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VIRGINIA JOHNSON 970 College, 416-516-3366, virginiajohnson.com
During that tricky transition between summer and fall when temperatures and your wardrobe waffle daily, a visit to designer Virginia Johnson's boutique on the outskirts of Little Italy can help cure your clothing confusion. The airy space is stocked with her signature merino wool and cashmere scarves printed with autumn florals and wicker designs, perfect for layering on and off throughout a bi-seasonal day.
The fall clothing collection includes a whitewashed rack of crisp Italian linen pieces like tunics with tucked details at their shoulders and drawstring slacks in white or grey. For the home, chain-stitched pillows feature familiar owl and camel motifs in deeper hues.
Some of the store's best buys are charming illustrations that come mounted in crisp white frames for $95 each.
Virginia Johnson picks: A scarf's tile print is an abstracted sketch of a train car's ornate floor, $195; Johnson created the illustrations for Deborah Needleman's book The Perfectly Imperfect Home, $34; fabric remnants are repurposed on the backs of miniature makeup mirrors, $6.
Look for: A sale rack of lighter cotton cover-ups in bright prints.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm.