Pumpkin-spice lattes are back, midterms are coming up, and instead of a blistering heat, hopefully we'll be graced with some cooler weather as the year comes to an end.
All of these mean that it's fall again, and with the new season comes new fashion trends.
Dark colors, a fall staple, are back again, as are patterns and plaids. However, the biggest trend is statement jewelry, with a special eye to necklaces, said Julie Salvino, the shift manager at Plato's Closet in Oviedo. The store, located about three miles west of campus, offers multiple deals, including 10 percent off entire purchases with a UCF ID. It also has a policy to pay cash when buying gently-used clothing from students.
"Statement necklaces are chunky necklaces that bring attention to your neck," Salvino said. "We've also been seeing some other major trends, like acid-wash or high-waisted denim and combat boots. Right now, grunge is in, but it's more girly than it has been in the past."
Audrey Holmes, a senior management major, had a slightly different take on the style trends based on what she's been seeing at her job at Francesca's at Waterford Lakes.
"Layering is the way to go. Try to have a solid-colored top and a patterned cardigan, sweater or scarf. Adding a scarf can [really] make a long-sleeved outfit," Holmes said. "Put the statement jewelry on top of that and you're set."
The store, which describes itself online as "an eclectic mix of carefully curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories and playful gifts," promotes a number of deals through its Facebook page.
Amy Miller, a senior marketing major working at Hut no. 8 Orlando, backed Holmes' view.
"If I had to describe the feel of the season, it would be boho-chic," Miller said. "It's comfortable but dimmed patterns, like tribal prints."
Hut. no. 8 offers a similar style to Francesca's, but offers a 15 percent discount when you follow one of its accounts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Clothes and accessories aren't the only items going darker, though. Lauren Palomeres of Marilyn Monroe Spas said that the nail and makeup trends are going that way, too.
"Nails can be more of dark shades. Go for a color with a darker hue, but one that still has some pop, one that's not all the way black — that's what we're seeing as being really popular right now," Palomeres said. "Red lips are also great for fall."
But Dwight Montgomery, president of the UCF Fashion Club, cautions against being too caught up in what's in at the moment.
"Buy what's in style, not in trend," Montgomery said. "Buy something that's in style, something that's timeless and that relates to your personality and you can wear it for years. If you buy something in trend, you might only be able to wear it for a season. Statement jewelry has actually been around for a while now. It's not just a trend — it's a good way to dress."