'TIS THE SEASON - 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

On the second day of Christmas, I hope my love gives to me… (okay sing it with us) two pairs of The North Face boots. On the third day of Christmas…

THE MAGNIFICENT TARTAN

From its humble beginnings on Scottish battlefields in the 1500s, to designer runways for Fall 2008, tartan and tartan-esque plaid have made a huge fashionable resurgence. Couture is loving the definitive plaid on lace up ankle boots , on stylish flats, on chic tunics, wrap braelets and shoulder totes. Our pics (from upper left): Disney Couture Pirates Wrap Bracelet with Swords, Brixton Red Plaid Hooligan Hat, Jean Paul Gaultier Tuile Plaid Tank, J. Renee Scottie Plaid Skimmer, L.A.M.B. Rose Suede and Plaid ankle boot, and Roxy Crimson Make It Happen Shoulder Tote.

THE DAILY TREND - FLAT SLOUCH BOOTS

What is more ideal than a soft leather, slightly slouch boot for fall? Absolutely nothing. Couture is loving this light grey Belle by Sigerson Morrison style. Perfect for the stovepipe jean, long T-shirt and short leather bolero look, or with tights paired with a short cable knit dress.

THE DAILY TREND - OVER-THE-KNEE-BOOTS

Is there such a thing as being too tall? Not when you’re wearing over-the-knee boots. These Sergio Rossi boots stand tall when you wear them with a dress and leggings, but look just as fashionable folded over with your jeans tucked in.

THE DAILY TREND - MID-CALF BOOTS

The middle child of knee-high boots and booties, mid-calf boots are a nice touch to a simple ensemble. Pair these Roberto Cavalli boots with a belted dress or tuck jeans into them for perfect laid back style.

THE DAILY TREND - SLOUCH BOOTS

Slouch boots are hardly shapeless. These Marc by Marc Jacobs boots are slouched on top but structured on the bottom, the perfect style to tuck your jeans into or pair with your above the knee sweater dress.

CRAVINGS - BOOTS

With the crisp Fall temperatures upon us, boots are the favorite fashion accessory of the current season, especially one with a stacked wooden heel. They are edgy with rolled-cuff, tattered boyfriend jeans, a cropped jacket and a chapeau, polished with a knee-length dress and pearls, and romantic chic with dark rinse jeans tucked in and a ruffled-collar blouse. What is Couture craving now? Belle by Sigerson Morrison tan leather slip-on boot, Juicy Couture Espresso Mona boot with ankle strap and hardware detail and Costume National Talpa leather boot with cap toe and stitching detail.

COUTURE RECOMMENDS

Remember when ‘duck’ boots were a Darien, Connecticut style staple? Remember when they were worn with curduroy pants, puffer vests and Fair Aisle sweaters? Well, neither do I, but that is what I am told. Fast forward to today and the steadfast staple of yesteryear is making a very chic come back. Designers from DSquared to Michael Kors , to a few mass retailers, injected the shoe/bootie with a much needed style cache with improved upper materials, playful color combinations (think tartan and tweed), and a fashionista’s best friend, a high heel. However, some design detail echos of the past are still visible within the new incarnations, the rubber sole, the lace-up and hook-and-eye closures, along with the constrast stitching. Oooooh la la!