The fashion cycle works in mysterious ways. It may be 86 degrees outside, but it is time to start thinking about the boots you will want to wear from September all the way to the following April. With August sales finally wrapping up, retailers are starting to stock all those cool-weather staples you have banished from your mind the last few months. But before you start thinking about coats or sweaters, I think it is boots that should sit at the top of your shopping list.

First of all, while boots are designed to endure a little bit of rough weather, styled with the right outfit, they can work for our last month or two of warmer days too. And while footwear can be a bit of a splurge, a statement-making pair of boots can anchor even the simplest outfit, so invest your money there first.

Are you curious to know what the biggest boot trends will be for coming fall? Check out these six boot styles that will be on the feet of every It girl in the coming days.

Animal Print ~ leopard print is ideal for prowling the streets.


Modern Cowgirl ~ You do not have to be headed to the ranch to pull off these cool cowboy boots. Western details with a bit of edge make for a combination that you can dress up or down.


Take a Hike ~ Backpacker chic may not be an aesthetic you have considered before, but for fall, it is all about boots you could actually hit the trail in.


Downtown Chelsea ~ While a classic Chelsea boot will forever remain a wardrobe staple, in 2018 it is time for an update. Lug soles and edgy details make this usually polished boot feel downtown cool.


Flashback ~ For a few seasons, I have been watching hints of the ’80s creep back onto the runway, but it is back with a true vengeance. Slouchy, shiny, and of course, a chain or two make ankle boots feel new (but old, but new) again.


Calf-way There ~ Love it or hate it, calf-height bucket boots are the new over-the-knee. The sleek silhouette is ideal for styling under a midi dress or with skinny jeans tucked inside.


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Upcoming Fall 2018 Trends to Try

Fall will be here before you know it, and now is a great time for us to consider adding some stylishly attractive wardrobe trends. You should not buy every trend that comes along, but you do want to take advantage of those that resonate with your image and brand to make you look and feel fantastic.  Here are a few new trends to keep an eye out for in department stores this coming fall.

Wraps ~ Capes and ponchos are a fashionable layering option this fall that gives you a striking alternative to jackets. Look for tweeds, plaids, and solid neutral fabrics in every length. But keep in mind that although it is a great look to wear it is important to pay attention to proportion. When wearing a cape or poncho, for example, you will look fabulous if you pair it with a pair of skinny jeans or pants.


Bold Saturated Colors Reign ~ This season’s bold, saturated colors rule with a rich and regal look. Strong colors like cobalt blue, ruby red, turquoise, and grape can give you that exquisite pop of color you need.

Stacked Heels ~ Reminiscent of the mod 70s, inspired styles of stacked heels will be available in every height of shoe from long boots to pumps to flats. Buy a pair this season and it will give you an instant update. Opt for a more modern stacked heel that feels comfortable for you, but is also versatile enough to wear with your work wardrobe.


Long Skirts ~ Longer skirts seem to be one of the biggest trends this season, but to pull this look off you definitely need to wear a chunkier shoe. You will find pencil skirts, long draping, and asymmetrical and A-line styles. Be careful, though, because longer skirts can make you instantly appear heavier. Avoid wearing those that hit you at the mid-calf area unless they are paired with a long boot, for instance, because otherwise you will appear shorter versus longer and thinner.

Chocolate Metal Tone Jewelry ~ Give your outfit that special finishing touch with this season’s new chocolate metal tone jewelry. It is ideal to wear with plaids and tweeds and can be the perfect accent to pair with teal, camel, or brick red.


The Feminine Bow Blouse ~  For trendy autumn blouses this year it is all about drawing attention upward toward your face, which is your communication center. These beautiful blouses can also add some pizzazz near your neck, décolletage, or around your curvy waist. During the workday pair them with a great pencil skirt, or use them to update that classic suit. In the evening or on weekends they go great with dark denim and a leather jacket to give you an elegant twist with feminine flair.

The Skinny Jean / Pant  ~ The skinny pant and jean is still in fashion this fall, and you will see various lengths (Capri to ankle styles) and fabrications in an array of colors. To wear this skinny pant you must offset the slim proportions with higher volume on top, using capes, faux-fur vests, ponchos, or chunky sweaters for balance.

