From Top: Tory Burch Zorra Jacquard Dress, $325; Christian Louboutin Pointy-toe Patent Boots, $1,195 at Saks; Richard Chai Fall 2008 Runway
Purple has exploded on the runways and in stores; in short, it is the new "it" color. While this proclamation may put off some who strive for originality in a cliched fashion society, let me persuade you to reconsider the virtues of this royal shade. It compliments a myriad of shades: gray, black, blue/navy, brown, pink, taupe, green, white. (Perhaps the only unfriendly pairings would be yellow and orange, but even then, it could be done for the most daring among us. Personally, I caution against it.) Purple also looks fantastic on all skin tones, is a deep enough shade for fall, and is, quite simply, a beautiful and versatile shade. Since my fortuitous purchase of my purple Burberry dress from last spring, I have been mad for purple, and with so many choices for fall, my only dilemma is choosing which items to buy.