How To (Fashionably) Transition Into Fall

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It’s that time again. After one of the hottest summers on record, we’re winding down into the cool, calmness of fall. If you haven’t noticed the nights getting colder, you may just be a recluse. As leather jackets and long jeans flood the streets at night, I can’t help but look around and notice that a lot of looks are a little boring. That’s a strange statement, coming from a Toronto west ender.

Typically, the streets of my neighbourhood are flooded with hipsters, fashionistas and a youthful side of fashion that’s just plain fun. As I sit on a Roncesvalles patio, scanning the crowds for hip looking young men, I’m surprisingly disappointed. Maybe it’s difficult to adjust to cold weather after that hot, humid summer. Maybe people are hoping that an extra layer just won’t be necessary. Either way, I think that we all need a little bit of fashion direction right about now.

For stylistic guidance, look no further. I couldn’t exactly put my finger on what was missing from the crowds of hipsters hanging out on Queen Street or biking through Kensington Market. Then, it hit me. The trends that I’ve been so looking forward to seeing—since Fall/Winter 2012-2013 runways about a year ago—are nowhere to be found. 

Are we having a little trouble transitioning, boys? I’ve scoured the best of the best fashion blogs to bring you some tasty tidbits for fall inspiration. If these looks don’t have you hopping on the next streetcar to Yorkville, you may just be a lost cause.

1) Camel Coats

We all love leather and denim; that much is clear. Although both are still on-trend for the season, it’s nice to pull something off that’s a little less expected. During rush hour, when you’re weaving through a sea of men – all wearing denim and leather coats – you’ll be happy to stand out in your camel.

DSquared2 hits another trend with this coat: the double breast. This jacket will surely make its way into your everyday wardrobe. Dress up or down, pair it with a chunky scarf of a silk one, and you’ve got a trendy look for any day.

I love this coat with denim, but you can also wear it to the office with black dress pants, or out for drinks with indigo blue or maroon trousers.

You can’t go wrong with a classic like this piece from Burberry Prorsum. Keep it in your wardrobe for decades and you’ll still find occasions to dust it off. With clean tailoring and a not-too-loose, not-too-tight fit, this is a style that will come back again and again.

Easily transitioned from business to casual, pair this coat with a suit or wear it out for drinks with a chunky knit and denim.

Affordable find: Zara. To the untrained eye, it may seem a bit too casual but this camel trench is surprisingly versatile. Wear it with just about anything, but when it’s time for the office, leave it open and pair it with a printed, light-weight scarf.

2) Stripes

With so many exciting fall colours on offer this year, why not opt for a few of them at once? That’s right, I’m talking about stripes. Have some fun with chunky, striped knits or opt for a safer, striped button-up for the office. Either way, play around with colour and have a bit of fun with this trend.

Burberry Prorsum hits a few key colour trends with this fitted knit. Deep reds and purples made a huge splash on the runways this season, and here you’ve got the best of both worlds. As you can see, this sweater can easily pair with charcoal or black dress pants for the office.

When it’s play time, opt for dark denim or a beige trouser. If it’s cold outside, throw on a solid coloured scarf for a bold, unique look.

This Missoni sweater is one of my absolute favourites for the season. With so many on-trend colours, a great texture, and an easy-to-wear fit, this might just become your go-to knit.

Pair it with trousers of any shade, so long as they’re slim legged. Throw it on with jeans, or wear it with neutral coloured dress pants to the office.

The cut is so classic, it’s bound to fit most body types and you can easily hold on to this one for years to come.

Affordable find: H&M. This classic cut is brought into 2012 with its clean lines and on-trend colours. Navy and burnt orange are easy to wear for a lot of skin tones and, since the colour pairing is complementary, this knit can be worn with just about any neutral bottoms. Throw on your favourite jeans, beige dress pants or a brown trouser.

3) Faux-Fur Details

At this point, it’s hard to pull off a fur coat. Unless you’re Kanye West or Barbara Streisand, it’s probably going to make people angry, and you probably don’t have the fashion clout to pull it off. This season, fur detailing is all the rage. With so many designers choosing to axe fur from their collections, you can easily opt for something understated or animal friendly and still well-made.

This Hermes jacket is 100% drool-inducing. Do they make it in XXXS for us lady folk?! From the asymmetrical zip to the cozy collar, this is a seriously stylish jacket.

To wear it casually, just pair it with your favourite jeans. While it isn’t necessarily office appropriate, it’s great for a night out and will certainly turn a head or two.

Dries Van Noten is the designer behind this chic silhouette. Double-breasted, navy and faux-fur lined, this jacket is seriously on-trend for the season.

With such a classic cut, this jacket will last you for years to come. Getting the picture for these high-priced pieces? It’s an investment, but it’ll last.

More versatile than the Hermes coat, this will pair easily with suits, denim or anything else you decide to throw on this fall.

Affordable find: Zara. Alarmingly similar to our Dries Van Noten find, this coat is easy to wear and pair.

While it may not last quite as long as the designer coat, it’s sure to get you through the season and – since it’s a trendy piece – that may just be long enough.

4) Funky Knits

With your funky knits, you can hit another big trend of the season – turtle/polo necks. Let’s be honest, nothing feels quite as cozy as an oversized polo neck knit on an autumn day. Give in, and go big.

Hermes delighted this season with neutral knits in chunky textures and easy-to-wear cuts. Because we’re looking at cream and blue sweaters, consider these pieces wearable to the office or the bar, with trousers or with jeans, under a coat or on their own.

You can easily mix and match with fun coloured trousers, too.

This Missoni beauty borrows its cut from last winter but brings something new with its textured pattern. A neutral mosaic, this pattern will be easy to wear with most colours and styles. Pair it with jeans or maroon trousers for an on-trend ensemble.

Affordable find: American Apparel. This funky knit is a little less office-appropriate, but it has fun and fashion written all over it.

It’s sure to keep you cozy and warm. Plus, the oversized cut means it’ll look incredible with a pair of skinny jeans. Don’t be surprised if your girlfriend feels like cuddling when you pull this wearable blanket out of the closet!

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