It’s almost that time of year when we have to bid adieu to summer, but don’t worry — that means autumn is right around the corner, and with it comes the return of fall fashion. This fall has something for everyone, and to help you bring your wardrobe up to speed, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways you can update it for the season.
The quintessential rocker- or biker-chic look couldn’t be achieved without black pieces and black leather, but whether you want to embrace this style wholeheartedly or prefer to add a few pieces here and there, rock glam is easy to achieve. To revamp the look yet keep its edginess, add only a couple of rocker-style pieces to an outfit at any one time, and keep it feminine by partnering them with items that have soft fabrics and pretty details. We like this LBD (danier.com, $249), tank top (hm.com, $15), studded skirt (hm.com, $60), boots (aldoshoes.com, $180) and trendy cross ring (guess.ca, $20).
Shades of grey
Grey is coming on strong as the go-to neutral this season, and it works in almost any wardrobe. Choose to keep it subtle by pairing grey-hued separates with your favourite pieces, or go big with shades of grey from head to toe. Some of our favourites include a grey cardigan (hm.com, $35), ankle boots (aldoshoes.com, $120), large metal ring (hm.com, $7), kick boot pants (ae.com, $41) and a handy basic cami (jacob.ca, $20).
Patterns and prints
Houndstooth, plaid, jacquard, checks, stripes and florals are just some of the patterns and prints that will be found everywhere this fall. Jump on the bandwagon by adding a colourful skirt (anthropologie.com, $179) or patterned bottoms such as these red print ankle pants (bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca, $110) to your wardrobe. Or opt to go graphic with a black-and-white pencil skirt (clubmonaco.ca, $120) or a dress from Pink Tartan (holtrenfrew.com, $395). And don’t neglect your feet; for unexpected stripes of colour, prepare to fall in love with these black combat boots from Steve Madden (brownsshoes.com, $180).
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A quick and foolproof way to refresh your wardrobe for the new fall season is by adding a standout coat. Finding the perfect coat or jacket is a fashionista’s dream, as it can set the tone for a whole outfit. Update your look by donning a coat that coordinates with this season’s fashion trends, such as a hooded coat in grey (zara.com, $249), a mid-length coat in one of fall’s popular patterns (zara.com, $179), a biker jacket (danier.com, $399), a colourful peacoat (jcrew.com, $348) or a classic trench coat (bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca, $275).
Rich jewel tones and sumptuous colours are usually a welcome addition to fall, and this year is no exception. Various hues of red, blue and green, just to name a few, are found in almost every style and pattern imaginable, so pick your favourite, and go from there. Revitalize your work wardrobe with a striped knit blazer (bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca, $160), a pretty blouse (lechateau.com, $40) or a great handbag (ninewest.ca, $135). Keep the look casual with legging cords (gapcanada.ca, $70) and a T-shirt (ae.com, $31).
Classic wardrobe items are comfortable, easy-to-wear pieces that never go out of style. Every fall, new arrivals of these clothing staples that can be paired with the current trends and be worn for years to come. Pair this black skater dress (express.com, $50) with the striped knit blazer. Wear these knee-high boots (stuartweitzman.ca, $660) with the black-and-white skirt. Throw on this silver chain bracelet (hm.com, $6) with the rocker tank top. Wear these wool ankle pants (bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca, $124) with the pretty blouse. And top off the legging cords with a crew-neck sweater (thebay.com, $60).