New Fall & Winter 2018 collections are in stores and online, and so far so good. Here are some items that caught my eye, and some that have been winners on clients. Read the rave reviews, and be sure to browse the colour options. 

1. Ett:twa Costello Moto Jacket

A ridiculously cosy aviator style moto that I did not want to take off in stores. It would have been mine in another colour with gold hardware. The cut is a trendy boxy silhouette that should be roomy all over like how you see it on the model. It is not supposed to be fitted, which was one of the unfair reviews against it. It can accomodate several layers, and fits a range of body types. The sleeves are clever because the fold-over cuffs adjust to the length of your arms. Nice that it goes from XS to XL.

2. Mother Paisley Intarsia Blazer

Something for paisley fans. The photo does not do this wonderful KNITTED topper justice. It’s super soft and comfortable in the extreme. It’s flattering with its semi-structured silhouette that creates a gentle waistline. The stretchy but stable fabric will glide but not cling over most body types so it’s extra forgiving. The funnel neck folds down into a flat collar so good on all neck lengths. Nice to see it run from XXS to XL.

3. Madewell Clarkwell Pullover Sweater

This is a fun throwback to the ‘90s but in better fabric. It’s a terrific little casual or smart casual pullover to wear on its own or layered under a jacket or coat. Can work for work or play. It’s fitted but not too clingy or long. Works well semi-tucked too. Feels fab against the skin. Creates a relaxed tailored silhouette.

4. White House Black Market Pleated Blouses

Exuberant sleeves continue to flood the market, but these versions are more refined and a little different. The crystal pleating is unique, Modern Retro, and the fabric wears like iron. Both blouses can be dressed up or down, and run a size big.

5. Anthropologie Camo Moto Jacket

A fitted moto in a subtle cool-toned camouflage print. Machine washable and versatile. Yes, it’s a slam dunk with jeans or casual pants, but also great with a dressy skirt and pumps, or sneakers and flat oxfords. Fun to pattern mix with stripes and florals.

6. Brahmin Handbags

These classic beauties are winners with some of my clients who swear that this is the superior structured bag. They look pulled together, polished, professional, and are robust too. They work well for a Modern Classic and Modern Retro style, but can create an interesting juxtaposition with an arty, avant-garde and Sporty Luxe style. The colour combinations are unique, making quite the statement.

7. City Chic Oversize Knit Tee

These oversized architectural tees are dramatic and comfortable. They are supposed to be roomy and not fitted. The tapered sleeves, hem and relatively high neckline create ample structure. The high-low hemline creates a magical diagonal line. The fabric is quite thick, which is precisely what gives it its heft and drape. Fab for Fall.

8. Boden Long-Sleeved Breton

Breton striped tees are a Modern Classic and very versatile because they work as well with solids as they do with textures and patterns. These are LONG-sleeved, which aren’t as easy to find. The boat neck isn’t too low, and the sleeves are fitted. The striped assortment is unique along with the usual navy, white and black. I LOVE Breton stripes and wear them in pullovers because I don’t wear T-shirts. But I’ve put in an order for a few of these because if I’m going to wear a tee – Boden quality is my best bet. Crisp and gorgeous.

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