From Mulberry to Sonia Rykiel, pumpkin spice-coloured tweed popped up on designer runways in the form of oh-so-chic skirt suits, perfect for the chillier autumn days at the office.
FLARE picks: Mulberry double breasted orange tweed blazer, $1180, and pencil skirt, $625, mulberry.com.
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Anne Valerie Hash Fall 2012
Calling all metal heads! The epitome of rock-glam, a high sheen suit hits the style nail on the head whether worn with a graphic tee or head to toe metallic.
FLARE picks: Surface To Air metallic gold double-breasted blazer, $497, and grey slim cropped trouser, $230, surfacetoair.com.
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Sumptuous sapphire at Jason Wu and gorgeous garnet shown at Ralph Lauren proved that designers shared a love of marrying lush velvet suits with rich jewel tones.
FLARE picks: By Malene Birger emerald green velvet blazer, $585, and trousers, $375, net-a-porter.com.
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A contrast coloured lapel lends visual interest to a jacket and can add a punch of colour the way a scarf does. Bonus: super handy for dressing up a plain tee-and-jeans combo or black wool trousers for work.
FLARE picks: Costa Blanca white one-button blazer with contrast black lapels, $50, costablanca.ca. All Saints navy pleated wide leg suit pant, $195, allsaints.com.
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No wallflowers here! A suit decked in glitzy paillettes is sure to turn some heads and catch the attention of streetstyle shutterbugs. To capitalize on the trend for work, look for toned down versions such as sequined collars or cuffs.
FLARE picks: Primary New York gunmetal sequin and leather 2-way zip jacket, $484, and leather pants, $374, charlieandlee.com.
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Sent down the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier, Derek Lam and Emilio Pucci, designers demonstrated the versatility of the classic tux with pencil skirts, printed pants, and high-waisted tuxedo trousers.
FLARE picks: French Connection black tuxedo blazer, $228, canada.frenchconnection.com. Vince Camuto houndstooth slim trouser with tuxedo stripe, $123, nordstrom.com.
With the explosion of dark reds on the fall runways, a suit in the season's hot hue is the natural answer to subtly demonstrate your style prowess at work.
FLARE picks: Smythe burgundy wool blend blazer with peaked lapels, $595, smythelesvestes.com. Cassie Dee red and blue silk zipped pant, $195, cassiedee.com.
Still the It fabrication for fall (its reach extended beyond coats and jackets into the realm of dresses and shirts), leather popped up on runways everywhere in every form. To keep it appropriate for work, opt for touches of leather as opposed to all-over.
FLARE picks: RW&Co. black one-button blazer with faux leather pockets, $98, rw-co.com. Anne Klein black glossy croc print pencil skirt, $129, thebay.com.
FINE & DANDY
A subtle departure from spring's digital floral prints, fall's dandy-inspired prints (as seen at Prada, Miu Miu, and Aquilano Rimondi) are reminiscent of 70's wallpaper and pajama prints.
FLARE picks: H&M patterned long blazer, $80, and high waisted pants, hm.com.
BLACK & WHITE
Looking to make a style splash? Reach for a tried-and-true combination of black and white for a visual pow, as demonstrated at Balmain. Break up the busy pattern with a minimal white blouse, or go bold and pile on the pattern.
FLARE picks: Mango paisley print blazer, $120, and cropped pant, $60, mango.com.
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