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It’s during the fall season that I’m reminded of a quote from one of Hollywood’s greatest films:

“I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” – You’ve Got Mail.

Well… perhaps I’m giving this Blockbuster a little too much credit, but I’m not ashamed to say that it is part of my DVD collection. Ok, ok, ok and I own the soundtrack.

This is besides the point, fall is near and the fashion magazine’s have spoken. Reading several of this season’s trend reports, I got to thinking about the dilemma faced in trying to incorporate the newest trends into my fall wardrobe while avoiding the stink eye from those who live under a rock. If you’re a fellow Ottawaian (?) you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Speaking as someone who values professionalism and professional dress in the workplace, but also as someone who likes to have fun with my clothing, a constant battle I’m faced with is finding a balance between professional and stylish when dressing for the office.

What too many women do when faced with this challenge is to air on the side of caution. This mistake leads to an ultra conservative wardrobe, the same blouse and dress pants day-in-day-out. On the other end of the spectrum, we have the women out there who have too much fun with their workplace wardrobe. So much so that you would swear Suzy was drunk when she decided to pair those royal blue loafers with that pink fur vest. Poor girl.

All of this ranting amounts to the following, a collection of this season’s hottest trends accompanied with the cheaper, more accessible versions that can be rocked in your government office. You’re welcome.

Fall Fashion Trend #1). The Technicolour Dream Coat

Mustard trench, The Row

Double-cloth townhouse trench in golden mustard, J.Crew $404

Fall Fashion Trend #2). Lumberjack 

Thom Browne

Blackwatch plaid wool plazer, J.Crew $230

Fall Fashion Trend #3). Big Bird

Prabal Gurung

Vince Camuto Faux Fur Vest, Nordstorm $181.04

Fall Fashion Trend #4). Red hot

Rodarte

Vintage matchstick cord in vibrant flame, J.Crew $91.50

Fall Fashion Trend #5). Crossroads

Rag & Bone

Yasmina Tiered Poplin Dress, BCBG $238

Ps. Incase you haven’t yet notices, J.Crew hit a home run this fall with their spot-on, versatile pieces.

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