Fall is here and pumpkin spice is in the air. There is something so cozy and nostalgia-inducing about crisp fall weather and changing leaves. I just love it.
Fall is also by-far my favourite season for fashion. One of my favourite things about fall is re-introducing my outerwear collection into my work wardrobe. Together with my amazing photographer friend Sarah (more on her below!), I have created a fall lookbook to showcase four different styles of outerwear that you can use to dress up your work wardrobe this season.
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The Trench Coat
The trench coat is a classic piece that is versatile and easy to wear. It pairs well with pants or a skirt and can be transitioned seamlessly into your weekend wardrobe. If you're looking for a good investment piece, trenches are a great choice because they won't go out of style. On the other hand, you don't have to break the bank to get a nice trench - I found this one several years ago at Forever 21.
- Try knotting the belt on your trench (rather than buckling it) for a more relaxed look
- For a more modern approach, try a buttonless loose-fit trench
- Add a pop of colour to your look with a brightly-coloured silk scarf
- If you want to add more volume to your bottom half, look for a trench with pleats; if you want a streamlined look, opt for a trench with a single vent
Get the Look:
- Icon Trench Coat from J Crew, $358.00
- Water Resistant Trench Coat from Zara, $139.00
- Belted Trench Coat from Forever 21, $47.90
The Belted Wrap Coat
A belted wrap coat is a great way to turn up the drama on your fall wardrobe. It is also a great option for chilly fall days when you need to bundle up against the wind. Wrap coats come in a variety of fabrics and lengths, falling anywhere from just above the knee to mid-calf. The featured coat is from a Dutch brand called Jutka & Riska, which sells a combination of vintage clothing, original designs and clothing from young designers.
- Pair wrap coats that fall below the knee with heels and stick to a neutral or pseudo-neutral colour
- If heels aren't your thing, try a smart, structured loafer instead of a ballet flat
- Wrap coats are voluminous, so streamline your look with a cigarette pant or pencil skirt
Get the Look:
- Brilon from Boutique 1861, $490.00
- Hanne Trench Coat from Club Monaco, $329.00
- Cashmere-Like Shawl Collar Wrap Coat from Le Chateau, $169.95
The Colour Block Coat
Colour block coats are a great way to infuse your work wardrobe with a bit of fun! A bold coat like this is a great way to dress up an otherwise boring outfit. Colour block coats also transition easily into your weekend wardrobe and look great with skinny jeans or a skirt. If you're feeling adventurous, look for colour block coats that incorporate unexpected textures like leather, shearling or felt. The featured coat is from Club Monaco and has leather paneling and details.
- If you're unsure how to style a colour block coat, you can't go wrong with a LBWD (little black work dress)
- If you're wearing a neutral colour block coat like the one above, pair it with a brightly-coloured knit top and neutral bottom for a chic weekend look
- Colour block coats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so search for one in a style that flatters your body type
Get the Look:
- Triete Shearling Coat from Club Monaco, $899.00
- Colorblocked Estaria Coat from Anthropologie, $128.00 (USD)
- Multicoloured Plush Coat from Zara, $49.90
The Cocoon Coat
With its large rounded shoulders, the cocoon coat is a great alternative to more traditional outerwear silhouettes. Cocoon coats are also super practical for colder climates; they fit nicely over bulky sweaters (and blazers!) and look great paired with oversized scarves. The featured coat is a heathered wool-blend from Zara.
- For a modern menswear look, pair a cocoon coat with cigarette pants and a structured loafer
- For an ultra-feminine look, pair a cocoon coat with a pair of pointed pumps and a cloche hat
- Cocoon coats look great with oversized blanket scarves; the bigger, the better
Get the Look:
- Charlie Coat from Judith & Charles, $675.00
- Cocoon Coat in Grey Heather from Frank + Oak, $265.00
- Coat E57 from Oak + Fort, $178.00
Which look is your favourite? Do you have a go-to style for fall outerwear? Sound off in the comments below and don't forget to follow The Bossy One on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!