Now that September is here, my thoughts turn to fall fashions. Never mind that it’s still warm and humid outside – I still have a burning desire to put away all summer clothes and wear boots and jeans. However, common sense tells me I need to hold off on that for a while or sweat to death attempting to force the season. [Cindy wrote](http://herethereandback.blogspot.com/) recently about how there are no longer any hard and fast rules for fashion once the seasons change. Most magazines will tell you to pair your eyelet skirt with dark tights for the fall or throw a jacket over a gauzy blouse. While I’m all for bending (and breaking) the rules, some things are just too ingrained in my head to change. For example, I’d feel silly pairing an eyelet skirt with dark tights so it’s going into storage. So what’s a fashionable girl to do? I say, listen to yourself and wear what makes you feel good. Here’s how I’m going to segue into fall:
* Jeans are slowly taking the place of my crop pants. I’ve long given up keeping a fake tan going so I need to cover this glaring white limbs. I’ll be wearing jeans with my t-shirts and sandals for now.
* My white pants are going straight into fall with black tops and shoes. I didn’t wear them much this summer because it was too hot, so now’s the time to get them out. Plus, I think white jeans are great paired with dark jackets for fall.
* I’ll be wearing my summer tank tops under jackets. It’s all about the layering.
* Any crop jeans or pants I choose to wear will be paired with flats and patterned hose once it gets cooler. I love a skinny ankle pants with flats and a jacket.
I also want to embrace some of the fall trends so I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Grey is the new black (I know, I know, every season has a “new black”). What I really think this means is you should look for new basics in grey rather than black this year. I have a terrific pair of charcoal pants I got at Target (I mean Tar-jay) last year and I predict they will be worn quite a bit again this year.
Purple is a hot, hot color and is popping up everywhere. If you’re not comfortable wearing it near your face, or at all, try some deep purple accessories. Purple shoes will look great with grey or black and will give your outfit a fresh look. I’m on the hunt for a low, patent wedge in metallic purple. Don’t know if it exists, but I’ll be looking for it.
Metallics are also hot again which is good news for those of us who love a little shine. I have two great tanks I bought at The Limited last year that I’ll be putting under my jackets. I talked my mom into a cool, soft metallic purse the other night and I’m hoping she keeps it. Look for deeper colors rather than the old standbys of gold and silver.
Whatever your style or budget, have fun this season with your wardrobe. Break a few rules, add something new and different and walk around with your head held high. You’re a fashionista – now act like it!