Fall is the season most people enjoy dressing up. The air is cooling, those hot sticky days are gone, and we can show off our individual styles. There are a few items women should own in their wardrobes that will complement their basics. But before we get to that, a little brief intro.
Personally, I love fall colors. The greens, yellows, deep reds, and burgundies are all warm and feel-good colors. They give you a feeling of coziness you only get once the temperature drops a bit and the leaves start turning colors.
Although I used to enjoy summers when I was younger, now I tend to prefer more temperate seasons. The humid, unbreathable hot air is just not doing it for me any longer.
Unfortunately, the nice weather doesn’t last too long in Montreal. It seems like one week is 30~ degrees Celsius and the next you need a warm jacket. Then you blink and there’s snow on the ground. Gotta love it, hein?
So, like most fellow Canadians, I always rush to get the most wear out of my favorite fall pieces.
I’ll show you some of my favorite pieces that I can’t wait to take out after Labor day. And the time has come.
Unless there’s snow on the ground, sneakers are always part of my wardrobe.
Especially my white Converse. They elevate any outfit, any time of the year. There’s something about white sneakers (clean, please!!!) that will always be appropriate. Whether you’re wearing them with jeans, shorts, leggings, or even with a dress or a skirt, they work.
Especially if your outfit is in dark colors, the white sneaker will pop even more.
What can I say, the look just never gets old in my book.
I know, some of you might say that no respectable woman of a certain age should own hoodies, but I beg to differ. If you live in a country where the wind is not your friend, a hoodie is a must. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wear hoodies to appointments or important meetings. But if I’m running errands or going for a walk, you will surely find me sporting one.
They keep me super comfy and ready to tackle my most mundane tasks. But even for hanging out on a random day, I’ll throw one of my favorites on and go out the door. I have a black, a white, and a grey one. Once again, pretty basic.
Some people believe leggings are solely for working out. Once again, I tend to disagree.
I love leggings, and for most of the pandemic, I’ve literally lived in them. I have a great variety of them in different colors and for different purposes. I have a couple of cropped ones for summer, a few athletic ones for working out, and a couple of dressier options.
What can I say, I love them. In case you didn’t hear it the first time!
They are comfy and work on any body type. Just make sure you don’t get them too tight. When in doubt, wear one size up. There’s actually nothing attractive about looking like a sausage that’s about to burst. Get the right size for your body at the moment, and they will work for you.
If you put on a couple of pounds, size up. No one’s judging, we all gain weight. It’s part of life. Just dress appropriately.
One of my favorite handbags that usually accompany my outfits anywhere from September until probably March or April, is a burgundy bag. Sometimes I switch it up with a beige/sand colored one or a black one, depending on my mood and where I’m going. I prefer it because it is very structured and the perfect size for an everyday bag. I love being organized, and this one works very well.
Here, you can choose any style or color you tend to gravitate towards. But fall is the season for warm, neutral colors such as browns, burgundies, mustards, or khaki green. Grey or black always work well too if you prefer to keep your style more understated and classic.
Last year I invested in a pair of Chelsea booties I’ve had my eye on for a while. They’re plain black ones, but I love them. They literally go with everything I own in my wardrobe and they’re waterproof. Money well spent, because I use them from the end of September/October, until May. I can pull them off even on drier winter days, that’s how versatile they are.
That’s my personal preference, and the one I tend to gravitate towards 80% of the time. But the moto-style bootie can work well too, or a heeled bootie, depending on your style.
I own a moto-style brown pair as well, but this one I can only wear if it’s dry outside or not too cold. Goes great with leggings or skinny jeans, and the color is very fall-like.
A real leather jacket is not a must, but one that looks very good. The opportunity for wearing one in Canada is very limited. It’s either very hot or very cold outside. The in-between days are few and far between, so I try to make the most use of my favorite leather jacket.
It’s not really a moto-style, but not a bomber jacket either. Honestly, I’m not sure which category it falls under. All I know is that I’ve loved it since I first laid my eyes on it five years ago, and still cherish it today.
Whether you own a leather jacket, a bomber jacket, or a utility jacket, fall is the best time to take them out. Show off your style and don’t be scared to add some color to your wardrobe.
This category is very wide and covers a lot of different pieces made from a variety of materials. The most common sweaters are knits made out of some wool blend or cashmere. Fall is unpredictable where I live, and you have to be prepared for any type of weather. Some days start off warm, and by mid-afternoon, the winds can pick up and cool down the place by quite a few degrees.
Sweaters are a great way to add to your fall wardrobe. My favorite ones are not too thick but are made of great quality materials. A blend of wool is what keeps me warmest on those moody days.
Here I usually stick to light beige, creme, or greys, as they go with everything. Since I got rid of a lot of clothes in the last five years or so, sticking to those colors works for me. I always know what to wear and can mix and match most of my pieces.
Dark jeans bring a touch of class to any wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, and are appropriate for many occasions. I own a pair of basic slim-fit black jeans from Levi’s that look as good as any dress pants. The key is to care for them properly. If you missed my previous post about How to care for your wardrobe, I’ll link it below.
I also love my Khahi green slim-fit jeans, they’re super comfortable. For a more casual look, I put on a simple white tee and a cardigan or my leather jacket, and off I go.
Both of those pairs I wear on rotation at least once a week, sometimes more. They are super versatile, and I can bring them into my winter wardrobe as well.
Some might find scarves passe, but I swear by them. I have a bin full of them. Spring/fall ones, and thicker winter ones. I have the circular ones, the regular ones, even a couple of purely decorative ones.
Once the temperature drops to single digits, you will rarely see me without a scarf. They are my most go-to fall accessory.
There are so many colors and styles to choose from, it can get downright overwhelming. I have a few basic ones that I usually gravitate towards, but every now and then I pull my fancy colorful ones out. This depends solely on my mood!
If you’re looking for a quick way to add a pop of color to any outfit, a scarf is a fast and easy solution. And there are many affordable options on the market, so you can go wild.
This is probably one of my favorite fall pieces by far. Nothing says fall quite like a comfy cardigan. I have a couple of favorite ones that I always include in my wardrobe.
A longish one that doubles as a jacket, a fancy grey one that I can dress up, and a few others that I regularly rotate. Thin or thick, light or dark, a cardi is a must for this season.
Cardigans come in a wide array of colors, materials, and styles. Pick one or two neutral colored ones and maybe one in a warm fall shade, and you’re covered. I personally prefer the natural wool or cashmere fibers, as they keep you warm and are more breathable. But the synthetic materials are more affordable. Whatever works for you budget-wise and it suits your lifestyle, go for it.
As far as I’m concerned, this item screams autumn!
These are some of my favorite pieces that work for me. It doesn’t have to be the exact same list for you, this is just a guide to get you started. If you’re more of a classy type that loves blazers and white button-down shirts, then include them. If you’ll never get caught wearing a hoodie, that’s your prerogative.
We’re all different, with different lifestyles and personalities. This list is not a one-size-fits-all. Customize it to your liking. Just have fun while doing it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite fall pieces. What are some of yours?