Home > The Autumn Advantage

The Autumn Advantage

The Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.com

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.comnordstrom-ottawa-5The Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.comThe Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.comThe Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.comThe Autumn Advantage | Www.styledomination.com


I begrudgingly admit that the fall season is gorgeous. The colourful trees, sweater weather, pumpkin patches, Halloween…I guess the autumn season really delivers. While it also ushers in the harsh Canadian winter (save our frozen souls!), I can’t help but welcome the other great thing that autumn signifies – fall fashion.

I’m that person burying her face in the soft cashmere display at Nordstrom in plain view of everyone. I’m that person thrilled to weather chunky sweaters, leather jackets and booties while happily sipping on a salted caramel mochaccino (I don’t do pumpkin spice lattes). I’m also that girl who loves pulling out the spicy, sexy perfumes and dark moody lipsticks that seem to complement the chill in the air so well.

During a recent trip to Nordstrom here in Ottawa, I picked a few great pieces that I’ll be wearing on repeat this fall season. I really wanted a paisley dress, and Nordstrom delivered. I picked up this cute little Sun & Shadow dress which is a myriad of navy, burnt orange, white and olive green colours with flattering shirring across the bust. With its billowy sleeves and flared short skirt, it has a sort of retro Marianne Faithful flare that I am loving right now.

To top it off, I got a wine-coloured topper by Hinge, a great Seattle-based company specializing in really cool hat designs.  The hat is beautifully made of soft wool felt and trimmed with pheasant feathers around the brim. Best of all, it’s adjustable! It actually fits my melon-proportioned head! I love the colour t00, a nice departure from black. By the way, if you are ever curious on how to style these vivid fall hats, take 15 mins and just try them all on. You’ll be surprised at how flattering they are and how the go really well with most outfits.

I’ll be heading back to Nordstrom soon to check some more things off my fall fashion list and I’m pretty excited to share my finds with you all. I love getting inspired, so please share what’s on your fall fashion shopping list!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

Find me on: Web | Instagram


  1. September 29, 2016 / 9:48 am

    I loved this post so much! Not only you live in one of my top fave countries in the whole world (lol) but also, girl, you look smashing gorgeous!! I am also all about comfort and staying nice and snug & I couldn’t be more excited about the fact that the fall has started 🙂
    xox Nadia

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Awww Nadia! You must come up for a visit! Ottawa is such a lovely place, Toronto is mini-NYC, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the East Coast is so friendly! Thanks so much for your kind comments. Means a lot!

  2. September 29, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Congratulations on the collab!! Also, this is such a beautiful fall outfit! Nordstrom has so many great pieces right now. I want everything!

    Something About That

    • Dominique
      September 29, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Hi Jackie! Thank you for your kind words! That is exactly how I felt when I went shopping. So much great stuff! xo

  3. September 29, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I love your super happy smile in the first pic 😀 Looking gorgeous as usual D! XOX

    • Dominique
      September 29, 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Aww, thanks Chantsy! I had a fun time with this shoot…and shopping for it. LOL! xoxoxo

  4. September 29, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    This outfit is so perfect for fall. I don’t have a lot of burgundy in my wardrobe, but after seeing that hat on you I need to get one in that color! I have an obsession with wide brim hats 🙂

    • Dominique
      September 29, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Me too, and I can see this one looking really great on you, Candy! I would think with your colouring, burgundy would be beautiful on you. Thanks so much for your comment!

  5. September 29, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    This is getting me excited to wear my floppy had this fall! I’m def bringing it on my upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest!

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Ahhh! Such a lovely part of the world! Enjoy your trip!!

  6. September 29, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Love the shoes!!

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Thank you so much! For Zara shoes, they are amazingly comfortable! xo

  7. September 29, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    What a beautiful dress and such a cute hat <3 I love fall colours and the cooler weather.

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 8:59 am

      Hi Gorgeous! I love sweater weather too – but my heart lies with the summer! The one great thing about fall is definitely the fashion. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  8. September 30, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I adore this outfit!!! Its’s super cute and stylish! Love your makeup as well!

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Brie! I have to admit, I was feeling myself pretty hard that day! LOL! xoxoxo

  9. September 30, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    You look gorgeous! That print and the colors are amazing on your dress, and I adore those shoes!

    • Dominique
      September 30, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you, Cara!!! xoxo

    • Dominique
      October 2, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear!

  10. Kyla
    October 1, 2016 / 1:37 am

    So great to meet a fellow Canadian blogger! While I don’t share quite your enthusiasm for fall (I’m too busy mourning summer!) there are some amazing fashion most haves for the chillier season!

  11. October 1, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I love that whole look! For fall, I like to be really comfortable. I like ever sized sweaters, jeans, and boots.

    • Dominique
      October 2, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you! I love over-sized everything too. Every now and then I need to remind myself to wear something that isn’t from my husband’s side of the closet! LOL! xo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.