Fall fashions for all generations were on display Monday at the Great Bend Senior Center’s annual fashion show.
Local businesses supplied the clothing and accessories for volunteer models. This program is organized each year by the staff at the Senior Center, with help from Linda Marqueling at the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Marqueling and Senior Center Site Manager Rozena Tomlin were among the models of items from Maurice’s, Walmart, Mainstream Boutique and Just Fabulous Accessories. Completely Kids supplied the outfits worn by brothers Corbin Scheideman, age 4, and Braydon Scheideman, 2.
Great Bend retailers showed they have the timeless classics and the wild and fun trends of 2010. Those who already have a basic black dress and some dark denim jeans in their wardrobes can expand with one of this fall’s "must-have" items, such as chunky knit sweaters, camel coats or scarves. Metallic sequins dress up evening wear.
Fran Werth, who owns and operates Just Fabulous Accessories out of her home, was emcee for the show. Werth later shared her analysis on what’s in style this fall. "Knitwear, casual and comfortable," is a popular look, she said.
Also big this fall are embellishments such as appliques and rhinestones. As for accessories, "big is in," she said — and that goes for handbags as well as costume jewelry. "You can dress up a T-shirt with a piece of jewelry."
A zebra-stripe print dress modeled by Tomlin showed Great Bend shoppers that animal prints can be right in step with fall fashion picks across the nation.
For example, Kelly Moran with the Pioneer Times of William Patterson University in Wayne, N.J., recently advised, "Embrace your sexy side this fall by incorporating animal print for a touch of cattiness." And while Moran warns not to mix and match different prints and styles, she agrees with Werth when it comes to accessories: "Your outfit should have one fierce, key focus piece, whether it’s a bag, shoe, necklace, scarf or coat. Just try to keep it simple."