The September Issue: The Essentials

There are a lot of reasons to look forward to autumn: pumpkin spice lattes, the leaves changing color, good television, and – oh yeah – Fall fashion. September is the January of the fashion world, with designers battling it out to set this year’s trends, and magazines battling it out to report them.

The September Issues are back for another year, and bigger than ever. This month’s Vogue was over 700 pages. Glamour released its largest issue in 20 years.  And don’t forget about InStyle, Elle, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar. That’s a lot of reading material, even for a seasoned fashionista. So consider this your fashion cheat sheet. I’ve drooled over slaved over pages and pages of bags, boots, coats, and colors to bring you this seasons it items (without 497 pages of ads). Enjoy!

THE THEME: Military.

This trend has slowly been making its way into the fashion world over the past few seasons, but it’s still going strong in Fall 2010. (A fact that makes me even happier that I bought that black military inspired pea coat with gorgeous gold buttons last March for 60% off.) Try it out with a studded shirt, combat boots, or skinny cargo pants. Once you’ve got a feel for it, break out the army fatigues.


Fall has always been about the richer colors. But last year’s burnt orange and deep turquoise shades have been replaced with deeper, darker colors, inspired by everyone’s favorite jewels. Emerald green, ruby red, and amethyst can turn a simple top into a statement piece. If you want to start small, try a suede purple pump, or a deep blue bag. Either way these colors are the perfect middle ground between passé pastels and nineties neon.

THE PRINT: Leopard.

Animal print tends to get a bad reputation. Worn in neon colors in the wrong ways, animal print pieces can often appear tacky. But this year, safari has gone chic. If you’re up for the challenge, search the racks for your perfect leopard print dress and pair it with a pair of nude pumps. New to the animal kingdom? Start with an accessory. Update your LBD with a leopard print clutch or a hot pair of leopard booties.

THE BAG: Structured.

Personally, I’m a fan of the oversize tote. The idea of not being able to carry my entire life around with me is a little frightening. (How do I choose between my day planer and my Tide To Go pen?) But when I saw InStyle’s full page spread on framed satchels even I wavered. Refined, polished, and classic, the structured bag is one item that will never go out of style.

THE SHOE: Lace Up Booties.

This year’s boot? A little shorter and a lot edgier. Flat, lace up, combat boots are casual, cool, and comfortable. Wear them with your skinny cargo pants and leather jacket or with a dress if you’re looking to rough up this season’s Fall florals. The best part? The more you wear them, the better they look.

Fashion Porn: Down and Dirty with Statement Rings
Fashion Porn: Down and Dirty with Statement Rings
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