The Low Down: Fashion Week at The Bravern

September is the official shepherd of fall runway shows, bringing with it the proverbial and literal spotlight for designers and retailers to start an inspiring conversation about what we should be wearing this season. In its second year hosting a fall fashion show, The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue lured a twitter-pated crowd, who sat toe-to-toe with an intimate runway featuring six fashion themes: outerwear, camel and white, animal print redux, a feminine spin on menswear, 80s cocktail influences, and evening.

Pacific Northwesterners tend to be more subdued when it comes to their daily wardrobes, and the The Bravern catered a bit to that crowd with some sleek, but approachable, looks. But it also intermixed more adventurous styles that married textures and patterns to create salivating styles — included in our favorites was the floral pant number paired with the quilted, fur vest seen below.

Here’s our humble takeaway from the show: Monotone garment pairings result in a stunning, high-impact outfit. We’re especially fond of the gunmetal tones stacked on top of each other (as seen below) to create a super-chic ensemble. If you’re still easing into the use of loud patterns, you can tone them down with neutral-colored outerwear. Once you start to feel more confident wearing prints, increase the volume on your outfit with brighter colors or mixed-and-matched with other patterns.

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