Skimp vs. Splurge: Casual fall looks (part 4 of 4)

Phew! We’re at the end of our breakdown from our recent style segment on Breakfast Television.  Check out our last look:

This is the perfect “going out dinner with friends/your partner” look.  It’s stylish, effortless and pretty comfy.


What I love about this look:

Splurge items:

  • This Helmut Lang bomber jacket is really the perfect transition piece for fall.  Why? It’s lightweight and loose enough so you can add or subtract layers, underneath, according to the weather (yes, I just did some math while talking style).  Though I often recommend staying away from black, I throw that advice out the window with this piece because of its interesting details- 3/4 length leather sleeves, the clean neckline and the bunched seeming along the back hem. ~ Coup Garment Boutique ($720)
  • If you’re one of those people who want to try a print but you’re just not sure if you can pull if off (yes, I regularly work with clients who struggle with adding print/pattern into their wardrobe rotation), try this one.  It’s a great investment pieces since you can pair it with MANY solid colours – think deep teal, eggplant, magenta, navy and so much more really. ~ Coup Garment Boutique ($320)
  • These Jenny Kayne flats are great for casual work days or out and about on the weekend.  I often encourage people to think of deep rich colours, such as these marine-coloured suede flats, as a “black alternative”.  This is a great way to keep an overall dark colour palette while being a bit more style-forward. ~ Coup Garment Boutique ($475)

Skimp Items:

  • Sometimes you just don’t want to spend a fortune on pants, especially when it’s a coloured pant that you’re not sure will be in style in a couple of years.  I get that. Enter: maroon skinny jeans. These are a great fall item (and winter, for that matter) at a very reasonable price point.  You’ll surely get your money’s worth while strutting down the street. ~ Smart Set ($45)
  • I’ve added a few accesories that I know you’re going to love.  Since the jacket is 3/4 length, I’ve gone ahead and stacked some bracelets.  If you’re into bolder pieces, go ahead and add them.  I’ve also added a bold, gold/black linked necklace.  I love it.  It looks dressy, it’s versatile and it won’t break the bank. Since the necklace is a heavier item, I’d suggest adding a smaller earring, like this black pyramids studs, to balance the overall look. ~ Smart Set (Necklace- $14, Bracelets- $12/$12/$14, Earrings- $8)

I hope you enjoyed the skimp vs. splurge segment as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Here’s a quick look at our four models.




Hair: House of Tin Salon

Makeup: Makeup by Bean

Model: Aileena

Styling: Yours truly

Clothing/Accessories/Shoes: Coup Garment Boutique, Smart Set

Thanks to Brill Communications