Return to fall in style, back-to-school fashion from Renton retailers

Renton retailers offer style predictions for fall fashion trends, like these thigh-high boots at the Highlands Bargain Plaza. - Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter
Renton retailers offer style predictions for fall fashion trends, like these thigh-high boots at the Highlands Bargain Plaza.
— image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter

If this long, hot summer ever cools, it will give way to a colorful fall, as back-to-school fashions are in Renton stores.

The Renton Reporter tapped local style and trend watchers to see what’s hot in women’s and teen clothes, as well as guys’ hairstyles. For the inside scoop, Colleen Bowman, co-owner of boutique C’est la Vie; Chris Kim owner of Bargain Plaza and Cheryl Danza of CD Danza provided input.

The good news about this year’s fall fashions for women, according to Bowman, is that there’s something flattering for every body type.

“The style is really easy,” Bowman said. “What’s great is that any size or shape can wear what’s coming out for fall. These styles are so easy with every shape, it’s really marvelous. And you can do it without spending a fortune.”

Rich jewel tones, like purples, dark teal, emerald and deep, rich ruby red are fabulous colors for fall in the Northwest, said the boutique owner.

“Cowboy boots are huge and to be worn with dresses, skirts, skinny jeans and bootleg jeans,” said Bowman.

The look this fall is layers, lots of them in drape-y tops over skinny jeans. In terms of shape, women should be oversized on top with their clothes and more form-fitting on the bottom or vice versa, said the style guru. The go-to accessories are scarves, as always, and low-slung belts, over skinny jeans.

Camisoles should be worn under drape-y tops, Bowman said, and leggings are back again this fall and more important.

“Leggings, where they are newer, are worn with dresses,” said Bowman.

This fall cropped leggings can be worn with dresses for a more casual everyday look.

“Because we here in the Northwest have a real defined meaning of a dress: wear it to a wedding or event,” said Bowman. “This makes it more everyday. It turns it (the dress) into wearing a tunic and wearing leggings.”

And jeans, a forever go-to staple, have been re-imagined this fall as “coated,” with faux leather pieces or knit. Coated jeans are coming out in conservative colors like bronze, pewter and black, Bowman said.

Also cut-out designs are turning up in shirts. For men, small design houses are creating cool button down shirts that are great for work or casual settings, Bowman said.

Seahawks gear, Cali love make teen fashion trends

The Renton Highland’s Bargain Plaza is full of trendy, teen fashions to suit any clique from skaters to hip hop lovers. Although, Owner Chris Kim hasn’t seen indication of specific fashion trends, with the merchandise that’s moving in the store. But there are still some consistencies.

Team merchandise, like Seahawks gear, and also clothes that bear the California state flag

from summer, still strong sellers this fall, said Kim.

“I sell a lot of Seahawks merchandise: earrings, decals, blankets, watches and dog tags,” Kim said. “A lot of tailgating parties, people come and it it. To me honestly, there’s not much trends going on.”

Kim works with a buyer to select the fashions for his store. Since they’ve brought thigh-high boots into Bargain Plaza two weeks ago, the boots are selling fast, despite the present hot weather. Kims thinks thing-high boots will continue to be popular this fall.

Plain logo or graphic tees and Levis are a steady seller especially in times of economic uncertainty, Kim said.

For hair think Kutcher, Posey

Cheryl Danza, owner of CD Danza Salon and Spa, has been seeing the usual influx of kindergarteners to high schoolers preparing for their return to school with a new do.

“It’s been great for cuts, colors, everything - boys and girls,” Danza said. “And teen facials have been the big thing actually. So we’re doing those too.”

The salon and spa has been offering the service for about a year that exfoliates dead skin cells and involves extractions for pimples and acne.

“People want their kids educated on how to take care of their skin,” Danza said.

This afternoon 13-year-old Luke Adams has chosen the “Contradiction” for his back-to-school look.

“So Luke had the ‘Contradiction,’ which is the haircut the Ashton Kutcher (has),” Danza said. “Also, Tyler Posey has been sporting (it) now; his speech in Teen Choice Awards was amazing.’Upward Bent’ is one that Andrew Garfield has been setting the style trend with for the guys under over 21. A ‘Thatch’ is a very trendy stylish guy’s cut that’s Justin Bieber’s latest look.”

The ‘Face Out’ hairstyle for guys, with short spikes above the forehead, has been made famous by actor Travis Van Winkle.

That’s what’s hot of back-to-school fashion and trends this fall.




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