The seasons are changing, and we've got the top finds for an autumn wardrobe update. Afiya Francisco, editor of Real Style Magazine, shows us this season's key fall fashion trends.
Designers like Prada showed geometric prints head-to-toe on the runway; off the runway, choosing one standout print is the most flattering way to participate in the trend.
Keep in mind that loud prints will draw attention, so wear where appropriate, and stick to seamless solids where you'd like to minimize.
Leather is one of the most important materials of the season and how it's being used is what makes it really interesting. Items like dresses, skirts and trench coats are really key this fall.
The easiest way to adopt the trend within your existing wardrobe is to look for classic staples in leather (think blazer, pencil skirt, day dresses).
The New Suit
This fall we're seeing traditional suits in interesting patterns and colours. To keep it palatable for everyday, make sure your suit is fitted and stick to colours - like oxblood/burgundy - that are on trend, but don't scream for attention. They can be as surprisingly versatile as black.
Military comes around so frequently that to call it a trend seems a misnomer. But what's different this year is it's far more feminine than we've seen in ages. Military details like epaulets and gold buttons have always been key, but now we're seeing them on super-feminine pieces.
Above: blouse, Carven; jacket, Smythe; jeans, 7 For All Mankind, boots, Jeffrey Campbell, bag, Ela; all available at Holt Renfrew.
This trend is defined by opulence and luxe details. Designers like D&G and Balmain showed intricate embroidery and woven metallics. Capes and even head pieces made a statement. The most wearable way to incorporate this trend is with just a touch. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Formerly "nerdy" pieces - bow ties, cardigans & smart socks - get a fresh update when paired with rugged pieces like denim and canvas, and funky colours.