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KNIT KNACK: 3 Sweet Fall Sweater Looks

Photo via H&M.

If you're like me, you want to avoid that box of winter stuff for as long as possible. I'm totally with you. I mean, it feels waaay too early for mitts and toques at this point, no? And it just feels like you're giving up when you finally have to admit that the cold weather is here to stay. 

So, let's start slow, shall we? Step 1: The sweater. There's nothing cuter, comfier or cozier than a great knit when the wind's blowing outside and you're hunkered up indoors. Here's which knits are causing a fuss this fall:

THE CABLE KNIT: This fall, the cable knit sweater is back with texture to spare. With a chunky knit like this, you'll want to keep the rest of your look sleek and sexy so try pairing it up with waxed black skinnies, cool skater shoes and a great oversized watch or handful of rings to add some edge to this classic piece.

THE LONG CARDI: The long cardi is one trend that we can all get behind. I mean, a sweater that covers your bum, and then some? Sign me up. This season, you'll see loads of long cardis in stores ranging from thigh-sweeping to below-the-knee. Add a tank or tee, jeans and a great pair of ankle boots to score that perfect casual-cool vibe. A floppy felt fedora and a fine gold necklace will put the finishing touches on your look.

THE VARSITY SWEATER: Whether you're a student or not, the varsity sweater will score you top style marks this fall. Choose an oversized varsity to pair up with tailored black trousers, sporty sunglasses, a sleek backpack and super sexy heels for a grown-up take on this schoolgirl staple.

Scroll down for 3 sweet sweater looks to try out this fall...

1. Leather Trainers, $79.95, H&M; 2. 16-Pack Silver Rings, $6.95, H&M; 3. Grey Cable Knit Sweater, $64.95, GAP; 4. Leather Satchel, $110, GAP; 5. Skinny Low Ankle Jeans, $29.95, H&M; 6. Fitted Boyfriend Contrast Placket Shirt, $46.99, GAP.

1. Zip-Up Cardi, $55.90, Smart Set; 2. Gold Arrow Necklace, $4.95, H&M; 3. Solid Thin Strap Cami, $14.90, Smart Set; 4. Navy Block Heel Boot, $140, ALDO; 5. Roxanne Leather Bucket Bag, $258, Roots; 6. Skinny Jeans, $45, American Eagle.

1. V-Neck Jumper, $39.95, H&M; 2. Versace Sporty Sunglasses, $229, Sunglass Hut; 3. Rope & Stone Bracelet, $7.99, Smart Set; 4. Marcie Leather Backpack, $99, Danier; 5. Strappy Black Pumps, $90, ALDO; 6. Slim Leg Stretch Pants, $84.95, RW&CO.


FALL FASHION: Boots, Handbags, Yum.

Photo via H&M

It's like a conspiracy this time of year. While we've all been taught about the dangers of jealousy, how can any woman, no matter how sane, help herself? You hear them clicking down the sidewalk behind you. You see them on the periphery in the playground. Then in line at Starbucks, they are literally right in your face as women on both sides go to pull out their credit cards. And we know we don't need them. I mean, most of us have a spare pair of boots and an extra handbag in our closets (I happen to be blessed with a rather large contingent of back-ups). But, we all know it has nothing to do with needs at all. It's about wanting, craving, have-to-have-ing that sublime handbag. It's about knowing that those sick boots you saw on that twenty-something will make us feel twenty-something again. And we work hard, damnit. We deserve them, whether we really need them or not. Andwe'llwearthemeverydaysowhenyouthinkaboutitthatwayyoucanjustifythem anyway. There. 

Let's do this. Here are my fav mostly-neutral but oh-so-pretty fall handbags and boots. I already did another handbag round-up last month but as I said, I just couldn't help myself. I hope you understand.



After the Ball by Le Château

Photos by Le Château

It's not often that one can shop a film wardrobe without serious consequences to one's budget. I've tried - would not recommend it. But there's something about the magic of a movie that makes us want to get right into character, particularly when princesses, party dresses and killer heels are involved. 

When I heard that Canada's own Le Château had created the exclusive wardrobe collection for After the Ball, the upcoming fashion fairytale flick starring Chris Noth, Lauren Holly and Portia Doubleday, I was stoked. And once the gorgeous lookbook pics were finally released, it was proof that when you give your designers some creative license, magic happens. 

From cool cobalt blue, reminiscent of evil stepmoms and scheming stepsisters, to soft berries, pretty pinks and boy-meets-girl pieces perfect for any modern Cinderella, the entire collection is full of refreshingly affordable lust-haves that will undoubtedly impress any Le Château skeptic. A pink coat with gold buttons, a work-perfect windowpane check dress and a houndstooth bow-tie blouse layered up with a plaid mini and edgy blue chain-strap booties are at the top of my list, while any future royal ball invites will beg for some of the dreamy dresses in this collection. 

Let's face it: After the Ball might totally suck (see the synopsis here), but if only for the flick's stellar wardrobe, I'm already head-over-glass-heels in love.

The After the Ball collection has already started to arrive in stores, with the bulk of the pieces hitting early October. I've been told that White Oaks Mall's Le Château will carry its own unique selection of the After The Ball collection, including many of the key pieces from the film. Sigh...our fashion dreams have finally come true...



Worth the watch - Check out the runway scene from After the Ball here: