The items I have been drawn to lately are in warm colors, like this cheetah-print Steve Madden make-up bag and a pair of maroon peep-toe heels. Photo/ Haley Twist

As November is passing by us, Thanksgiving is approaching and more and more red and orange leaves are piling up around campus. The fall season is inspiring my wardrobe, and not just by how cold the weather is.

When I think of fall, especially around November and Thanksgiving, I think of brilliant warm hues. Magnificent reds, copper browns, royal purples and soft maroons and mauves are all I can seem to add to my wardrobe. I am drawn right to these colors in every store I enter.

While these colors are some of my favorites year round, this time of year accelerates how much I crave them. And not just in my wardrobe, but elsewhere. These colors have shown up everywhere for me lately, whether it is in a newly-purchased winter blanket or even in my Twitter background.

Sporting these colors is a great way to spice up our daily outfits. And while these colors may not be the brightest we could go for, they add their own soft flair to any look.

Start with the bag, that’s what I always do. If I am unsure about how a color would look on me in the form of clothing, I usually purchase a purse in that color to help me make up my mind.

While all summer I stuck with smaller saddle bags in bright colors, such as a teal blue and a glittery taupe, when I went shopping for a new fall bag I decided to go with a copper brown messenger-style bag.

It is perfect to carry to class, can fit everything I need inside of it and almost has a studious feel to it because of the borderline briefcase style.

The warm color along with the simple cut of the bag brings an effortless look to my outfit every time I carry it.

Next let’s jump to the shoes. As I mentioned in a previous column, I recently purchased a pair of amazing maroon high-heeled booties. These have allowed me let my shoes be the statement piece. I love to let my shoes speak for themselves, so when I decide to wear a colorful pair of shoes I normally tone down the rest of my outfit.

If you are a shoe person like me, try picking a pair in a nice fall-ish color like the ones I described above, and wear them with neutrals so they will stand out.

And now you need something to keep you warm! Again, as I discussed in a previous column, there are so many choices out there for someone who wants to get a colorful winter jacket.

This year try getting one in dark purple, burnt sienna or maybe even golden brown. Peacoats are my favorite. This splash of warm color will get you in the mood for the holiday season.

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Haley Twist is the former Niner Times Editor-in-Chief. A Religious Studies student who worked with the Niner Times for two years, she has previously served as the Lifestyle Editor and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the paper. She is a 2012 recipient of the Randall Beavers Memorial Award and a 2013 recipient of the Shameka Smith-Hamilton Award.

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