Sissy’s Fall 2017: What I’m Into

Our Fashion Editor-At-Large, Sissy Sainte-Marie, shares her current obsessions.



Wearing head-to-toe beige cotton everyday is so me. But don’t be shocked if I shift gears and go full-on lurex and lamé this season.




I think it was last year’s election that got me feeling a little militant, or maybe it’s merely the Gucci effect, but I’m really into topping my noggin with berets right now. Clyde’s in fawn lambskin is my choice.  



I guess we have Beyonce to thank. Lemonade’s references to this 1991 film about Gullah women at the turn of the 20th century, led to its restoration and re-release late last year. It is a visual masterpiece, a beautiful story, but tbh, I was mostly focused on the costumes.



I love my bed so much I recite an ode I wrote called “Oh bed oh bed” to it from time to time. If you, too, can list sleeping as one of your favorite activities, you are going to love the bedspread-inspired runway looks for F/W 2017. Grab a pillow bag from Modern Weaving and you’ve got yourself a look.


If it ever looks like I’m having an absence seizure, I’m not. I’m most likely just seriously wondering if I could pull off “Last Tango in Paris” hair.



I once heard an older woman in a vintage store describe a dress as “menopausal blue”. I still don’t know what that even means but perhaps it is no coincidence this blue-gray shade is showing up all over catwalks around the same time Manrepeller is trend-reporting on Menocore?



Ben Toms’ set of postcards for Owl Cave books. The theme is adaptive mimicry. The title is Untitled.



This Aussie pantydropper is equal parts humor and heart.  Recommended for you if you think Louie Anderson should win a nobel prize for his portrayal of Mama Baskets and that Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads could have had more laughs per minute.

Four Ways To Wear Fall’s Favorite Luxe Trend

Velvet has come in and out of our lives at about the same rate as Winona Ryder. But this year our velvet crush has finally crossed the line into timeless, and screen-stealing, territory. It’s not going anywhere and, thankfully, neither is Winona. We saw velvet take over the FW16 runways (via Marc Jacobs, Opening Ceremony, 3.1 Philip Lim and many more) and now it’s blending in IRL more than ever. This luxe fabric features on everything from slip dresses to bomber jackets to ankle boots. With so many options, we’re loving this shimmery soft fabric more than ever as it can truly give any outfit a little extra something. We’ve pulled together four of our favorite ways to wear it and we suggest you try them all seeing that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.



Of course velvet is the perfect fabric for a statement dress. For full wow power during the holiday party season, wear it full length with a draped dress like this Upstate Amalfi Dress.


If you aren’t really a dress girl try a matching two piece outfit. It’s still a totally polished look for the holidays, plus it can be worn as separate pieces creating endless outfit options.


Bring the fancy down a notch by layering a velvet dress over everyday pieces like your fave white tee. Layering this luxe fabric with a more casual texture gives it a serious chill-girl vibe.


Try it as a top layer over a more casual outfit. We love this velvet Stine Goya coat, for example. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of luxe velvet to your outfit without feeling overdressed.



Velvet is already such a unique texture so why not up the ante and add more? We love this quilted skirt. It elevates the fabric to a whole new level.


Pleated velvet couldn’t be more beautiful. This preppy vibe is even better when paired with casual pieces like sneakers and a sweatshirt.




Instead of the usual black, eggplant or merlot, try velvet in a bold, bright shade. It’s an unexpected way to wear the popular trend, plus it’s an easy way to brighten up those gloomy winter days.


Blush pink is another punchy, fresh color for velvet. The feminine shade creates a super soft look, which is great for all seasons.

Cozy Up To These Shoes

Fall is the perfect time to splurge on new shoes (or at least that’s what we tell ourselves) to keep your feet cozy and comfortable. This season we are absolutely loving anything with soft texture – we’re basically looking to get as close to the unavoidable comfort and warmth of Uggs without actually wearing them. From velvet to shearling to faux fur, luckily we have a ton of options. Plus, it’s the warmest thing to happen to shoes yet. We’re loving how Mari Giudicelli does it subtly with her Leblon Mule or how Bronze Age goes full on with their Neko Fur Babouche. When it comes to needing true winter warmth (we’re talking to you, east coasters) shearling is the way to go. Another cozy look is velvet. It has that soft luxurious look and feel, but keeps it sleek. So whether you decide on fur, shearling or velvet – or all of them – your feet will thank you.

How To Dress Up Your Pants

In the summertime, you throw on a dress and you are good to go. Well, we think that mantra should be carried into every season. All you have to do is add a pair of pants. Seriously, it’s that simple. And yes, you can totally pull it off. The silhouette plays a starring role for Resort 2017 too, with designers like Apiece Apart, Suno and Tibi showcasing the look. Wearing dresses over pants is not only just a fresh styling trick, the pairing is totally practical. Pants keep your legs warm – even warmer than those tights that are always catching runs and getting holes in the toes. They’re avoiding tights for as long as possible over on Man Repeller, and taking note from the dress-over-pants queen herself, we’ve learned that it pays to be adventurous while keeping things comfortable. We’ve pulled together some of our favortie dress and pants pairings so get creative, take your pick and put down the tights.





