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3 Fun, Fashionable Trends for Fall

Animal prints, athletic styles and boots are comfy, casual and on-trend for fall.

SPONSORED CONTENT -- (StatePoint) While comfort reigns supreme in fashion and accessories, the transition to the cooler months offers opportunities for fun, statement-making outfits for the new season. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul an entire closet. Instead, there are plenty of on-trend colors, styles and patterns that can be incorporated into an existing wardrobe for a comfortable and casual look.

Simple clothing choices paired with the latest footwear make getting dressed easy and fun. Whether walking around the neighborhood, enjoying the outdoors or cheering for a favorite football team, here are some tips on how to stay comfy and on-trend this season. 

• Animal Prints: In the past, mixing patterns was taboo, but according to Alyson Stanley, buyer for national retailer Rack Room Shoes, it’s now encouraged.

From high-top sneakers to booties, casual footwear with animal prints serve as a neutral accessory that can be mixed and paired with any item in the closet. For example, the Sperry Syren Gulf Duck Boot puts a fun twist on cheetah print accents, while the Nike Court Vision sneaker features a stylish low-profile silhouette with a leopard print pattern on its signature swoosh. 

• Athletic Styles: Forgoing the traditional or “core” running shoe, brands such as Adidas, Converse, Nike and Vans have introduced updates to their classic offerings. While still inspired by an athletic lifestyle, variations in color, height, patterns and textures accommodate the growing trend for casual wear, especially during the cooler months.

• Boots: Boots, such as chunky Chelsea boots, Dr. Martens combat boots and ankle booties with block heels, are front-and-center as the most versatile pieces for fall. While brown or black boots are wardrobe staples, this season offers new options in updated colors, including navy, burgundy and leopard. 

“The best thing is that there aren’t any rules when it comes to wearing boots. It’s all about mixing it up,” says Stanley. “They can be paired with skinny pants and a clever color-blocking sweater or a plaid button-down with wide-leg jeans. There are limitless options that allow an individual’s unique style to shine through.”

For one-stop-shopping during any season, visit Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at

With a few simple wardrobe tweaks and updates, embracing fall fashion trends can be simple, easy and fun.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rack Room Shoes

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