Fall Fashion’s Top Five from Vancouver’s Top Five

Too often you get my picks for Fall (well it is MY blog), but I thought it would be fun to hear the picks of some of my favourite Vancouver Mommy Fashionistas – and in their other life: a blogger, a personal stylist, a boutique owner, an editor and a cinematographer.

The filmmaker: Johanna Osbourne aka Cine Mama

Mommies in Vancouver need…

everlytrue: [by Jenna Walker]

Good quality rainboots,

justinchungphotography: Annemieke @ Ford.

a practical, yet stylish rain jacket,

a pair of everyday jeans,


a comfortable pair of shoes and,

a cute accessory!


images c/o jcrewing, everlytrue, justinchungphotography, ttlg, vineetkauur

Work it Wednesday: Inspiration from Rachel Zoe

J Brand High Rise FlareAs you know darling readers, I am a big fan of THE Rachel Zoe. She is an amazingly successful business woman, a fabulous dresser, absolutely HILARIOUS and a new Mom. She has a great eye and everything she wears and puts together on her customers… well, I die!

I recently purchased a pair of J Brand High Waisted Flares from Anthro (above) and have been wondering how to pair them for the Fall. I came across her suggestions to such an item here and have been excited about her suggestions. While I would need to adjust her suggestion to my colour palette and more classic taste, I really like how her suggestions also fit my ‘Mommy’ style – as in loose tops and a more, ummm ‘practical’ heel!

Outfit #1

For a more dressy look, RZ suggests you wear your jeans with a knit tee, a structured jacket—try a richly-colored, cropped option and platform booties. Add a skinny leather belt and a printed scarf.

Outfit #2

For a more casual, weekend look, RZ suggested you pair your jeans with a long, loose-fitting tunic, chunky knit cardigan, and wedge sandals. Hide your messy hair under a stylish hat, such as a feather-adorned fedora and a ruby red manicure!

Thanks RACHEL!!!!

As for me, I’m attending a friend’s art exhibition tomorrow evening and am hoping to rock the J Brands. Here’s my planned outfit (not as elaborate as RZ’s) but hopefully it will do the trick:

The J Branks paired with a silk black shirt, a simple blazer, some wedges and some funky Boho jewellery. Yay!

xxo, SSM

info c/o whowhatwear.com


SSM’s top 10 must haves for Fall 2011

1. A colourful fall/winter coat 

J.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

2. A pleated skirt

3. Prints! eg. bright geometric patterns, flowers and the peppy polka dot.

4. Liquid metallics

Zara Fall 2011 Lookbook

5. Nature-inspired items eg.  Apache patterns (think Pocahontas!), ponchos, fringing, denim, and snakeskin

6.  Coloured trousers
Whatever style whether it be high-waisted, wide leg, tapered or cropped: make sure you have some colourful trousers!

J.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

7. Leather skirt

Whatever style that suits you: a simple A-line, a sexy pencil or a pleated piece, this is a good investment!

8. Portfolio bag
Larger clutches and portfolio bags are the hottest handbags for fall.

9. High-heeled loafers

Continuing on with the borrowing-from-the-boys trend – the loafer, however feminisied with a heel!


Felted hats, fedora, turbans…enjoy covering your hair and keeping your head warm this fall!

pictures courtesy of zara, madewell, club monaco and j crew look books for Fall 2011

SSM’s top Five Fall 2011 Trends

Cooler, shorter days. Back to school. Piles of books. Falling leaves. Boots. Jackets. the odd scarf. Fall is almost here!

Here’s my forecast for what we’re going to see this Fall. But as a weather forecaster can get some right and some wrong – expect the same from me – right, wrong and perhaps a few surprises!

1. 70′s fashion

Seventies fashion is going to be a carry-over trend. We’ll see 70′s boho with
more flares and wide-leg pants and 70′s glamour (thin shimmering dresses and high-waisted pants with elegant blouses)

From an era of glam70s nighttime glamour

3. Pleats

Another carry-over trend is that of the pleat. These are going to hang out with us for awhile so get yourself some. You can still wear the sheer, lightweight fabrics, just style them accordingly for the cooler weather, eg. wear a pleated maxi skirt or dress with socks/tights and heels/boots and some layers on top. Contrast your styles eg. wear a thin, sheer skirt with a boho fur (or faux fur!) or a biker jacket

J.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

J.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

3. Fur

The luxurious, glamorous, warm, practical fur, faux or real, continues to be popular as a fashion trend in Fall 2011.

fur chubby
4. Bell Bottoms and Wide-Leg pants
I think people are concerned that skinny jeans are out. No they’re still in fashion and they’re going nowhere fast. BUT, flared jeans and trousers are back for men and women. While some had to take time warming to skinnies, now we are having to warm to the wide-leg trend.

J.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wearderek lam flared jeansJ.Crew Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

5. Solid Metal Jewellery

Clean, simple, minimalist, and modernist jewellery is key for Fall 2011.  Look out for cold, hard, solid metal shaped into the forms of cuffs and collars.
bronze age armlets

images courtesy of theyallhateus, googleimages & Jcrewfall2011lookbook