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Natty Nittany: Fall Style Has Arrived

For the past week, fall was starting to seem as if it changed its mind and decided to revert back to temperatures in the upper 70s. I’m personally extremely annoyed with the weather and am not happy with the fact that it’s not freezing…mostly because my clothing selection is much better in the winter, and I can break out that coat that every Happy Valley girl has that goes down to almost their ankles and is extremely puffy  (It’s extremely warm, I don’t care how it looks). However, enough about winter; we’ve barely gotten into fall. Right now I’m still (accidentally) trying to get away with walking outside in jeans, a tank top, and sandals, but it’s not working out for me very well. I’m actually forgetting that it’s supposed to be cold outside, maybe because I forgot most of my sweaters at home.

I visited shops downtown and walked around campus to find students that were loving this fall weather and putting their own spin on classic fall outfits. In the process of visiting shops, I also left with a sweater, a necklace, and a latte. Oops.

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Allie DeBor, a sophomore marketing major who is currently in the process of switching to advertising and public relations, is an employee of boutique Blue IV on Beaver Ave (which, might I add, I fell in love with!). Her effortless “biker-chic” outfit just embodies the fall look and the layering feel that fall always calls for. The super-versatile black leather motorcycle jacket gives the outfit that extra hint of style and the on-trend black ankle boots are seriously one of the staple items that I’m seeing on runways and in storefronts this season. “Festival boots,” or ankle boots, are comfortable and easy to wear, not to forget that they’re ten times more comfortable than flats that kill the backs of your feet. Ankle boots are also perfect if you don’t feel that it’s cold enough to wear tall boots.

Motorcycle jackets are also the perfect transition jacket, since they aren’t too hot or too light.The outfit doesn’t look too harsh at all, even though the main color is black. Pairing light denim skinny jeans with the dark colors in her shirt, shoes, and jacket gives her effortlessly-cool outfit a “fresh” look.


Sara Smith, also a sophomore advertising and public relations major, is obsessed with fall fashion and she said she bought this outfit literally to wear in the fall. I agree with her, this comfy-sophisticated outfit just screams fall. Her beige vest is a twist on the classic motorcycle jacket. Paired with the white scarf, it brightens up her neutral outfit. The on-trend combat boots and black leggings give the outfit “comfortable” creds, and leggings are always more comfortable than jeans (pretty sure everyone can agree with me on that).

Adding a pop of color to any neutrals-heavy outfit can make it more on-trend and stylish. The easiest way to add color to an outfit is by adding a statement necklace, a chunky bracelet, or a light infinity scarf in a bright color like mint or coral, or do what Sara did and add color with your purse. You can basically get away with any color even if it doesn’t necessarily match. I sometimes pair a bright orange purse with a navy and green outfit. Who cares; I can do what I want.

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I was walking home from class and I spotted Michalene Debise, a senior majoring in psychology from Hazelton, Pa. Her tribal print cardigan and tall grey leather boots are a variation on the “sweater, leggings, boots” look and it’s just a super-refreshing look for fall! Tribal (or Aztec) print cardigans are extremely on-trend and and are covering people’s Pinterest boards and Tumblr pages. Finding one of these sweaters to own yourself is super easy, just head on to and search “tribal print sweater” and there will be a ton of results! Wanelo is the easiest (and cheapest) way to find any trendy item you’re looking for. These cardigans help add color to an otherwise simple outfit, and the knitted chunky infinity scarf helps to make it warmer and more comfy for fall. Of course, the best thing about scarves is that if you get too hot, you can always take it off (unless the scarf is your outfit’s only redeeming quality).


Sophomore Laura Barbosa, a CollegeFashionista Style Guru and sophomore studying broadcast journalism and international studies, stands out in her extremely trendy outfit. Harem pants and the color mustard-yellow are all over the runways and Laura pulls them off effortlessly, and I can’t even lie, I’m kind of jealous…I can’t pull them off! She’s wearing white, but honestly that “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is completely irrelevant. Aren’t rules made to be broken?

Layering bracelets is also a huge trend right now. Stacking up thin and large bracelets lets you mix and match styles and still look stylish. An easy way to do this is to stack a large watch with multiple thin and medium bracelets to let the watch stand out. It was also mildly warm this week, which is super confusing for the residents of State College just dying to wear fall clothes, but Laura’s transitional outfit makes it easy to balance the crazy weather. Just throw on a motorcycle jacket or light cardigan to easily warm up the outfit. Laura proves that you don’t always have to wear neutrals to dress for the fall!

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Michelle Bruni, a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., is a fashion blogger and a French and Spanish double major (You can visit her blog here!). Her outfit blends neutral colors and fall colors to create a perfect blend of both. Without the cardigan, the outfit is simple and still on-trend with the black jeans and black combat boots. But with the cardigan, it gives it the fall aspect and makes it look much more put together and perfect! Maroon is the color right now, and it just so happens that maroon fits perfectly with fall fashion.

Cardigans like this one are also perfect over simple black, grey, or white knit dresses with tights and tall boots or combat boots. Yes, people, you can wear dresses in the fall without freezing or feeling overdressed! Stick to a simple jersey knit dress with no embellishments or craziness and just add a more colorful sweater to brighten it up. Michelle’s outfit is the perfect contrast of black, white, and maroon, and she pulls it all together perfectly.

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Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson is a junior from Bethlehem, PA majoring in print journalism and minoring in reruns of Breaking Bad and traveling everywhere she possibly can.

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