Trendoids we?re not, but every season a few fresh ideas prescribed by designer brands, cool hunters and style setters creep into our closets. For fall, it?s big hits of primary colours, chunky knits and oversized grunge-era plaids. Grey-scale shades show up in autumn?s neutral dressing. Top it all off with a jaunty (yes, jaunty) beret or any other take on the fashion chapeau.
As usual, NOW takes its style cues from the city?s streets, and our My Style maven Mary Zondanos cornered a quintet of subjects who easily integrate fall goodies into fad-free looks.
WHO Glynn Taylor
OCCUPATION Concert producer for the ACC
WHERE Shank Street
FAVOURITE ITEM YOU'RE WEARING My gold necklace. My sister made it out of my mother's old Tiffany purse.
FAVOURITE STORE Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333). I love the third floor. I also get a lot of awesome second-hand designer vintage from House of Vintage (571 Queen West, 416-363-8343).
MY TORONTO SECRET The Rectory Café on Ward's Island.
INTO Juice in the morning, dancing, riding my bike, Mr. Rickets and seeing live music.
NOW'S FALL TIP A high waist, dove-grey cropped sweater and red cap equal easy chic for late-night leans outside your favourite urban subdivision.
WHO Giacomo Grisanzio
OCCUPATION Indie filmmaker
WHERE King and Strachan
FAVOURITE ITEM YOU'RE WEARING My black "Single" pin that you can't really see that my lover gave me.
FAVOURITE STORE Over the Rainbow (101 Yorkville, 416-967-7448). I love being spoiled for choice in jeans.
MY TORONTO SECRET Domino's Foods in the St. Lawrence Market on Saturday morning. They've got the best European specialty products.
INTO Moksha yoga, running, live shows and gourmet vegetarian cooking.
NOW'S FALL TIP If clashing patterns aren't your thing, mix up your tartan by standing under a graphic canopy of outdoor art.
WHO Lynne Robichaud
OCCUPATION Application trainer
WHERE Shaw Street
FAVOURITE ITEM YOU'RE WEARING My shoes. They're super-fly.
FAVOURITE STORE Girl Friday (740 Queen West, 416-364-2511). I always find something there, and everyone is really nice.
MY TORONTO SECRET The Smith, just down the street on Shaw. I can look at the awesome handmade jewellery while I drink my coffee.
INTO Drawing, chilling with my posse and picnics in the park.
NOW'S FALL TIP Balenciaga groupies might clutter Robichaud's striped silk scarf with coin necklaces and East Asian amulets, but she looks just dandy keeping it simple.
WHO Noah Craven
OCCUPATION Artistic associate at Harbourfront Centre
WHERE An alley in Parkdale
FAVOURITE ITEM YOU'RE WEARING My cowboy plaid. It's so comfortable.
FAVOURITE STORE Soundscapes (572 College, 416-537-1620 ). It keeps my downloading karma in check and my CD collection eclectic.
MY TORONTO SECRET Cutting through the Ex on my bike to avoid crosstown traffic.
INTO Live music, decent dining on the cheap, late-night glow-in-the-dark frisbee at Trinity Bellwoods and working on World Stage 2008.
NOW'S FALL TIP Craven is more western hipster than Cobain wannabe in his plaid topper layered on a canary T.
WHO Shereene Davis
WHERE Danforth, in front of the Big Carrot
FAVOURITE ITEM YOU'RE WEARING My sweater. It's so colourful.
FAVOURITE STORE Zara (Yorkdale Mall, 416-640-0471, and others)
MY TORONTO SECRET Remix Monday's at DNA Lounge.
INTO Dancing and singing.
NOW'S FALL TIP The satin sheen of Davis's turquoise bomber warms up her look as the temperature drops.