Now that September is in full swing, your fall wardrobe looks like it might need some finessing. Want to know how to transition from summer to fall in the chicest way possible? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. From layering turtlenecks to knee-high boots paired with your favourite dresses, we’ve found simple ways to adjust (and elevate) your wardrobe as it becomes cooler, crisper and filled with significantly more hot chocolate. Ready to be the most stylish one at the pumpkin patch? (That’s where everyone spends their autumn weekends, right?) Read on…
How to overhaul your wardrobe for fall
A turtleneck for layeringLayering a turtleneck under those summer frocks will help extend the life of your summer dresses. No sleeves, no problem.
Fine roll neck wool top, $69 at Cos; Panelled leather a-line dress, $490 at Cos. Cos
over-the-knee bootsSpeaking of extending the life of those dresses, who knew a good pair of over-the-knee boots would pair so well with a flowy skirt? Trade in your sandals for boots and you can still rock your favourite dresses right through winter, especially with some tights in the mix.
Blondo Wanda over-the-knee boots, $200 at Town Shoes; Floral bud slip dress, $995 at Coach. Town Shoes and Coach
A warm and cozy pair of tightsWhether you want to make a statement, or just stay warm, these colourful and unique offerings by From Rachel are the perfect option.
Warm Black White Polka Dot Tights, $25 at From Rachel; Warm Navy Chevron Tights, $30 at From Rachel.From Rachel
A pleated skirtAnd what about those tees and tanks? A midi pleated skirt (paired with the aforementioned boots, or booties and tights) can work wonders. If you get a little cold, throw a blazer on top and you're golden.
Annina pleated skirt, $180 at Club Monaco. Club Monaco
A stylish blazerWhat kind of blazer, you ask? How about this one from Loft, which can bring your t-shirt and jeans look to the next level.
Plaid modern blazer, $173 at Loft. Loft
a signature scentFor fall, you want warmer scents to envelope you in autumnal goodness. Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori combines rose and osmanthus flower, but is woodier and more sensual (read: more fall) than the original. NEST Cocoa Woods, with its bittersweet cocoa, white sandalwood and Thai ginger smells deliciously divine, without being cloying.
Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori, $128 at Shoppers Drug Mart; NEST Cocoa Woods, $98 at Sephora. Gucci Bloom, NEST
a structured LBDBasic black (or navy, if you're feeling adventurous) in a more structured fit can go from day to night with the right accessories. And layered with cardigans, blazers and sweaters, the dress would be a versatile piece to add to your existing wardrobe.
RIVAADD Pleated shoulder peplum dress, $399 at Ted Baker. Ted Baker
A timeless engravable bangleA simple cuff that matches literally everything is always the right accessory. Even better, Thomas Sabo offers complimentary engraving so it makes the perfect gift (to yourself, or a loved one).
Love cuff, from $98 at Thomas Sabo. Thomas Sabo
A hint of tartanNothing quite says 'new school year' like tartan, and who knew there was such a sophisticated way to wear it? We love this pussy bow blouse from Simons. If you're being extra daring, pair it with a printed sweater vest to drive the tartan theme home.
Twik tartan tie neck blouse, $39 at Simons; Twik diamond v-neck sweater blouse, $30 at Simons. Simons
an everyday lipstickA nude lipstick that's flattering on all skintones? Check. A lipstick that'll match all your new fall clothes? Check. Even Amal Clooney is a fan of Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk... and if it's good enough for Amal, then, well, you know the rest.
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, $39 at Charlotte Tilbury.Charlotte Tilbury
Boot cut pantsThat's right, boot leg is back and if you're dying to give your heeled sandals one last spin, this cut is perfect for showing them off. We love that these Ann Taylor jeans come in a plethora of fits: modern (slim through hips), curvy, regular and petite.
Denim boot cut jeans, $120 at Ann Taylor. Ann Taylor
Statement earringsStill craving colour? These statement earrings will bring some light into your life when fall's darker palette and neutrals begin to take over.
Madewell enamel statement earrings, $29 at Shopbop. Shopbop
A classic wool coatIt's wool coat season and we've picked out two chic options that you can throw over your yoga pants or LBD with ease.
Lightweight wool blend tailored coat, $100 at Uniqlo; Belted wool coat, $350 at Cos. Uniqlo and Cos
A ponchoGot an office that likes to turn up the AC in the fall? Don't we all. These ponchos are not only perfect on, but they double as desk blankets.
Colour block woven open front poncho, $50 at Le Chateau; BB Dakota roll with the ponchos, $90 at Shopbop. le chateau and shopbop
An elegant watchA watch can also elevate your 'fit. Now's your chance to stop relying on your phone for the time with this classic timepiece from Swarovski.
Octea Nova watch, Milanese gold tone bracelet, $499 at Swarovski. swarovski