With generous cocoon proportions and an above the knee length, this dress is pretty much perfect for layering over pants. It’s one of those styles that will work with everything, but we especially love this with a wide leg pant like these. Plus, who doesn’t love a raw edge?

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This dress is a step up from your usual sweatshirt but still has that comfy feel. The rolled sleeves and baseball hem keep it casual, so pair it with your fave jeans. Try these B Sides patchwork denim for an all around easygoing look.

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This dress is perfect for when you feel a little fancy. The soft, billowy material and slit at the front makes it easy to pair with almost any pants, but we’ll be pulling these ones on for a night out. We love how the long length will keep your covered while the high slit shows off your pants.

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We can’t get enough of this classic t-shirt dress. It’s a great basic to throw on with any pair of pants, just an elevated take on your usual t-shirt and jeans. The side slit would be perfect for showing off the patchwork on these jeans. Plus, the subtle button detail adds a little extra something to an outfit.

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We’re loving this feminine take on the classic button-up shirt. It’s playful, flattering and has endless styling options. You could even wear it to the office, guys! Keep it buttoned up and pair it with the Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s perfectly draped pant for a complete contemporary look.

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Christine Chang, Designer Of Boy + Girl Shares Her Visual Inspiration

Designed in Venice Beach and made in downtown Los Angeles, boy+girl produces playful children’s clothing. Designer Christine Chang reveals with us her visual inspiration for the brand’s current collection. Intricate, fun, and completely captivating, this moodboard could inspire our own closets.

“The Fall collection pulls from a wide range of inspiration. For boy, I always really love Japanese textile meets the great outdoors: lots of layering and the mix and match of textures, colors, prints and materials. Polka dot is a classic ‘print’ that never gets old, for this season I did tiny and big polka dots in navy and black. For girl, I like a very undone done, super feminine, lots of interesting shapes and beautiful colors. I love dreamy colors in the Fall.”

Five Ways to the Perfect Fall Outfit

Forget checking the weather forecast or measuring out the amount of steps you’ll likely take during the day to decide between flats or heels. In the spirit of making getting dressed less complicated this fall, we’ve decoded five ways to the perfect outfit – with a little help from our friends at Local Creative in New York.

1. DOUBLE UP ON RIBBED KNITS Matched sets aren’t only an easy template for getting dressed, they also happen to be one of our favourite trends this year. So pick a texture, we’re big fans of a ribbed knit, and double down.

2. LAYER IN A TURTLENECK Pretty much as ubiquitous, and essential, as a jumpsuit by now, the turtleneck can single-handedly transform an outfit for fall. Layer underneath a button up, a jumpsuit, overalls, a dress, a sweater, a jacket.. we could go on all day.

3. TOP WITH SHEARLING Just like that faux fur pillow on your couch starts to feel a little wrong, and sweaty, in the dead heat of summer, soft textures have a way of representing the cold. Shearling is our favourite way of signifying fall in one fell swoop of an OOTD.

4. ADD A STATEMENT BOOT First of all, wearing white after Labor Day is the best. Second of all, boots are a no-brainer closet go-to in the world of fall fashion. So make sure yours stand out.

5. WEAR SOCKS Not only to they warm your toes, they warm our sartorial hearts. So let them peek out the top of your ankle boot, oxford loafer or mule. Socks are an accessory, not just a present from your grandmother.










Milena Silvano shawl coat; Giu Giu Nonna turtleneck; Giu Giu Nonna skirt; Grey City Sadie Bootie, Faris Linelashes earrings; Rachel Comey socks (similar here). 

All photos by Local Creative


Women We Love Share Their Fave Fall Staples

Everyone has those hero pieces in their closet. The ones you reach for over and over, no matter how many new things you’ve brought home for a new season. And you feel really good in them, even after lunch on taco Tuesday. But here’s the challenge: how do you keep them feeling fresh again and again? We asked five of our favorite cool girls to show us how it’s done.

ANNA GRAY (above)

“I’m as surprised as anyone that kitten heels have made a come back. These vintage Manolos (similar here) have the best granny vibe and are much more practical than their 5″ cousin.”

Photo by Local Creative



Lee Vosburgh Style Blogger Fall Pick

“If I could only keep 1 pair of shoes for Fall, the Rachel Comey Mars Boot would be it. They’re so comfortable, such a classic shape and somehow manage to work with every type of pants I own. I love that I can aways count of them to pull an outfit together, whether it’s a pair of jeans and a tee for running errands or a great dress for a night out. They can also take a beating and always seem to bounce back no matter what I put them through!”




