There is a lot going on in fashion right now – it’s as though minimalism and maximalism are hanging out at a party together and really getting along. Sleek 90’s turtlenecks and denim collide with whimsical fall 2016 trends; metallics, ruffles, victoriana, and of course – velvet. But if you’re looking to build a smaller closet filled with classic pieces – what should you invest in? Every season, we are tempted by the urge to freshen up our closet with something uber current – which is totally normal – let’s be honest, it’s a great feeling bringing home something new – but it’s a better feeling if that purchase is something that you know will take you through many experiences for years to come. Rather than choosing pieces that are very now, look for pieces with a classic influence that stand the test of time. For yours and the internet’s eyes only; here are some ideas to shop some of fall 2016 trends smarter.
Instead of: Culottes
Buy: a straight leg trouser with subtle detail that you love
Don’t get me wrong, I love culottes – I have two pairs, but they were thrifted a few years ago, and I’ve been wearing them ever since. I wore them because I loved them then and I can see myself wearing them even a decade down the road when another silhouette is having a moment. If you love the way you look in culottes and don’t care about what other people think (which is great, but not always easy to do) then buy them, love them and wear them forever. The alternative however, is a great pant that has enough personality to stand on its own years to come – like these from J.Crew.
Instead of: A metallic bomber
Buy: A metallic pair of shoes
Metallics are awesome. They add character to any outfit, especially if your closet is full of neutrals (they work beautifully with brights too!). Instead of being blinded by the super on-trend metallic bomber, grab a pair of classic metallic pumps or brogues – like these beauties above. Where the dazzling bomber can get old very fast, gold or silver footwear lends a subtle chic factor to every outfit you put on (even denim!) – no matter the season, outfit genre, or decade you’re currently occupying.
Instead of: A crushed velvet top, pants or dress
Buy: A velvet blazer
It is so easy to be lured in by the luxe, sensual richness of velvet. This is a pretty bold texture and a very strong trend, so for it to have a longer life in your wardrobe, take it home in the form of a classic black blazer. An inky velvet blazer like this one by FRAME complements any wardrobe – wear it with denim and a lazy tee for a relaxed look, or belt it over a dress or skirt for something more upscale. Either way, I’ve seen velvet blazers stand the test of time in many a wardrobe, so now would be a good time to invest in one if velvet is something that speaks to you and your style personality.
Instead of: 90’s inspired sweatpants
Buy: A pair of luxe wool pants
I remember wearing Queen’s University sweatpants to a high school house party with a white halter top and my Adidas Superstars. It was magical. At least I thought it was. I’ve since upgraded to a pair of Rachel Roy silk sweats (bought back in 2010) that I wear to adult house parties and secretly hope nobody realizes that i’m essentially wearing pyjamas and lounging around their home. All that to say; sweatpants are tough to pull off because of an overly relaxed silhouette, which is why – if you want to start wearing pyjamas in public – they have to do a lot of work for you and have a luxe vibe. Enter; the wool pant. Same cool factor as a sweatpant, but extra chic – I love the wide leg ankle crop from Club Monaco; the neutral colour makes it easy to wear and it looks effortless when paired with a cozy knit or cool blazer. Because of the ankle action, you can also wear these with a sneaker or flat which is key. (Showing off a bit of ankle makes you look taller) I’m also a big fan of these Merino wool joggers from Ca Va de Soi.