Fall into Fashion Hoboken Style
9/4/2007 Part I of a series:
Fall Into Fashion
It’s no secret that Hoboken women are fashion savvy. With high end stores in SoHo and the Meatpacking District just minutes away by PATH and ferry, there is no excuse not to have an up-to-date wardrobe. But personally I can’t find many reasons to look beyond the Mile Square when it comes to doing my shopping.
I wouldn’t invest in skinny jeans this fall
– Adrienne Kowalski, Owner Toots & Tallie
Hoboken’s boutiques have it all, whether I’m looking for a cute dress that I can wear on a date or a cropped jacket for work. That’s why I decided to do a review of fall fashion right here in Hoboken. Why should we make a trip across the river when we have everything we need in our backyard?
As a part of this photo intensive series, Hoboken boutique store owners and managers will guide me through the must-haves and no-no’s for the next season. Are you ready to join me?
In addition to Lucy’s, I also spoke to owner Adrienne Kowalski of Toots & Tallie. They unanimously reassured me that skimpy clothes reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s and Britney Spears’ wardrobe are no longer in style. “Things are definitely more dressy and formal,” Kowalski says. “The Baby Doll is still here, but clothes are definitely moving in a more ladylike, streamlined direction,” Andrews concurs.
“These shirts are both extremely fashionable right now” Kowalski says. “One is still reminiscent of the Baby Doll style while the other one has a more ruched and streamlined look.”
Kowalski calls the refinement of fashion “Denim Fatigue”. “After so many years with Casual T-Shirts and Jeans being in style, designers are finally starting to move in the opposite direction,” she says. “Even makeup is getting more formal,” she adds. “This is the first year that lipstick is outselling gloss.”
Stay away from flared jeans
– April Andrews, Owner, Lucy’s
“I think that 60’s influenced dresses are a must have for this fall,” says Kowalski. This dress is by Crimes and Misdemeanors. “This dress would look amazing with black tights and boots or with a wedge,” Kowalski suggests.
Even jeans are becoming more elegant. They’re being designed to look more like trousers – darker and sometimes with pleating – than jeans. “Darker jeans with a higher waistline are more fashionable this fall,” says Andrews. “And designers are starting to shy away from low waistlines.” Both ladies also warn that the skinny jeans are passé. “I wouldn’t invest in skinny jeans this fall,” Kowalski advises. “Although you could still wear them tucked into boots.”
Both Kowalski and Andrews advise women to invest in a cropped jacket. “Cropped jackets are a must have that can update outfits from now until spring,” says Kowalski. But she mentions many other reasons to splurge on this particular item of clothing. “The layering effect is very big this year and it’s going to stick around,” Kowalski says. “You can get more mileage out of your clothes with jackets, you can pair them with jeans and skirts.”
Cropped Jacket by Parameter for 245$. Wear it now through spring, with jeans, skirt or over a dress.
I finally asked the ladies what we should avoid wearing this fall. While Kowalski would avoid buying and wearing really short miniskirts and skinny jeans Andrews said to stay away from flared jeans.
Dressier styles are in this fall, like this outfit. Milly top 238$ and Yaya pants 235$.
Stay tuned for Part II coming soon…