With fashion, we’ve always been afraid to take risks. Whether pairing patterns with patterns — think stripes and leopard, polka-dots and plaid — or rocking white after Labor Day, these unspoken rules have seemed to guide, and possibly dictate, our style selections. For some reason in particular, we have forever feared mixing neutrals; black and brown, navy and black. Finally, it’s become acceptable to pair the once unnacceptable colors with black, turning navy from nautical to naughty, or brown from sweet as chocolate to sultry.

This Fashionista dares to be different, sporting a brown Wink leather jacket and Donald J. Pliner brown leather boots on top of Trouvé black leggings. For winter, neturals have always been the go-to hues, so this Fashionista goes back to the basics with hints of black, brown and grey too. Pairing a grey sweater and J. Crew knit scarf with her monochromatic ensemble sticks to her inderterminate toned trend, adding an element of simplicity and sophistication.

Accessorizing with neutrals further, and keeping her legs warm (literally), this Fashionista finalizes her outfit with one of fall’s most popular trends, exposed socks. Whether pairing colorful socks with heels, rocking thigh-high’s as a pseudo pair of pants, or as this Fashionista does, pairing two comfortable items together, legwarmers and combat boots, it's become all about letting your socks show. Fully prepared for the winter weather ahead, layering with socks and leather are the perfect way to stay trendy and toasty.

Spotted: The runways put a sock in it all across fall 2011 ready-to-wear collections. D&G matched patterned socks with wedge sneakers, highlighter neons and block letters a la 1980’s chic. DKNY mixed exposed socks with their typical street-style fashion, pairing oversized sweaters paired with loads of leather in the forms of jackets, sleeves and hip-hugging pants, similar to this Fashionista. So, challenge yourself — stretch into some leather, and let your socks show!

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