Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall layers

There's a homeless shelter in my neighbourhood and I've been amused to discover that walking by gives me an automatic reading on my outfits. Without fail, on days when I clearly haven't put any effort into my appearance, I don't get any comments. But on days when I leave the house wearing something banging, there's always a word or two. Who knew the fashion sense of the homeless population was so fine-tuned? The burgundy colour of this trench coat was a hit. But their favourite outfit seems to have been this one (note the same floral top seen in this post). 

 I may wear a lot of dresses and skirts on the blog but I'm a pants girl at heart, so I felt completely at home in this outfit. The equestrian-style Canadian-made leather boots are one of my favourite thrift store finds. It's really really hard for me to find boots that fit my narrow calves (even these are big and can't be taken in). I recently discovered Duo boots, which makes footwear for narrow and wide calves, and am eyeing some of their flat black boots as an potential investment piece. Have any of you heard of/tried them? What do you find hard to shop for?


Jacket - Banana Republic
Jeans - Seven via Winners
Blazer - Thrifted (Elie Tahari)
Floral top - hand-me-down (Olsen)
Brown top - Dynamite
Scarf - Gift
Belt - ? (Australia)
Boots - Thrifted (Etienne Aigner)
Socks - F21
Sunglasses - Andrea Jovine via Winners
Brooch - from my grandmother's closet
Earrings - Claire's


  1. nice thrifted boots, even if they feel too big. :p glorious autumn photos & outfit! kat, i like how you incorporated your grandma's brooch. the shadow of the leaf, on your arm, looks like a tattoo. ;) good taste crosses socioeconomic status. a lot of homeless people frequented the library, where i used to live. one day, as i was walking into the library, some guy starts singing, "There she was just a-walkin' down the street. Singin' do-wah diddy-diddy dum diddy-do." it made me to laugh.

  2. I always love a good equestrian themed look. ;) I love how sleek boots, and a great blazer looks, it's effortless chic. That red trench is stunning, I love the darker burgundy color with the tall boots.

    I've been scrolling through your archives trying to get some colder weather inspiration, I've been feeling in a rut lately and it's always nice to get ideas from someone else who lives in a cold and snow climate. :)

  3. Love the colour ofthat trench - perfect for fall! I was just in The bayshore BR last weekend and they were having a sale ;) immure of a skirts and dresses kind of girl but lately I find myself wearing a lot of pants. It feels weird to me though!

    Cute boots as well!

  4. I love this look. So clean and smart. I cant believe you found those boots in a thrift store. That one shot of you with the leaves reminded me of a scene from Charlie's Angels. You may be too young to know them. Very cute post. Awesome coat! Dawn xo


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