Fashion Forward This Fall

As we (finally!) move toward cooler weather, it’s time to get serious about fall fashion. To get the latest on what’s trending this season, we spoke with Katie Meinhart, store manager of Apricot Lane Boutique in Westport Village.

img_2325“A big trend we’re seeing this year are cold shoulder tops,” Meinhart reveals. “We’re also switching it up with denim since jeans are a staple in life in life that you can’t live without. We have several distressed, ripped styles or some with an unfinished hem on the bottom. Pairing some distressed skinny jeans with cute booties and a long sweater will make you very on trend.”

One trend that came about last year and is staying put this year is the super comfy blanket scarf. For the perfect look at a football game or outdoor event, Meinhart suggests pairing a blanket scarf with a puffer vest for an outfit that’s both cute and cozy.

Another accessory making a triumphant return is the choker. While we’re not sure how this accessory from the ’90s suddenly resurfaced, we’re looking forward to seeing how people will wear them today. Thankfully, chokers can be worn as a single piece or layered with longer necklaces for a bolder look.

Going into the cooler November weather, outfits that keep you warm while staying on trend are an absolute must. Meinhart recommends wearing a nice pair of fleece-lined leggings, boot socks with tall boots and a comfy sweater. If you have a sweater you want to wear with leggings but is a bit too short, wear it with a skirt extender.

“Skirt extenders are perfect,” she says. “We have several with cute lace or crochet detailing on the bottom, and they provide an extra layer to keep you warm. And to finish the outfit off, pair it with a trench coat or a felt hat.”

For a fun and cozy Thanksgiving or friendsgiving outfit, try a sleeveless dress with a soft, heavy fabric during dinner preparations, and then throw a sweater or blazer on top once dinner is served and you’re not as warm. For a more casual look, try a cold shoulder top with jeans and booties.

img_2330You can find all of these fun fall looks at Apricot Lane’s Louisville location. Since the women’s store is a franchise, they’re given the benefit of “a sisterhood of stores.” Being able to reach out to other locations allows them to restock if they sell out of a certain item, giving customers the best possible selection. In addition to their well-stocked boutique, Apricot Lane also offers an online store. Set up through shoptiques.com, their online shop has any item that can be purchased in store.

In preparation for Black Friday, Apricot Lane has already mapped out their sale schedule. On Friday, November 25, they will open up bright and early at 8 a.m. From 8 to 10 a.m., customers receive 40 percent off everything in the store, and the deal turns to 30 percent off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 1 to 6 p.m., everything is 20 percent off plus the store will have extra giveaways all afternoon. For Small Business Saturday, Apricot Lane will feature 20 percent off storewide, as well as some door busters in the morning. On this day, they will also be launching a new (top secret, for now) product that is made locally in Louisville.

Though they have an online store for shoppers to peruse on Cyber Monday, Apricot Lane wants to encourage shoppers to buy locally. If you check in at their store on Facebook on that Monday, you’ll receive 20 percent off your entire purchase. You can follow the store on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with the latest looks and find out first about special offers.

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your look or completely revamp your autumn wardrobe, let the ladies at Apricot Lane Boutique walk you through the glorious, pumpkin spiced path that is fall fashion. VT

Apricot Lane Boutique is located at 1301 Herr Lane, Suite 170. For more information, visit apricotlaneboutique.com or call 502.708.2822.

STORY BY MARIAH KLINE