Editor's Note: Style savvy teen Carson Goodwyn takes over this blog to write about her fashion picks for fall.
As summer fun comes to an end and fall is just around the corner, it's time to put away your swimsuits and sandals and break out your denim and boots. Here are four must-have items to update your fall wardrobe.
Colored Pants: Walking around the streets of Charlotte, people are sporting bright summer colors. When it starts to get chilly, that doesn't mean your clothes have to turn pale, too. Colored pants work into the fall season and make your outfit pop. My favorite way to wear them is to pair green or red pants with a white blouse, a light brown sweater and boots.
Riding Boots: They look good with dresses, corduroys, jeans, skirts and even leggings. Pick a neutral color so you can wear them with anything. My favorites are black and brown. Labels to look for are Steve Madden, Frye, Lucky Brand, Zara and Tory Burch.
Denim Jackets/Vests: There has never been a fall without denim, but this season it's all about jean jackets and vests. They go with any shirt or dress and make an outfit look chic, but with a slight edge.
Retro: Your mother’s closet is a great place to "shop" for retro pieces, especially anything from the 1980s. The denim vest I'm wearing in the photo above (taken by Observer photographer John Simmons) is one from that era that I found in my mother's closet.