Kim Appelt is one of Canada’s top personal and celebrity stylists and a go-to expert on all things fashion. She dresses local television personalities, musicians and A-list celebrities for the red carpet, from the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards to the Daytime Emmy’s. Her social media following of over 100,000 fans (check out @StylebyKimxo on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) speaks to her status as a highly respected influencer in the fashion scene.

Kim has an eye for trends, and a passion for helping clients find their own style, bringing new energy to every look she curates. As our Style Expert, Kim shows us how to incorporate some of the season’s hottest runway trends into your classic work look.

 


 

Ask Kim

 

Q: I’m single with an active social life, which means at least two nights a week I find myself heading out for an after work cocktail. I like to keep up with fashion, so I’m looking for trendy looks that transition well from day to night. Any suggestions?

There is nothing more classically day-to-night than a go-to blazer. Throw one on to automatically dress up or down your ensemble, whether it be with an on-trend plaid skirt or skinny jeans. You can have it on during the day with a more formal top and pencil skirt, then switch the skirt to jeans with your pumps and you have a great look.

 

Judith & Charles, Newport Jacket, $475, judithandcharles.com

 

 

Q: My wardrobe is mostly basic black in classic silhouettes. Lately, I’m getting a bit bored with it. What’s a statement piece I can add to spice things up?

One of the statements pieces that I am loving this season is sparkle or metallic boots. If you choose a pair in silver, black or gold, they will instantly give your all black look some spice!

 

Scroll down to see Kim’s pick for metallic boots, plus other trends you can use to spice up your wardrobe this fall.

 

 

Wear it to Work

No matter your position, a classic, tailored work wardrobe is sure to make you feel confident, polished, and ready to lead. But classic doesn’t need to mean old fashioned or boring. Infuse your 9-to-5 look with this season’s trendy couch floral prints in updated textures and finishes, keeping the look modern and timeless with a blush-coloured mock-neck shell.

 

 

 

           

 

COAT Judith & Charles Preston Coat, $975, judithandcharles.com

SHIRT Judith & Charles Cameron Pullover, $325, judithandcharles.com

SKIRT Pink Tartan Metallic Jacquard Midi Pencil Skirt, $158, pinktartan.com

BAG Bottega Veneta Black Tote, $3800, bottegaveneta.com (Available at Holt Renfrew)

SHOES Manolo Blahnik Black Pumps, $895, manoloblahnik.com (Available at Holt Renfrew)

 

 

On Trend

Make it Red

It’s official — red is the colour of the season. Add some fire into your wardrobe by mixing and matching bold red pieces with what you already have, or choosing a basic piece with red accents.

Pink Tartan Trompe L’oeil shirt, $295, pinktartan.com

 

 

 

A Little Bit Country

Want a statement look? Try the modern western plaid trend. You can top it with a solid black or brown blazer to keep the look grounded and professional.

Coach 1941 Western Plaid Dress with Necktie, $1,030, coach.com

 

 

 

Embroidered Embellishments

Feminine floral embroidery is cropping up everywhere this season. Use it to add interest to classic office staples, taking them from predictable to trendy in an instant.

Pink Tartan Embroidered Jacquard Double Breasted Tux Jacket, $287, pinktartan.com

 

 

 

Shoes that Shine

Metallic or sparkly booties are an unexpected upgrade to your fall footwear, and will take any basic ensemble up a notch.

Fendi Silver boots, $1265, fendi.com/ca (Available at Holt Renfrew)