Fall In Love with Fort Smith Fashion go to FortSmith.org and start planning your girls weekend in the historic city where The West got wild. Or, you can request a Visitors Guide. Happy Shopping!