Awe­some au­tumn

Mild fall means we can put fashion be­fore func­tion with glam­orous out­er­wear ac­ces­sories

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - STYLE -

IF you would have told me at the be­gin­ning of the year I would still be able to sport just a sweater dur­ing the day in Novem­ber, I would have thought you were in­sane. But, here we are, nearly mid-Novem­ber and I can count on two hands the num­ber of days where my out­fit hasn’t been cov­ered up by a coat. Ac­tu­ally, last week­end there were sev­eral gals out there still bar­ing a lit­tle leg in capris, and many more boldly re­fus­ing to stash away those sexy sum­mer shoes. But let’s be hon­est: as the sun be­gins to fade into night, it gets pretty darn chilly out there. Not so cold you need to break out the win­ter wool­lies but not warm enough to rely only on a thin pash­mina — it’s that kinda in-be­tween weather.

For this fash­ion­ista, hav­ing an ac­tual fall that lasts more than a cou­ple of weeks had me on the prowl for fab­u­lous au­tumn ac­cou­trements that would keep you cosy at night while re­main­ing coolly stylish. (Fi­nally, a time in Win­nipeg’s fall/win­ter sea­son where func­tion does not out­weigh fashion!)

Over at Ed­ward Car­riere’s main-level gift bou­tique, Down­stairs, you will find some of the finest fall out­er­wear of the sea­son: beau­ti­ful wraps and scarves, funky hats and hoods and lux­u­ri­ous leather gloves.

Among the items at the bou­tique are a very luxe col­lec­tion of al­paca wool wraps that have this sort of silky tex­ture and drape el­e­gantly on the body. What I love about these is the fact that you can en­velop your­self in them to stave off the chilly night air or wear them loosely wrapped once around the neck dur­ing the day as a fun ac­ces­sory.

For those look­ing for some­thing a bit warmer but still ul­tra cool, opt for a mo­hair knit­ted scarf by Mon­treal de­signer M0851 in a gor­geous jewel-tone hue, teamed up with a cash­mere slouchy hat by Olena Zy­lak.

But if you ask me, the most to-die-for way to stay cosy on a chilly au­tumn night is with a pair of the soft­est leather gloves. Down­stairs car­ries a gor­geous line from France with lovely de­tails such as stitch­work pat­terns — ooh la la.

So go ahead — splurge on a lit­tle piece of lux­ury. Af­ter all, it’s not ev­ery year we ’Peg­gers have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate fall in style.

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