Rue Horoscopes: October

We may not be experts on astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

“Yes” can be a beautiful thing – especially when it results in a cashmere sweater in every color – but it may mean you’re overextending yourself. Our advice? Learn to say no. No to leggings as pants, ill-tailored suits, and juice-only diets. With all that money (and closet space) you save, you’ll have enough to double-up on the good stuff.

There’s been a change recently, and we’re not just talking about the seasons. You’ve had trouble showing empathy (go on, admit it), but fear not, there’s a quick fix for this conundrum. Try on a new trend – a pair of to-die-for, over-the-knee boots might be just the thing. After all, finding common ground is all about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Spoiler alert: you take yourself too seriously. So you have strict orders this month: Don your most fun-loving ensemble (a lived-in, oversized sweater and prairie boots will do nicely) and go to the circus, pick apples, or jump on a hayride. No matter what you do, just make sure you’re smiling (and not thinking about work).

There’s one sure way to guarantee you’re feeling supported and successful (and it has nothing to do with undergarments). ‘Tis the season for cinnamon and everything pumpkin-spice-latte, so infuse your home with that same cozy sentiment by adding a rich chocolate throw, harvest-scented candles, and a centerpiece featuring the season’s favorite gourd.

Indecision is totally normal this time of year (burgundy or nude lip?). But there’s an exercise to help enhance your decision-making skills. Step 1: weigh pros and cons – burgundy lips are huge this season. Step 2: assess the facts – nude lips require far less re-application. Step 3: identify winner – who needs statement accessories when you have bold, burgundy, look-at-me lips?

Finally – you’ve achieved a level of comfort in both your personal and professional lives. Up next? Self indulgence. Mix up a DIY facial mask, grab that book you’ve been secretly wanted to dive into (cough, 50 Shades of Grey), and snuggle up on the couch with a cup of tea. You’ll be feeling an inner sense of (well-deserved) calm in no time.

If there were ever a time to kick off your shoes and force yourself to take a breather, it’s now. There’s only so much even a go-getter like you can withstand before getting fried. Take a break from the everyday, whether it’s swapping your T-shirt and jeans for an LBD or some spontaneous tailgating. Stepping out of the ordinary is the best way to reboot.

You might be fine physically, but you’re spent emotionally. And there’s really only one way to recharge those batteries. Say it with us: girls’ night out. Frankly, it doesn’t have to be out (a night with popcorn and cheesy Halloween movies would do it), but taking time away will give you the energy to tackle the big stuff. That, and lots of chocolate.

Your gift of gab has recently diminished, but don’t freak out – sometimes, talking is overrated. One of the best ways to express how you’re feeling is through your wardrobe. Down in the dumps? That’s nothing your chunkiest (long) sweater and leggings can’t fix. Better than great? Rock your most daring ensemble that hugs every curve.

Ready, set, relax. There’s a better way to defend what’s rightfully yours than lashing out. Monogramming everything, from your towels to your rustic straw door mat, is the most effective (and seriously chic) way to say paws off. It also adds a customized allure to the most unappreciated items in your home (just make sure you get the letters right).

Rash decisions: they’re rarely good decisions, unless, of course, we’re talking about the last pair of Missoni flats in the Associate Sample Sale. Even though you’re feeling the urge to act immediately on pretty much everything, make sure you mull things over first: grab a good Cabernet, add cinnamon sticks and brandy, and heat in a saucepan.

It’s okay… those lackluster, uninspired feelings you’ve been harboring about, well, everything this month are easy to counteract with a dose of tough love, and here it is: Stop putting off your closet changeover, invest in some killer boots (the kind that make you actually strut), and inject some energetic prints into your wardrobe. Problem solved.

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