A Little Fall Inspiration

The Colors of Autumn

Golden Tree in my Condo ComplexRecently I was bemoaning the fact that summer is quickly receding giving way to Autumn, that is before I took outdoor photos of some trees where I live. If there was any doubt that Fall was approaching it was quickly dashed when I noticed the turning of the trees.

I love the color of harvest season when the leaves start to turn, it’s almost magical. Living in the hills of Pittsburgh we are presented with spectacular views where we can look across a valley and take in the vibrant display of trees. Reds, oranges, yellows, purples and browns together form a fiery collage like an artist whipping their heavy paint laden brush in the air across their canvas. There is no rhyme or reason but the end result is an astounding work of art the likes of which only God could create.

When I think of Autumn I remember childhood rides on tree-lined country roads where you could revel in the totality of the brilliant fall colors. I remember running, jumping  and rolling around in piles of leaves with carefree abandon as only a child could.

Collecting the most beautiful leaves to use in crafts was hard because with each leaf I settled on there would be an even prettier one to choose. The crisp early evening air and the heavenly scent of a crackling bonfire,made me long for the warm sanctuary of  indoors and hot apple cider.

2 Olive Paper Lamps one is a tall cylinder and the other round, olive glass vase and 3-D leaf pillow, Dusty rose rectangle and throw, Mustard square pillows, round rug and square rug.
Dusty Rose + Gold + Olive = Autumn ~Polyvore

If spring can be considered the season of anticipation, then autumn would be a time of reflection. Both seasons are equal in beauty and how they assault our senses, yet vastly different at the same time.

Burgundy + Olive + Mustard = Autumn

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken photos with my cane and I’m hoping to be able to begin again within the next week or two. In the meantime I wanted to share with you how well the three colors mentioned above work with one another. Marsala, the color of the year, is a reddish-brown cousin to burgundy which can be seen just about everywhere you turn.

In the pictures included with today’s post I demonstrate how the colors look next to one another in a few household items I chose from Polyvore. I’ve also included a picture of several personal wardrobe items, a mustard shirt, burgundy handbag and embellished olive wrap.

With fall now upon us this is a great time to do a wardrobe edit while simultaneously swapping out seasonal clothing. Donating clothes you know longer need or want, discarding those that are too worn or damaged to donate, trims down your inventory allowing you to get a clearer picture of what is missing or needs to be replaced. I do this twice a year to keep my wardrobe to a minimum..

Mustard shirt, burgundy handbag and olive embellished fringed wrap

It was during the process of going through my inventory that I found to my dismay I only have the one mustard shirt – bummer. This really isn’t an issue though because I decided mid-summer that I would incorporate a couple of olive pieces and throw in an additional burgundy item but I refuse to buy unnecessary things I do not need. On a side note I lucked out on finding a pair of olive heels (on sale last month) to go with the wrap that I’ve had forever.

Just because these three colors are pretty dominant this doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy, buy, buy, or even wear all three colors at once. Pairing with other complementary colors or adding an accessory like a hat, scarf, belt, or jewelry will still provide you with a pulled together look. Following are six combinations of clothing utilizing the colors I talked about:

  • Burgundy flyaway cardigan, black pants, white top, burgundy snood, black bag and shoes
  • Burgundy top, gray pants, gray cardigan, burgundy shoes, gray handbag
  • Olive cargo jacket, navy & white striped sweater, blue jeans, brown booties, brown handbag and multi colored w/brown scarf
  • Olive khakis, cream-colored sweater,  burgundy booties, burgundy handbag
  • Mustard pullover sweater, navy print skirt, mustard shoes, navy & tan handbag
  • Mustard blazer, gray dress, black shoes & handbag

You’ve probably noticed that in the above combinations I used navy, black, white, gray, cream and tan to work alongside any of the three main colors. A felt hat could be worn with any or all of the combos.

When feeling and looking good come together, the natural outcome is confidence.

Have a great evening! ~Seph

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi, I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers”

19 thoughts on “A Little Fall Inspiration”

  1. Stephanae, like you, and probably everyone else, I feel summer is ending way too soon, but who doesn’t love Autumn? Windy evenings and log afternoon shadows with pink hues at dusk, and all the leaves changing into a kaleidoscope of color. Now there’s a picture.

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    1. Wow Paul, I love your Autumn description. Now I’m wanting Fall to get on with it and you’re so right about the awesome kaleidoscope and the picture it brings to mind – beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by.I’ll be in your neighborhood (minus hot beverages) looking for a good laugh 😀 ~Steph

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  2. I love autumn. I look forward to it every year. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I love all things pumpkin! This year, I’d like to teach myself how to make pumpkin scones. Most people get sick of the “pumpkin spiced” trend halfway through October but not me!

    You put together lovely colour combinations. I have never had a very good sense of style and now that I’ve gained weight, I just wear whatever will cover me up the most. I am looking forward to continuing to lose weight so that I can feel better in my own skin and maybe wear some pretty clothes again…at least I know who to ask for help when the time comes 😉

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  3. Beautiful description of the harvest season, all those autumn colours. I love discussing colour
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    I love the memory of rolling in leaves. The smell of those leaves is autumn and my favourite season and my chidhood. I still like them and don’t understand why all leaves need to be removed from my yard, but other people have different ideas. I think that is what fall is all about.

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    1. Hi Kerry, thank you for stopping by. Your comment reminded me that I need to do a post on color from the perspective of people with varying degrees of vision loss. I’ve talked with some people who’ve never seen color and don’t care and others who feel quite the opposite. I’ll put together some notes and contact you via email.

      I agree with you on the leaves being part of what Fall is all about. Where I live at now I’m surrounded by trees and least here they do not clear them until just about all the trees are bare. It’d be impossible to keep up trying to clear them even once weekly. I forgot to mention that my other favorite thing in the Fall is this awesome Dutch Apple Pie from a restaurant I frequent.

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  4. You paint such beautiful seasons I think where I come we basically have summer and winter okay more like cold dry season, hot dry season and hot wet season 🙂
    My favourite smell is called Petrichor which is the scent of the wet earth, after the first rains After a long dry spell

    Colours have cousins??? Lol

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    1. Petrichor, thank you for this word. I too like the sent after a summer shower but there really isn’t a word to describe it. While we still have 4 distinct seasons lately it almost seems like they’re meshed together. For example I thought winter would never end and we really didn’t have a spring. With the exception of last week our summer was rather cool. And yes, colors have all sorts of relatives. XD

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  5. Ah yes, as a youth those golden leaves were indeed a place to roll around in and have some real fun with. Now…those same leaves have to be picked up and bagged. The innocence of childhood replaced by the responsibilty of adulthood. That being said I can still enjoy them turning color before they detach and become part of the lawn!

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