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My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014

By 09/30/2014January 28th, 201721 Comments

My Specify Colour with Confidence™ course is here in downtown Vancouver starting tomorrow so I decided I needed a couple new items for Fall.

My Sisters and I drove into downtown Vancouver for a little shopping and dinner on Friday night and after walking around here is what I’ve decided will make you look current this Fall.

Plaids are HOT.

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam {source}

I especially love the pattern mixing with the leopard coat.

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam


If you can’t see yourself in plaid pants, anyone can pull off a shirt or a scarf (above). I bought a shirt in royal blue/black and cream.

Chunky Cable Knit Sweater

Well you already saw my new cream one on the train from Montreal here.

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam


Camel Coat

I’m still looking for the perfect camel coat. If anyone has found one, please let me know! Fabulous coats are hard to find. Well for someone not looking all the time, like me : )

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam


Ankle Length Jeans/Pants with booties or Ankle Straps

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam

Lately, I’ve been noticing either booties or high shank sandals (hope that’s right) being worn with ankle length pants. If you’re short, these shoes with a skirt cut off the line of your leg. Of course Angie at You Look Fab had written a few posts about this already.

Who’s into ripped jeans? I have a pair that are very strategically ripped but not full of actual holes yet.

I also noticed a lot of fashion without waists, oversized jackets, sweaters, to go along with the roomier boyfriend jeans look no doubt.

My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014 | Maria Killam

I’ve also noticed cargo pants lately. I bought these from Joe Fresh last week. I’m guessing you need to wear them with heels though to be truly fashionable. Sigh. I have never been able to wear a 4-5 inch heel.

I have yet to figure out how to wear them and look fashionable but they sure are comfortable to wear to my office (behind my house ; ) ; )

What have you bought that’s new for Fall? What am I missing?

PS. If you’re located in Vancouver, the Designer Closet Guys are holding their annual I hate my Closet Contest. Go here for all the details! If you win, I’ll be choosing your colours!

Here are the prizes:

  • A $2,250 Shopping Spree at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
  • Premium paint for your closet and your bedroom! Courtesy of Benjamin Moore –Abbotsford
  • Professional colour consultation by Maria Killam, renowned colour expert!
  • 1 quality wall safe from Abby Locksmith
  • 1 complimentary overnight stay at the Ramada Inn, Abbotsford
  • Dinner for 2 at the Townhall Pub, Abbotsford

Related posts:

Designer Stylist Guys for Stylish Closets

Top 5 Fashion Tips from my Stylist

I Hate my Closet Contest and Maria’s New Closets

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  • Lisa says:

    MaxMara. Perfect camel coats for way too much money:).

    • KA says:

      Yes. Gorgeous clothes from MaxMara. I got my coat President’s weekend on sale in NYC. I call mine Darth, as in Vader because it has so much fabric, and I love it. Don’t wear it in Southern California, but keep it anyway.

  • Cathy Z says:

    I’m also seeing (happily) houndstooth – on any fashion item from shoes to scarves, skirts, tops etc.
    I too have a pair of those soft cargo type pants – they are called my jammies 🙂

  • Joanne G says:

    You’ve just inspired me to search for a plaid scarf for my new black (so boring I know) fall coat!

  • Louise says:

    Jeans and high heels, yippeeee. Love the look and now it’s actually in style – go figure! (I was doing it whether in style or not, lol)…

  • Mary-Illinois says:

    I had a camel wrap coat years ago when I was pregnant. By my 9th month I couldn’t wrap it closed. Thanks for bringing back that memory.
    I think a plaid or denim shirt would look cute with a lace skirt on you also.