“I just got this Dries Van Noten Jacket for fall (similar here). It’s a great everyday jacket but it looks cool over a dressy outfit as well. I love the faux fur collar detail.”




“Lately I have been carrying my Building Block Box Bag everyday and people always ask where I got it, or who makes it. The geometric shape is striking and easy to like. I tend to wear a lot of neutral tones and having a bit more of a unique, eye catching bag, elevates even the most basic fall outfits.”




“My Black Crane Quilted Dress and my Lotta’s clogs with socks are gonna be my go to outfit this Fall. I’m in love with the shapes of Black Crane pieces, plus it has pockets and it’s comfy.”

A bunch of other women we love shared their favorites for Fall. Check out our boutique buyers’ picks this way.

Fall Editorial: Magic Hour



Kamperett Camille Bow Neck Dress; LOQ Almansa in Verde.


été noir Tan Knit Jumpsuit; LOQ Lucia in Black Patent. 




Open Air Museum Eva Dress; été noir Heathered Gray and Black Trousers; LOQ Villa in Petrol. 


Open Air Museum Joni Pant in Natural; été noir Knit Coat; été noir Ribbed Sweater; LOQ Lorente in Black. 



Open Air Museum Joni Pant in Natural; été noir Knit Coat; été noir Ribbed Sweater; LOQ Lazaro in Black. 


Photography: Nima Chaichi

Styling and Art Direction: Sanam Miremadi 

Model: Madeline Robertson 

Location: Volunteer Park, Seattle 

Win Our Essential Fall Shoe Closet

So, here’s the deal. We’ve got nine pairs of shoes, valued at over $3,000, from amazing designers like Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Intentionally Blank, Rachel Comey, LOQ, Ariana Bohling, LD Tuttle and A Bronze Age. And since it wouldn’t be fair to keep such things all to ourselves, we decided to give them all away to one lucky sole — ahem, soul. You read that right — our Essential Fall Shoe Closet could be yours for the keeping. Before you enter to win, read on to find out why you won’t be able to live without these babies.


1. Rachel Comey Mars Boot


If you don’t already have a pair in your arsenal, get on it. The Rachel Comey Mars Boot (care of Nonna boutique in Los Angeles) has been a mainstay for cool girls ever since the designer’s signature style was introduced years ago. They’re made with 100% leather, have a stacked heel and are an everyday essential you can wear with jeans, a skirt, dresses, jumpsuits…. You know, basically everything.

2. Maryam Nassir Zadeh Heeled Brogue 


The Flavia Heeled Brogue from shoe goddess Maryam Nassir Zadeh (care of Swords-Smith boutique in Brooklyn) is an elevated version of the classic shape. The lace-up heel is one of those elegant ladylike styles that takes notes from menswear for a sleek, sophisticated feel. We love them for off duty and on, but they definitely need to be an option for your office heel rotation this season.

3. Martiniano Glove


The “It shoe” of the last year, adding a pair of these babies will seriously up your style game. With a high instep, almond toe and a shape that can be worn with literally anything and anything, Martiniano’s Glove (care of Umeboshi boutique in Vancouver) works for Fall and every season that comes after it.

4. LOQ Suede Square Toe Boot


Meet your new favorite boot: suede, square toe, block heel, fitted at the ankle and all kinds of amazing. The LOQ Lazaro Boot is an all-leather ankle boot that has us feeling nostalgic for the ’70s and is right on trend for this season’s love affair with the decade.

5. Intentionally Blank Velvet Flat 


Velvet was huge on the runways for FW16, so a pair of pretty flats is the perfect way to add the luxe trend to your everyday wardrobe. The Eliza Flat from Intentionally Blank is featured in a pop of color, lined with leather and all around amazing to both the touch and the eye.

6. A Bronze Age Fuzzy Babouche 


Have we mentioned how much we love slippers you can wear outside the house? These fuzzy babouches from A Bronze Age are pretty much the coziest shoes ever. Wear all day both at home and on the street.

7. A Bronze Age Suede Babouche 


A Bronze Age is also responsible for these perfect suede babouches that you’ll never want to take off. And a sleek alternative to the fuzzy pair.

8. Ariana Bohling Low Slung Bootie


Sleek and feminine, with a fitted glove-like silhouette and quirky cone heel, the Ariana Bohling Bedford is the ultimate finishing touch. These shoes are all lady.

9. LD Tuttle Mule 


The mule, in every iteration, has come out as one of the most significant shifts in silhouette for shoes over the past year alongside. The Boxer mule boot from LD Tuttle is made with 100% goat skin, has a stacked heel and gives a fall flavor to your summer slip on. One two punch.

See? We told you they were all essential. Want to win them all? Enter here.