Fall 2016 Outerwear Lookbook

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.

Sarah Sweet is a Toronto-based #girlboss, lawyer and photographer. Please contact sarah.h.e.sweet@gmail.com for inquiries.

 

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. 

Styling Tips:

  • 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 

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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. 

Styling Tips:

  • 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

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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. 

Styling Tips:

  • 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

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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.

Styling Tips:

  • 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

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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!