Like an onion.

Calgary’s weather is still a mystery every day. Starts off cold, warms up mid-day, cools off by the time you leave work again…. it makes for an interesting challenge to dress yourself and get out the door. The solution here: Layers! Lots and lots of layers that work together and make subtle changes to your look. I started with a light short sleeve blouse, then a cardigan, a leather jacket and a large chunky scarf. One by one, I peeled off a layer throughout the day  (and then gradually put them all back on). Pick layers that can work on their own or together in any combination. Layers are also great if you need to ‘dress up’ after work or change your look throughout the day for meetings or lunch dates. But don’t complain about layers….pretty soon they won’t be necessary and it will be warm sweaters every day.

Green & black blouse: Scotch & Soda

Chunky scarf: Wilfred

Indigo jeans: Zara

Black cardigan: J.Crew

Leather jacket: Mackage

Camel boots: Frye

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Fall shift.

The shift dress is a staple in any wardrobe. This small black and white pattern piece has longer sleeves which works well for cooler temps (as traditional shift dresses are often sleeveless). The shift dress makes it easy to dress up casually and comfortably without too much fuss. Accessorizing can make for a ton of different looks (belting a shift dress, can make a whole new silhouette). Mixing fabrics like cotton, leather and even textured leather help to bring interest into an outfit from head to toe. Paired here with a classic leather jacket, a textured black leather purse and some stacked heel booties – and I’m ready to go just about anywhere.

Black and white shift dress: Scotch & Soda

Black leather jacket: Mackage

Black purse: Kate Spade

Black cracked leather booties: Rag & Bone

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