Let’s Talk About Fall Style Essentials
The first few weeks of Fall here in BC are always a bit misleading. They are bright and sunny, and typically you can get away with wearing t-shirts and shorts for the first few weeks. But, it seems like in the blink of an eye it all changes, and suddenly we’re closing our windows, turning up the heat, and unpacking all of the sweaters we just put away for summer.
One of the things that can be challenging as the weather turns cooler is what exactly should we wear. Fall and winter are challenging times of the year style-wise. We need to choose outfits more carefully and selectively to work for the weather of the day. Is it going to be cold and rainy? Or bright, crisp, and sunny? Will it be warm in the morning and cool in the afternoon?
Today, I am sharing a few fall-style essentials that I always find convenient, practical, and stylish-looking to wear during the cooler months. They are pieces that always seem to work well within your closet to give more versatility to the things you already own.
5 Fall Style Essentials
A Weather Appropriate Jacket
I live in one of the rainest places in Canada (if not the rainest) and I only invested in a proper rain jacket just a few years ago. Let me tell you, if you live somewhere that is quite rainy, get a raincoat. I had heavy winter coats, and cute trenches and peacoats, but I didn’t have a proper ready-for-rain coat.
Now that I have one, I feel so much more prepared for our (many) rainy days. I used to feel like it was difficult getting out for walks or doing day excursions because my coats wouldn’t hold up to the rain, but now, I can do whatever I like because I have a coat that’s properly prepared for the weather we have so often here.
If you live somewhere that doesn’t get a lot of rain then take this tip: get a coat that suits your local weather. Maybe you need a good heavy winter coat or maybe you live somewhere with mild weather and just need a light jacket. Invest in whatever it is that will make your fall experience better.
Layering Knit Sweaters
We’re kind of at that awkward in-between moment – where some days are freezing and require a heavy coat, and others are bright and crisp and call for a cozy knit sweater. They are both essentials during these colder months, but lately, I’ve been finding myself reaching more for a cozy knit than my jacket.
In particular, I’ve been grabbing layering knits. These layering pieces are ones that I can wear over top of a shirt or blouse when it’s cold, or remove it when it’s a bit warmer. Layering knits gives my wardrobe a bit more versatility and flexibility during these unpredictable fall days.
Comfortable Weather-Proof Boots
This fall, there’s been a ton of hype around suede boots. While I love the look of them, they aren’t necessarily the most practical for our rainy weather. So, while I love the look of them, they aren’t something I’ll be investing in right now. Instead, I’ll be looking for a pair of boots that work a bit better for our wet rainy weather.
There are two things you want to be sure of when you’re investing in a pair of boots: 1) that they are comfortable, and 2) that they are practical, otherwise they won’t be ones you wear much during the fall and winter seasons.
For the last few fall seasons, I’ve found myself reaching for my loafers more than any other shoe. On days when I don’t feel like wearing boots and it’s not super rainy, loafers have been my go-to. I love how comfortable they are and how they add a classic and sophisticated look to an outfit.
If you’re not a loafer fan, you may want to find another pair of comfortable flats to slip on for days you don’t want to wear boots.
A Compact Umbrella
If I ever do a “what’s in my bag” post, you’ll learn that I rarely leave the house without a small compact umbrella in my bag. There have been too many times that I have gotten caught in the cold awful rain and kicked myself for not packing along an umbrella, so now one lives in my purse just in case.
If it isn’t rainy where you are then consider what the one item is that you wish you just had with you at all times. If it gets quite cold where you are then you may wish to have a toque always on hand, or ear muffs. Whatever it is, find what will help you feel prepared for the weather to feel more comfortable when you’re out and about.