Fall is the time of year for new beginnings. Whether that means going back to school, seeking out your first professional job post-graduation, or transitioning into a new career path altogether, it is definitely the season of change for many. In Style Nine to Five’s collaboration with Robson Street we call #SNTFxRobson, I share stylish work-appropriate outfits that are 9-5 approved.
Outfit details: Coat from Zara ($129.95), scarf from Zara ($29.95), cropped sweater from Club Monaco ($129.50), camisole from Artizia ($55), skirt from J.Crew ($150), boots from Forever 21 ($39.80), hat from Le Chateau (last year)
Do you have that favourite piece left over from summer which you’re still dying to wear into fall? Luckily, with some strategic layering, even the most summery of clothing can be transitioned into cooler months. In fact, layering IS this week’s focus.
Cropped styles were all the rage for spring and summer, and going into fall, I chose a thicker, cropped and sleeveless cable knit sweater to pair with a billowy tank, both in white. The key to taming cropped pieces for fall is to layer them on top of longer pieces. The sweater over top of a shirt look is still going strong, and I certainly borrowed inspiration from that for this pairing. When done right, this can make a cropped piece appropriate for the office!
For additional warmth, I opted for an oversized cardigan-turned-coat in cream. I’m a huge fan of whites and creams for fall as it’s a nice departure from the often dull palettes that seem to dominate as soon as September rolls around. I also loved the boxy shape of this coat as it provided me with tons of room for layering on more pieces underneath.
Although the rest of my look was white hot, I also wanted to incorporate a few earthier tones into my outfit that are a bit more on trend for fall. I love this army green pencil skirt (perfectly work appropriate) and camel ankle boots which go with everything. I also accessorized with a shawl scarf in a classic plaid pattern that complemented the rest of my colour choices while also adding in another pop along the way. The kicker is that it looks great layered over top of my coat, or wrapped around bare shoulders.
Aside from playing around with unlikely colours for fall dressing, I especially enjoy mixing different fabric textures to create more visual interest in my outfits. With so many options to choose from, knits to leather to wovens and back again, it would be a shame to stick to a single texture throughout. Remember, building a great look no matter the occasion, often comes down to the details!
Photos by Laura McIntosh
Photos edited by Priscilla Locke Photography
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