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22 Western & English Today TREND WATCH HOT OR NOT A few of our favorite designers and industry influencers share their thoughts on current trends. OVERALLS "I love the idea of them, however, no matter how glam I attempt to make them ... I still go back to my middle school self wearing them." | Megan Holdren, founder/designer of LiveWire Clothing "Done right, I actually like overalls more than I did when I was a kid. Dark denim or black, skinny bottoms or rolled cuffs, and I'm in!" | Kadee Coffman, VP of merchandise marketing at Dallas Market Center "As much as I love being super comfy in my overalls, I'm afraid they're making their way out." | Brianna Hall Bigbee, founder of The Bleacher Babe blog "Not unless you are under the age of 8 or taller than five-eight." | Chelsea Bergmann, founder/jewelry designer of Chelsea Collette Collections BACKPACKS "Practical and fashionable. Loving that they are back! A medium leather pack with some fringe or perhaps patches, you can't go wrong!" | Megan "It depends on the setting. A night out, absolutely not." | Kadee "Here to stay, as far as I'm concerned!" | Brianna BELL BOTTOMS "Love. ey lengthen your body when high-waisted and worn with a crop top. ... I like to wear them with chunky heels to give the major illusion of height!" | Kaci Riggs, director of product development for Hatco brands, including Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company "Denim bells, yes. Everything else, questionable." | Megan "I'm afraid bell bottoms are on their way out, but talk about fun. Every shape and size looks great with a flared pant leg." | Kadee "Bell bottoms have been the hype for years and aren't going anywhere." | Brianna "ey're very flattering. We love them!" | Tiffiany Johnson and Patsy Hall-Hammerman of The Sparkling Spur VELVET "Timeless. However, it has to be in the right garment like a blazer or a pencil dress." | Megan "Obsessed. It's rich and sexy (burgundy and mustard are my favorite colors in this), but a little goes a long way. Velvet can be unflattering if not combined right. [Velvet] bell bottoms or a mini dress are my fave — to pair with a rocker tee and fringe vest or duster." | Kaci "I'm currently wearing a burnt orange velvet shirt, so yes, I like velvet for a transitional fall and winter piece. I'm even loving velvet as a pant legging too!" | Kadee "On its way out. It's been a little overkill the past few years. As much as I love velvet, I feel like it's just been overdone." | Brianna "We love to dress [velvet] up with beadwork and turquoise." | Tiffiany and Patsy VARSITY JACKETS "So glad they are coming back to center stage! I never stopped wearing mine anyway." | Megan "It's trending, but I can't get into it. I'd wear a bomber before a varsity jacket." | Kadee "Love them! My fave is from Rockin' B Clothing." | Chelsea KIMONOS "I like kimonos that add value to a look, not add mass. Sometimes they can just add fabric and not fashion." | Megan "While they're typically worn open and free-flowing, I like to belt mine to give them some shape." | Kadee "Kimonos will always be in my closet. ey're great to throw on over a tank top to dress up my casual outfits." | Brianna TRENDS YOU'RE LOVING RIGHT NOW "Leather and denim patchwork jackets. Love them." | Megan "Retro Western always wins with me. I'm obsessed with Wrangler's new line of flares, bells, and ringer tees, and Bandit Brand tees have the retro look nailed. And I absolutely love that everyone is welcoming hats into their wardrobe — and not just Western! I see lots of girls wanting flat brims." | Kaci "Floral Jacquard. I'm not a total girly girl, but I love the romance of floral right now." | Kadee FAVORITE COLORS "Metallics and shades of red." | Megan "Metallic Grey. Yellow. Burgundy. ... And orange, for some reason I can't explain." | Kaci "Gold." | Kadee "Merlot." | Tiffiany and Patsy GO-TO LOOK "My STS Ranchwear leather jacket and a silk long sleeve top with a skinny pant." | Megan "Cowgirl Tuff Jeans, a vintage Western belt, an Ali Dee tee, and Corral boots." | Kaci "Anything sequin!" | Kadee

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