With leaves changing on the Denver streets and snowcapped peaks returning to the horizon line of Colorado, fall is officially here. That means chunky sweaters, boots, and pumpkin spiced lattes are back in fashion. But while your beverage of choice might be basic, don’t let your wardrobe fall into the same category. It’s so easy to pair riding boots with a scarf and call your look complete, but you’ll end up looking like every other girl on the streets of Denver. That’s why 303 Magazine teamed up with local boutique Common Era to make sure your fall wardrobe this year is fashion forward.
The minimalist knows how to look super chic without relying on extra accessories. It’s all in the details and staple items that help you rock one dress multiple ways. So this grey tee shirt dress was perfect for the look, with details in the side split hem and mock turtleneck that scream fall. The light grey color can go with any color and be used to dress up or down. Here, its paired back to a rich cognac brown. These fringe loafers give us an old-school feel with an updated style. A practical, large but light tote is perfect for any occasion while the black fringe necklace adds some much-needed contrast. We are especially loving the geometry of these sunglasses keeping things up-to-date and modern.
We are loving this BoHo-inspired look from Common Era, featuring classic fall colors such as black and army green. But rather than doing the typical army green jacket or vest, the color is in the skirt. A long, full skirt will not only keep you warm from the fall breeze but can also be used to elongate your silhouette, if done right. The buttons in front of the skirt can be adjusted to show as much or as little leg as you want, helping keep that silhouette in control. The short crop top helps expose some skin and balance out bodily proportions. We’re loving the structured hat against the flowy image of the skirt, keeping things balanced. Add a few rings and bracelets for some flare and you’re done.
This next look is very much inspired by the Colorado girl, who we know loves her flannel and jeans when it comes to fall. But we wanted to upgrade this look by adding on a few more layers and keeping it visually interesting. We started with the classic staples, a button up flannel with a touch of color to keep things interesting and a good pair of denim. A light, knit vest can be added on top to give the look a bit more style and texture. We love the solid look of the vest against the distress of the denim. This looks good paired alongside some great gold metallic boots, taking on the modern cowgirl style. A nice gold necklace keeps the metallics in play and brings your eye from head to toe.
Shades of the Southwest
Keep things chic and draw inspiration from the deep tones of the southwest. This burnt orange button-up dress from Common Era has class written all over it, from the crisp collar to the side slit. Give this dress some shape and sharp contrast with a dark brown knotted belt. We love the layered necklace look, with a bold piece anchoring the neck and a few dainty chains to keep things shiny. The cat-eye sunglasses help keep things extremely contemporary while calling to the past at the same time. But the best part about this look is south of the ankle. These light taupe boots give the look some good height while making a statement. Change out to some heels for a dressy night out and get ready for some serious fashion envy.
The desk-to-dinner look takes some serious skill for the working girl who still loves to have fun. This simple look relies on great staples that are more than just jeans and a tee shirt. The skinny black denim keeps things interesting with a double zipper combo, while the tee shirt at hand is cut for a flowing look. Paired with a deep blue scarf, you can easily take this look into the office. Throw on a great pair of heels and a statement necklace, and you can take this look out for dinner in a flash. We are loving the duffel suede bag, which we’re sure is going to be a major trend this upcoming season.
Special Thanks to:
Common Era: With two locations both in Denver and Boulder
Models (listed by order of appearance): Amber Donnelly and Stephani Woolhiser
Photographer: Holly Rae Estrow