There is a lot of new out there this season along with the familiar, and some blasts from the past.  Some of the “new”  is really not so new, just more mainstream.  Some retro looks have me rejoicing, while others have me shuddering.  Today, I want to write about leg-wear and some shoes for the upcoming season.

I was recently DROOLING over the new Diane von Furstenberg collection.  She just knows pretty.  What was of particular interest was her pairings with opaque tights, socks and sandals.  If ever there were a time to invest in some tights and ankle and knee high socks, this is that time.  You may have some “summer” sandals or open toed shoes that you can absolutely wear as the weather turns cooler.  Look at these pictures:

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You can see that layering long socks over tights with dark bold sandals can dramatically change the look of your outfit.  You can try this with some of your summer dresses (it most definitely will NOT work on most, but perhaps one or two in your closet) and then add a cardigan and a skinny belt and you are suddenly very Fall 2009:-)  If you think this look will not be around, simply check out these pictures from the J.Crew website.  Layering is everywhere and your ankles have not been forgotten.

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Knowing that this look was youthful and perhaps a little intimidating for many in Nashville, I met up with Elizabeth Broyhill, owner of Monkee’s Nashville, to see how we could make this look a little more user friendly.  Although I would wear most of these featured pictures in a heartbeat.

As a little plug, before I go any further, Monkee’s is having this AMAZING sale on Thursday, September 3rd, all day with party thrown in from from 4-7 p.m.  With cocktails on hand, you can also buy summers best shoes at 50% off and then get another sale shoe FREE!!!!  You know how I LOVE free! Located in Hill Place Green Hills across from Whole Foods.  Now, back to Fall 2009…

Monkees has tons of leg-wear from Kate Spade arriving in October.  She agrees: bold colors in leg-wear, layers, and open toed shoes will be everywhere this Fall.  Also, the BOOTIE, a look that has only been hesitantly embraced in Nashville, will be seen much more…and not hidden under jeans but paired proudly with opaque tights and/or socks with dresses and skirts.  Elizabeth showed me around the store and here are some looks that I loved:

Sandals

While I would love to show you a close up of each shoe, I think that that might be WAY TOO MANY pictures for this post.  These shoes can all be part of the look I'm talking about today.  Pair anyone of these with tights or socks.  Throw the color in with the legwear and you can make many looks out of one pair of shoes.

While I would love to show you a close up of each shoe, I think that that might be WAY TOO MANY pictures for this post. These shoes can all be part of the look I’m talking about today. Pair anyone of these with tights or socks. Throw the color in with the leg-wear and you can make many looks out of one pair of shoes.

I do want to highlight this Cynthia Vincent shoe as I love how it encorporates black, brown, and all metallics for $225.  Also, there are plenty of shoes far closer to $100 at Monkees.  The store covers a wide range of styles and prices.

I do want to highlight this Cynthia Vincent shoe as I love how it incorporates black, brown, and all metallics for $225.

Booties

Now for the booties I found.  My favorite are the grey ones by Frye.

Are these fabulous?  Again, pair these shoes with EVERYTHING from jeans to cocktail.  I love the edge they give a cocktail dress.  Lef is by Frye for $245 and right is by for Some essentials: the black bootie.  Look at the next pic to see what the ^&^& shoe on the left can do.....(shoe on right is by Soft! Only $145)

Fold it down and here's that pop of color!  Yep, that 80's bright pink is back and strong.

We will feature many more looks for this coming season over the next couple of months.  I think this season has so many beautiful looks to embrace!  Next, I’ll find some fun flats and I’ll be sure to throw more color into that selection.  But, for now, be sure to buy some tights!  Places to look: Monkee’s, J Crew, Wolford (both at the Wolford store and at Jamie)

Enjoy these last few days of summer! -Liza