In the last few weeks, there have been several incontrovertible signs that autumn is here. Days have slowly gotten shorter and cooler; leaves are changing color and fleeing from the trees that have hosted them since spring; stores have begun holding back-to-school sales; and the October issue of Vogue has hit newsstands and can be checked out at Brooks Memorial Library.

This is the time of year when many of us look to take advantage of low prices to update our look and ready our wardrobe for the colder months ahead. Before heading to the stores, why not visit the library first? We’ve got plenty of resources to help you find out what’s currently au courant. And if you don’t have the time or money to purchase a whole new look, we have the tools you’ll need to transform the clothes you have now.

Oct Vogue

The aforementioned Vogue is a great sourcebook for information on recent fashion trends. Fashion tips and trends can also be gathered from recent issues of In Style, Glamour, and Redbook. And while Time does not usually have much in the way of fashion editorial, their Autumn 2009 Supplement is devoted to the topic. All of the magazines can agree on one thing: it’s time to bring out your neon legwarmers, shoulder pads, and jewel-colored tops, because the 1980s have returned (speaking on a strictly sartorial note).

Guide to sewingDo recent fashion trends leave you dispirited? Do you prefer to follow your own personal style? The library has a wonderful collection of sewing books. There are instructional tomes for the beginning sewer, such as New Complete Guide to Sewing : Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories (646.2 NEW) and Sew U : the Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe ( 646.4 MUL).

Designer techniques There are guides for those with more advanced sewing skills — try Designer Techniques : Couture Tips for Home Sewing (646.2 KIL) and Sewing Secrets from the Fashion Industry : Proven Methods to Help You Sew Like the Pros (646.4 SEW). No matter what your skill level or your sewing goal, one or more books in the 646s should assist you. And if nothing there suits you, drop by the Reference desk for help!

Sewing secrets