Style: Sweater Weather

This time of the year I’m FALLing for cozy oversized  knitwear.  From cashmere to wool, crew or turtleneck, be it bright or neutral (my favorite), easy to wear, warm  knits are the ultimate casual attire for a cool day.  And it appears I lean towards full spectrum shades of grey

Stay comfortably CHIC

 

Style: Classic Cable Knit

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That, nobody can deny! It’s the time of year that your old sweater feels just right. And you know what else never gets old?

I know

I know

Cable Knit!

Here’s proof why.  They look just as good nowsweater12

Cameron Diaz in

Cameron Diaz in “Holiday”

Steal the look

Steal the look

As they did back then

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

 May 1968 - actor Steve McQueen. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

May 1968 – actor Steve McQueen. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O’Neal in Love Story

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A classic crew neck cable in ivory is a casually elegant way to feel cool when it’s cool outside.  It says, “I’m relaxed. I’m feeling cozy.  I’m dapper.  Come have a cuppa with me”.  Okay!sweater6For me they’re a closet staple. Some of us prefer wearing our sweaters close to the curves but I think they look best worn a little on the loose side.

What do you think?

Style: Lost in Transition

For fashion lovers, making the transition to a full-on Fall wardrobe can be FUN.fashionshow1falltrans1hats2

Just another excuse to wear leopard - for Fall

Just another excuse to wear faux leopard in Fall

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2016 Street Style. Photo by Adam Katz Sinding.

Starting with COATS: Paris Fashion Week Fall 2016 Street Style. Photo by Adam Katz Sinding.

The leather bomber jacket

The leather bomber jacket over a jean shirt.

Beanie and a Cape

Beanie and a Cape.  I love this guys jacket.

Higher waisted pants & blazer - perfect for work

Higher waisted pants, turtleneck & blazer – perfect for work

Show some Shearling

Show some Shearling

And for those of us living on the West Coast we must be prepared for this:falltrans8falltrans9 falltrans14For that in-between time we must be prepared. It can go from sunny one minute to wet and cold the next. We’ll need warm sweaters, trench coats and rain boots (by the way I’m loving my rain boots).  And for people like me who walk more than one dog at a time…

A RAINHAT

RAINHAT

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This shop in Vancouver has great hats. I just bought two.

This shop in Vancouver has great hats. I just bought two.  Goorin Bros. in Yaletown

katehatI bought this exact same wool hat.  I swear that I did not even see this photo until after. And I’m pretty sure that I’m the one who started the leopard trend.

But what does that tell you? Great style icons think alike!

Style: bootie call

BREAKING OUT THE BOOTS

Stuart Weitzman ($728)  photo: Lauren Crew

Stuart Weitzman ($728)  photo: Lauren Crew

Oh what a change from flip-flops and open-toed strappy sandals one day to boots the next. A shock to the system after the last three months. Gotta take it sloooow starting with little ankle boots and work my way up (waaay up) from there.

Some women cannot wait to step into some stacked-heel boots (mostly because the pedicure bills were skyrocketing) but not me.  I just had my first and last pedicure of the season yesterday believe it or not.  I went the whole summer doing it on my own and actually ignoring my feet for the most part deciding to concentrate on other things (not related to body parts) but after a nice relaxing foot massage and glossy red toe polish I feel a heel of a lot better.  I’m ready to step it up now. And boots are a big part of my Fall wardrobe and something to look forward to for what’s springing up quickly season.

Not sure you can pull boots off quite yet? Try sporting a pair with your favourite sundress to make the transition on a somewhat sunny day.

Here are some easy to wear styles to consider from Talbots in a reasonable price range:
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From top: Talbots Wren Ankle Boots ($219), Talbots Tish Pebbled Leather & Stretch Riding Boots($269), Talbots Tish Grommet-Strap Riding Boots ($279), Talbots Tish V-Gore Ankle Boots ($189)

Are you looking forward to Fall?

 

 

style & substance – wardrobe staples worth the splurge

Falling for FALL

  As much as we want to hang on to Summer, Fall is just around the corner and with these 10 investment pieces you can’t go wrong.

In every woman’s wardrobe, there are places one should splurge and places one should save.  Unlike fleeting trends, closet classics—things you’ll love for years to come, regardless of ever-changing fashion fads—are the obvious best place to sink your shopping dollars. Here are 10 splurge-worthy staples that, while guaranteed to take a bigger chunk out of your budget, chances are they’ll be sticking around for awhile.

