Article Written by Erin Montgomery
Transitioning from summer to fall is never an easy or welcome task, especially when it comes to what we wear; we have to abandon our beloved shorts, sandals, short sleeves and sundresses. With the onset of chillier weather, it’s time to start layering. Instead of begrudging extra layers and longer sleeves, embrace this season’s clothing options with this advice from local retailers.
The oversized sweater is one of this fall’s most wearable trends, and is a must have. It’s easily paired with everything from skinny jeans to maxi skirts. It’s a comfortable style that will help you make the transition from fall to winter. “A fabulous sweater is something you can never go wrong with,” says Joelle Goddard-Cooling, owner of Joelle’s in Burlington. “Chunkier, longer (sweaters) are great for fall, but look for shorter versions to go under coats in the winter.” The oversized sweater is versatile because it can look both tailored and transitional, for work or the weekend. Pair one with straight leg dress pants and pointy toe heels for a mid-day meeting or with boyfriend jeans and loafers as a casual outfit.
Fashion is truly cyclical and this year’s focus is 90s-inspired tunics. They’re available in every fabric, from lightweight cotton to warm knits. Try wearing one with leggings or skinny jeans along with a piece of statement jewelry. “The cotton tunic is a nice, lightweight fabric that’s breathable for fall and winter,” says Rozzlyn Goldblatt, at Zahara’s Boutique in Oakville. “It’s a great option (and you’ll) look good and feel comfortable in your clothing. Dress it up with belts, long chunky necklaces and layered bracelets.”
Bring out your boots at this time of year as we transition into cooler temperatures. When shopping for fall footwear, consider an ankle boot, which co-ordinates seamlessly with every fashion trend this season. Ankle boots are available in every style from rocker chic studs to full leather or suede for a polished office look. “Ankle boots will be your ‘go-to’ this season, working with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, pants, leggings and skirts,” says Goddard-Cooling.
Don’t let the lack of daylight limit your wardrobe to the dark and dreary – fall allows us to transition the colours in our wardrobe too. While you shouldn’t stray away entirely from shadowy staples of black and brown, inject pops of plum, wine, cobalt blue and red into the mix. A little colour therapy adds visual appeal to offset the advent of the dreary weather.
For the Men
Men will be seeking out slimmer fitting pants, denim and opportunities for layering. Look for colours like gunmetal grey, merlot, orange and brown. “The unstructured blazer wears like a sweater but functions like a blazer, and is a bit more relaxed for fall,” says Goddard-Cooling, whose husband owns Jeff’s Guy Shop in Burlington. “A layering hoodie is a great add on to carry the unstructured blazer into winter – (in) jersey knits, thermals and sweater weights.”
Layering is practical and can also allow you to indulge in a little luxury. “One of the things we love the most about fall is the aspect of ‘layering’,” says Blake Lennox, owner at Burrows Clothiers. “Scarves are wonderful layering pieces, and the fall also lets us play with new fabrics, such as heavy and fine wools, cashmere and Shetlands”, he adds.
Footwear is just as strong for men this time of year, in boots of varying styles: lined, ankle and calf height. Lennox suggests pairing them with colourful socks – “the more wild, the better”! Men’s leather jackets are also of high importance. “A new line we introduced called Matchless (has) a rugged feel,” says Lennox.
Transitioning from summer to fall doesn’t have to result in a wardrobe overhaul, it’s all about adding key pieces and changing your colour palette, just like the leaves do!