Before the fall 

As I trolled along, my foot was met with a sound that was familiar, yet strange. Crunch.

I stooped down for inspection and saw underfoot what was unmistakably the remains of a dead leaf. While this might mean nothing to you — and I’m aware that a fallen leaf could have been the victim of the grueling, triple-digit temps we’ve experienced as of late — my heart swelled with the happiness that is fall.

And more than fall … fall fashion. My walk back was consumed by thoughts of boots, tights, sweaters and layers. It got me pondering: Where in Oklahoma City are people already thinking about fall fashions?

It can be silly how early retail shops stock holiday items. But it’s times like pre-fall when early stocking is just the kind of thing to get a girl through these dog days of summer.

I thought back to the runway show at the Cowboy & Couture fundraiser for Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women last month and remembered how the styles were all fall-inspired, local and covetable.

If you’re in the market for boots, fall or pre-fall — and why wouldn’t you be in the market for boots? — you need to check out a new gem called Rakota Remington (6900 N. Western; 608-1990).

Locally owned by Blake Schrick, who also does all the styling and buying, it’s an eclectic, high-end boutique that takes inspiration from bohemian, chic and modern looks.

In-shop, you’ll also find clothes, bags and jewelry. Schrick said that early fall styles will begin to come in this week.

Another shop prevalent on the runway at Cowboy & Couture was Ruth Meyers (6471 Avondale; 842- 1478). For years, Meyers has been a staple high-end shop in the metro, but it recently switched ownership to
Cindi Shelby, who has kept the same quality of product, but offers a
new prospective.

For fall, expect a woodsy and rustic-chic look, and don’t you dare pass up the accessories.

New to Classen Curve, Liberté (5810 N. Classen Blvd.; 608-2727) isn’t wasting any time establishing itself as a high-fashion showroom for the sensible, classy and fashionforward lady.

Store manager Eden Turrentine forecasts oxblood, a deep red-color, to be a big player in the color palette of fall.

So take a look at the leaves on the trees. Notice that the temperature is slowly (ever so slowly) inching downward. The days are getting a tiny bit shorter. Before you know it, fall will be here in full force.

Take some time to start planning your wardrobe now, and do it locally. Let’s shop, OKC!

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