Autumn prep

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Autumn prepCoat: Zara (old) | Sweater: J. Crew (Similar) | Chambray shirt: J. Crew

We took a stroll through Toronto’s lovely Cabbagetown neighbourhood over the weekend, and boy, it was chilly! This crisp autumn weather necessitates lots of layers – meaning a preppy pairing like chambray under a sweater makes perfect sense.

Do you have any favourite layered outfits?

Brown & black

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1. Calvin Klein | 2. Mango | 3. Tory Burch | 4. Kate Spade | 5. Tory Burch | 6. Zara | 7. J.Crew

I used to be so, so against brown & black together. “They clash, they’re too similar, it just doesn’t work,” I used to say. Then I was inspired by a Calvin Klein bag I spotted in Hudson’s Bay recently – I liked it so much that I immediately Instagrammed it – so I decided to explore brown & black a bit more. Safe to say, I’m a fan now… it’s a pairing that definitely works.

High vs. low: Striped tees with sparkle

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High: J. Crew | Low: Old Navy

I’m a big fan of striped shirts – and I love that some of the ones in stores lately have a little something extra. However, you don’t have to pay a fortune for some sparkle and bling to upgrade a basic t-shirt. The J. Crew option will set you back almost $80, but you can have the same look by layering a necklace over a regular t-shirt (and then you’re able to wear the necklace with other outfits too – more bang for your buck, in my opinion.) Alternatively, you can grab a cheap Old Navy tee with some sparkle… or even go the DIY route if you’re feeling crafty!

Black & blush

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1. Tory Burch | 2. PARTYSKIRT | 3. Zara | 4. J.Crew | 5. Aldo | 6. Tory Burch | 7. French Connection | 8. Loren Hope | 9. French Connection | 10.  Mango | 11. Joe Fresh

I absolutely love this colour combo for fall & winter party attire. The pairing of black and blush is classic looking, especially with a pair of timeless pumps and statement jewelry. I want every single one of those items above… and goodness knows, there would certainly be lots of places to wear them all with the holidays coming up! (There are already Christmas ads on TV – no joke.)

Bright red & polka dots

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Shirt: J. Crew | Skirt: RW&Co. | Purse: Smart Set | Heels: Nine West

I love playing around with colours & patterns in my outfits… today was polka dots paired with bright red, featuring one of my all-time favourite shirts: a silk blouse from J. Crew. Unfortunately it’s getting pretty chilly out, so I don’t think I’ll be wearing outfits like this much longer – might as well enjoy it while I can!

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High vs. low: Embellished sweatshirts

Embellished sweatshirts

High: J. Crew | Medium: Loft | Low: Gap

I’m in love with the embellished sweatshirt trend happening right now. It’s casual meets chic; comfortable enough to toss on for a stroll, but with a bit of sparkle to take your outfit up a notch. I think the J. Crew sweatshirt is my favourite of the bunch, but the Loft number is probably the best bang for your buck – especially if you’re worried about dropping a ton of cash (on… a sweatshirt.)

A bit of black, a bit of sparkle

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Necklace: J. Crew (Similar) | Shirt: Gap | Skirt: H&M
Heels: Marc Fisher (old) | Purse: Calvin Klein (Similar)

I wanted to wear something a bit different for my birthday party… and a studded faux-leather skirt fit the bill. It’s not my typical “look” but I think wearing it with a simple tee and some J. Crew bling toned down the edgy nature of the skirt. I had a few Marilyn Monroe moments in the wind that night, but it was worth it!

PS: Doesn’t my hair look red in these pics? I haven’t dyed it lately… weird!