This fall is all about the deep, darker colors that we have been waiting all spring and summer to break out of our closet once again. Shades of dark purple, burnt orange, and mustard yellow have been all over runways, and have now made a mark on back to school fashion this month. Before you know it, we will all be blending in with the leaves that are soon going to be changing as the autumn months begin.
Even though these colors are almost always associated with the fall, this year designers have been putting an emphasis on really playing with the colors in your wardrobe instead of styling prints and accessories on top of them, which usually allows for the vibrant colors of fall to look more bland than pretty and unique.
Whether it is your handbag or shoes, sweater or jeans, wearing bold colors can sometimes be a scary thing to some girls. Using shades of wine red and burgundy as examples, here are a few of my favorite ways to add color to your wardrobe this fall:
- Colored Jeans are probably one of my favorite things that have become popular in fashion within the past year. At first I remember thinking last spring that casually wearing coral pants would be a challenge and that everyone would just be looking at my pants rather than my outfit as a whole. I also did not want to spend a lot of money on a pair of pants that I would only wear once, fearing of becoming an “outfit repeater” in the wise words of Lizzie McGuire. It turns out that buying jeans in a color you wear a lot of on top is a great way to mix up your wardrobe. If you are someone who wears a lot of dark purple sweaters in the winter with just plain denim jeans, changing it up so that you wear the color as your bottom with a neutral color on top will help your personal style evolve that much more. I just bought these wine-colored jeans from H&M and have already worn them twice!
- Your purse is something that goes with you everywhere. I am one who usually is spotted with a really small, long-strap bag in a neutral brown or black. While those shades go with more and are great for everyday, if you are someone who wears a lot of neutrals and is not planning on changing your style anytime soon, try out a colorful handbag in whatever size or style you like best. By doing that, you are adding a trend with the pop of color, yet still sticking with your own choice of outfit and purse. I really love this leather tote from Urban Outfitters because it comes in a variety of different colors and has a ton of room for all your books to use as a stylish school bag.
- Shoes may just be one of the easiest ways to incorporate a trend into any wardrobe. Not only can you get them from stores like Target, H&M, and Forever21 for reasonable prices, they are also one of the easiest accessories that one can wear to give a unique spin to any outfit. There are a bunch of trends out there right now that are using fall colors in prints and textures to make the colors fit into anyone’s personal style. These mulberry flats from Gap are perfect with jeans for walking across campus to class!
I also love these burgundy Mary Jane pumps from Forever21 for nights out with the girls in the fall time!
If you are someone who is somewhat unsure of what you would look like while wearing colors, fall is the perfect time to slowly progress into wearing something different by using the dark shades that are close to but just a little more dynamic than plain neutrals. Colors in the dark red/purple family are definitely a must-have for my personal wardrobe in fall 2012!
I'm Julie and I am a sophomore at Suffolk University in the heart of Boston. I am currently studying Public Relations and Journalism. I love being with my friends, playing guitar, and going to dance class in my spare time. One day I hope to be working in the Fashion Industry as an event planner or stylist!
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