Black or Camel Coat

COAT

COAT

Outerwear trends come and go every autumn, but there are a few coat classics that never change—and two timeless hues in particular, black and camel. A Burberry duffel coat’s casual enough that you won’t have to save it only for special occasions, while a chic peacoat infuses any look with instant prep appeal. As for Max Mara’s beautiful self-belted topper, it’s the sort of piece you could pass down to your daughter or niece one day.

from left: wool-felt duffle coat, $995, burberry brit, net-a-porter.com; gaila coat in roanoke wool blend, $695, theory.com; manuela coat, $1,456, max mara, matchesfashion.com

Classic Watch

WATCH

WATCH

More practical than nearly any other piece of jewelry, a watch adds instant polish and professionalism to any look, and is something you’ll keep for years to come. Why shouldn’t yours be an absolute knockout?

from left: chronograph watch in rose gold/navy, $275, michaelkors.com; medor, $4,050, hermes.com; tank française watch, medium model, $4,700, cartier.us

Patent Pumps

PUMPS

PUMPS

A simple, classic pump works for everything from job interviews to first dates to black-tie weddings to girls’ night out. Find a pair that’s comfy (OK, relatively so) and take the plunge. (Side note: while I love a smooth calfskin heel too, I think there’s something about glossy patent that just adds that extra somethin’ somethin’.)

from left: decollete 868 100 mm, $625, christianlouboutin.com; aimee patent platform pump, $675, jimmy choo, bergdorfgoodman.com; tayler patent leather d’orsay pumps, $735, manolo blahnik, saksfifthavenue.com

Ballet Flats

Though less overtly sexy than the aforementioned stilettos, ballet flats are (or should be, at least) the day-in-day-out workhorses of a modern girl’s footwear wardrobe. Chances are you’ll likely clock more miles in these babies than in your heels,

BALLET

BALLET

so take care when shopping for them. Porselli and Repetto make beautiful, ballerina-approved versions, and many editors swear by Lanvin’s flattering hidden-wedge take on this sleek staple.

from left: porselli ballet flats, $190, apc.fr; leather ballet flats, $560, lanvin, net-a-porter.com; the cendrillon textured-leather ballet flats, $285, repetto, net-a-porter.com

Little Black Dress

LBD

LBD

Audrey wore them. Carine Roitfeld lives in them. Kate Moss accessorizes hers to the hilt. A simple black fit-and-flare dress, body-con number or sleek sheath works for pretty much any scenario imaginable and is guaranteed to make you look your absolute best, so it’s a sound item to spend a little extra on.

from left: sleeveless dress, $2,367.50, lanvin vault, farfetch.com; ripple stretch-crepe dress, $1,150, preen by thornton bregazzi, net-a-porter.com; arabesque metallic embroidered dress, $3,351, azzedine alaïa, matchesfashion.com

Printed Cocktail Dress

PCD

PCD

That said, when you’re in the mood to make even more of a statement, there’s nothing like a boldly patterned party frock. The trick here is to choose one in a relatively classic print—think florals, polka dots or easy geometric graphics.

from left: ruby printed silk crepe de chine and cotton-blend lace dress, $3,220, erdem, net-a-porter.com; garden-print dress, $895, red valentino, saksfifthavenue.com; embellished lace and silk-faille dress, $6,990, oscar de la renta, net-a-porter.com

Perfectly-Fitting Denim

PFD

PFD

There’s absolutely nothing—nothing—like finding that amazing pair of derrière-perfecting, leg-lengthening, hip-slimming jeans. Sink a little extra cash into your blues, and they’ll pay for themselves in compliments.

from left: 811 mid-rise skinny leg, $191, jbrandjeans.com; the marrakesh, $168.30, mih-jeans.com; stretch cotton-blend leggings-style jeans, $187, rag & bone jean, net-a-porter.com

Gray Cardigan

GREY CARDIGAN

GREY CARDIGAN

Yes, black cardigans are great too, but hear me out: when you’re already dressed in head-to-toe noir, sometimes you need another, slightly lighter neutral to keep the look from veering into Morticia Addams territory. In such cases, gray’s your go-to. Heather-colored cardis look equally great with little white dresses, too—as well as pretty much everything in one’s closet.

from left: cashmere and silk-blend cardigan, $640, miu miu, net-a-porter.com; asymmetric hem cardigan, $595, alexander wang, barneys.com; collection cashmere boyfriend cardigan, $238, jcrew.com

Oversized Cashmere or Wool Wrap

WRAP

WRAP

How do we love our enormous cashmere throws? Let us count the ways: they’re the perfect way to stay warm in snowy weather (when you live in a windy city, a coat alone just doesn’t cut it), they double as blankets (and pillows!) on long plane or car trips and they sort of make us feel like Stevie Nicks. Solid.

from left: cashmere travel wrap, $295, whiteandwarren.com; striped wool-blend wrap, $600, missoni, net-a-porter.com; cashmere ruana, $498, brooksbrothers.com

Timeless Handbag

BAG

BAG

If you’re looking for the absolute most reliable place to sink those wardrobe dollars, a classic carryall’s your best bet. Whether you opt for a classic flap-front 2.55 shoulder bag, a quilted tote or even a tiny crossbody carryall, there’s just no going wrong with anything double-C-adorned. Proenza Schouler’s cult-forming PS1, meanwhile, has made the tricky transition from trend to cool classic with ease. And of course, few can resist the heritage-steeped house of Hermès. While Birkins and Kellys may yield the longest waitlists, we’re currently smitten with the smaller Constance crossbody.

clockwise from left: vintage constance bag, $6,700, hermès, portero.com; ps1 medium leather, $1,695, proenzaschouler.com; classic flap bag, $4,400, chanel.com for locations

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So….how did you score?  Are you a perfect 10?