We have been blessed in Toronto with a lot. Drake, a flourishing techno scene, amazing comedians, and one of the warmest falls in recent memory. This means short sleeves, ripped denim, and exposed toes are still very much a part of my daily wardrobe. Since all-over-white gets a little trickier without excessive sunshine and agreeable temps, even with the warm autumn weather, I’ve had to make some minor adjustments to my weekday uniform to something more September-appropriate.
When it comes to dressing for early fall, distressed denim and lightweight, relaxed trousers are both great options. Scandalously short white tennis skirts are not. Thankfully I still get to wear plenty of white button down shirts, which I’ve accumulated quite the collection of. Here’s a great DIY tip I got from my friend Karolyne (who works as a fashion editor so you know she knows what’s up) if you happen to be working with a smaller budget: check your local Salvation Army or Goodwill for men’s oxford shirts in good condition. Disregard their sizing—you can fix this later. Take them home and measure the desired length of the shirt. Then simply cut along the measurements with a pair of very sharp scissors and roll the sleeves when finished. The raw hem and rolled cuffs give the stiff, polished oxford shirt a necessary dose of easy elegance, and best of all, you get to rock a modestly cropped top long after summer has gone.
I’m wearing ripped denim by current/elliott, thrifted crocodile shirt DIYed by me, sandals by zara, and fluffy fur earrings from my childhood.
Photos by aerielist