It's September and that means fashion magazines are celebrating fall, the crowning sartorial season
After wading through page upon page of ads and editorial spreads, we can report that this season has a bounty of trends worth embracing.
For instance, I have already purchased both a black and a white synthetic motorcycle jacket. They will join the vintage leather one in my closet. While three might seem a bit much, it turns out that the moto jacket is the mainstay for this fall, so you can never have enough.
"That is the biggest trend I have seen. It was on every runway," said stylist Crystal Carson of Crystal Carson Style. "It isn't just to wear with jeans. It is being put on top of skirts, dresses and dress pants, too.
"It's literally morning, night, evening, weekends and to work." Bound to make the tomboy in you very happy is the trend toward menswear fabrics. Nothing says fall like Harris tweed, herringbone and yummy grey flannel.
A well-made moto and sturdy winter-weight fabrics can be pricey, but you can invest in these timeless items and save in other areas.
Mixing high and low is the best way to keep the trendy touches from breaking your bank account — and your heart — when they disappear in a few months.
Keeping that in mind, we asked Carson, who is a personal stylist and does wardrobe for Global B.C. and Global National, and local fashionista Alexandra Grant, the woman behind the popular tovogueorbust. com blog, to pull together highand lower-priced examples of their favourite looks for fall.
Crystal Carson, personal stylist and stylist for Global B.C. and Global National, shares her fall faves
"Fashion and function for fall 2013 - the hat will keep you cozy in the cold winter months, and it's also on trend as this season's hottest accessory," says Crystal Carson. "We have seen everything from the beanie to the bowler hat on runways. My personal favourite is the oversized floppy fedora, as it adds an element of drama to any outfit."
"Biker-inspired leather jackets were heavy-hitters on the runways," says Carson. "If you only buy one piece this season, this is it! I loved to see all variations - bright colours, sombre and even prints. The Moto jacket is no longer just a casual look; you can wear it with almost anything this season. Give your business attire an edge or wear this piece over a cocktail dress."
BLUE: THE COLOUR OF THE SEASON
"Hate to sound cliché, but blue is the new black!" says Carson. "My favourite shade is cobalt blue. Fall 2013 is a season of neutrals and overwhelming prints, so this cool splash of bright colour is the perfect addition to balance out your wardrobe."
OFF THE SHOULDER TREND
"Peek-a-boo shoulder cut-outs and off-theshoulder necklines were seen on numerous runways for fall 2013," says Carson. "I personally think it is best in a tighter, stiffer fabric so you are not fidgeting with your clothes. Definitely find yourself an off-the-shoulder dress that is sexy yet classic, as it seems like the clavicle is the new erogenous zone."
DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER: Alexandra Grant, of tovogueorbust.com, picks her fall faves
"The true beauty of a cashmere or wool pullover is that it has remained a fall classic for years upon years," says Grant. "It's a staple that's not going anywhere. Invest in a neutral piece in tried-and-true colours such as navy, cream and black. If you're interested in an on-trend fall colour, look for more affordable options. Though sweaters can be worn countless ways, my favourite way of wearing my very well-loved cashmere men's sweater is layered over a femme skirt with knit leggings, booties and a chunky scarf."
KNIT OR WOOL DRESS
"You can only wear skinnies on rotation for so long," says Grant. "Though fall offers plenty of opportunities for us to break out our favourite denim and trousers, I find a really relaxed sweater dress offers a much-needed respite from pants. I prefer to wear my sweater or knit dresses a bit more loosely, so sizing up or picking a looser silhouette is key for me. A wool dress is another warm and wonderful way to mix things up. Pair the dresses with equestrian-style boots or ankle booties and a coat that hits just past the hemline."
CLASSIC CLEAN-CUT COAT
"While the siren call of an on-trend bright or patterned coat generates a strong pull, there's nothing like a sleek and chic coat with clean lines, minimal detailing and a roomy silhouette perfect for layering to get you through the cold season," says Grant. "I picked up this Loft 82 coat (far left) recently and have already worn it countless times. While the price was right on that particular find, a classic coat is definitely a piece that's worth investing in."
"My moto skinnies are one of the most-worn pieces in my closet," says Grant. "While I absolutely believe that everyone should own several classic pairs of denim, the edgier detailing on moto skinnies helps to add some visual interest to the old skinnies-and-T uniform that becomes my go-to during fall. I opt for a darker rinse because it just makes this style slightly more wearable, but depending on the price point, this would be a great style to test drive in an on-trend fall tone as well."