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Vickie Laliotis, Adventures in Fashion

Vickie Laliotis writes Adventures in Fashion, a personal style and DIY blog established in 2009. It chronicles her love of fashion through daily outfit posts, editorials, theme weeks and DIY projects, with a focus on inspiring readers to have their own fashion adventures. Featured in Teen Vogue, Flare Magazine, FASHION Magazine and many more, Adventures in Fashion is one of Edmonton's first style blogs and has been named as one of Alberta's top 10 fashion blogs by FASHION Magazine.

When she's not blogging, Vickie works as a freelance fashion writer and Social Seen columnist at the Edmonton Journal, and holds a regular spot on Fresh FM's Fashion Fridays segment.

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Adventures in Fashion's Fall Style Guide

Monday September 09 , 2013

As far as style is concerned, fall is the most wonderful time of the year. It's the perfect opportunity to reassess your wardrobe and fill in any gaps with warm layers, textured knits and rich, eye-catching jewel tones... Oh, and the accessories! Don't even get me started on all the cute tights/scarf/glove options available to choose from. 

If you're looking to invest in a few key pieces to spruce up your fall gear this season, it doesn't take much more than a leisurely stroll down Whyte Ave to get the job done. Just call up a friend, grab a pumpkin spice latte and let my list for this year's fall must-haves be your guide.

1. A quality sweater.
Sweaters are the building blocks of any good fall wardrobe, so investing in a well-made sweater at the beginning of the season is key. Not only will it keep you toasty as you brave the elements, but its quality craftsmanship will allow you to wear it again for many seasons to come. In my opinion, it's better to invest in one classic piece each year than several fast-fashion alternatives that will barely live to see the end of the season. Gravity Pope (8222 Gateway Blvd.) is always a great place to turn for well-made, timeless pieces, like this Rag & Bone sweater that I know I will love for years to come.

2. Animal print shoes.
A girl can never have too many shoes, and when it comes to fall, animal prints reign supreme. Anything from a leopard print loafer or ballet flat, to a great snake print pump will do, so have fun with this one and pick what feels right for you. If you're not interested in shelling out the big bucks for a pair, Army and Navy (10411 82 Ave.) is ripe with fun options, like these Pour la Victoire leopard print mary janes that have fun written all over them.

3. A simple, long sleeved shirt.
Akin to the sweater, long sleeved shirts are pivotal in the fall wardrobe-building process. They're equally great worn alone on warmer days as they are layered under a structured blazer or oversized cardigan when temperatures drop. I love this option from Loft 82 (8213 104 St.) because it's basic enough that it can be mixed and matched in countless ways, but it's interesting enough to be worn on its own.

4. A statement ring.
Many people don't think about jewelry when considering their fall wardrobes, but I think having a few go-to baubles is key during any season. Not only can they change the entire look of an outfit, but they can instantly inject glamour with little-to-no added effort. This great House of Harlow example available at Bamboo Ballroom (8206 104 St.) is simple yet statement-packing, making it a must-have in my books.

5. An oversized scarf.
Scarves are the eternal fall-must have, with no shortage of styles, colours or prints to choose from. For me, this year's scarf had to be decidedly understated, rendered in classic navy with simple, white patterning. I wanted something that would be warm and easy to pair with the other, louder items in my fall arsenal, so I opted for this scarf from Oak + Fort (10416 82 Ave.). You really can't go wrong in the scarf department though, so go with whatever look suits your fancy!

Happy shopping!