Don't gamble on your wardrobe. These on-trend pieces guarantee your a first-place finish this fall.
Photography by: Jaclyn Locke | Shot on location at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto
1. Something red
The easiest—and most affordable—way to inject life into your wardrobe is to incorporate the season's "it" colour: red. If you're feeling brave, try a head-to-toe fiery monochromatic look; the colour-averse can insert a touch of crimson into a dark ensemble for an instant update.
2. Glossy finishes
High-shine patent isn't relegated only to accessories; look for it on skirts, shirts and even coats. We especially like the shiny finish when it's embellished with faux fur or a ruffled trim for softness.
Jacket, $470, marc-cain.com. Babaton top, $75, aritzia.com. Skirt, $60, lechateau.com. Necklace, jenny-bird.ca. Bracelet, anntaylor.com. White topaz and midi rings, foeanddear.com. Smoky quartz and double ball rings, erintracy.ca.
3. Ladylike pinstripes
Pinstripes are making a comeback, and we're not talking about ill-fitting suits from the '80s. This fall, menswear motif makes a powerful statement in womenswear. A tailored shirtdress balances masculine and feminine elements.
4. Velvet textures
This fall, everything from slouchy blazers to wide-legged trousers has been remade in elegant velvet. Equal parts chic and comfy, this fabric is irresistibly soft.
5. Puffer jackets
These toppers are fall's reigning outerwear trend. Juxtapose the utilitarian look with a dressy frock or, for warmth, layer it under a jacket. Fashion meets function!
6. Embellished treasures
Bold embellishments such as sequins, paillettes and colourful embroidery aren't just for eveningwear this autumn. The trick to tempering statement pieces (and making them office-friendly) is to pair them with modest separates, such as an accordian-pleated midi skirt and Mary Jane pumps.
7. Breton stripes
Black-and-white stripes stormed the fall runways. The standout style? A winterized French-striped dress. Add edge to the look with faux-leather leggings or elevate with a charming tweed blazer.