It feels like we are just stepping into Fall. The first few weeks of Fall here in Vancouver are always misleading. They are bright, sunny, and still call for shorts and t-shirts. But, it seems like in a blink of the eye it all changes, and suddenly we’re closing our windows, turning off our ACs, and unpacking all of the sweaters we just put away for summer hibernation.
One of the things that can be challenging as the weather takes a swift turn for the cold + blustery is what exactly should we wear? For those of us who love fashion, and look at our closets as a source of endless ideas and pairings – fall can be really exciting, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.
Fall and winter are challenging times of year. Gone are the days we could just slip on a sundress and head out the door. Instead, we need to be decisive, and pick out pieces that will truly work for our days – and the weather. So, if you’re confused at where to start with your Fall Wardrobe, scroll through to find out what I consider my fall style essentials!
Alright, before we get started – I am not saying these are the ONLY things you should invest in this fall. There are so many fun trends, and other style essentials that will get you through the fall and winter comfortably and stylishly.
Instead, I am sharing a few pieces that I always find stylish and easy to wear during the cooler months, and that always seem to work with other pieces to create a variety of unique outfits. So, these are my “boiled down” basics!
5 Items you NEED for Fall || Fall Style Essentials
A Cozy Knit Sweater + a Jacket
We’re kind of at that awkward in between moment – where some days are freezing and require a heavy coat, and others are bright and crisp and call for a cozy knit sweater. They are both essentials during these colder months, but lately I’ve been finding myself reaching more for a cozy knit than my jacket.
The one I’ve been wear lots lately (I’m sure you’ve noticed if you follow my Insta Stories!) is my black and white stripe side-zip cardigan from PineappleLace. I really love this sweater’s unique balance of trend + practicality. The side-zipper is totally different from anything I own, while the stripes make this sweater a great style basic that works with everything!
A few years ago I was introduced to leather leggings, and I’ve never looked back. Faux leather leggings instantly add a fun dimension to a casual outfit. Since I live in casual oversized knits and t-shirts during the fall and winter, having something that can elevate (without sacrificing my comfort factor) my style is a must. Leather leggings work with everything, add a great texture to an outfit, and simply just look cool. I mean, the next time you wear an oversized shirt – throw on some leather leggings and watch as your outfit goes from cas’ to fab.
This fall, there’s been a ton of hype around suede boots. While I love the look of them, they aren’t necessarily the most practical. The boots I am wearing into today’s post are some of my favourites, but I only bring them out on special occasions, and when wearing is permitting.
There are two things you want to be sure of when you’re investing in a pair of boots: 1) that they are comfortable, and 2) that they are practical. If one of those things slip your mind, then those boots just won’t be worn in your day to day life. So, the next time you go boot shopping – go in laser focused on comfort AND practicality!
A Great Floppy Hat
A lot of people wouldn’t consider a floppy hat a style essential – but I’m not one of them. During the fall season, I live in my hats. No matter what I am wearing, I always feel like a great hat can elevate an outfit – and that especially goes for my usual casual style. All I can say is that a great hat keeps your head warm, hair dry, and makes a so-so outfit look like a great one.
A Compact Umbrella
If I ever do a “what’s in my bag” post, you’ll learn that I rarely leave the house without a small compact umbrella in my purse. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I don’t often rock a small handbag. Living in a place like Vancouver means that I can not take any chances with the rain – and that’s regardless of whether the weatherman calls for rain, or the brightest day of sunshine all year. So, I always pack a long a little compact umbrella. Better to be safe, than sopping wet from the rain – am I right?