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queen elizabeth dress

Queen Elizabeth

Prints in fashion can express so much. For me lately, I’ve been obsessed with cheeky and bold prints. I fell in love with the colourful and graphic royal stamp print on this dress, which would be perfect for sightseeing in London.

queen elizabeth stamp dress

red zara booties printed chiffon patriotic dress

I’m wearing a printed chiffon dress c/o Persunmall, Zara red leather booties and a vintage tassle purse (similar here).

red leather tassle bag pandora bracelet

I layered a mix of bracelets, including a green giraffe bracelet, my Pandora bracelet and a vintage enamel piece from my grandmother. The mix of colours and materials is a fun way to express personality, and the colours are also a reflection of my dress’ print.

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This look is fun and easy to wear, the dress is loose and comfortable and a pair of opaque black tights keep me toasty. Now that we’re approaching winter, I’d layer a plain black peacoat to complete the cheesy “London look.” You could also wear a classic Chelsea or Beatle boot, but I thought the red booties and purse added to the colour scheme of the dress.

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how to wear a mint pleated skirt

How to wear a mint pleated skirt

Even though the flower nurseries have closed up shop for the summer, gardens are in full bloom and so is my closet. A pleated skirt is one of my go-to separates, but at times, I feel like I run out of options. This time, I decided to pair a colour blocked pleated mint skirt with a mirror image floral shirt for a simple, feminine look.

mint skirt floral shirt

I’m wearing an accordion pleated mint skirt from Simons in Montreal, a floral shirt from H&M, tinkerbell tights c/o nowistyle, a vintage colourblock quilted purse and blush suede pumps from Vince Camuto.

floral blouse mint skirt pleated skirt and floral blouseSometimes, I find it hard to decide what top to wear with a pleated skirt, and usually tuck my shirts in. This time, I decided to find a thicker blouse and wear it on top for a more modern look that’s also less stuffy.

tinkerbell tattoo tightsI love the way these tattoo tights add a touch of whimsy. Tinkerbell has always been a favourite!

vintage quilted purse mint pleated skirtSo whether you’re on your way to the office or a lunch date, a pleated skirt is the perfect summer season piece. Airy and girly, pick one up in a summer hue and wear it with a white shirt for a simple summer outfit.

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black and white stripe maxi skirt

How to wear a Black and White Striped Maxi Skirt

One of the hottest trends for Spring are black and white stripes. While it’s easy to wear a striped blouse or jeans, I found a gem hidden at the back of my closet. A striped maxi skirt doesn’t sound like the most flattering item to wear around your hips, but it’s all about balance and playing with proportions.

striped maxi skirt

I’m wearing a vintage striped maxi skirt (similar here), a black cropped bustier from Primark, a vintage pink envelope clutch, a gold key necklace c/o Foxy Originals and black spiked stilettos.

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I think the key to pulling off this look is to counteract the voluminous bottom half. I did this with my crop top, which shows an inch of skin (and no belly buttons allowed!), which makes my bottom half look extra long. What I’ve basically done is move my natural waist up with the illusion of the crop top and the high waistline of the maxi skirt. Because the skirt has so many wide and thin varying stripes, I kept it simple with a plain black bustier, but a tight cropped tee could work too.

Heels finish off the look and add some height. While some people believe a maxi must graze the floor, I think differently. It’s up to you, because a pair of 4-inch heels never hurt anyone (well, except for your feet).

pink envelope clutch black bow bracelet

I accessorized with a bright pink clutch for a burst of colour. It’s easy to get lost in black and white, especially in summer, so a colourful accessory adds interest into a monochromatic look.

vintage car and turquoise leather varsity jacket

Greased Lightning

Growing up, I was obsessed with the movie Grease. I wanted a poodle skirt desperately, and still wear white frilly socks with saddle shoes. This look was inspired by a vintage car near my house, and when I found this teal leather jacket, I was immediately inspired to put together this outfit.

vintage car girl in 50s outfit

I’m wearing a leather varsity jacket from Winners, a floral dress with petticoat from Urban Planet, tights from H&M and mary jane shoes from Betsey Johnson.

victory roll 50s inspired outfit

To complete the look, I wore my hair in a high pony and victory roll, to emulate some of the hairstyles of the period. To achieve the look, simply take a 2″ chunk of hair and carefully roll it around your index finger, being careful to keep the edges neat. Once you roll it to the top of your head, secure with bobby pins at the base of the roll. Set with some strong hold hairspray and whisk any stray baby hairs into the roll shape. This method only works if you have straight hair (so straighten a section) and for lengths around shoulder length. If your hair is shorter, section a thicker chunk.

retro 50s look teal leather varsity jacketWhile the varsity style of this leather jacket isn’t exactly me, I fell in love with the gorgeous turquoise colour. Varsity jackets continue to be a big trend on the streets, and I was surprised how easy it was to pair with a tee and jeans, or a floral dress like this.

betsey johnson black mary jane heelsI wanted to wear little white socks, but decided against it, and wore more elegant dotted tights. These mary janes from Betsey Johnson are one of my favourite pairs of shoes, and even have a hot pink sole.

vintage turquoise carWhile the vintage Chrysler behind me will likely never ride again, it was the perfect inspiration and backdrop for this outfit I’ve had in mind for years.

