Fall Foliage for the Wardrobe

Autumn has been in full swing for a little less than a month, but one key factor seems to be missing—fall foliage. As a native of Chapel Hill, I expect the usual blend of vibrant red, orange, and yellow around this time of year. However, I have found that there is a dearth of fall colors around campus this year. I trample over dead leaves everyday, but I don’t actually see the beautiful mix of colors that usually evokes Halloween, Thanksgiving, and apple cider. Although this lack of fall ambience is disappointing, especially when I see friends from New Jersey posting pictures of fall foliage at its best, I have decided that the best cure for the lack of color is to incorporate fall into my wardrobe.

Let’s start with the reds. A particularly popular fall color this year is oxblood. Deemed the “it” color for this fall, Megan Buerger, a writer for The Washington Post, says, “Some see it as a deep red with splashes of purple and blue, nearing burgundy or berry. Others see it injected with chocolate brown and closer to the color of, well, blood. It’s everywhere in fashion this season, from chunky waffle scarves to shiny leather dresses, as dark as a plum lipstick and as light as a sheer merlot.” AllSaints Spitalfields, the British retailer based in London, has made particularly good use of the color in their fall collection. Try this oxblood dress or this oxblood biker jacket from AllSaints for an unconventional take on the casual dress and the leather jacket. And although there are no AllSaints stores located in North Carolina, their online shopping department is great, and shipping is free within the US.

Images courtesy of http://www.usallsaints.com

If you want to wear a brighter shade than oxblood, add a pop of cherry red or pink-red to your wardrobe. All you need to do is add an accessory in one of these shades, like this great scarf from Madewell, a store that recently opened at Southpoint Mall. I love the interesting print on this scarf and the bright red may seem unusual for fall, but it still works in small doses.

Image courtesy of http://www.madewell.com

As for orange, look no further than this autumn appropriate outfit from Madewell’s big sister brand, J.Crew. The lighter orange blazer layered over the deeper orange sweater is chic but laid-back. Blazers are a definite must for the fall, and this slim-fitting blazer combined with the festive sweater makes for a perfect orange outfit.

Image courtesy of http://www.jcrew.com

Finally, embrace yellow this fall by experimenting with yellow boots. Although unorthodox, yellow boots can make your outfit a standout. For instance, these yellow moccasin boots are not for the faint of heart, but they make a statement with their unusual coloring and decorative beading.

Image courtesy of http://www.shopbop.com

If you’re feeling a little less daring, try out these soft yellow-brown boots.

Image courtesy of http://shop.tsum.ru

And if it’s raining, try out these not so mellow yellow rain boots.

Image courtesy of http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2008/03/not-so-mellow-yellow.html


Falling for Fur

I went down to Athens, Georgia, last weekend to visit my brother who goes to UGA, and one thing I noticed down there was a surplus of fur vests. I couldn’t help but think that they looked so chic, especially worn with a plaid top underneath and lots of accessories!

I dug a little deeper to find some of these furry items and, of course, the store with the best selection for the cheapest price was Forever 21. Here are a few of my favorites:

Forever 21, $38.90

Forever 21, $37.80

Forever 21, $27.94

This season is all about mixing and matching textures (and colors, for that matter) so I recommend pairing your fur vest with some heavy metal. Try a gold cuff or a metal studded bangle like these from Forever 21:

Forever 21, $6.80

Forever 21, $12.80

While your mixing and matching, why not try throwing a fur vest over a sequined top? Check out this pairing by Alice and Olivia:

Alice & Olivia, $597.00, courtesy of Saks.com

This season is all about the element of surprise. Shock your friends by creating combinations of the most random pieces in your closet. Innovation is the key to looking trendy without having to pay the price of a new wardrobe! Happy innovating.

Celebrity Street Style: These Boots Are Made for Walking

Rachel Bilson in Zara Suede Boots, Image courtesy of Traveling Fashionista
Rihanna in Azzedine Alaia Lace Front Shoe Boots, Image courtesy of Traveling Fashionista
Leighton Meester in Proenza Schouler Boots, Image courtesy of OutfitID

With cold weather swiftly approaching (this past Halloween weekend was not the time for skimpy costumes), we are all looking for ways to battle the chill while staying on trend.  Here, I give you the lace-up ankle boot. Whether high-heeled, leather, suede, military-inspired or shearling-lined, this shoe is a must have this season. With this variety of styles, you can’t go wrong. I cannot get enough of this fall trend.

From Chanel to Proenza Schouler, lace-up ankle boots dominated the fall collections at New York Fashion Week. They are chic with an edge, a wearable take on hiking boots. They work perfectly with fall’s menswear styles and can be dressed up or down.

We can learn a lot from these lovely ladies. Rihanna takes a fall basic, a chunky sweater, and transforms it into an outfit perfect for a night out with friends by adding a fitted black skirt, opaque tights and her tough ankle boots. Rachel keeps things casual, yet put together by pairing her boots with boyfriend jeans and a polished blazer–a perfect outfit for class. Leighton wears her stiletto ankle boots with a statement dress to add a bit of edge. Maybe you’ll work ankle boots at your next cocktail.

So, go ahead. Pair these booties with a boho dress and patterned tights, chunky socks and wool shorts, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a slouchy sweater for a cozy, chic fall look.

Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Diba Pilt Bootie, $50, dsw.com
Miss Me Sid 2 Lace Up Bootie, $40, dsw.com
ASOS Taboo Lace Up Platform Shoe Boot, $71.88, asos.com
Images courtesy of Polyvore