  • mrsben says:

    Maria re a camel coat, may I suggest opt for a jacket instead as they are far more versatile and can be worn more comfortably plus they pair up fabulously with most skirt/dress lengths and pant/legging styles. (From my own personal experience and regardless of your figure type or its cut/style; choose one that just kisses or slightly falls below the hips.) Convert it from Fall to Winter wear by dressing it up with a woolen scarf or detachable fur collar keeping in mind the cut of the lapel when purchasing.) Secondly (all ladies ☺) if looking for neutral coloured cable knit sweaters, search out the boy’s or men’s departments as they are often far better constructed and much cheaper in pricing. Last but not least; a pair of ballerina flats or a wedge heel can be just as flattering as spike or high anklet heels when worn with skinny leg/tapered jeans. With all said and in summary; you can still be fashionably chic by being practical and price conscious. -Brenda-
    P.S: FTR, it is really the fabric that makes a ‘camel haired’ garment what it is and not so much its colour.

    • mairi says:

      Thanks MRSBEN for mentioning a more sensible shoe approach that can look equally chic. Very painful foot and/or back problems can hit in later life as a result of severe heels and shoe styles worn too frequently. Some requiring surgery..soo not worth it!

      • Maria: I’m one that had foot surgery and can’t wear heels like I use to but don’t want to look like frumpatha. Wedge heels are my fav and I love ballerina flats but don’t feel as glamourous in them. Fun post!

  • Loribeth says:

    I have decided my wardrobe really needs an update. I have a lot of blouses and skirts that I just don’t wear any more taking up room in my postage-sized closet. It’s been five years since I really updated anything, and it is long overdue!

  • Gina says:

    I LOVE the red plaid with the animal print coat!!! I think we should each get one outfit using these tips and post our pictures for Maria! And thanks, MRSBEN for your tips! Happy fall, everyone!

  • Emilia says:

    I have never admired high heels with jeans or sports clothes look – there was just something about it that made women look silly . This was reinforced in me when my boyfriend now husband who manages 35 men at work, told me something that made me sad about the way men perceive us. He said that All the “guys at work call the very high heels look _ _ pumps.” It was the first time that I had heard the expression and it saddened and shocked me. Can we expect our daughters and nieces and granddaughters to be taken seriously in the workplace by the opposite sex when we dress more to look “sexy” to them at all times rather than well groomed for the daily grind of the workplace.

  • Lauren Tyson says:

    For Fall 2014, designer Carol Anderson has a nice fall lineup of laces, plaids, florals, tweeds, and sheer items with details (jewels, grommets, beads). They are classic pieces. Not cheap, but will last you. Her company is CAbi, which stands for Carol Anderson by Invitation; i.e., home parties only, not in stores). What’s nice is that she shows you how to wear the pieces for different looks, like “modern preppy,” “fem with a twist,” “classic,” “polished casual,” and “edgy chic.”

  • angie says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Maria. Hope you had fun shopping. xo

  • Stacy G says:

    I just love this camel coat:
    I hope you find the perfect one for you.
    Meanwhile, I have been eyeing the chunky cables for some time, from throws for the bed or sofas to a poncho or sweater.

  • Sheila says:

    I love your fall tips!
    BUT those sweaters are not cable knit 😉

    • Maria Killam says:

      Haha, okay well I guess I’m not a fashion expert 🙂 I always thought a cable knit sweater was just a think one!

  • Linda Fitzgerald says:

    Maria.. you didn’t specify which style of camel coat you wanted so I ‘googled’ camel coat Gap and if you do the same, a huge selection popped up. It seems they have it all and maybe some is online shopping but you can choose from ‘bathrobe style’ (wrap with tie belt), a pea jacket, to classic notched collar, button down. Happy shopping!

  • BillP says:

    I couldn’t help but notice that not one of the models shown is over 40. Just my take on it, but I think that 40 somethings’ apparel should be age appropriate. It would be useful to give some advice on transitioning from young and hip to successful, middle aged stylish.
    4-5 inch heels have never been appropriate in any office I’ve worked in (midtown Manhattan and Back Bay Boston).

    • Maria Killam says:

      Well this is a fact you might find interesting. A photographer told me years ago that the reason why models are always young and perfect looking is because then people will focus on the clothes and not on the model. They become the background and the clothes are the focus. Thanks for your comments Bill!

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