Looking like you’ve stepped out of the pages of one of fall’s encyclopedia-sized fashion magazines doesn’t have to mean shelling out thousands on a complete wardrobe overhaul. We’ve scoured our favourite stores to bring you six key runway-worthy pieces that will update your look for 2013 without breaking the bank.
A cozy, oversized sweater is a must-have for cold-weather months. In bright indigo, this cowl neck version keeps the look daring instead of dowdy. Shown in many of the fall ready-to-wear shows, including Marc Jacobs and Chloe, the electric hue pairs equally well with black and winter white, and will give your look an instant injection of ultra-modern cool.
Mad for plaid
The fashion world is in the midst of a love affair with all things grunge, and that means a resurgence of plaid in everything from shirts to shoes. This pair of chic heels from Call it Spring combines two of fall’s leading trends: A tartan print and ankle straps. The sleek shape and gold hardware keep the look more polished than punky—perfect for the office.
Fur is a perennial fashion favourite, and this year was no exception with designers such as Marni and Roberto Cavalli sending fur-clad models down the runway. This faux headband from Aldo adds just the right amount of fuzz without too much bulk. Its leopard print looks great paired with a black or camel coat, and will really pop with bright accessories, such as red gloves or a green handbag.
A great silk blouse in a haute hue never goes out of style. This punchy pink option from Joe Fresh will look great tucked into one of fall’s knee-length pencil skirts or worn loosely over a pair of leather-accented leggings. Throw on a blingy necklace and a metallic clutch purse and you’re all set for a night out.
Add a touch of ladylike luxe to your autumn ensembles with a structured handbag in classic black (faux) leather. The envelope-style flap and gold hardware on this satchel from Forever 21 are totally on trend, and the boxy shape means you can fit in all of your work essentials while still looking perfectly polished.
No fall wardrobe is complete without a crisp new pair of dark denim skinnies. Tucked into knee-high boots or paired with strappy pumps, these jeans from Old Navy can run the gamut from casual to glam. The subtle tuxedo stripe lengthens legs and adds just the right amount of edge, and will look fab paired with a fitted black or coloured blazer.