Fashion Flexible - Flex your Fashion
Earlier this year we saw comfortable, athletically-inspired styles begin to influence fashion in a new (and very welcome) way. Beginning with the re-emergence of the humble grey sweatshirt, this trend has now extended to luxurious running shoes and sweatpants that were definitely not created with trips to the gym in mind. As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to embrace the sweatshirt in a more feminine silhouette: the “sweatshirt dress” has the same versatility as our long-standing fall favourite, the sweater dress, but with even more comfort and casual-chic appeal. Crafted from cotton and jersey blends in neutral grey shades, these pieces can be worn alone or layered when the weather gets frosty.
Montreal designer Encantados specializes in locally-made dresses and tunics that are as comfortable as a sweatshirt while still being perfectly form -fitting and sexy. Their dresses also come with adorable cold-weather appropriate details like hoods, and deep pockets for when you forget your gloves. Their “Monaco” dress provides a more relaxed silhouette. You could easily transition the bright pastel button-ups of spring and summer into your fall wardrobe by layering them under this roomy piece; the exposed collar would add extra detail without overwhelming the look.
With one of these dresses as a simple and functional base, the styling possibilities are endless. Try a pair of colourful cotton, wool or merino-blend tights in jewel tones from B. Ella, or wrap up in one of Jennifer Glasgow Design’s cozy woven circle scarves to add texture and brightness to your ensemble.
If you’re looking for the versatility of separates, the knit skirt from local designer Atelier B offers an alternative to dresses in soft, go-with-anything grey wool. The “Asha” open cardigan from Jennifer Glasgow Design combines the casual ease of black and grey cotton jersey with an elegantly draped fit.
These versatile pieces will definitely get you through the season in fashionable comfort. However, on dark and cloudy days when you want to leave the house in something totally eye-catching and unique, we’ve also got you covered! Montreal-based designer Les Enfants Sauvages continues to dazzle with new dresses that combine unexpected fabrics in beautiful ways. The “Moon Colibri” dress is crafted using soft navy corduroy and silver-printed fabric sourced from Ghana. The dramatic shades combine with longer sleeves and a nipped-in waist for a look that is dark, mysterious - and toasty warm. The other dresses in their collection come in an array of lush colours and patterns that glow like freshly fallen leaves.
Are there any other cool-weather staples you’ll be looking for this fall? Do you like to keep it casual and neutral or do you prefer to layer with lots of colour and texture?