Shopping with my clients to refresh Autumn and Winter wardrobes is in full swing, and so far we like what we see. The trends are unfolding and we’re making discerning decisions about how to add that next layer of fabness to our wardrobes. Here are some winners in an assortment of price points, items and colours. 

1. Boden Tilda Crew Neck and V-Neck Sweaters

These are AMAZING simple and versatile pullovers across two necklines. Crisp, polished, and one-up-from-basic with the fun button detailing on the cuffs that showcase a contrast colour. They look fabulous UNtucked and semi-tucked. The buttons on the cuff are a little stiff, but will ease up over time. Lots of lovely colours. They layer well under blazers, jackets and coats, are gently fluid and look professional. Good quality. Fabric is cotton rich, machine washable and feels scrumptious against the skin. The Winter white with the navy cuff contrast in the crew neck is mine.

2. White House Black Market Big Skirts

These Modern Retro skirts are dramatic and gorgeous. They have worked on all of my clients who enjoy this type of silhouette. They look best with a short fitted top, or tucked top. It’s a LOT of skirt, so be prepared to make a statement. Runs a size big.

3. Sanctuary Sneaker Chino Pants

Full-length bootcuts are back with a vengeance, and these are AMAZING. The fabric has heft, drapes well, and is a little soft and stretchy. The rise is a fab mid length, and the hems can be shortened. The cut is forgiving and works on a variety of curvier and straighter body types. I committed to these in toffee, and am wearing them with my white SAS sneakers. A very fresh look for most of us.

4. Sanctuary Faux Suede Leggings

If you like to wear leggings, try these. They are comfy, soft, thick, and have length for taller gals. They look more unique than regular spandex leggings. The faux suede has quite a luxe look to it. The brown is a very cool tone.

5. Pilcro High Rise Relaxed Jeans

This is one of the more current silhouettes of jeans with their cropped roomier hems and high rise. They have worked on straighter and curvier body types. Forgiving, good fit, comfortable and great quality. They do not stretch out. The one pair has fun orange piping down the side.

6. Naturalizer Blair Bootie

A simple and extremely comfortable modern classic bootie that works with most pairs of pants and jeans is not to be underestimated. Clean, crisp, polished and smart casual. Comes in wide widths. Might be a little wide on the ankle in larger sizes, but not too bad. These earned a place in my wardrobe in white, and my feet are in love with how they feel with the addition of a good sock. That one inch heel is the bomb, and will work well with my new sneaker chino bootcuts. The toe boxes are pointier and longer in person. I predict these to become instant workhorses, and I’m wearing them right now! The regular width works well for low-volume feet and long toes.

7. Boden Hengrave Coat

A lightweight but WARM coat that is a simple, practical and versatile “throw-on-and-go” style. It’s a gentle cocoon shape with a tailored sleeve that does not run narrow. The funnel neck is excellent for long necks, but can be folded down for shorter necks. The shoulder width is snug, so it might not work well on broad shoulders unless you size up. I adore the smart casual but polished vibe of the aesthetic. As good with high heels as it is with sneakers. Beautifully made, and fun lining. The leopard print skews both cool and warm. It earned a place in my wardrobe as my nod to the animal print trend.

Boden
Hengrave Coat
View Info
Top Pick
15
Boden
Hengrave Coat
View Info
Top Pick
11
Boden
Hengrave Coat
View Info
Top Pick
5
Boden
Hengrave Coat
View Info
Top Pick
7

8. Zara Textured Cape Coat

Zara
Textured Cape Coat
View Info
Top Pick
14
First, fast fashion giant Zara is more sustainable than you might think. This is a lightweight but WARM coat that is in a chic and fun cape silhouette. Modern Retro and dressy. It’s a beautiful soft shade of tan with a hint of blush. The faux fur collar is best on long necks, but can be removed. An excellent topper for over chunky knits and voluminous sleeves. Flattering colour with shades of blonde hair. It may or may not have earned a place in my wardrobe.