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Fall Trendspotting

For most of us, fall represents a fresh start as much as the New Year does. It’s a feeling that comes from the back-to-school excitement of our early years. These days, however, instead of being delighted by new lunch boxes, pencil cases and that fresh new-paper smell, we look forward to cozy, chunky knits, the September issue of Vogue and the scent of new leather from newly acquired fall boots.

There are so many fun trends to look forward to this season. But don’t feel that you have to incorporate all of them into your wardrobe – and definitely steer clear of doing so all at once. As always, just stay true to your own sense of style and update the classics in your closet with select hits of this season’s must-haves.

Here are just a few things to look out for when doing your own “back-to-school” shopping:

Mixed metals

A beautiful example of the mixed metal craze is the Stella & Dot Kahlo Bib Necklace, cited by People StyleWatch Magazine as THE statement necklace of the season.

Leopard print

The great thing about leopard print is that it is very much a neutral, but so far from being boring! If you're a little shy about adding it to your fashion wardrobe, start slowly by injecting it into your selection of accessories.

Cobalt blue

This vibrant hue was all over the Fall 2013 runways. As with leopard print, you can dive into this trend whole-heartedly (think skinny jeans, pencil skirts, and/or blazers), or incorporate it subtly with a bangle, a leather wrap or as an accent colour in a scarf or blouse.

Product spotlight

The Madison Tech Bag, available in black (shown) and poppy is almost enough to make me want to fast-forward to fall. Almost.

Retailing for $168, this versatile tote is a stylish way to transport your laptop, iPad and more. The side zippers can be worn up for a streamlined look, or down to accommodate more gear.

The leopard print detailing on the black edition coordinates beautifully with the Stella & Dot leopard print tech and travel companions, while the Frida print looks amazing against the poppy back with its pink contrasting.

Dear Jane...

Q. After all the back-to-school shopping that I’ve done for my kids recently, there’s not a lot left over to freshen up my own fall wardrobe. What must-haves should I invest in this season, given my tight budget?

A. Why should our kids be the only ones who get to experience that amazing back-to-school feeling that comes from sporting new gear from head to toe? Treating yourself to two or three new pieces is a must – and a sure-fire way to take the sting out of the end of cottage season. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune to feel like a million bucks. Follow these trend-savvy tips to get yourself fall-ready.

Pick out two or three pieces in the colour of the season, cobalt blue. Think a new pair of skinny jeans that you can dress up or dress down; a bangle or leather wrap to add to your arm party; or a pair of ballet flats to add interest to any outfit with a pop of this hot colour.

Stretch your summer wardrobe into fall. Just because the temperature is dipping doesn’t mean all of your summer wear needs to be relegated to the back of the closet. Extend the life of your favourite summer dress by replacing your sandals or flip-flops with ballet flats or booties. Throw on a pair of leggings, a jean jacket, and maybe a scarf, and you’re ready for a stylish fall stroll.

Get more bang for your buck. Rather than blowing your budget on a piece that you can wear once a week, at most, search for versatile items that can be transformed to create new looks in an instant. Examples include, a simple shirt dress that can look brand new when cinched with a different belts, scarves or ties (or leave it loose for a more laid back look); a bag that can go from a casual cross-body to an elegant clutch taking you from day to night, effortlessly; or a necklace that can be worn multiple ways (such as the Stella & Dot Sutton, pictured here) – long or short, with bling or without – so you can add it to any number of outfits without anyone being the wiser.

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Tip of the month

Looking for a new way to tie your scarves this fall? Follow this easy-to-read instructional graphic (click to enlarge) for an effortlessly pulled together look. I can't wait to try this with my new painted zebra scarf!

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