It’s fall, and although our weather doesn’t change much with the seasons, our fashions do. Stores are full of the hot new trends in clothing, shoes and accessories—and the great thing about Grossmont Center is you can find all the latest looks in one place! Whether you’re looking for a complete wardrobe upgrade or a couple of fun and chic new pieces to stay on trend, you can find them at our center and its terrific mix of nationwide stores and independent boutiques. So what should be on your must-buy list this fall

Bold and Brilliant Prints

Vividly colored flowers or wild animal stripes and spots—this season’s prints aren’t dainty and small, but designed to grab attention. You can go all out with a leopard print jumpsuit, or dip your toe in the water with a brightly striped scarf. At Free Rein Boutique, you can find gorgeous passels of florals emblazoned on quintessential SoCal bohemian styles such as kimonos, maxi dresses and rompers.

Ruching

Women of all shapes and sizes are fans of this universally flattering trend that gives a graceful emphasis to the curves you want to accent. For everyday wear, pair a ruched top with jeans; for evening wear, go fully glam with a slinky, sparkly gown from PreVue Formal and Bridal.

Red

You’ll be seeing red this season—literally, as this color was everywhere on runways. Like red lipstick, there’s sure to be a shade of crimson out there to flatter your skin tone. For a twist, you can also try magenta, a red-blue mix that is also popular this season.

Metallic

Shine like the star you are with sleek silver and gold. Foil accents can jazz up any dress or top or you can make a huge statement with a metallic silver blouse. It may look futuristic, but for this trend, the future is now.

Plaid

Plaid is a classic that’s coming back for another go-round in the style spotlight. Plaid pants add a kicky element to your wardrobe, and there is also the perennial favorite, the plaid miniskirt. Go all in and combine plaid with another hot trend this fall—menswear—in a sharply tailored suit.

Pajamas

This doesn’t mean you can roll out of bed in your cutoff sweat shorts and old T-shirt. We’re talking elegant, flowy separates such as tunics and wide-legged pants that look comfortable and cozy, but never sloppy, thanks to upscale fabrics and flattering cuts.

Western Booties

There’s a lot of prairie influence in this fall’s women’s fashions, and that trend extends all the way to the feet. These aren’t standard cowboy boots; instead, these ankle booties riff on the concept by incorporating western-style details ranging from snakeskin and fringe to decorative stitching and metal accents. These booties come with substantial heels so you can wear them anywhere, even if you’re nowhere near a dude ranch or rodeo.

Chunky Sneakers

You can’t miss these kicks. Forget high-performance running shoes or traditional white canvas lace-ups—these sneakers are big and almost puffy-looking, as if a regular tennis shoe has somehow been inflated. You can opt for a clean all-white shoe, but let’s face it, if you embrace this trend, go big and find a pair with some color. Famous Footwear offers a wide selection of sneakers, as well as other shoes for men, women and kids.

Funky buckles

These aren’t your mom’s Mary Janes. Buckles are the ultimate shoe accessory for fall. You can find them on everything from those western-style booties to pumps with multiple bejeweled buckles.  Look for a section of fashionable footwear at Head 2 Toe to complete any outfit.

Statement coats

It’s not cold here very often, but for those blustery, chilly days we do get, you don’t want to hide your sense of style under a shapeless, puffy coat. A beautiful coat makes an amazing first impression and be paired with work wear or jeans and a T-shirt. You’ll want a water-friendly fabric that won’t get ruined if rain starts to fall, and the cut should be tailored—think a nipped-in waist to give you some shape. And while black is a safe choice that goes with everything, there’s nothing like a knee-length coat in a color like millennial-pink, Kelly green, turquoise, golden yellow or this season’s hot red.

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