I love it when the seasons change. I know we don't get a drastic change in Santa Cruz as they do elsewhere, but there's a subtle shift that's still noticeable. As we prepare for cooler temperatures, a coat becomes a Fall necessity. Usually I opt for basic black, grey or camel so that it "goes with everything"; but color as outerwear is a huge trend for Fall and Winter which seems like a natural progression since color had been huge for Spring and Summer as well this year. Designers from Rochas to Michael Kors and many others in between have embraced color for bold statement coats. If, like me, you usually opt for the safe route, it might be time to invest in something a bit more daring and fun.