When you think of fall colors, russet red, creamy caramel and chocolate brown might come to mind. But lilac? Not so much. This fall, the fashion world is switching things up and incorporating this fresh floral shade into the mix. Pick up lilac pieces at the end of summer sales to have a budget head start on building your cool weather wardrobe. Here are a few ways to put this pop of color into your clothing lineup!  

Deconstructed Boyfriend Jeans- Gap; Cuff Pant- Band of Outsiders; Baltimore Pleated Midi Skirt- Reiss; Blakely Suede Pumps- J. Crew; Nadia Loafers- Coach

End of summer shoe sales are a can't-miss shopping excursion. For example, grab these Coach Nadia lilac driving mocs on Zappos right now for less than $100. They would complete your weekend look when paired with boyfriend jeans, or dress down your dove gray wool work trousers. Snag a pair of J. Crew Blakely suede pumps (originally $238) for one heck of a deal. They would work well with a navy knife-pleat midi or dress up those kinda snoozy gray suit pants.



Classic Cotton Trench Coat- Mango; Wool Blend Crystal Embellished Sweater- Marc Jacobs; A-Line Skirt- Zara; Nude Leather 'Sway II' Classic Pump- Charles David; Gia Crossbody Bag- Vince Camuto

A pleated lilac skirt is a great starting point. You could go either direction- dress it down with a white silk t-shirt or kick it up a notch with a short-sleeved cashmere sweater. Either way, this skirt adds a punch of color to your fall lineup. I adore a monochrome look, especially if the shades are slightly different. The variation gives the outfit some depth and intrigue, and the adorable details on the neckline of this sweet sweater are perfection. A classic trench and nude heels tamper the girly feel, and a clutch in a shade of magenta, deep plum, or any jewel-tone purple would work well.



Ruby Army Jacket- Velvet; Ruffle Sleeve Chiffon Blouse- Sheinside; Gold Single Pyramid Drop Earrings- Melinda Maria; Pendant Waterfall Necklace- Mango; Paradise DTM Pants- Supertrash; Tassel Tease Infinity Scarf- BCBGeneration; Aria Gold Beaded Clutch- La Sera; Chronograph Watch- Michael Kors    

Now lilac pants don't exactly sound investment-worthy; they seem more like a passing trend. If you bought into the colored jeans deal, fall is another surprising time to take them for a spin. Purple and green pair amazingly well together, especially if they are different tones (light purple and dark green or dark purple and lighter green). Since these are two pretty bold colors, throwing neutrals like white or gold in the mix will pull it together. An army jacket is a fall staple that will never go out of style, and the flowy bottom of the top can hide any issues that skinny jeans create. I also love this clutch- the pyramid studs toughen it up. You can carry this design element through the rest of the outfit in subtle ways- spike earrings, thin triangle necklace- without being too matchy-matchy. And the Michael Kors watch? Definitely a worthwhile splurge.

What ways can you bring your lilac pieces into your fall wardrobe?