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Style at Home and Canadian Living on 2013 Fall Trends

By 08/16/2013August 1st, 201829 Comments

Do you ever pull something out of your closet to wear and then soon after you’ve left the house, decide that you’re never going to wear it again? Well, that’s how I felt in my purple, ruffled top yesterday when I arrived at this event where the editors of Style at Home and Canadian Living gave a presentation on Fall 2013 Trends at the new Loblaws store in North Vancouver.

Style at Home & Canadian Living on 2013 Fall Trends

Erin McLaughlin & Jennifer Reynolds (Follow them on Twitter)

Jennifer Reynolds dished about the newest trend in food, baby Kale. Jo Ann (below) served the Kale salad and it was delicious.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on 2013 Fall Trends

Canadian LIving and Style at Home on Fall 2013 Trends

I was happy to meet one of my readers Kari who lived nearby.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

Erin McLaughlin, Maria Killam & Jennifer Reynolds

Okay, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that lots of graphic black and white is still on trend for this Fall.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

Lots of layered black and white prints (below).

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

Which of course is all over home decor as well. The tried and true, ‘Every room needs a hit of black’ still applies here.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

via Peacock Alley

Animal prints are more like a friend that show up every Autumn. They are here again this Fall.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 trends

Who is in love with the Celine handbag (below)? Raise your hand.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

On the flight to Raleigh this past week, I opened up my Vogue Magazine and there was a new shape in the Louis Vuitton collection that reminded me instantly of this bag.

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 Trends

Via the Trend Diaries

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 TrendsAs I was searching for leopard prints I found Kate Spade’s new Fall handbag. I do love how she incorporated her signature bow into this one.

Don’t they all look like they could be sisters of the Celine handbag? I’m not a fashion expert but it seems this is the newest shape.

Oh, and I have one more fashion tip that you can use immediately. Erin McLaughlin was generous enough to let me photograph her demonstrating the new way to roll up your sleeves on a jean jacket.

You could do this with your shirts too:

Style at Home and Canadian Living on Fall 2013 trends

So take your sleeve and roll it up past your elbow. Make sure the underside of the sleeve shows about 2/3 when compared to the cuff of the jacket.

Style at Home & Canadian Living on Fall 2013 trends

Then you fold it again so that it’s like another cuff. Let me tell you from experience, it’s not exactly comfortable to wear a jean jacket sleeve this way, but it’s fashionable.

Canadian Living and Style at Home on Fall 2013 Trends

Erin McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief, Style at Home Magazine.

So there you go, Fall fashion tips for 2013. Basically, if you want to look current, buy anything in a black and white pattern and you’re good to go.

And did I mention, my purple ruffled top is now buried somewhere at the bottom of my Sally-Ann bag?

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  • Maria, you’ve so got to get the Michael Kors bag – the MK logo is perfect for you!

  • Gail from Kansas says:

    Well, I think that purple top is GREAT! But I understand being tired of garments, even when they are technically “working” fine.

  • Kathy says:

    Hi Maria,
    Do you love your purple ruffled top? If you do, (and as you often tell us), please don’t let the latest trend make you question what you love. Clothing is personal, as we all have our own individual “undertone.” I can wear black and pure white, but can’t wear off-white, ivory or brown, as I look terrible. My favorites are purples, greens, hot pinks, blues, black and other jewel tones (colors that look good on me, which I get compliments in). But there are people who look great in reds, browns, oranges and yellows. If you love the way you look in something, and the color goes with your skin and hair color, then even if it’s not “trendy” you will look your best….

    • Maria Killam says:

      I don’t love it because I think it’s trendy and therefore OUT. I wouldn’t say I’m a big expert on shopping timeless for fashion and I’m okay with some trendy items anyway. They come and go and are much easier to change than tile, haha.
      Thanks for your comment!

      • AlsoTracy says:

        I love the purple top on you. However, I’m not crazy about the short sleeved black cardigan that you wore over it. The purple top looks bold and the cardigan looks too sweet and conservative to go together. I think that if you lost the sweet cardigan, then the purple top and necklace would look fine.

  • Kari says:

    Wonderful expansion on the fall trends presentation! Great to meet you. I’ll keep reading!

  • Rachelle says:

    I like the purple top on you and don’t see it as trendy. I also luv the necklace that you are wearing. However I don’t think you should be wearing them together as the necklace is a statement piece and should be worn with a simpler top. Try large earrings with that top instead. I know you can turn this idea into a lesson about design and accessorizing your home.
    The purple color is wonderful on you.

  • Scribbler says:

    Well, anyway, you look pretty in your purple top, and that’s a great necklace.

  • Chris says:

    I might be heading to the Sally Ann, I love your purple top. I understand trends but could give two hoots about them, I love colour, lots of it. I think you looked absolutely lovely in your purple top. The way we dress reflects our own personalities, trends are all about other people’s likes and dislikes. Keep wearing bright colours, they suit your sunny personality.

