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This is the first year on-record that I have not been desperately awaiting fall weather. In the past I would be parading around in my new fall wardrobe during a mid-September heat wave, cursing myself (as I battled mild heat-exhaustion) for being so impatient. This year is a bit different, winters in Ottawa are looooong, spring took ages to come around in 2017 and definitely outstayed its welcome; summer I am hanging onto your coat tails as long as I possibly can.
Just because I am waiting for actual fall weather before I don the fashion doesn’t mean I can’t plan ahead, get excited and lust over every new item that hits my inbox. I am not planning an exceptionally large fall clothing haul but here is a list of my 7 must-have items for fall/winter.
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Felt Hat: I’m not usually someone who wears hats all year round, usually if it’s really hot or really cold I’ll put one on. I am currently loving my new black felt Vivian hat from Sunday Afternoons, it is lightweight enough that I can get away with wearing in the summer but I am really looking forward to wearing it with my sweaters, scarves and boots come fall.
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Velvet Hand Bag: I think we all have mixed feeling on velvet, it can be really good or way scary, I’ve been seeing some beautiful, structured, velvet handbags on Instagram lately and I am totally on-board with this velvet trend. I would likely choose a jewel-toned color like dark green, burgundy and navy or even just plain black.
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Leather Ankle Boots: Basic black is always a fan-fav but there’s just something about brown leather boots that has always floated my boat. I like them in ankle height with a block heel, lace up or side zipper. I recently discovered the perfect pair of fall boots in the “Coming Soon” section on Everlane that are a beautiful cognac-brown, pebbled leather, let’s just say I am definitely on the waitlist for those bad boys (coming September 25).
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Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt: This trend is nothing new but I have been loving crew neck sweatshirts for a ew years now and i was over the moon when I found out in June that Club Monaco was coming out with a throwback collection which included both crew neck t-shirts and sweatshirts. Unfortunately, this launch was a bit of a debacle and they either way underestimated the popularity this collection would have or they wanted it to be very exclusive and piss off a lot of their customers. Either way, they have decided to re-stock, I’ve been on the waitlist for the last few months so I’m not too sure when the next release date will be though I’m not holding my breath. In the meantime, I’ll pick up a cozy one by Adidas, their iconic trefoil logo is perfect with shorts, jeans or even over a dress.
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Oversized T-shirt: It’s really the Holy Grail of any outfit, a good t-shirt will go with anything and if you go with a slightly oversized version it can be half-tucked, twisted, or rolled for a different look each time you wear it. I’m loving the luxury logo tees (Prada, Gucci, St. Laurent) but there are also lot’s of high-street brands with great options as well. I like these tees in basic colors, white, grey, black but also pink and red for fall.
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Leather Jacket: Most of the time when I’m shopping, fashion thoughts will click into my head, the latest was “I need a black leather moto jacket”. It may seem weird that I don’t already own one, after all it is a staple item in most people’s closets, but I lent it to my sister and it was taken on a night out. There are so many different styles of leather or faux leather jackets to choose from but I like the “tough-girl” feel that the moto-style jacket gives to girlier outfits.
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Chunky Knits: This is an obvious one for fall/winter, it gets cold and we get out our big sweaters. I’m loving sweaters with open backs, lacing details, longer hemlines and thicker, intricate knits. Try tucking a sweater into a skirt or wearing over a dress for an unexpected look.
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Long Trench Coat: I saw a few of these lately in my online perusing for new fall-favs and I’m definitely loving the idea of a long blazer. Over a logo t-shirt with a shirt, jeans or even dressy joggers this is an easy layering piece to add to your wardrobe as the temps begin to drop.
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I love fall shopping so much and I really would like to hear what your must-have fall fashion items are, please share them with me in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram for OOTD looks 🙂