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Now that it’s officially Fall (my favourite fashion season, a.k.a sweater weather), all I can think about is sweaters (or “jumpah’s” as my dear British friend calls them). Every time I go shopping (in-store or online), I end up looking at sweaters and ultimately purchasing too many. That said, there’s a bit of an art to it, and I wanted to give you 3 easy take-home points to help guide your shopping.

I could never find a good V-neck knit that wasn’t too low or too tight. Getting the fit just right is critical for a picky shopper like me, which is even harder because I prefer a more oversized look. Not only that, but the colour (or lack thereof) needs to be perfect. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I haven’t bought colour in a few years, but these tips helped me find the sweater you see above. Many of you know that this is a lot of colour for me, but I made an exception because a) I love this sweater b) New fall, new me? Is that a saying? and c) I followed my rules below, and with this outfit, it works.

1. Stay away from acrylic: Acrylic pills super fast, and I can’t decide what’s worse, walking around looking like a kitten pawed at your clothes, or shelling out your hard-earned loonies for a new knit every 2 weeks.

2. Go oversized: This a personal preference, but there’s nothing better than cozy sweater that you can layer underneath for warmth.

3. Play with texture: the beauty of sweaters is that you can experiment not only with colour (or again, lack thereof…) but you can also keep people guessing in terms of texture. Thick vs. thin knits, alpaca vs. sheep wool, patterned vs. plain, cable-knit vs… literally anything else. You get my point.

It’s simple stuff, but so often the best tips are.

Express sweater, skinny jeans, coat | Celine bag | Ray-Ban round sunglasses | Acne Studios Jensen boots



  1. 10.13.2016 / 8:44 am

    I love how you make any outfit (even totally casual ones) look stunning. You always make me think of the infamous phrase “Je nais se quoi”.
    So inspiring, my friend! Love this burgundy shade on you, and you are making me want to go check out Express. I never really think to look there, but I’m going to now. How do you think the quality of the sweaters are compared to the brands they have at Aritzia (my favorite)?

    XO! Gina

    • August Diaries
      10.14.2016 / 10:09 am

      Hi Gina,

      You’re so sweet thanks love! Express has a ton of great sweaters right now… I’ve only had mine for a little bit, but the quality is good, no pilling or anything. And I’m loving the burgundy colours!

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.14.2016 / 10:08 am

      Love the layering and fall colours!

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      10.13.2016 / 12:29 pm

      I neeeeed that Acne sweater of yours 🙂

      xx Jill

  2. Lena
    10.13.2016 / 1:23 pm

    On Instagram you have been doing some makeup tutorials. Is there anyway you could do a blog post with the items you are using in those tutorials to include the makeup brushes? Your makeup looks great in those videos and I want to recreate, if possible.


    • August Diaries
      10.14.2016 / 10:06 am

      Hi Lena,

      Yes absolutely! I will do a post that includes all the products and brushes. And I’ll be doing more makeup tutorial videos, so if you have any requests, please let me know!

      xx Jill

  3. Sunny
    10.13.2016 / 5:05 pm

    Love the outfit! Been buried under school and work but this weekend I have promised myself a manicure and fall shopping. I cannot wait! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • August Diaries
      10.14.2016 / 10:03 am

      Good for you! It’s so nice to have something like that to look forward to. Happy Shopping!

      xx Jill

  4. Emma
    10.14.2016 / 2:49 pm

    This sweater is beautiful! My favourite colour. Do you know the specific name of it? and what size did you purchase?

  5. Lyn
    10.27.2016 / 10:20 pm

    What a beautiful V sweater!
    I’m a black, grey and white/cream girl as well but for jumpers I can (sometimes) make an exception and go for burgundy or khaki/dark green.
    If the jumper has a low V, I like to add a lace top. Love the contrast between the fabrics!
    xo Lyn

    • August Diaries
      11.04.2016 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks Lyn! I also only wear neutrals, but really loved this colour!

      xx Jill

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