Layering 101: Fall Dressing

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Paige_Denim_white jeans_nike_trainers_ADYN_ReissThe concept of layering has never come that easily to me. I suppose I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘simple’ dresser – anymore than two or three pieces (dress, shoes; jeans, heels, sweater; boots, skirt, top, you get the idea) and you gotta question your choice of fabrics for the season.  Having said that, Fall brings with it some up and down temperatures – it has been both crisp and cold and warm and satisfying here in Cambridge this Autumn so far.

American husband recently introduced me to ADYNa British lifestyle brand producing high fashion street wear (largely designed for men, but can be worn by women).  An abbreviation of the word ‘androgynous’, ADYN have some great pieces for layering – simple tees, oversized sweatshirts – as well as some more avant garde styles.  One of my favourite details of this oversized top are the cuffs that run over the wrist and have a thumb hole.  It’s a little athletic note to match the Nike sneakers in this outfit.

Crisp, clear Fall days have also meant I’ve been able to wear my Paige Denim white jeans without a thought of the weather forecast (I wore them in the rain once, it was a disaster, ’nuff said).   I love the zip detail on these, I forget the name of this specific style, but you can see the full range here.

How do you dress for Fall, Blog Reader?

Wearing: ADYN top from Wolf and Badger; NIKE trainers; Paige Denim white jeans; Reiss coat; Maxwell Scott leather rucksack.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

Fall Fashion: Going Wide (Reiss Hat, Acne Studios Pants)

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Reiss_wide_brimmed_hatWhen it comes to transitional fashion during autumn, this year you will find me cozying up in oversized, wide pants and hiding under my favourite hat.  I wrote about embracing the wide leg HERE, and whilst I remain unconvinced that my wardrobe will ever be free of skinnies, this pair of Hill Black Pants from Acne Studios took my breath away as the perfect wool trouser to go with everything this fall: shirts, sweaters, cropped tops (perfect for this high-waisted style) tees…

There is something very comforting about this combination of styles – lots of luxurious wool, a little bit of tailoring and the soft touch of the hat with the wide brim.  When it comes to a hat for fall, choose yours wisely: the stiffness of the fabric, the pinch in the crown, and the generosity of the brim all work to alter a hat’s mood.   I prefer something more structured, and for those looking for the same, Reiss have a great selection of Trilbys right now.

I still have a selection of vacation style posts to feature on the blog, but for now let’s embrace the chill in the air….

Photo: Beth Morton Photography. Wearing: Hat from Reiss. Pants, Acne Studios. Top: Reformation. Heels: Kelya Shoes.

For more on the Western trend for Fall 2014, since this seems to be a theme in my latest posts, take a look at Dion Lee and Cushnie et Ochs

Fall Prints: David Peck Collection

Earlier in the year I interviewed David Peck for Lookbooks about his CrOp collection. Standing for ‘creative opportunities’, CrOp is produced in Houston, Texas with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. David uses low impact printing methods and organic, fair trade and natural fibers for designs that feature his signature bold prints and vibrant hues.

The inspiration behind fall 2012 began with a visit to NYC’s Tenement Museum, which got David thinking about his own rich family history: connections, travel, memories, evolution and change.  Peck used each of the themes for the prints in the collection to tell a story: harbor, lace, autumn leaves and geography.  For information and the ideas behind each theme click on the image below:

This Estelle dress in navy/geography print is one of my favourites from Peck’s current line.  The abstract print reminiscent of clouds, land and sea from above was inspired by David’s travels over the sea to and from Paris.  I love the length of the dress and the centre stripe that draws you in – it is a delight to wear.

You can view the whole collection on Peck’s website – I will be featuring another of Davids designs, along with photos of my other fall favourites over the next few weeks.

Each season David Peck partners with a charity to promote and bring awareness of their cause.  For fall / winter 12 Peck is working with Covenant House in Texas, an organization offering shelter and services to homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21.  You can read more about David’s work with Covenant House here.

Wearing: Estelle Dress, David Peck Collection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano.
Photography: Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez, shot on location at The Castle in Austin, Texas.