I was browsing through some fashion mags yesterday and came across knee-high socks ... everywhere! I mean, on almost every shoe ad (and that's a lot of pages). I am all for the patterned tight to add texture and color. You have fabulous options for dresses, skirts and shoes/boots. I even like the thigh-high tights that are new this year - especially in cable knit. However, I like them paired with an above the knee dress or skirt that comes over the tights - and preferably with boots. Prada is not the only designer showcasing its shoes with socks this season. In fact, the majority of socks being advertised with shoes are toeless, as seen below. image002image001

So, what do you think?

Those of you who know me well, know how obsessed I am with jackets (pretty much like I am with shoes). I am not sure why this is, but the fact remains that I am. The tell-tale sign came last week when I was running some "errands" at the mall. I stopped in Anthropologie with the intention of picking up a couple of unique tops. Instead, my dressing room was filled with ... oh, I don't know ... like ten jackets! Okay, completely obsessed. I narrowed my options down to two and was quite pleased with my selection.

The first one is just a simple fitted, short-sleeved black jacket. It's cute, it's fun. I will get a lot of wear out of it due to the climate in which I live.

livia.thumbnailThe second one is so not what I would typically go for. In fact, I really wanted the red, full swing coat (very Jackie O except for the color) and tried to convince myself I would grow to love the fullness of it. However, I just couldn't get past the non-fitted nature of it. So I did what any good shopper would do and went back out on the floor to find a replacement for this red coat that I loved. Well, right next to the red coat was this purpley-blue corduroy coat ... hmmm, I never noticed that one before. And truth be told, the only reason I tried it on was because it was so not me. You know, proving a point. I mean, a purpley-blue corduroy coat...with scallop detail to boot...who was I kidding. So I tried it on and (holy cow) it was awesome. Feminine, clever cinched waist, flattering belt, great color with my eyes. Granted, I can't wear it until November, but I had to have it. It will be perfect with jeans and a T-shirt.

tallulah.thumbnailI realize that I did not accomplish my goal of finding some cute new tops. But considering that my predictions lead me to believe that jackets/coats will still be all the rage this fall, it wasn't such a bad thing.

tibi3_thumbnailDo you have that one item (or two) in your wardrobe that makes you feel fashionable, eye catching and smart? Getting compliments from others feels great, and gives you a sense of pride. It confirms that you have not only made a wise investment, but that you have a sense of style. My red TIBI cropped, one-button swing jacket is that item for me. I don't wear it often, but when I do perfect strangers come up to me out of the woodworks. Just this week when I was traveling, no less than five people felt compelled to come up to me to tell me how much they loved my jacket. Even the flight attendant got excited (a little too excited ...almost made an announcement over the speaker!). A permanent smile was affixed to my face all day.

What's nice about adding a punch to your daily outfit is that it becomes you - your style. So even if you are a "classic" at heart ... when you add a colorful pair of shoes or an oversized patent bag, or a wide cinched belt .... your look is instantly updated - fresh and current. It also says to the world that you are confident blending two styles together - classic and chic - to make the look all your own.

What's that one item in your wardrobe that does it for you? Please share.