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Last week I had the pleasure of getting together with two of my favourite locals, Lyndsey from Over My Styled Body and Anton Atienza (from the internet) to discuss our favourite fall trends at Manulife Place. Before the panel discussion, we were set loose in the mall to pick out pieces from Holt Renfrew, Swish Vintage, and Blu’s. What ensued was a lot of laughs, a few artful boomerang’s, and two styled looks that highlight the best of fall (in our humble opinions). Keep scrolling for a highlight reel of the key trends we discussed and the pieces we fell in love with.

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We began our style expedition in Swish, a vintage shop with no shortage of incredible accessories. There are so many pros when it comes to shopping vintage; lowering the environmental impact of your clothing, the unique one-of-a-kind-ness of every item, and the thrill of the hunt. There, we found a smiley face statement necklace that when paired with a Smythe blazer from Blu’s was both professional and fun.

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FALL TREND: Embroidery
There has been a return to classic crafts such as embroidery, the art of quilting, and knitting. These Aquazuro booties from Holt Renfrew are a perfect example of a modern way to incorporate this age old art into your wardrobe.

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The two autumn looks we came up with focused on layering and the ability to dress up and down each outfit, both of which are important factors when you live in a climate like ours.

One look was more professional attire and focusing on incorporating the colour red throughout the look with a subtle red striped blazer and a bright pop of the hue for the handbag. The second look was for the fashion savvy woman who is taking a cue from Rihanna and embracing the “no pants” look. This could include wearing a blazer as a dress, or in this case, a turtleneck tunic paired with an oversized knit cardigan as a dress. Taking into account that our climate isn’t necessarily kind to bare legs, we added in an over the knee boot from Holt Renfrew for more coverage.

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FALL TREND: Highland Knits
The knit sweater or cardigan is a great layering piece in winter. Not only does it provide warmth but also an interesting texture that elevates your look. This particular cardigan was a vintage find from Swis and we decided to belt it to create some shape around the waist but it could also be worn loose for a casual look. Knitted accessories such as toques and scarves are also a great way to incorporate this ~practical~ fall trend into your look.

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My look for the event was casual pairing camo with denim. I like to elongate the time period in which I can wear my heeled sandals by layering patterned stockings beneath them thus extending the wearable season into autumn.

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FALL TREND: Red
The colour red is happening this autumn in a big way. We’re seeing it in accessories and in rose patterned items, the proclaimed floral of the fall.

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The hat, I believe, is making a comeback; it’s a practical and stylish addition to any outfit. I can’t get enough of the black wide brimmed Bailey’s of Hollywood hat that I have worn every.single.day since receiving it. Swish vintage has also received the hat memo as they’re fully stocked in that department. We even included a gorgeous mink hat in one of our looks as well as a leather newsboy hat.

Many thanks to Manulife Place for hosting us on their lunch hour to discuss the fall trends for this year!

This post was sponsored by Manulife Place. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

 

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