I don’t like fall. It’s a harbinger of bad, terrible things to come…mainly the Canadian winter. Last winter almost broke me, with its glacial windchills, frostbite warnings and heating bills cutting into my Chanel Bag savings account.
At the risk of seeming like a complete negatron, I am the one in the corner, rolling her eyes as people around me marvel at the changing leaves (it’s actually a beautiful sight in maple tree-rich Ottawa), excitedly rush to the garden centre for chilly weather-loving mums, and I throw up a little in my mouth at the thought of PSLs. Wow. That does seems really negative. I apologize.While I do not like chilly weather at all, I love myself some fall fashion! Ottawa begins to get chilly at night around mid-August. I delight in pulling out my light wool cardigans and summery scarves to throw around my shoulders for nighttime visits to patios.
Thankfully, it’s still warm enough at the moment to wear light long-sleeved shirts with shorts, miniskirts, cropped pants and sandals…super grateful for this!
Here are some of my tips for staying comfortable on those fall days which are notorious for being chilly in the am and pm, but still sweltering during the day:
1. Get dressed using layers. Add a lightweight sweater in either wool or cashmere over your t-shirts. Duster jackets are huge this season, and despite being sleeveless, they add a nice layer of warmth over summer dresses and crop tops.2. Pull out those fall colours. While working in Toronto at the Toronto International Film Festival, I had a chance to do a little shopping during my downtime. I specifically scoured the stores looking for light dresses in fall colours, that I could still wear while it’s warm out. These are the little gems I picked up, courtesy of Aritzia (I think I singlehandedly keep them in business): 3. Now is the perfect time of year to wear those fun, brightly coloured silk, linen and cotton scarves. I just picked this one up at J.Crew:
4. Light, long-sleeved shirts are your best friend. I love long-sleeved henleys in particular and so happy that they are making a bit of a comeback this fall. Here is one that I’ve been wearing to death which I got from Aritzia also:5. Put your denim and leather jackets to good use. I use my little cropped denim jacket regularly and it looks great with everything. One of my favourite looks is throwing my denim jacket over a flirty, floral dress, and pushing up the sleeves. Secondly, my black, leather moto jacket is an all-star player in my wardrobe. 6. Tuck away the t-shirts and pair a pretty blouse with your denim shorts and skirts. Your arms will be covered, but your outfit will still be light enough to be comfortable when the mercury creeps upwards during the day. Even better, pair your shorts and skirts with those versatile blouses that can be transformed into t-shirts as shown below: 6. Don’t forget the shoes! Little suede and leather booties are still big for fall, and look great paired with summer dresses and cut-offs. Also, for work, I will wear black wool skinnies paired with a nice blouse under and blazer, but I’ll keep my summer sandals on for a lighter look. 7. Don’t forget the nails too! I wear dark nail colours all year round because I’m obsessed, but now is a great time of year to rock them 24/7. Here are my pics (and recent acquisitions) for fall: That wraps up my favourite tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall. Got any tips to add? Please feel free to share in the comments!
*Header image courtesy of www.cutestpaw.com.