Style Panel: How 5 of Canada’s most stylish bloggers are wearing their fall essentials

More than any other season, fall seems to be the time for choices. For both the budget-tight and the style-conscious, it all boils down to a few key pieces will get you through the mild-to-frigid temperature transition while mining through the season’s biggest events. As or New York Fashion Week street style shots have already begun to illustrate, the fashion elite has already spoken up for Balenciaga’s sci-fi prints and Shourouk’s see-through purses. As for the Style Panel? Our fashionable group of bloggers seems to be favouring its own group. From Kassandra Camponi’s (Kastles) boyish baseball T to Alyssa Lau’s (The Ordinary Peoples) on-trend faux-leather accents: the fall essential choice certainly seems to be a democratic one.

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Alyssa Lau, Fall Essentials

Alyssa Lau, 20
Edmonton | The Ordinary Peoples

It’s a good thing leather is one of the fall essentials this season, because now I have an excuse to pull out all the faux-leather items in my closet and wear them simultaneously. An essential leather item? This faux-leather jacket, which I’ve found easily pairs with any outfit, no matter how bright or patterned or monochrome. Basically, the rule to wearing leather jackets is that there are no rules.

Alyssa’s wearing: Leather jacket, Boots, Leopard-print blouse, Nasty Gal. Bag and distressed sweater,

Kristin MacDonald Fall Essentials

Kristin MacDonald, 27
Fredericton | Doll Parade

There are many things I love about fall fashion—Cozy snits, leather circle skirts, the return of opaque black tights, multi-purpose scarves, deep red lips & the mixing of textures would just be a few. But one item that always makes my fall wish list (this season especially) is a perfectly transitional bootie. I have been wish-listing lace up booties since last fall, waiting to get my hands on the perfect (and affordable) pair. I scored this Michael Kors pair just this weekend, and I absolutely can’t wait to pair these with a perfect pair of burgundy skinnies & a simple cream blouse. Be still my autumn loving heart.

Alex Grant, Fall Essentials

Alex Grant, 25
Toronto via Vancouver | To Vogue or Bust

If there’s one essential that I absolutely need come fall, it’s a super warm boxy sweater. Whether I grab a cashmere fisherman sweater in the men’s section or a big chunky knit two sizes too big, I live in pullovers as soon as the mercury drops. I can’t cope with the cold (I’ll start crying if I’m too chilly, seriously it’s pathetic) so I don’t do dainty sweaters in the winter, and what’s more, I find that the big heavy ones actually look better anyway. Like most other sartorial strategies, it’s all in the balance. For fall, I tend to wear my comfy pullovers (this one here is handmade in a seaside village near my cabin) and tone down the manly ruggedness of them with little skirts, wool tights, lots of layered jewellery and something with a heel.

Alex’s wearing: Sweater, Pollen Sweaters. Dress, Zen B. Spira (sold at Shoppalu). Heels, Aldo. Bag, Roots. Bracelets, Poshlocket.

Cara McLeay, Fall Essentials

Cara McLeay, 28
Vancouver | A Fashion Love Affair

My fall essential is a trench coat. Living in Vancouver we see a ton of rain, so having a trench that is both functional and fashionable is a must! While I certainly have a collection of colours, this bright mint trench is a fall favourite as its colour pops on a dreary day. When shopping for a trench I try to look for one that has a removable liner so that you can wear it through the transitional season of summer into fall as well.

Cara’s wearing: T-shirt. Trench, Queen’s Wardrobe. Jeans, American Eagle. Necklace, J.Crew. Sunglasses, Karen Walker. Heels, Shoemint. Bag, Coach.

Kassandra Camponi, Fall Essentials

Kassandra Camponi, 26
Edmonton | Kastles

One fall essential I knew I had to have in my closet was a baseball T-shirt. This need grew from spotting Taylor Tomasi-Hill rocking a couple of different versions. Then Oscar de la Renta showed the most beautiful bedazzled version for his resort collection & the love only grew. I knew I needed some sort of bedazzled one but couldn’t fork over the cash for Oscar one. Lucky for me Joe Fresh pulled through for me and I snatched up this beauty. This top is showcased all on it’s own. The sequin sleeves draw in your attention, and it is a neutral colour so it goes with everything. In all honesty sequins always go with everything & and every day should include a little sparkle.