By Sue Manning

As cooler weather kicks in, so does the inevitable wardrobe of warmer knits with color and print. Earth tones underscore the warm vibes that extend toward not just turtlenecks, but also long sweaters and pullover sweaters, either tunic style or just below the waist.

While neutrals are a safe fall choice, there is something to be said about a coat that can instantly brighten the dreariest of days. To provide plenty of impact, try a statement stunner in a pretty pastel or a warm hue like cinnamon, wine, evergreen, turquoise, red or apricot.

There are so many exciting ways to update and brighten your wardrobe right now, so go bold in pieces that work for you and, above all, something that makes you feel special. A new scarf, necklace or top can do this.

Fashion accessories are great gift ideas. Consider tie-dyed silk scarves, famous artist museum scarves, hand painted leather handbags and wallets to match, small totes, shoulder bags, necklaces, earrings of many colors and styles.

Sue Manning owns Elna’s Dress Shop.