Reboot your fall wardrobe
"Warm up your closet with fashionable footwear and accessories"
It’s time to reboot your fall wardrobe with some fashionable new footwear and accessories. “New fashion accessories,
“New fashion accessories, including jewellery, scarves, bags and footwear, can quickly update, refresh, and transition your look forward into fall,” says Sharon Lamb, of Sharon’s of Hyde Park.
Your fall reboot starts – literally – from the ground up with new boots and shoes that are certain to update just about everything in your closet.
“Two of fall’s most versatile and popular fashion-forward must-haves include wear-with-everything over-the-knee boots and big city bottoms,” says Lisa Ferguson, owner of ACCENTS.
According to Ferguson, “big city bottoms” are flatform and platform slip-ons and Oxford shoes with wide to tapered toes atop thick flat rubber soles.
“More substantial footwear offers a contemporary alternative to old classics like ballet flats and loafers and are vital to better proportion and balancing current clothing styles,” says Ferguson.
Tapered and pointed toes, thin and thick lug soles, and fall’s favourite blockshaped heels in a range of heights and widths form the mainframe of most new shoes and boots.
If you seek streamlined, dressier styling, look for single-soled pumps and boots with slender architectural heels.
“Boots give you a leg up on style and look great with everything from jeans to dresses,” says Kim McCowan, manager of JAS Shoes.
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“Tall boots with stretch, ankle boots and shooties – which are a crossover between shoes and ankle boots – are all important, in varied heel heights and colours. Boots with studs, buckles and ornamental hardware are especially stylish,” notes McCowan.
Pewter-, gold- and silver-toned studs, grommets and metal bits put the polish on casual and dressy boots and bags.
Black remains standard issue for footwear and bags, with hues of wine, metallic bronze, camel, red, olive, cranberry, grey, plum and mauve breaking new ground on smooth and textured natural and man-made materials.
Suede stands out as a designer favourite and one of fall’s richest and most prevalent materials.
Calf hair, fur, patent, mock crocodile and python print find favour, as do tassels, patchwork and fringe, which are frequent fliers on many accessories.
“Fringe is a particularly important stylistic element which appears on clothing, shoes and bags and crosses over into jewellery,” says Ferguson.
Fringe-like metal, leather and fabric vertical tassels dangle stylishly from necklaces, earrings and belts, as do medallions, coins and sleek geometric bits.
Bold and chunky jewellery continues to enthrall but an opposite trend toward sleek, linear jewellery also makes headlines.
Long lariat necklaces, layered chains, metal chokers, hoop earrings, stacked rings and chain and bangle bracelets are among the many jewellery trends fashioned in gold and other metals.
“Cuffs, stacked bracelets, monogrammed and layered necklaces make important fashion statements,” says Lamb.
Layer on three or more coordinating necklaces or chains to create your own signature neckwear statement.
Clutch, bucket, hobo, cross-body bags, backpacks and structured top-handled satchels are among fall’s favorite carry-ons.
Chain straps and quilting are novelties on some bags, and mini-bucket and other micro-sized variations on bags in key seasonal styles are also trending.