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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Lightning Leather

Since neutral shades of brown and tan are staples in nearly everyone’s fall wardrobe, it can be easy to forget that bright colors aren’t only for the summer. Even though pastels and pristine whites are as gone as the sand in your Birkenstocks, that doesn’t mean that fun hues have to fade as well. Stand out from the sea of black on campus by taking a cue from the changing leaves on the trees and adding fiery autumn colors to your look.

This Fashionista made a bold statement by layering a smoldering orange jacket over a patterned knit dress, which she paired with knee-high socks and combat boots. Take away the jacket, and the color palette and texture are still interesting and ready for fall, but the jacket turns this outfit into a full look. Instead of going for just a touch of orange or a “pop of color,” as many like to call it, she owns the trend by making it the center of attention.

The standard creams, camels, tans and taupes of fall are never going to be out of style, but fashion should be fun. This season is filled with natural color inspiration just waiting to be worn. Try a suede jacket in apple red. Let golden leaves inspire a sequin coat or the quintessential orange on a leather jacket as shown.

How To: Jackets are a great way to experiment with a trend like this, just as this Fashionista did. Keep the rest of your outfit neutral and let the color of your outerwear be the focal point. Check out budget-friendly stores like Forever 21, H&M and Urban Outfitters to try out a colorful statement jacket without breaking the bank. Find that you like turning heads with a bold outfit? Then invest in a quality top layer!