By Sue Manning

for Elna’s Dress Shop

With fall just around the corner, fashion can seem intimidating and inaccessible. We think we need the “total” look, but not all things belong together — some do, some don’t. 

Fall gives us the option of being free spirited, so feel free to mix and match! Forget the norm; mix prints, textures and colors. This fall, look for leopard, earth tones, plush textures, tapestries, florals, plaids and flannels.

Floral prints have a history in fashion design. From bold statements to muted prints they give fashionistas a chance to express their personality. One thing is for sure: Floral prints are always in style.

Known for its “quiet authority,” nude and beige colors provide a background for bold statements. The popular trend is suitable for everyday as well as on the runway.

Major denim trends for fall and winter from key silhouettes to surface finishes. This season’s denim is all about elevating this closet staple. No longer just a casual classic, contemporary denim pieces are being put together with sharp tailoring, surface textures and eastern aesthetics for a fresh, fashion-forward take on unility wear.

When it comes to expanding your wardrobe, building from pieces you have and adding something new gives extra wearing capabilities and who doesn’t want to expand their wardrobe while saving money at the same time.

It has come to my attention that tie-dye has come to the market. As happy and youthful as tie-dye makes us feel, we need a sophisticated spin to satisfy both the nostalgic and grown-up tastes. Mix elegance with a bold attitude to keep it fresh.

Remember, wardrobe building is a free service at Elna’s Dress Shop. Our expert staff specializes in this area.

Elna’s is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., located at 1673 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang.