Saturday, September 29, 2012 • 12:31 PM •
The Parisian fashion community is currently buzzing about Spring/Summer 2013, though as much as we bloggers like to stay ahead of the fashion game, the fact of the matter is that right here in Montreal we’re all only starting getting a taste of the brutally cold weather to come. We have yet to get our autumn wardrobes into full swing, and we are in no rush at all.
If you’re like me and you love styling, you’ll understand what I’m about to say. I am extremely self-critical when it comes to what I wear. No, I can’t just pair a top with a skirt or a pair of pants and be done with it – it’s got to be more complicated than that. You must work to look good, and in order to look good you have to know that you put all efforts into that one outfit, and considered all options and constraints to know that you’ve done your absolute best to put together something extremely fresh and extremely cool. Crazy, right?
What I’m wearing (photos by Yannick Khong):
vintage gold-embellished flats, vintage gold necklace from Lost & Found
bamboo tights in maroon and turquoise high-waisted belt by American Apparel
tweed pencil skirt by Costa Blanca
beige cardigan by Zara
thrifted black fringe top (worn backwards) from some street hipsters
turquoise cotton long sleeve tee by Old Navy
The awesome thing about the Fall season is that we crazed fashionistas are able to break free from all of this (or at least tone it down a notch). Dressing up is a breeze because the mood is set to be cozy and cute, nothing more.
Here are 5 reasons why I believe that Fall is the most fashionable season:
1. Layering Inexpensive Pieces Can Make You Look Effortlessly Stylish
In the autumn, dressing up is so easy. Adding interest to your outfit is effortlessly achieved by over-layering inexpensive pieces. Your wardrobe is as large as ever at this time of the year, because any season’s item is game at this point. That chiffon skirt that you were sporting all summer can be worn over a pair of sheer tights and some lace-up booties and voila! You’re good to go.
2. In the autumn months, there is no need to feel guilty about sticking to neutrals.
Fashion-forward people have a slight but constant inner battle about which colors to wear. In the summer months especially, wearing black, grey, beige, cream or any other neutral (except for white, because that was like…SO IN 2 months ago) is not cool. In the autumn season however, there is no shame in wearing the traditional season colors, so pull out those brown leather rider boots or your favourite satchel and rock it.
3. That Perfect Chunky Knit Sweater on that Perfectly Crisp Autumn Morning
I have yet to find my perfect chunky knit sweater. Well…I actually did find one, but it was a large Vince cashmere cardigan and was 500 bucks. My search continues for that cozy sweater that I’ll be wearing as I go for an early Saturday morning stroll with a chai latte in hand. Us girlies are so into wearing the perfect outfit for the perfect setting that it’s actually really sad.
4. Accessories Overload!
Be it a silk pashmina, a felt wool bell hat, lady-like leather gloves or a pair of cozy tights, I love packing it on. Anything to add more definition to a look.
5. Throw on that staple item, and they’ve got nothin’ on you!
We all have our off days. For those really off days when you roll out of bed and have only 15 minutes to get ready, just throw on that light jean or leather jacket! I love thrift shopping because it’s so easy to find staple items such at these at dirt cheap prices. Being extremely lazy in the morning need not compromise your style if you own a sick leather jacket – which is of course best worn in the fall season.