Fall Shopping Guide: Purple
There's a reason it's the color of royalty, and purple has always been one of my favorite colors (after green, that is). But unlike green, which has been the most recent It color, there are a multitude of shades of purple that are way more flattering to a range skin tones. Yes, purple is the color of the season, and whether you want to go all-out with a dress or add a subtle accent with a shoe, there are endless options. But here are some of my favorites.

At nearly a cool grand, this Miu Miu dress is veering dangerously into big-sister-Prada territory, but with its tulip shape and crinkled texture, it has a look that's more fun-loving than that of its intellectual sibling.

If I owned this dramatic Zac Posen blouse, I'd wear it with a black pencil skirt, black platform shoes, violet-scented perfume, and an air of mystery.

Derek Lam takes some flack from fashion critics for not really having a signature style, but I always seem to want the majority of looks that come down his runway, so I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Case in point: this sexy, sure-to-flatter crepe de chine blouse.

I recently bought a winter coat with bracelet-length sleeves, and thus I have to buy those long gloves that have been around for a few seasons but whose purpose has finally become apparent. These Carolina Amato Gloves opera-length gloves are both bold and luxurious, and since they're leather with silk lining, they'll keep my hands, wrists, and forearms warm.

I'm tired of black purses--I seem to have way too many, being that I am somewhat practical when it comes to accessories--so I think a purple purse, like the Malababa Mini Carlota bag, is an excellent way to break out of bag rut (at a price that won't drain your wallet).

Purple shoes--whether you're coordinating with purple in your outfit or simply adding an unexpected pop of color--are, if you ask me, totally essential. That may sound like an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes, but with its flattering T-strap, hidden platform, and chunky heel, who needs an excuse to buy this Frye platform pump?

Would you commit to a purple winter coat? What if it were only $45 and was reminiscent of a Mike & Chris babydoll hoodie? Meet your new winter coat, the Chester, from Forever 21.

Vera Wang's collection for Kohl's had some great purple pieces. A ruffled blouse that I was going to feature is already sold out, but this purple skirt can still be yours--if you're a 10, 12, or 14, that is.

I'm not going to lie--this purple boot from Urban Outfitters is not going to be for everyone. But humor me a minute and think how cool it will look with a black shift dress and tights, or with gray skinny jeans tucked in. It's a fashion risk, yes, but one that's just daring enough to pay off.

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