It usually happens around August 1st, that little bell goes off in my head saying, "Fall is are the styles".  I guess this beckons back to days of being a school girl and anxiously awaiting the time I'd be refreshing my wardrobe for school days ahead.  Well, now that I'm all grown up, that bell still rings.  This year, however, after spending some time recently enjoying pre-season sales, the bell has already begun to chime.  I can't say I'm disappointed by this.  Fall is one of the most amazing seasons for shopping.  New colors, new patterns, new styles.  In light of this, I expect my posts will be closely chronicling many of my favorite finds for the chilly days ahead.  For today, I can't resist beginning with the most seen shoe of the moment.......The Cap Toe .

So let's get acquainted, shall we?

While this trend was originally seen using color blocking and similar fabrics, the use of metals, leathers and animal skin has now come into focus.

Mila dot-print ballet flats

The J Crew Mila Dot Print ballet flat features the patent leather option as it incorporates the use of pattern print also being seen a lot at the moment. 


Mila cap toe leather ballet flats
A similar style minus the polka dots is this one also by J Crew that features again a patent toe cap paired with soft Italian leather and a wider elastic collar.  Comfy and classically chic. 

Vince Camuto embraces this trend by mixing patent leather and the metallic look both on the toe and at the heel.  I like this subtle yet effective use of neutrals that offer just enough pop to speak to the moment.

Cece patent bow ballet flats
When selecting a pair of shoes, it's always smart to choose those that will give you the most mileage for your money fashion wise.  I find that neutrals and/or classically paired colors can take me through an entire season while playing nicely with both basic colors as well as those fashion forward hues.  The black and tan seen here on the Cece patent bow ballet by J Crew does just that.  Also, the little bit of lift that this one provides will keep both you and your feet happy all day long.

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Who better to turn to than Tory Burch for the iconic use of quilted patent leather coupled with the soft metallic toe cap and her unmistakable T logo?  As a huge Tory fan, I partiularly love, love this Kaitlin ballet flat.  Again, the perfect neutral but available in other colors as well.

Etta cap toe patent pumps
Now, for the working girl and lover of some daytime heel height, I found the Etta cap toe.  The width of the heel makes it perfect for a day at the office and the perfect partner for that navy and white polka dot pencil skirt.  Should red not be a favorite for you, it is also offered in bone and black.

Mona tassel heels
While on the subject of being well heeled, I couldn't pass on this one!  The Mona tassel heel is both retro and modern at the same time.  Hearkening back to the days of ladylike style, it would pair so nicely with a modern tweed blazer, fitted blouse and jeans as well as a sexy sleeveless shift dress.  Love options!

So as for me, I decided to go with these little caramel and ivory beauties {available soon at J Crew}.  The gold chainlink embellishment is something I had not seen everywhere else and that was a big selling point.  As you might feet and I are quite happy.

Happy Tuesday!