Fall colors reign supreme

Embrace the fall season with a neutral color palette, which flatters any skin type. Looking for a practical reason to indulge? As singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, who chooses to keep his wardrobe a monochromatic brown, says, “The great thing about brown is when it fades you can’t tell what color it originally was.”

1. Cashmere coat by Tuleh, $7,500 at Tuleh. By special order at tuleh.com

2. Rory sweater by Lily McNeal, $ 273 at Gala (Larkspur). 415.924.7680

3. Derby sweater by Trina Turk, $248 at Allie G (Mill Valley), 415.381.2554, allie-g.com, and Sandbox (Greenbrae), 415.461.2133

4. Essie Sweater by Velvet, $311 at Viva Diva (San Rafael). 415.256.8380, vivadivaboutique.com



earth's delights

Autumn heralds the start of falling leaves, weather changes and new collections straight from the runway. Take a hint from this season’s designers and look toward earthy colors for inspiration.

1. Balthazar bag by Sobella, $395 at Sobella (SF). 415.489.7526, sobella.com

2. Kamiko dress by Sweeties, $156 at Nancy Koltes (Mill Valley). 415.383.5811, nancykoltesathome.com

3. Pearl neck dress by Bordeaux, $202 at Lawrie Webb (Corte Madera). 415.927.1793

4. Margot dress in camel by Cynthia Steffe, $350 at Two Skirts (SF). 415.441.6727, cynthiasteffe.com

5. Bag by Louis Vuitton, price upon request at Louis Vuitton (SF). 415.677.9360, louisvuitton.com