WEEKEND UPDATE: The New Off-Duty Essentials

Off-duty perfection. Photo via GAP

When Friday hits, it's tempting to just throw on your jammies and be done with it. I mean, seriously, after the torture of control-top tights and the pressure of being buttoned-up all week, it's no wonder we need a little breathing room.

Luckily, off-duty dressing doesn't have to be sloppy. Step away from your saggy-bottomed joggers, ladies - these 10 on trend pieces will help you keep your cool (without sacrificing an ounce of comfort) all weekend long...

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE BLANKET SHAWL

HOW TO ROCK IT: If Toronto Fashion Week is any indication, blanket dressing is THE big trend for fall. I'm talking draped right over your shoulders layered on top of your coat, or, when the weather cooperates, instead of a coat. This trend is brilliant for anyone who feels intimated by scarves and the myriad ways to tie them. The blanket lets you throw it on (literally), run out the door and stay super cozy all day. Perf!

OUR PICK: Paloma Shawl, $74, Roots

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: EAR CUFFS AND CRAWLERS

HOW TO ROCK THEM: Think of ear cuffs as the earring's bad-ass little sister. A little bit punk and perfectly edgy, the ear cuffs that have been floating around for a few seasons have morphed for Fall '14. This season, update your ears with a pair of pretty rhinestone clusters or try out the newest cool cuff: the ear crawler, aptly named because its vertical design literally crawls down your ear. 

OUR PICKS: Rhinestone Ear Cuffs, $16, RW&CO and Ear Crawlers, $15, Le Château

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: SLOUCHY LEATHER PANTS

HOW TO ROCK THEM: If you ever saw that Friends episode where Ross gets all hot and bothered in his tight leather pants, you might be reluctant to go there. This season, it's all about the slouchy leather pant - more sporty than overtly sexy, and perfect for pairing up with your skater shoes, wool ball cap, graphic tee and sweatshirt, no baby powder required.

OUR PICK: Daytona Lamb Leather Jogger, $249, Danier

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: INVESTMENT CASUAL BOOTS

HOW TO ROCK THEM: I'm not going to hate on Hunters or Sorels or any other covetable boot you've been eyeing (or buying). But as your fashion blogger, I'd be remiss if I didn't share the up-and-comers you should consider. Not cheap, but totally worth it, the Woolrich buffalo plaid boot and the more subtle Aigle rain boot from France will score you compliments almost every time you wear them and are perfect for those of you who don't want to look like everyone else.

OUR PICKS: Woolrich Baltimore Boot, $254, American Eagle and Aigle Juliette Rain Boot, $155, Town Shoes

 

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE OVERSIZED PLAID SHIRT

HOW TO ROCK IT: You probably already own a plaid shirt or two but how about a plaid tunic? Supremely comfy and figure-flattering, thanks to it's short-long silhouette, you will live in this piece every weekend.

 

OUR PICK: Plaid Tunic, $64.95, GAP

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE ANTI IT-BAG

HOW TO ROCK IT: The fashion world has revolted against overtly logoed It bags this fall. Instead, editors are wait-listing for beautifully designed, super simple bags with staying power. We love the timeless appeal of these two chic bags and will wear them confidently for seasons and seasons to come.

OUR PICKS: Roxanne Bag, $258, Roots and Bleecker Leather Duffle Bag, $358, Coach

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE FAUX FUR GILET

HOW TO ROCK IT: One super easy way to look on trend this season is to throw on a chic vest. While some faux fur can look cheap, the faux fur gilet from H&M is luxe-looking to the max. We'll wear it over our sweatshirts, sweaters and crisp white shirts, or as a cozy layer under our coats on those extra freezing days. Not that we even want to think about that yet. Brrr....

OUR PICK: Faux Fur Gilet, $49.95, H&M

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE FALL FEDORA

HOW TO ROCK IT: Next to the blanket shawl, the fedora has officially been named fall's penultimate pretty-people must. If you're tired of black and grey, opt instead for this bordeaux beauty, ideal for throwing on when you haven't bothered to blow-dry.

OUR PICK: Bordeaux Fedora, $25, ALDO

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: THE OVERSIZED COAT

HOW TO ROCK IT: I'm obsessed with oversized coats this fall but so many of the ones I want are way out of my price range. Luckily, I happened upon these wool-blend beauties from H&M. The grey boiled wool coat is perfect for every day while the white double-breasted coat is ideal for anyone without toddlers. Please buy this so I can dress vicariously through you. Sigh...

OUR PICKS: Wool Blend Drapey Coat, $79.95, H&M and Oversized Wool Blend Coat, $179, H&M

OFF-DUTY ESSENTIAL: CHOCOLATE BROWN NAILS

HOW TO ROCK THEM: It's official: chocolate brown is the hottest nail colour this fall. We love the rich shade because it's dark enough to look edgy but not goth like black, so it's appropriate for your work week and beyond. 

OUR PICK: Formula X New Classics in Dark Chocolate Brown, $13, Sephora