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Makeovers What to wear

November 1, 2016
By Jennifer Zbozny - For Mirror Moms , Mirror Moms

Want to hit the right notes in this season's fashions? Stylists, consultants and area fashion merchandisers offered insights on this season's hottest looks and how to wear them.


Paula DeLattre of Hollidaysburg has been a Mary Kay consultant for more than a decade. DeLattre says this season's quarterly trend report touts "runway bold" as the look for fall and winter. "Believe it or not," she said, "blue eyeshadow is back."

She suggests a dark or navy blue for smoky eyes. Cat eyes are coming back too - "where you use your eyeliner and sweep it out to the corner."

To get that look, DeLattre recommends using a gel or liquid eyeliner. She said they "make it so much easier to accomplish than using a pencil."

Gold is in too. "It's like the new neutral for the season either in a shimmer or a matte finish," she said, adding that there is even rose-gold nail polish that would "go well as a good Christmas look."

What about mascara? DeLattre said "bold is in, almost like false eyelashes."

What other things are trending? DeLattre says "if you choose neutral eyes, then go with bold lips. If you choose smoky eyes, then go with a softer lip look." About lips, "matte lipsticks in bold shades like poppy and berry are popular with the 20 to 35 year-old demographic, while those over 35 tend to prefer a little more gloss or shine."

Renee Hetrick, who owns Hollidaysburg's Radiance Day Spa with her daughter Desiree, spoke about holiday looks too. "Beautiful skin is always the best look; make sure you take care of your skin first," she said. She recommends changing your skin care routine since skin will naturally be drier in the winter.

Since drier skin becomes duller "you'll want to exfoliate more," she says. Hetrick recommends checking with a professional helps to make the right exfoliation choice.

Want a special holiday look? Hetrick said for an event where you'd like an "almost undetectable, smooth, clear, flawless look" an airbrush application can give you that special touch. In keeping with DeLattre's comments, Hetrick said she's seeing silvers, golds, reds, and a lot of turquoise colors for winter and holiday nail looks.


Cheryl Zeak-Williams and Fred Stowell of The Cutting Crew have been in business together for 20 years. Zeak-Williams says hairstyles for this season are "a little bit of everything."

Braiding is back after a long time. Bangs are back too. Zeak-Williams said it's "either a side bang or a sweep bang." She's seeing a lot of longer hair, but "not so much of the super straight. It's more of a beachy wave look that's popular these days."

About color, Zeak-Williams said "Lots of multidimensional color is in right now. Like sand-art hair with multiple colors."

For the older client, she's seeing a lot of "intentional gray but with a splash of one-color pop to it." And a good deal of reds and caramel colors are being chosen.

What about cuts? For younger styles, Zeak-Williams is finding many asking for carving words or images at the base of the neck or on the side. At the same time she's seeing "almost that 40s-50s look with short hair shaved up the sides and then a longer strip on top."


Clothing trends for fall and winter offer up both classic and edgier options. Chrissey Wagner of JEMS Funky Consignments in Hollidaysburg said people are looking for things that are "not quite as dressy but maybe with a little pop of interesting detail - a frill, ruffle or sparkle." She also said "layers are really big. Things like a long cotton tee with a sweater over it." Chunky jewelry is very fashionable and scarves are perennial, she said.

"Anything goes, from skinny jeans to where we're seeing the wider leg pants come back too," Wagner said. In terms of style cues, she said she is seeing "the Boho look come into fashion again."

For evening "people want something simple, perhaps a little black dress, but they want to add something fun. A little sparkle or a piece of chunky jewelry or scarf."

Natasha McKnight, owner of Sapphire 9 spoke about trends she'd seen at Fashion Week, and what she's seeing in her shop. And she agrees, ruffles are in.

"The renaissance look is coming back - with big bows, ruffles and eyelets, as well as lots of velvet and choker necklaces." For holidays, she mentioned "metallic, shine and sparkle - even furs with details or maybe even paintings." McKnight said the furs are "statement furs with cross-body types almost like sashes" in some cases.

A trend in color she sees is mixing blacks and browns.

Usually you don't that, but it's really hot right now."

"Layers are definitely a look for the season," she said, and she agrees that "the Boho look is very popular too. We're seeing florals and heavy layers of ruffles." Even boots are getting lots of details - "with a little zipper or eyelet look."

McKnight said bell-sleeved shirts are coming back along with puffier sleeves and shoulders in the larger fashion world. "We'll see if that catches on here", she said.

Kelly Adams, a Matilda Jane consultant from Altoona, spoke about children's styles as well as grown-up looks.

She said hot colors for the fall/winter season are "reds, berries, merlot colors and all kinds of blues."

"People enjoy the little black dress, but are looking for something different and going with blues there too."

She also pointed out the popularity of the layered look. "Matilda Jane has always done that - maybe there's a longer cotton vest for summer but pairing it with a layer underneath keeps it on trend and extends it into the season."

For kids, Matilda Jane is seeing a lot of ruffles. She says for them "It's all about keeping a little girl a little girl - keeping her spinning and twirling and carefree."

McKnight summed it up well saying, "the thing to do is stay in line with you, but kick it up a notch."



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