10 dos and don'ts of fall fashion

Last week our assistant style editor, Tyler Franch, hosted a Facebook chat to answer our readers most pressing style questions from the must-have accessory to how to wear black and blue together. Here are the highlights from that chat.
Christian Dior runway, pink pleated skirt, structured bag, gloves, cinched waist, quilted blazer, ladylike Runway: Christian Dior

1. Can you wear hose with crop pants?

A: Wearing hose underneath pants is never a good idea. I would suggest buying a pair of booties to wear with cropped pants.

2. Should you wear socks with a crop pant? If so, what kind of socks and shoes are best?

A: Flat shoes like lace-up brogues look great with a short pair of ankle socks and cropped pants. Keep in mind, the man-style trend looks best when you mix ultra-feminine touches in...sometimes beachy hair and a bold lip is all the accessory you need.

3. Is wearing white after Labour Day okay? Should I put away the crisp white shirts and wear off-white and cream instead? 

A: I love creams in the fall. You don't have to put away your white dress shirt - that's a season-less staple. If you love to wear white jeans in the summer, look into buying a pair of white wool pants for winter with a wider leg.


4. How long should your coat length be compared to your skirt?

A: A midi skirt (just past your knee) should be worn with either a  cropped coat (just above your waist line) or a long coat that meets the hem of your skirt. With a mini skirt,  you can pretty much wear any coat length.

5. Can you wear denim pants to work?

A: Yes! Dark, crisp denim looks much better than saggy, tired khakis.

6. How do you properly cuff jeans - small or large cuffs, to the ankle or higher, or not at all?


A: The trick is to make sure you choose a straight leg or skinny jean. Don't ever cuff a boot-cut jean. I like a one fold cuff, just above the ankle so that the hemline is still visible. A one-inch cuff is best.

 7. Can you wear navy and black? If so, how?

A: Black and navy look amazing together if done right. Choose a dark navy with a rich tone and make sure the black isn't the same material (i.e. navy wool with black satin).

8. What's the one must-have accessory for this fall?

A: A conversation clutch! A bold clutch in a crazy pattern or great colour.


9. As a work-at-home mom, I tend to slide into yoga pants, which makes me feel sloppy. I want to look put together when I step out into the world.What staples would you recommend for an on-the-go working mom who spends as much time on the computer with clients as she does on the floor with a baby?

Nothing is cooler right now than mixing some athletic touches into your wardrobe. Find a great pair of runners such as Nike, New Balance or Lacoste. And try a nice stretch denim or four-pocket legging. A boxy knit  is a cute replacement for a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

10. Can you recommend five staples that I should purchase for my winter wardrobe?

Here are five must-haves: Black patent pumps, tweed pencil skirt, crisp white button-up, top handle bag (something ladylike) and a great pair of sunglasses.


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