Falling for Accessories

The weather is changing in Toronto – heading towards fall. There is still a lot of warmth in the afternoon but the mornings and evening are cool. Time to fall for some great fall accessories.


pashminaA huge trend right now is the blanket scarf. I love the idea and versatility but I’m petite so it tends to drown me. That’s why I opt for a pashmina. It’s also very versatile and provides great warmth for those chilly morning commutes. I like to loop it around my neck in what’s called a french loop.

scarfAnother great find is this wrap with hood combination from Hudson’s Bay.

It has great navajo inspo and if I don’t need the hood I can just tuck it in. This print in burgandy, grey and navy is on trend with the accessory colours this season.


hatsThis is my favourite hat. I have had for a few years and I have added the embellishments to it over time. The tweed is made up of tan, burgandy and brown so again it’s on trend and goes with so many outfits. It’s styled like a cap but has a short brim and a tight fit to make it more feminine. I added a silk scarf tied in a bow to mimic another huge trend – the pussy bow blouse.

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I am now turning the blog over to my good friend Dace [Broc] Obrascovs from LA who will talk about gloves. We obviously need them in Canada starting in fall but they can provide benefits even in warmer climates. Take it away Dace…

special_glovesI have worn driving gloves for 24 years in LA and have NO age spots on my hands; only thing I am vain about. There’s a benefit for you!
I have around a dozen pairs from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Holt Renfrew. I also have several pairs from Rome. The Italians make the best gloves with exquisite detailing and high quality leather. The fit is always perfect! When I can’t find them at my usual retailers I order online from Bruno and Fratelli Orsini. I have never worn cashmere lined gloves in LA because the weather is too warm. I always wear unlined or silk lined. For cold weather climates you can get by in unlined or silk lined until winter hits.


Until winter hits you can wear silk scarves to protect your neck from the wind and also for visual interest. Here’s a refresher on scarf tying.

Photo Credits

Fall Accessories – Model and Photographer Lori Tonizzo

Dace provided the photo of herself

Falling Doll – Lori Tonizzo *no dolls were injured during the shooting of this film

Tie One On – see film for credits


FW 2015/16 is a season of delights. I feel overloaded with trends so I’ve focused on the 3 you need to up your style game.


Tailored suits were featured on almost all fall runways. A suit is always a great investment because of it’s versatility it is the work horse of any wardrobe. Broken apart the jacket and trousers can be paired separately to create other looks. Dress the suit down with a t-shirt and sneakers or dress it up with a shimmery top and stilettos. Wear the jacket as an overcoat with a cashmere pullover underneath. These are just a few possibilities. The standout was PRADA. Severe tailoring on the narrow cropped trousers and fitted blazers is softened by the colour palette. Paired with the”inside” bag and you’re ready for serious work or serious fun.

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  • A LA MOD

The mod mini dresses at CALVIN KLEIN by Francisco Costa have it all. Style, glitz, attitude and comfort. Think women’s clothes in the movie Man from U.N.C.L.E. This trend is for everyone. If you think it’s too short – layer it over skinny jeans or narrow pants. Add boots and off you go. Sidebar – dresses over pants is another look for fall.

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This trend encompasses Boho and English Eccentricity. It can be long and flowy or have several layers of mixed patterns. It is an anything goes trend. Take this cue from BURBERRY. Floral trench over graphic dark trousers. At Miu Miu they mixed plaid with leopard and stripes. Some women find it challenging mixing patterns. TIP: consider tweed a neutral and pair it with stripes or florals in similar tones.


Brooches are the jewellery piece to have. It adds interest to a suit and works well in multiples with a new romantic look.

Burgandy and forest green are 2 of the biggest colours for fall. In New York the stores were full of apparel in these colours.

Ankle boots with stacked heels. That’s all you need to know and all you need for footwear this fall. NEXT WEEK: Footwear focus


I chose to illustrate a mod dress with mix patterns playing on 2 of Fall’s big trends. As always my paper is from The Paper Place in Toronto. mod_mini

Photo Credits

Prada – both images from website

Calvin Klein – from Style.com website

Burberry – from  website

Miu Miu – from website