Ensemble: Fall Dress & Gilet

A gilet is a long vest or sleeveless jacket or coat. They can be dressy or casual, and come in a variety of lengths, fabrics and style sensibilities. It’s a fabulous item to wear over a Fall or Winter-weight dress, which I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I’ve layered my knee-length gilet over two sweater dresses that hit me just above the knee. The gilet is a good four inches longer than the dresses, which works well. I finished off the outfit with tall, tailored ink blue boots and a Dutch orange satchel.

Here are the exact items from my wardrobe.

The beauty of the gilet is manifold:

  • It’s a good transitional piece that keeps out the chill
  • It is fab for those who run warm
  • It is fab for mild Winters
  • It adds interest, a playful component, or polish to an outfit 
  • It adds a relaxed vibe to the dress by taking out the “bombshell factor”
  • It is forgiving on “lumpage and bumpage” if you feel exposed in a dress

The outfit formula is dead easy. Choose any colour palette across a dressier or more casual dress code. Grab a Fall frock and layer a weightier gilet over the top. Finish off the look with booties, tall boots, pumps, oxfords, loafers, hi-tops or flats, and throw in a bag to match. Hosiery is optional. Add jewellery, watch, headgear and eyewear as desired. 

Here are some combinations with an assortment of vests and dresses to get you going. Shop your closets and have fun with fashion. Happy Friday.

Ensemble: Fall Dress & Gilet

 

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Link Love: Reselling Clothes Online

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Racked also shares tips on how to get the most money selling your stuff online.

Did you know you can also sell your unwanted — unused or barely used — beauty products online?

I enjoyed this interview with Naomi Kelsey detailing how and why she started Neither/Nor Style, an online vintage shop that stocks women’s sizes L and up.

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Angie directs us to Sally’s old post on how to dress as you please because it’s a great reminder of the Individualism trend.

Shevia has enjoyed watching the fashion shows and comparing her take with the critics. She thought this is one of the most illuminating articles she has read for fashion show skeptics.

Outfit Formula: Casual Fall Vest

If you like to wear puffer vests — or “body warmers” as I like to call them — here’s an easy casual outfit combination to pull together in transitional weather, or when it suits your climate. You can probably shop your closet for the look. Here are the components. 

Layering Top + Sleek Bottoms + Denim Jacket/Shirt + Puffer Vest + Loafers + Structured Bag

There’s an example of each of the components in the collection below. The dressier bag and footwear create a polished effect. Of course, you can choose any colour palette, although I like the effect of the low contrast and tonal colours here. It’s dark, but imagine the outfit harmonizing in light tonal cream, tan and toffee.  

Some substitutions:

  • Wear black Ponte pants instead of jeans.
  • Choose a scoop or V-neck layering top if turtlenecks aren’t your thing, and throw on a camisole.
  • Choose a denim shirt instead of a denim jacket. 
  • Adding patterned socks to the loafers is a good way to stay warm.
  • You could leave out the denim jacket/shirt, but then you’ll lose the interesting layered effect. That said, you might prefer it that way.
  • Sneakers, booties, or tall boots worn over skinny jeans are just as fab. 
  • A casual bag creates a much more relaxed vibe.

I don’t have a puffer vest because I worry about my arms being chilly. I used to wear one for horse riding, so they have a casual equestrian vibe that appeals to me. Maybe I would be warm enough with a turtleneck and denim jacket. Only one way to find out. 

Who likes wearing puffer vests?

Fall Vest Formula

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10 Unexpectedly Fab Finds for Fall

It’s peak season and I’ve been shopping up a storm with clients. These are some of the items that were unexpectedly fabulous. Some items are simple and basic like a wardrobe essential, while others make more of a statement. In most cases there are colour options, so remember to browse them all.  

1. Gap Crossbody Bag 

This a WOW bag for $32. It’s faux leather, neat, tidy, reasonably well made, and polished. The guitar strap is long so tall gals have plenty of length. Works as well for petites. Very comfy. Fun striped lining. Weatherproof and robust. Practical size. Not too small and not too bulky. There’s a pocket at the back of the bag where you can store your phone for easy access. ALL the colours are nice. 