 

 

 

toronto fashion week style

What I Wore: World Mastercard Fashion Week

All week, I’ve been bogged down by school, midterms, and on a lighter note, World Mastercard Fashion Week. I’m so happy to get to cover some shows for this blog, and snap pictures of the runway. While I believe the best part of fashion week happens inside the tents, there’s no denying that the circus happening outside of it is just as fun.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was snapped by my friend and photographer, Max Kopanygin for FLARE Magazine.

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Tuesday was freezing after a storm, and I opted to wear a fuzzy and warm vintage faux-fur leopard jacket. I accessorized with elbow-length Club Monaco gloves, a purse c/o Nowistyle and a vintage hat.

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The next day, the weather wasn’t any better, but I decided to brave it and don my Mackage coat, as I was seeing the label’s show later that night. Max was shooting for FLARE’s annual “Wear Canada Day” so I wore my Mackage wool coat, a fringe Joe Fresh mini and a felt hat by Ophelie. I loved this look, because it mixed Canadian designers big and small, at prices high and low. It didn’t occur to me that I was snapped wearing a hat two days in a row, but I think a wool topper is more fashionable than a “condom hat” or a hood. Because freezing to death is not an option, especially when there are so many shows to see!

All photos by Max Kopanygin for FLARE.

Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess

Yesterday, I had the chance to catch TIFF Bell Lightbox’s exhibition, “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess”. In honour of the event (and outing), I wore this look inspired by Grace Kelly herself.

I wore a pale blue dress from Forever XXI, a cognac Kelly bag and a vintage leopard topper. I think the colour of my dress echoes Kelly’s cool, composed elegance and the bag is one of her signatures! At the exhibition, I got a chance to see the sac à dépêches Kelly herself toted on her white gloved arm.

The whole city has been taken over by posters of the image behind me. I tried to mirror her pose in this picture. I think it’s funny how are dresses are similar yet very different at the same time. The dress was designed by Edith Head, who designed the costumes in the film that won her the gold statuette, Country Girl.  To be honest, I was very disappointed with the dress in real life. Pictures always make the colour out to be a gorgeous pale greyish turquoise, but the actual colour is more of a muted green-gray. The dress kind of lost its mystique to me, and I wish TIFF displayed it better as well.

Kelly was known for her elegant, ladylike style, and I channelled that with this leopard cropped jacket. While the Princess might have been privvy to mink, I brought the silhouette into modern times with a punchy leopard print and oversized buttons.

Naturally, I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the exhibit, and tried to take some at the stop and repeat on the way out, but was accosted by nosy volunteers! I tried to tell them that everyone was taking pictures on this wall, but I was out of luck that day… It’s fun to see all of her magazine covers and how Kelly was revered as a symbol of beauty and talent.

The fashion at the exhibition was extensive, they had many garments chronicling her rise as an actress to a Princess.  My favourite was undoubtedly the replica of her Helen Rose wedding gown.  While it was only a replica (the real one is definitely locked away in the Grimaldi forum), it was captivating! I found it interesting how the costume team at MGM was behind her gown, and that it only took six weeks to create! (While it took the team at McQueen six months to create a bad copy of Kelly’s original).

The exhibit closes this Sunday, January 22, so if you’re a member (you get in free), or a fan of the American Princess, it’s a must see! Don’t expect endless hours spent admiring articles and artifacts, but a true fan would be delighted to be in the presence of her beautiful things.

”If there is one thing that is foreign to me it is shopping for pleasure. On the other hand, I believe that it is right to honor all those who create beautiful things and give satisfaction to those who see me wearing them.” – Grace Kelly

 

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Lavish & Squalor

A little while back, I had the amazing opportunity to be styled by Bobby Raffin with pieces from one of my favourite stores on the Queen West strip, Lavish and Squalor.

I am wearing a vintage leopard print coat with leather riding gloves. When we were looking around the store, something about this jacket called my name. I’m a sucker for animal print, and the pony hair texture was so luxurious. I love that it has brown suede panels to break it up, and the contrasting lapels are a detail that’s very in vogue right now.

Underneath the coat, I’m wearing a burgundy velvet dress, also from Lavish & Squalor.

All of us involved in the shoot had so much fun, even if it was a freezing December day. I got a bit lucky though, the leopard jacket I’m wearing kept me pretty toasty! I think all of our looks showcase how layering can keep you warm, while still looking cool.

And there’s nothing like a fleece trapper hat and vest like Bobby’s (also from Lavish & Squalor) to keep you shielded from the elements. I love the way he’s layered a utility vest over a plaid shirt, yet somehow, it still looks urban and cool.

The gloves I’m wearing complete the vintage look, but I can’t help but be reminded of the ones Ryan Gosling wore in the movie Drive. I still can’t get over that jacket, it was the perfect winter topper!

All photos taken and styled by Bobby Raffin.

You can see these pics on the Lavish & Squalor blog too!