Ali Martell: From Hemlines to Heels


Four Fall Fashion Trends

Take the plunge in a scuba dress or suit it up in menswear

I am a summer girl really. I have the constitution of a 97-year-old woman—my extremities are always cold, and I can't go into the dairy section of a grocery store without a sweater. So, the summer and I are likethis and I go into fall kicking and screaming. But then I remember how much I love dressing for fall. The leaves change and so do our wardrobes—sweaters, boots, pants, trenches, hoodies, scarves. When you pair these with a warm and toasty pumpin-spiced tea and some gingerbread cookies, I can almost forget how much I really don't like the cold weather.

There are some great new trends I'm seeing both on runways and in stores right now and here are four of my favorite fall fashion trends.

Riding Boots

Boots are always in style for fall and winter, especially here in Canada, and each cool season brings with it some new trends. This year we're seeing over-the-knee boots, kitten booties, and wedge booties. But each year I always seem to come back to the riding boots. They pair perfectly with skinny jeans with sweaters and long tunics with leggings. And their classic style means that they are worth the investment—they are unlikely to go out of style any time soon.

Menswear Fabrics

Here's the thing about tweed, houndstooth, and plaid—they aren't just for Sherlock Holmes anymore. Can anyone say elbow patches?


Turtlenecks, for me, are like a nice warm hug on a cold day. They are both comfy and universally flattering. Now, normally I'd race towards yet another black turtleneck, but this fall, I'm breaking out of my comfort zone and choosing winter whites, creams, and ecrus, and choosing fabrics that are a touch more bulky, with a little bit of cable or ruching. Tip: If your turtleneck is taking a turn to the bulky side, make sure you pair it with something fitted on the bottom to balance out your silhouette.

Neoprene Dresses

Scuba dresses, Ali, really? I know, I know. I was more than skeptical when I first saw these dresses showing up on runways. "These'll never make it into normal stores where normal people shop," I said. Until they did show up, and then I tried one on. And then another. And I realized that this material that is normally saved for swimwear is actually quite flattering and surprisingly comfortable. If you are too hesitant to take the full plunge (see what I did there?), opt for a small piece like a handbag or pair of booties—neoprene is everywhere right now.