By Ally Champagne (photos by Laura Dye)
With the arrival of fall comes falling leaves, cooler temps, and great new colours and styles to don.
This fall, it’s all about mixing textures and textiles, such as knits with leather or pleather – or take a black leather pencil skirt, and pair it with a grey or mauve V-neck cashmere sweater, for a professional daytime work outfit.
Evenings present the opportunity to attend a function by adding just a few accessories such as a beautiful mauve scarf, different earrings, stacked bracelets and your black stilettos. Finish this off with a beautiful purple bag, and a gorgeous wrap jacket, and you have your wow-factor going on.
The novelty prints are aplenty – from animal prints to bold patterns – this fall, the styles are anything but boring. Always have a neutral shade jacket in your closet, whether it be taupe, grey, tan, or all of the above. Find tops which add interest to the neutral tone, such as a bold print in bright colours.
Then, find a complementing pair of trousers, such as navy or black, and accessorize it with a few necklaces, because it seems two or three neckpieces are far better than one these days.
I encourage plus-sized women to embrace powerful prints and bold colours, as well. Black and white does have its place, but colours take centre stage this fall.
The tunic dress returns with a vengeance. You can pull it off in so many ways. Start with a zebra-patterned top, to which, you can add tights or leggings. You can also consider nice slim-fit jeans or palazzo pants. Whatever your flair, the options are endless for this number. I found the perfect one equipped with vertical frills which camouflaged my flaws but also enhanced my assets.
I’m loving the faux-leather lineup: whether trousers, jackets or skirts, they are available in so many boutiques around town. Invest in a great drop-waist dress, or a soft, off-the-shoulder knit sweater, some ankle booties, and you are ready to meet the girls at your favourite spot.
Fashionable and cozy, not to mention designed to keep out the fall chill, robe coats are great for this climate. They come in so many styles, from shawl collars to cuffed sleeves. The colour palettes are unbelievable, from deep blues to soft pinks to exciting purples, and everything in between. You can find them in a large array of materials, tweeds, wools and blends. Be sure to get a size bigger; when the really cold temperatures arrive, you will be glad you are able to fit one of your warm sweaters underneath.
Plaids are no longer just for school girl uniforms. Fall welcomes this look whole-heartedly. Long, three-quarter length and short coats with a large variety of tartan prints can change your mind about snow.
Faux fur is also back. You can find it in outerwear, decorating your favorite mukluks or on earmuffs. Colour schemes vary; I’ve seen off-white, pink, brown and black, with designs on vests, jackets and winter hats, in various fur lengths.
Hot items this fall also include ponchos, anything sequined, blanket coats, metallic tops, suede dresses, denim trench coats, mini tent dresses, fitted white shirts, thin-legged jeans, boots of all lengths, loafers, desert boots, and eternity scarves. Remember – fashion is meant to inspire, so go ahead and give yourself permission to think outside the box. You deserve a great fall look while the season lasts.