A simple outfit (jeans and t-shirt) for a long day on my feet! I wore the old wildcard bomber in the morning and evening when the temps dipped below 20deg, but otherwise it was too hot.

Although I think I tried on a lot of long boyfriend/oversized blazers, I didn’t find my boyfriend blazer. I’m quite enamoured with the look, and definitely have such a jacket on my ‘to buy’ list. I would like a multi coloured plaid or check that is predominantly brown, but with blue, and possibly crimson threads as well. A Zara jacket came close, but had construction flaws. A Theory jacket fit like a dream, but was sober black and grey plaid that was too formal for the look I’m after.

In the end, I was quite restrained. I followed through with plans to duplicate my 2019 Uniqlo golden beige light weight puffer - only I chose an off white version this time. And, after swearing off cotton knit sweaters, I fell for the Uniqlo 3-d knit. There are no seams on the arms or body, and very flat woven seams under the arms for a smooth minimal look.

I visited 2 Aritzia stores, as well as one Babaton, and one Wilfred, and the ‘Slouch’ coat (for winter) has not yet made an appearance - so I haven’t been able to do a try-on. They had lots of puffers (long and short) but no wool or camel coats yet.

Stores seemed well stocked, and for the most part tidy and well managed for spaced out traffic flows. Although leaning heavily on comfy leisure wear, I did notice that the newer F/W stock had plenty of colour and pattern! I don’t know if these are trends, but I noticed:

-pajamaesque suits (formal cut jackets and wide legged pants in silky fabrics - usually in bold patterns)
-midi length dirndl skirts (full twirly skirts with a medium to wide waist band. Some skirts and even some dresses had tulle underskirts for further pouf)
-paper bag waists with balloon, carrot, or medium wide cropped above ankle legs
-long sleeved, turtle neck or mock neck cropped sweaters ( fitted and voluminous versions)
-upscaled ‘shackets’ in unexpected fabrics like tweed or a fuzzy pile
-unusual and bold colour mixing featuring tertiary colours (orange, green, lilac) more so than primaries
-minimal Scandi palettes (winter white, grey, camel, pink)

ETA: photos of examples down thread

This is only my sense of what was new in the stores in and around the downtown core of Toronto. I’m still digesting what I saw on the street, and will write about that later.

Thanks for looking!

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