September signals the arrival of fall yet warm beach days still hold sway even amid cooler temperatures. The shift in seasons brings forth new fashion trends blending both bright and neutral colors and of course, clothing layers. 

Footwear styles also undergo a conversion. Flip flops and open-toe designs make their way to the rear of the closet as rain and leather boots inch themselves forward. Shoes pull outfits together. They are an integral and final flourish, bringing an outfit together. As you begin to turn over your wardrobe this season, here are a few ideas to freshen up your fall look: 

  • Consider materials and fabrics 

As people slowly start to layer their outfits for warmth, the types of materials and fabrics worn serve as both function and fashion. Leather shoes help keep feet warm while still making a statement and dressing up an outfit. Cocktail Sneakers' Outsider bootie allows for women to look and feel their best, even in cooler weather. 

  • Match with something else

A tip to upgrade an outfit is to have some aspects of the ensemble match, such as color, texture, or pattern. For example, the Traveler raffia mule is decorated with either navy or tan leather straps. A matching leather bag or belt would beautifully compliment those details.

  • Start with your shoes

If you have a pair of shoes you adore, plan your outfit from the ground up. Fashionable socks, even if mismatched by wearers, unexpectedly trended last fall. Going apple picking with the family or an outdoor, socially-distanced chili cook off? Pair a pair of comfortable and stylish lace-up sneakers (like the Weekender which comes in multiple colors), to look both sporty and chic.  

Fall is the perfect time to try something new. Since many of us still spend our days at home due to coronavirus, those times we do leave likely feel like a special occasion. Let's make use of those plaids and sweaters in our closet this season...and don't forget your fancy footwear!