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2. Gibson Cozy Fleece Tunic 

Cowls can be overwhelming, but this one lies quite flat and works on most neck lengths. Ridiculously cosy, and not too oversized. Can be layered under a regular coat quite easily thanks to sleek sleeves. Wear it at home or in very casual settings. Works for petites, regulars and talls. Runs a size big, but they’ve included an XXS. Read the rave reviews.  

3. Caslon Stripe Panel Sweater

Another very cosy item that works well to camouflage the midsection but again, is not too oversized, and can easily be layered under jackets and outerwear. The flare works well for wider hips and thighs. Interesting stripe placement. All the colours are nice. Long enough for tall gals. Good over tight bottoms.

4. Banana Republic Machine Washable Merino Wool Turtleneck

If you’re a sleek turtleneck gal with a long neck who runs cold, you MUST try this darling. It’s gently fluid in your size, but size up if you prefer a roomier fit. Perfect layered under a blazer. Simple Chic. And made of a machine washable wool. I bought the ink blue because I’m covered with black turtlenecks, and unfortunately none of the other colours appealed to me.

5. Zara Faux Shearling Coat 

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Real shearling is pricey, and fab faux versions are hard to find, especially in shades of blue. This one from Zara is stunning and well made. Does not crease. Drapes beautifully. The blue is a little darker in person, and the patch pockets are well positioned. Streamlined but roomy. It works particularly well on tall gals, but good on regular height gals too. Not good on petites or short arms. Can be dressed up or down.

6. La Canadienne Solana Bootie

A smart casual flat bootie with a high shaft that looks chic and is very comfortable is a tall order. The Solana is pricey but you’re getting a versatile, quality piece that is weatherproof. Very flattering on the feet and ankles. The grey-brown gets my top vote. 

7. Caslon Peplum Tee

Peplum tees or tees with hem flounces can look juvenile, or the flounces are in the wrong place. These tees look casually sophisticated and playful, and fit well. The fabric drapes quite nicely and isn’t too thin. Fab layered under a jacket or cardigan. Works as well for tall gals as it does for petites. The stripes get my top votes.

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8.  Gap Modern Long Sleeve Crew Tee

It’s hard to find a simple long-sleeved tee that is thick, tailored and fairly polished. Most tees are thin, oversized, have sleeves that are hard to layer over, too wide necklines, and make you feel un-pulled together. These tees are made of substantial fabric, come in talls and petites, have a neat and tidy neckline, and are fairly fitted. They are great layered under just about anything.

9. Everlane Large Street Nylon Zip Backpack

I laughed when one of my clients was “afraid to tell me” that she sports a practical backpack as her work bag from now on because she commutes by bus and foot and needs an extra healthy option for her body. I asked her to show me the backpack — and surprised her by loving it for her style. The Everlane backpack works well for her avant-garde, polished, Tomboy and urban style. It’s extremely sleek and neat, and not overly casual like I thought it might be. Super cute.

10. White House Black Market Messenger Bags 

Messenger bags can be very uncomfortable, and guitar straps tend to adorn smaller bags. The ones from WHBM are tailored, comfy, quite well made, and come with a guitar strap. The olive is unique, and all the colours are fab. You can buy guitar straps separately too.

Plaid Blazer with Rock ‘n’ Roll Vibe

A new outfit from Carelia Morán of My Small Wardrobe, whom we introduced to YLF in July 2013.

This is such a fun example of Angie’s Tee, Blazer & Trendy Bottoms ensemble. Carelia has tucked a concert tee with black background into dark wash, high-waisted flares. This effectively creates a colour of column and lenghtens the leg line. So do the black, high-heeled platform boots that fit the rock ‘n’ roll vibe of the outfit splendidly. Carelia’s longer length fluid-fit plaid blazer is structured on the shoulder which helps to streamline the look. The graphic tee and black bandana worn as a neckerchief add a good dose of edge. Carelia’s sleek bob, red lippie and small crossbody with oversized tassel provide contrasting polish.

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