Top drawer

Why leggings rule

• Who she is: Anna Bauman-Smith

• What she’s wearing: A black tee over a red tank, both from Minx; a floral skirt and lacy black capri leggings, both from Urban Outfitters.

• Why we love it: Even though the weather is still hot, Anna’s outfit has an autumn feel. The flouncy floral-print skirt is tempered with black leggings (a great way to get more mileage out of summer clothes), while the sophisticated top and cute flats make the overall effect more urban chic than ’80s retro.

Try this on

Forget the old rule about matching shoes, belts and bags (Ryan Seacrest adheres to it, for starters). A not-so-coordinated bag can add drama, color and texture to a look, sort of like a well-chosen scarf or hat.

Here, two very different takes on the oversized tote — one in leather, worn messenger style; one in lightweight cotton for a more feminine feel.

This Boho fringed bag with metal grommets looks ’70s vintage, but was actually purchased new (a few years ago) from Patty’s Boutique.

Skimmers are big for fall, but if too-cute ballet flats aren’t your style, here are three tougher takes on the theme. The destroyed brown Mary Janes are from Keds (; the plaid and camo slip-ons are by Rocket Dog (

Loose threads

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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