“I look forward to fall fashions more than any other season,” says Sara Rogers, Minnesota’s favorite fashion maven. “When the barometer dips, I love layering, cozy knits and textures like tweed and velvet.” Rogers shows her love for the season, bursting with the practical guidance she summarizes in five trends shown below.

Sara Rogers
Trend Specialist
Mall of America
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-8800

Style Expert/Wardrobe Consultant

“An influential face and voice for the fashion community,” Mpls St Paul Magazine calls Rogers. Not only is she the Mall of America’s trend specialist, but she also appears regularly in national print and electronic media offering helpful tips on successful shopping, trending styles and personal appearance. Rogers supplements her national presence with personal consultation helping her clients “shop your own closet,” wardrobe selection, personal shopping trips and building self-confidence. Ms. Rogers also offers classes on how to enhance your image and build your wardrobe. In addition, Sara’s Young Adult Program helps teens acquire wardrobe skills for life.

The Skinny Scarf

“Fall 2015 will usher in an array of fashion trends, and one of my favorites is the long skinny scarf. It was love at first sight when I spotted it during NYFW. Tie neck blouses and sweaters are also having a moment, and if you held on to your neckerchief from seasons past, it’s time to put it back into your rotation.”

Photo Credit: Thinkstock.com

Photo Credit: Thinkstock.com

Countless Colors

“I am sure you will agree black is a mainstay in most great wardrobes, yet if you are looking to explore the power of color, fall is offering us a kaleidoscope to choose from. Look for teal, red, orange, yellow, mustard, camel, grey, navy, winter white and shades of purple. I am also seeing rose, marsala, wine, burgundy and oxblood. Green continues to be a driving force with no signs of slowing down. WWD featured designer Alexandre Plokhov showing a monochromatic splendor in olive green for his spring/summer 2016 collection — so guys are rocking it too. Hint-hint, this color is not going anywhere any time soon.”

Boys Styles

“It is no secret we like the boys. Whether it’s menswear inspired, boyfriend style, or boy meets girl, women are influenced. This season is no different. While embellishment, interesting heels, boots, booties, d’orsay pumps, mules, and pointy toe flats with lace up detail like the Lecrew from Steve Madden are important, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the popularity of the borrowed from the boy’s styles. Michael Kors master mixed the brogue (aka oxford) with double buckles, Banana Republic showed it in dual tones, and Vince Camuto gave the loafer an exotic spin with snake embossing.”

Behold the new "Ex-Girlfriend" skinny cut from Levi's Jeans. (credit: Levi's)

Behold the new “Ex-Girlfriend” skinny cut from Levi’s Jeans. (credit: Levi’s)

Stylish Bottoms

“When it comes to stylish bottoms, this is the season where you can have it all. Skinny, destroyed, boyfriend, wide leg, cropped, flared legs, moto inspired, leggings, track, high rise, low rise, culottes, ankle pants, pencil, A-line, mini and midi skirts are all in fashion. If you’re looking to make a shift away from the ubiquitous skinny leg pants you should check out the wide leg trouser, the midi skirt or the culottes. They’re all topping the charts and receiving high marks for looking new and fresh.”

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“There is so much in store this season. Plaids, bold prints, faux fur, statement hats and fringe are in the mix, but I’m also noticing the strong presence of a summer favorite — cut out details. In case you’re on the fence about this trend, the cool thing is wearing it doesn’t have to be as revealing as you might think. You can get the look and be on point by wearing a cold shoulder top, or a dress with shoulder splicing.”

Happy shopping!

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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