5 fashion pieces I can't live without aritzia stedman camel coat chic and effortless fall look comfortable and chic fall winter look camel coat, celine box bag, acne jensen bootswhat to wear this fall, camel coat camel coat, chic and effortless street style

If there was a fire and I could only grab five pieces of clothing, these are the ones I would pick. Scratch that, if there was a fire, I’d grab my dog, so ignore that analogy. But you get my point – these are the pieces that I wear time and time again, especially when I want to look chic on short notice.

1. Leather jacket
I remember my first leather jacket very clearly – it was from Vince and it was quite a splurge. I think I “shared” it with my Mom so that she would pay for half πŸ™‚ Anyway, that was my first brush with the classic jacket and I haven’t stopped wearing them since. I now own two: a butterscotch beauty + a black leather moto jacket and they are still my favourites. They make every outfit look a little bit cooler (read: edgier) and are surprisingly warm, especially when layered up with tees, sweaters + scarves.

2.Β A great pair of booties
Booties are my jam. I’m not sure that I could live without them (in the fall + winter anyway). Go for a leather pair in neutral colours (black, beige, brown) to get maximum wear. And then wear them with anything and everything (dresses, skirts, jeans, culottes, pants, etc. – you get the picture).

3. Splurge-worthy bag
Accessories are the items to splurge on; they easily and effortlessly make whatever you’re wearing look chicer + more expensive. I had saved up for years for my Celine box bag and believe me when I say that it somehow makes my old, worn-out grey tee look that much better.

4. Camel coat
I’ve been wearing camel coats for years and they are by far the most complimented winter piece that I own. You can thank me later πŸ™‚

5. Massive scarf
As I said before, if you can’t fit a family picnic on your scarf, it’s not big enough. I love having a big, warm wool scarf in the winter and a cotton one in the summer.

6.Β Large sunglasses
MyΒ favourites are Celine and they cover almost half of my face, which is a plus when I’m tired and wearing no make-up. Not only that but they also protect my eyes and eye area, which is what sunglasses are supposed to do anyway. They’re chic and they help me protect against wrinkles. Score.

What are your can’t-live-without items? Do we have any in common? Let me know on Instagram or in the comments πŸ™‚

Aritzia Stedman coat, wool hat



  1. 10.17.2016 / 10:03 am

    True, you are literally wearing a grey tee and jeans, but it’s SOO chic! I’m obsessed with how the chicness goes up with the fab accessories. I need that Celine bag…drool.

    xo Carlina

    • August Diaries
      10.17.2016 / 2:35 pm

      Thanks love! Ya, definitely splurge on accessories, they make all the difference!

      xx Jill

      • Jess
        01.11.2017 / 12:47 am

        Love everything about your blog and style!. Just curious…is your Celine box bag a small or medium? I am torn between the two sizes! Thanks!

  2. Tanya P.
    10.17.2016 / 10:26 am

    The camel coat is gorgeous. Where did you get it?

    • August Diaries
      10.17.2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks Tanya! It’s Aritzia.. there’s a direct link at the bottom of the post πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.18.2016 / 5:58 pm

      Right?! Thanks girl πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.19.2016 / 10:58 am

      Thanks Patricia : )

      xx Jill

  3. Josie
    10.17.2016 / 8:57 pm

    Hey Jill! Love your blog and style so much, so glad I stumbled upon your insta! Anyway, have you ever shopped from Everlane? If yes, do you recommend? If no, have you heard anything about it? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • August Diaries
      10.18.2016 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks Josie! You’re so sweet. I haven’t actually shopped at Everlane, although I’m not really sure why. They have amazing stuff! I’ve heard only good things about them and love their M.O.

      Let me know if you try them out!

      xx Jill

  4. ellie
    10.17.2016 / 11:15 pm

    what happened to your max mara camel coat?

    • August Diaries
      10.18.2016 / 9:27 am

      I still have it! It’s just a lot warmer and so I’m waiting for the weather to get a bit colder πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.18.2016 / 11:26 am

      Thanks Alice!

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.19.2016 / 10:59 am


      xx Jill

  5. 10.18.2016 / 4:24 pm

    What size in that coat are you!? I hope that’s not too personal πŸ™‚ Just aritzia is always different for me and I love the way it fits on you! I own it all but the coat… but have never put together so effortlessly chic! I know what pieces to buy and then they sit in my closet because I don’t know how to wear them- First time I have read your blog and am bookmarking so you can help me! Thanks!