Sumptuous Leather ~ If you love leather like I do then this is our year. The new leather for fall is soft, supple, and elegant. You will find leather in everything – including A-line and pencil skirts, sheath dresses, winter shorts, leggings, and shirts. If you want to be more dramatic than traditional black or dark brown then try unique and different saturated colors like burgundy, tan, gingerbread, nude, or cognac.

The Heritage Jacket ~ Traditional jackets return this season to give us another stylish autumn layering alternative. These classically elegant but trendy jackets are best coupled with the skinny pant. Look for heritage jackets in an array of different styles and lengths and with all sorts of interesting detailing such as elbow patches, velvet trimmed collars, and grosgrain ribbon.


Faux Fur for Fall ~ This fall the only stylish animal to go hunting for is FAUX fur. You will find vests, jackets, and elegant coats in traditional animal prints. Wear these fun looks during the day to punch up your denim or skinny pant with style, or shop for a more glamorous piece to wear after five and enhance the look of a great black dress.


Inspiration from Pinterest.

Fashion Trends ~ They Come & Go

The best and worst thing about fashion is that it is continuously changing. Fashion is fickle.  Now is the time to get rid of the old and embrace the new. If you were wondering what the wardrobe must-haves are, or what is no longer considered fashionable, check out my list below.

Faded out ~ poms poms, denim overalls, overly ripped jeans, corset belts, sheer blouses

Going strong ~ minimalist clothing, puffed sleeves, denim on denim, floral prints, trench coats, flared trousers, well-fitted jeans, tailored blazers

Fuchsia Friday ~

Fuchsia is one of my favorite colors to wear when an outfit needs to be shaken up a bit. Whether you prefer bright jewel tones or soft subtle hues, try infusing just a hint (or a whole lot) of fuchsia into your usual routine. I promise, it will make you feel happier.  I have found some fun, practical, pretty and easy ways to show you how to wear this color.  Here are some examples.


Inspiration from Pinterest.

Back to School Looks ~

Let’s face it, dressing for life as a teacher can be difficult. At the elementary level, it is important to walk the line between looking professional and not caring whether you get paint or glue on your outfit. If your students are older, the challenge becomes to look stylish without attracting unwanted attention or comments from teenage fashionistas. Not to mention, all teachers spend a lot of time on their feet and need to be comfortable from the first bell to the last.  Whether you are looking to do some back-to-school shopping or just remix your closet, here are some ideas.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

Now is the perfect time to find some really good deals on summer items.  I found this dress, marked down to $29.94 at Steinmart.  I had a gift card (thank you Valerie), so basically this dress cost me $2.80.  When the weather starts to cool down, I will just add a jacket and boots to take this dress into fall.  Score!!



Stop Ruining Your Look

You may be ruining your entire look without even realizing it.  However, do not stress! For every problem, there is a super simple fix that will make it all better.

Problem:  Your sweater has nipples on the shoulders from hanging.  Solution:  First of all, I do not hang my sweaters.  It will stretch them out.  If you want to hang them, fold them over the hanger or get fuzzy that hold your sweater in place.

Problem:  Your hang loops are showing. Solution:  I always cut them out.   However if you insist on leaving them on, then either hang the garments on fuzzy, felted hangers, or just fold them. And never hang anything with stretchy straps. The straps will stretch out over time just from the weight of the garment and then you will have to have them shortened in order to make the dress fit again.

Problem:  The belt that came with the dress.  99% of the time when a dress is sold with a belt, both pieces are probably inexpensive and were sold together to create some false illusion of value, especially if the belt is just one of those thin, faux leather throwaways. Solution:  Ditch the belt the dress came with, and invest in a good belt.  A good belt is like a piece of jewelry….it can bring the entire look together.

Problem:  Those stringy belt loops on the sides of your dress are making it look super cheap. Those loops are really only there so that stores has a way to display the belt on the garment.  Solution:  Cut them off. Belt loops on these sorts of garments are not really functional anyway.  You know where your waist is. Tie the belt there.  Again, invest in a great belt.

Problem:  The flaps on the back of your new jacket still sewn together?  Solution:  Cut it out…..are you seeing a trend here?

Problem:  Wrinkles.  Wrinkles are a reality of life. But the fact is you look disheveled and disorganized and, honestly, kind of lazy. Solution:  Ironing or steaming your clothes when you want to wear them is a hassle, so just hang and fold your clothes with better care to prevent wrinkles in the first place.