If you were ever a kid growing up on the prairies chances are you’ll at the very least have some knowledge of what harvest meant to us, farm kids. Harvest was a barrage of late night combine rides, quick trips into town for parts, supper in the field, willing away any indication of frost and at least once, putting on your bathing suit after your dad asked if you wanted to go to the Pool with him, only to discover, to your utter and profound disappointment, he meant The Wheat Pool. Eff
After all of these years, it really is the sense of calm, comfort and community that comes with another harvest in the books and a table set for twenty as the dust settles down over a perfectly-placed sunset on a cool day in October, that we love about fall. Pumpkin spiced lattes don’t stand a chance.
In a strange way, it’s the coziness that we love about fall fashion. The comfort of a warm hug from a cozy sweater on a cool day brings us right back to bundling up as kids.
We, however, want to be clear that dressing in a cozy fashion should not be equated with looking like a garage bag full of leaves. The season of big scarves and bigger sweaters has the capacity to not only keep us warm, but to accidentally make us look a bit larger than real life. We wanted to share some simple rules of thumb for avoiding that Michelin Man look, this fall season.
Keep it tight. . .
If you are wearing solid colours underneath a big sweater, our advice is to keep the layer underneath slightly more fitted; this is especially true if the sweater you are layering overtop is close to the same colour family. Focus on keeping the waist accented at all times, no matter the colour differentiation.
Not all pants are skinny pants.
We understand and appreciate that not all pants are skinny pants. If the bottoms you plan on sporting for the day are a bit of a looser fit, we highly recommend contrasting the tone of the pant with the tone of the sweater, like this classic black and white example on Lib. The contrast will create definition around your waist and prevent you from looking like one of those fancy Santa figurines.
Fall is synonymous with layering, and if you’re planning on playing that game with a big ole sweater, we highly recommend keeping the second layer light. Going too heavy on that second layer can inadvertently make it look like you’re on your way to play a friendly game of tackle football, instead of going to give bread to geese in the park. . . even though you know you’re not supposed to.
“Hi guys! Wanna be friends?! I have this bread…”