October has finally come to an end. The weather is becoming crisper, autumn leaves are falling, and the transition to cozy fall fashion is in full swing. Dressing for a six-hour day at the library is all about mixing comfort with ready-to-wear styles, all while looking put together. Easier said than done, right? Fall is my favourite season because there is so much you can do with a few casual pieces. Versatility is key because you can layer multiple staples like sweaters, scarves, and jackets. I typically gravitate towards layering different textures, patterns, and colours in my wardrobe to create fresh looks.
If you are craving a post-fall reading week style ‘inspo,’ here are some accessible, campus-friendly looks that have been blowing up the runway and the fashion blogging worlds this fall…
1. Dressed-Up Knits
Oversized knits have been an autumn weather staple for several years. They are a cozy go-to piece that looks fabulous with a pair of skinny jeans, or sweats if you’re lounging at home. The new trend this season is knits paired with skirts in varied lengths, patterns and textures. Pairing a knitted sweater with a circle or slit skirt is popular and surprisingly comfortable. Just remember to wear a solid, comfortable pair of tights underneath that will last you throughout the day. Cowl neck, eyelash, and varsity inspired V-neck sweaters are three knitted styles that are everywhere right now. This look is super-popular because it’s so versatile. Pictured below is some inspiration. In my opinion, Olivia Palermo, my ultimate style-crush, does it best by pairing a chunky cable knit with a leopard-patterned circle skirt and colourful clutch.
2. Coveting Shearling Coats
Fur is always a staple for designers during Fall Fashion Week. This season, shearling was the plush of choice. From Prada to Oscar de la Renta, shearling is everywhere. The 2014 trend has been to incorporate the moto-style look into this heavier fabric. My favourite piece this season is Acne Studios’ “Velocity Shearling Oversized Biker Jacket.” Unfortunately, with law school debt looming, it is probably not feasible for most to spend over $2,000 on this trendy look. But there is hope! This look has been imitated across many retailers, including Urban Outfitters, which we have here in Kingston. The “Glamorous X UO Sherpa Moto Jacket,” pictured below, is a lower cost alternative to achieve the same look. Other trendy coats for the season include the wrap coat, the leather biker jacket, and menswear-inspired long coats.
3. Minimalist Monochrome
Monochrome has been dominating celebrity wardrobes, Instagram accounts, and the red carpet. Monochrome traces back to Coco Chanel’s “Little Black Dress” which transformed black pieces into a timeless, classy, and ultra-feminine fashion statement. Minimalist black and white monochrome is incredibly chic and easy to put together; perfect for the mornings where you’ve woken up late and you’re rushing to get to class. By dressing it up or down, the monochromatic look is low-maintenance and can be easily made up of simple pieces already hanging in your wardrobe. To make your outfit more interesting, layer a couple of different black and white pieces and incorporate a patterned sweater and statement necklace or shoes to make your outfit pop!
4. Prints on Prints on Prints
Prints are always an interesting way to spice up a look. My personal favourites are animal, geometric, Aztec, and the traditional, ever-so-popular plaids. Although they are prints, they are relatively neutral and when paired together, look incredible. Runway fashion has stepped up the prints this fall and many are very busy patterns adorned with rainbow neons and graphics. A more easily obtainable look that has been seen on runways and on celebrities like Taylor Swift (how good is that album BTW?) is matched separates. A summer trend was to pair a circle skirt and crop top in the same pattern, and this trend, called the “co-ord” is continuing through the fall with a simple adaptation of cut and fabric choice. Patterns can be showcased from head to toe and patterned shoes are a particularly fun way to insert this look into an otherwise neutral outfit.
5. Blanket Statement
One of this season’s biggest trends in outerwear is the blanket wrap coat. The coat looks like an oversized shawl and provides a stylish but effortless way to keep warm in the Kingston cold (1Ls new to Kingston, just wait). Burberry has popularized the look for 2014 by monogramming the style for many celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker and Cara Delevingne. Famous designers like Chanel, Burberry, Stella McCartney, and Chloe have also all incorporated the blanket into their fall lines. It has also been permeating other retailers like Zara and H&M. Following suit, scarves for this season have grown in size and coziness, and are perfect to have on hand in the Library for those days when the heating just isn’t cutting it. Layering is also a prominent feature of this look, as many bloggers sporting the trend are seen wearing the blanket coat over a leather jacket or trench coat, or belting it to make it more form-fitting.