The Kit editors take the fall trends for a workwear spin

Translating the runway trends for real life, and the complicated office environment, can be tricky. Here, The Kit staff decodes fall’s most far-out fashion.

The trend: Double plaids on editor-in-chief Laura DeCarufel

The trend: Double plaids on editor-in-chief Laura DeCarufel. Smythe jacket, $695, shopsmythe.ca. Theory top, $370, nordstrom.com. Sid Neigum pants, $964, bysymphony.com. Jenny Bird bracelet, $95, jenny-bird.ca. Vince Camuto shoes, $200, townshoes.ca
The trend: Double plaids on editor-in-chief Laura DeCarufel. Smythe jacket, $695, shopsmythe.ca. Theory top, $370, nordstrom.com. Sid Neigum pants, $964, bysymphony.com. Jenny Bird bracelet, $95, jenny-bird.ca. Vince Camuto shoes, $200, townshoes.ca  (Luis Mora)

Seen at: Michael Kors, Max Mara, Versace

Challenge level: A sartorial step up — 4 out of 10.

How to wear it: When layering checks, look for colour commonalities (neutral bases always work with one another) and a contrast in the size of the patterns (we love pairing a windowpane with a micro check).

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What Laura says: “My instinct would be to pair this gorgeous patterned blazer with pants in a solid colour like navy — a lovely, but safe look. Mixing checks ups the dare element of the look — and the fashion ante.”

Vinyl remix on assistant art director Poonam Chauhan. Diesel top, $108, diesel.com. MSGM skirt, $550, select Hudson's Bay stores. Kendall & Kylie shoes, $248, townshoes.ca. Jenny Bird earrings, $95, jenny-bird.ca
Vinyl remix on assistant art director Poonam Chauhan. Diesel top, $108, diesel.com. MSGM skirt, $550, select Hudson’s Bay stores. Kendall & Kylie shoes, $248, townshoes.ca. Jenny Bird earrings, $95, jenny-bird.ca  (Luis Mora)

The trend: Vinyl remix on assistant art director Poonam Chauhan

Seen at: Marni, MSGM, Balmain

Challenge level: A slight style obstacle — 5 out of 10.

How to wear it: Stripping vinyl of its naughtier reputation requires more traditional (read: covered up) silhouettes. Go A-line and watch how the ultra-shiny fabric looks right at home in the 9-to-5.

What Poonam says: “Despite it being in a plastic-y material, the long, flared skirt brought a girly vibe to my everyday look.”

Animal print on The Kit Chinese editor Renee Tse. Frame top, $383, nordstrom.com. Fuzzi skirt, $644, nordstrom.com. Jenny Bird earrings, $95, ring, $115, jenny-bird.ca. Aldo shoes, $70, aldoshoes.com
Animal print on The Kit Chinese editor Renee Tse. Frame top, $383, nordstrom.com. Fuzzi skirt, $644, nordstrom.com. Jenny Bird earrings, $95, ring, $115, jenny-bird.ca. Aldo shoes, $70, aldoshoes.com  (Luis Mora)

The trend: Animal print on The Kit Chinese editor Renée Tse

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Seen at: Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Diane von Furstenberg

Challenge level: Easy peasy — 2 out of 10.

How to wear it: Go wild in the workplace with the most approachable print in the animal kingdom: leopard. Paired with a prim pussy-bow blouse, this adventurous take still stays within the lines.

What Renée says: “Animal print can be daunting for me at times, but it’s a fierce look I bring into play when I need an extra boost of confidence, whether it’s at the office or at happy hour.”

Really red on digital director Caitlin Kenny. Acne top, $520, nordstrom.com. Marc Cain skirt, $330, marccain. Biko earrings, $95, ilovebiko.com. L.K. Bennett shoes, $320, townshoes.ca
Really red on digital director Caitlin Kenny. Acne top, $520, nordstrom.com. Marc Cain skirt, $330, marccain. Biko earrings, $95, ilovebiko.com. L.K. Bennett shoes, $320, townshoes.ca  (Luis Mora)

The trend: Really red on digital director Caitlin Kenny

Seen at: Jil Sander, Valentino, Roksanda

Challenge level: Bravery required — 7 out of 10.

How to wear it: One way to be bold in boardroom? Layer a few rosy fall tones — cherry, cranberry and currant are a beautiful combo — in plush materials. In tandem, these details look luxe and powerful.

What Caitlin says: “My closet is a curtain of black and navy, so dressing in full fiery red feels somewhat out of character — but a character I like. The hue connotes ferocity, while the cozy knits add a hint of softness. It’s my ideal mood for kicking off a new season.”

Oversized silhouettes plus neons on fashion director Jillian Vieira. Andrew Coimbra coat, $880, andrewcoimbra.com. Boss top, $250, nordstrom.com. Cos pants, $175, cosstores.com. Corey Moranis earrings, $145, corey-moranis.com. Converse shoes, $70, converse.ca
Oversized silhouettes plus neons on fashion director Jillian Vieira. Andrew Coimbra coat, $880, andrewcoimbra.com. Boss top, $250, nordstrom.com. Cos pants, $175, cosstores.com. Corey Moranis earrings, $145, corey-moranis.com. Converse shoes, $70, converse.ca  (Luis Mora)

The trend: Oversized silhouettes plus neons on fashion director Jillian Vieira

Seen at: Prada, Ulla Johnson, Marni

Challenge level: Way out of the comfort zone — 10 out of 10.

How to wear it: A lot of loud elements call for some balance. Opt for splashing out on smart fabrications: a woolly, wide-legged pant and lucite jewels add texture.

What Jillian says: “I can now vouch for the confidence boost that is being a beacon of brights and volume. Something about going all out feels liberating.”

Styling by Nabra Badr and photography by Luis Mora