    • August Diaries
      10.18.2016 / 6:04 pm

      Not at all! I am usually an XS, but got an XXS small in this one. So glad we could be helpful and to have you as a new reader πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.19.2016 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Sheila! Agreed πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  6. 10.19.2016 / 2:09 pm

    Oh my gosh… am I crazy bc I actually have anxiety about how I would get both of my cats and both of my big doggies out of the house if there was a fire??? EEK.

    Back to the topic at hand…so, I think my five would be the booties for sure. cashmere sweater (s). designer bag. tough to pick just five…
    suede pumps. Gahhh…I can’t narrow it to five, but we do have some incommon:)

    XO! Gina

  7. Everly
    10.23.2016 / 11:37 am

    Hey Jill, love your blog! was wondering if you know of any sale happening now or the future for the acne jensen boots you always wear and have in this post? really want to get them but they are a lot of money so any bit I could save would be great!!

    • August Diaries
      10.23.2016 / 12:36 pm

      Hi Everly,

      Love the Acne boots, really recommend them! Shopbop has really great sales and Acne is usually included in them. I think they have one on Black Friday, so that could be a good time to buy. Nordstrom also has good Black Friday sales… that’s what I would do!

      xx Jill

  8. 10.29.2016 / 12:00 pm

    Jill! I’m looking to get the Acne Jensen boots (pebbled)..do you know where in Vancouver they are available? Need to try those bad boys on before I purchase them.

    Congrats on the engagement! xo

    • August Diaries
      10.29.2016 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you so much!!! I actually am not sure where they’re available in Vancouver anymore… I believe they were carried at Neighbour in Gastown at one point.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      11.04.2016 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks love!

      xx Jill

  9. Kate
    11.02.2016 / 9:36 am

    Hi Jill, I remember at one point you posted a similar shoe to the Acne Jenson but a little less expensive. Do you still have that info?
    Very much appreciated!!!

    • August Diaries
      11.04.2016 / 6:26 pm

      Hi Kate,

      Yes for sure! Here is a very similar leather pair: http://bit.ly/2f2NE9v

      And an awesome dupe from Old Navy: http://bit.ly/2eIdqNl

      If those aren’t the ones you are thinking of, let me know and I can do some more research πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

      • Kate
        11.07.2016 / 9:30 am

        Yes, the Marc Fisher one! Thank you so much! Hoping one day I can purchase the Jensons.

        • August Diaries
          11.07.2016 / 10:27 am

          My pleasure!

          xx Jill

  10. Rachel
    11.03.2016 / 12:08 am

    hello Jill!
    i have recently come across your blog, as a friend of mine had recommended me to look at it. I’m so happy she did! you’re blog is a huge inspo to me. i really appreciate the simplicity of your blog, and also how direct it is. you are able to capture the reader immediately with the use of big, concrete, visuals of you wearing appealing outfits. and you blur out the background in each photo so the central focus is what you are wearing. i also appreciate the use of links to each item, it really adds to the credibility of the blog. i like the length because it gets exactly to the point of what you are talking about. and finally, love the emojis! always adds a little somethin’ to the blog, and especially the writer.

    i am currently creating a blog for a class i am in, and it revolves around fashion as well! your blog will surely help me with improvements and such, and motivate me to keep the blog going after the class is over too! thank you for inspiring me again, Jill! πŸ™‚

    • August Diaries
      11.04.2016 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you for the sweet note Rachel!

      xx Jill

    09.15.2017 / 9:34 am

    Hi Jill!
    I know this is an older post and I’m not sure if you would still reply but I have been eyeing the Aritzia wool coat for a while. I needed to ask though, would this coat be good for winter in Vancouver? When I saw it in store it fitted so nicely but I noticed there was no lining and I’m wondering if it’s worth getting for winter? Thanks Jill!:)

    • August Diaries
      09.15.2017 / 12:06 pm

      Hey love! I used in the winter and just layered sweaters underneath… I thought it was fine πŸ™‚ Just make sure when buying that it can fit sweaters underneath comfortably.

      xx Jill

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