  • Jill Baum says:

    I was just toying with getting rid of my herringbone swingy jacket when I read this. Guess its safe for another year!

  • Beth B. says:

    Oh gosh, I think I have that purple top. Is it sleeveless?

  • karen says:

    I really like the purple top Maria. lol
    It seems herringbone is always a tried and true and never really goes out of style. neither does black and white. I say if you love it & it looks great on you, wear it.

  • Amy says:

    Ugh…I think I have to find some way to incorporate leggings or “skinny” jeans (I was really hoping they would go away) into my wardrobe. Not jeggings but something other than kaki cargo pants which don’t go with longer shirts. I seem to wear an assortment of fitted tees with my boyfriend style jeans. Doesn’t work with the now on-trend ankle boot (gotta buy those, too). Did I already say ugh?

    PS: Your shirt is perfect with that stunning necklace!

  • Nancy says:

    Um, I think that bag looks like some bot character. It’s grinning! It has ears!

    • Barbara says:

      Ha, ha, so true! What a horrid bag (the Celine bag), I am definitely NOT in love with it. I wouldn’t use it if I was given one for free.

      My daughter sees patterns, shapes and objects in everything, she would have a fit if she saw it! I wonder if the design was some sort of joke?

  • Anne says:

    I think you look great in that purple top, it’s very flattering and feminine, and the necklace makes it a fabulous outfit!

  • Angela Taylor says:

    Not in love with that denim jacket and rolled sleeves…maybe for the younger set.
    Love purple and try and incorporate a little purple in every room…it’s Royal! Love to wear it too:)
    Want to send that purple top to me when you are done with it?…LOL

    • AlsoTracy says:

      I think that this is basically the “J Crew rolling technique” but they are doing a longer section for the first fold to leave more of the cuff exposed. I bought a blouse recently and it came with the sleeves rolled this way. (It is a rather 1950s style blouse and looks super cute!) I don’t think looks great with a denim jacket because the fabric is too heavy and rolling the sleeves messes up the proportions.

  • Judy says:

    You looked great in the purple top!!
    From the photos, it looks like everyone is already in fall attire-black, neutrals and no color. They all looked in business attire except for the jean jacket and no color.
    Bring the purple top out in the Spring and I think that you might feel differently about it. Your post is about color and maybe you want to stand out amongst all the black?

  • Love the sleeve tip 🙂 Also loving the black and white. Especially this chair I just had reupholstered in black and white hounds tooth!


  • Deb Day says:

    Look at Reed Krakoff’s website, they had the style of Celine’s bag last year, in mixed skins too. Julianna Moore favorited it in Elle Decor last year.
    Good to know more affordable versions are available now.

  • Cynthia says:

    The purple top is great on you. . . and as others said, if you love it, then by all means, wear it! It’s not just about trends, after all. If you can’t wear something you love, then what is the point? The rolling up of the jean jacket sleeves is kind of lame. . . I don’t think I will ever do that. It would look so fake!

  • Carol says:

    That Kale Salad looks Awesome!!!

  • Carol says:

    I can think of 2 reasons why you might not like the
    purple blouse. The first is when I look at your pictures of
    your living room I see a feminine look with a sophisticated “feeling” to it, but not overly “romantic”. The ruffled blouse is a very romantic look but would not really fit in your living room. So I don’t think your getting the “atmosphere, look, feel” that you want when you wear it. (I’m thinking along the
    concept lines of the TV show “dress my nest” where
    the designer turns something from the closet into an
    element in the room only in this case the other way
    The other reason is that it might not be proportionally
    right or fit well on you and the design itself may not
    flatter your body. Can’t tell from just the top half of you.
    I’m struggling with my closet too as I’m going to a
    new phase in my life and leaving the old behind, so I
    can understand how you feel. Just as our homes are
    more than roofs over our heads, our clothes are more
    than just covering for our bodies.
    Just my thoughts on the subject….like the way you
    keep it real!!

  • joanne says:

    All three of you look good. But you look great. Everyone can’t dress in black and white all the time, how boring would that be. It would be….”Wow, I like your black and white outfit”. Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.
    Purple looks great on you, brings out your personality……Colour You Happy.

  • Amanda says:

    I actually love the purple top on you, Maria. I think it would look smashing with a sharp black blazer/jacket. I’d definitely try it again…the top and necklace looked great together with the black, and your hair looked really gorgeous with it, too! And, for the record, I don’t lie about issues of vanity, especially not to my FRIENDS!

  • Franki says:

    Hey…it’s a purple top! I’d wear that necklace in a heart beat! You Go Girl! franki

  • pamlee says:

    On my computer your blouse is royal blue so remind me not to choose paint colors by looking at them on my computer.

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