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The fall season is traditionally marked by the lower temperatures, crisp weather, bold coloured leaves, and new and exciting fashions. Long luscious scarves, gemstone jewellery, colourful leggings, sleek sophisticated cardigans, and military-inspired jackets will be the hallmark fashion statements dominating the fall season. However, instead of splurging on a whole new wardrobe, why not invest in one or two statement pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways? Here are some suggestions for adding new pieces to create a refreshed and updated look.

Scarves Create Style and Warmth

Scarves are a great way to add depth, colour, and texture to an outfit. A chic scarf made of silk, cashmere, chiffon, or fine cotton can be used to create a sophisticated, playful, or even edgy look; it all depends on the colour and texture of the scarf, as well as how the scarf is worn. Scarves come in a variety of colours, patterns, textures, and decorative beading. They provide a relatively simple way to add layers, intrigue, or appeal to any particular style.

A scarf can be worn loosely around the neck, secured in a loop, or intricately tied for a more creative look. Pashminas, shawls and caplets are also a unique way to play up a particular style or to create an individual fashion statement. For men, a scarf is a great way to mix up your look. Try wearing a cool patterned scarf with a t-shirt and fitted jeans for a laid-back yet trendy style.

Style Savvy Statement Jewellery

One piece of statement jewellery is all it takes to spice up an outfit and complete a look. Wear the statement piece with jeans and a capped sleeve shirt for a playful look; rock it with some leather pants and a loose fitting tunic, or wear it with sleek black trousers and a blouse for a professional look. Statement jewellery will always take a style up a notch and create a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Some of the more popular statement pieces include knotted jewellery with decorative gemstones, an oversized watch, and simple dewdrop earrings, necklaces, and broaches marked with gemstones.

Layered Look with Leggings and Cardigans

Leggings and cardigans can be worn in a casual manner for a day of shopping and hanging out with friends, or put together in a more sophisticated manner for a special outing. It all depends on the particular pieces being worn and how they are layered together.

Black leggings are extremely versatile and comfortable. Dress them up by pairing them with a tunic, a loose flowing long blouse, or a tulle trimmed tank top. Add a sleek ribbed cardigan, a large gemstone necklace and clasped gemstone bracelet to complete the look. For a day with friends almost anything goes! Wear colourful or patterned leggings with a solid-coloured loose fitting tank top, blouse, or shirt, and a long yet
fitted blazer. Add some chunky gemstone jewellery and a large matching bag, and the outfit will pop with style. I wouldn’t recommend leggings for men, but cardigans are always on point for fall! Try pairing a navy prep-school-inspired cardigan over a gingham dress shirt for a retro vibe.

The Military-Style Jacket

A military-style jacket is similar to the boyfriend blazer, but it has a more casual, utilitarian appeal. The tough look of the army jacket means it is slightly trendier and provides many options in regards to how it can be worn. For girls, pair a cargo jacket with a short skirt or cocktail dress, a thick black belt and peep toe heels for a night on the town. Or try wearing it with a pair of skinny jeans, a t-shirt, and knee high slouchy boots for a day of shopping. For guys, throw on a vintage army t-shirt with some skinny jeans for a tough look.