I recently spoke to Roslyn Soloman, a Fashion & Lifestyle Editor at Sun Media about the growing athletic trend in fashion and gave my style advice on how women can effectively incorporate sportswear into their wardrobe (article can be found here). In said article, I noted that neoprene was a fantastic option for those who have a bit of trepidation introducing athletic inspired pieces into their look. Like neoprene or not, this rubbery, synthetic fabric has resurfaced in a major way this year in the industry and has come a long way since “Body Glove” in the 90s – remember them?!?! From Alexander Wang, who has paired it with luxe fabrics like chiffon, the boys at Proenza Schouler who has created sculpturally futuristic jackets with the fabric and Christian Louboutin’s neon-hued “Scuba” booties that sold out almost immediately, it is clear that the fan base for neoprene is wide spread.
So why is it making such a huge comeback? The industry may attribute it to a 90s fashion revival while others claim a fascination with the experimental possibilities of high tech fabrications, which probably prompted the fad for neoprene the first time around, or that it’s reflective of the sport silhouette that has emerged as a significant trend this year.
Photography by Nathalia Allen (@amillionminds) www.amillionminds.ca
Whatever the reason is for it’s current relevancy, I’m 100% on board. I used to think it was not a good thing to revisit a fashion trend that’s your own vintage but this fashion forward moto jacket by my new fave Aussie label, Minty Meets Munt, made it impossible to not break my rule. This moto is the brand’s iconic jacket for this season and if you happen to be one of those people who don’t believe in white after Labour Day, then you’re in luck because it also comes in classic black and a leopard print/black combo. Sticking to the athletic inspired theme, I’ve paired the jacket with a Nike training tank, high waisted skirt and was shot in this beautifully lit tunnel by an emerging photography talent Nathalia Allen (Styling Tip: I’ve folded the tank underneath to create the illusion of a crop top!)
What I’m Wearing: White Neoprene Biker Jacket c/o Minty Meets Munt // Tank/Crop Top (old) c/o Nike // Skirt c/o Wildred Free by Aritzia // Shoes (old) c/o Call It Spring
Dressing for the transition between seasons can be fun sometimes but seldom easy. Having to make decisions between skirts or pants, light or dark colours, fabric choices and of course footwear. Choosing a pair of shoes can pose as a difficult task because you don’t want to look like that crazed lunatic wearing sandals when it’s cool outside but you also don’t want your feet sweating and swelling in boots if the day turns out to be 27 degrees celsius. My two transitional fashion rules have always been; 1) Leave the house with layers. If you get hot you can alway remove something and on those cool fall evenings you have something to throw on or put over your shoulders to keep you warm and 2) Invest in a pair of stylish shoes that can take you from summer to fall in serious style.
This season I will be swapping my sandals for open toe booties. They’re summery enough to allow me to show off my pedicure, yet still keep me warm on cooler nights. The versatility of these chic booties from the newly opened Vince Camuto flagship store in Toronto, will definitely mean they will be in high rotation over the next few months.
Vince Camuto is just one of the many international brands that have been gracing Toronto with their presence and to celebrate the brand’s arrival and opening of it’s flagship store in the city, I would like to invite you all to join us for refreshments, music, to view the collection and meet the footwear visionary himself this Friday September 5th… I look forward to seeing you there!
What I’m Wearing: Klayton Booties c/o Vince Camuto // Pleated Midi Skirt by Zara // Denim Shirt (old) by Madewell // Tank c/o Artizia // Bag c/o Nella Bella // Necklace (old) c/o Ann Taylor // Sunnies by Ray Ban
Graphic tees are nothing new to the fashion world and since it’s arrival on the scene they have only continued to gain in popularity. With most logo tees these days using a play-off of a logo or fashion brand name, Toronto based company Bad Etiquette caught my eye several weeks back and I have been dialed into the brand ever since. With a simple black and white palette, clean aesthetic, and dope logos found on their tees, hoodies, and snapbacks – inspired by the Designer Lionel Wong’s ethos, I think the Bad Etiquette team is definitely onto something here.
Within seconds of checking out the brand’s website, you will immediately understand Bad Etiquette’s vision and hopefully like me, fall in love with their dedication to “always keep shit f*ckin’ real!”. With clever street influenced product descriptions and a hip hop themed sizing chart – (“Biggie Smalls”, “Middle Man”, “Livin Large”, and “XL Baby” are the sizes available to chose from) confirmed that Bad Etiquette was not just your run of the mill street label. I had an amazing chat with Wong a week ago, who also happens to be the Associate Creative Director at one of the city’s leading ad and creative digital agency’s, One Method. During our talk he explained a bit about his obsession with creating and love of community, which was the catalyst for the line. Although Bad Etiquette’s first capsule collection is men’s…it’s slim fit and super luxe cotton makes it easy for us ladies to rock them as a tee or a dress.
Photography by Tiffany Sin – TiffanySPhoto.ca
What I’m Wearing: White “Dope & Diamonds” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Black “Hoodlm” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Sunglasses by Rayban // Shoes (old) by Aldo *Both tees shown here are size medium aka “Middle Man”
To view the full collection, which also includes hoodies, and to order online head to their website here and please remember to exercise good social etiquette and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!
Over the years my outfits have always consisted of one statement piece, which was usually in the form of a handbag, piece of jewellery or shoes but it was not until recently that I let these items take a back seat and allowed my pants to take all the shine and glory. Over the past few seasons, the “statement” pant has gained popularity. Whether they be wide leg, drop crotch or bold prints, these pants have quickly become a woman’s piece de resistance when dressing.
A few months ago I joined the “Statement Pant Movement” with a pair of custom wide leg trousers from BAZZUL Studios and this Summer I have developed an affinity for printed bottoms. My Mecca for amazing pants that can make anyone stand out in a crowd – is J.Crew. With jacquard, jewelled, silk, crepe, sequin, and brocade (like the one’s I’m wearing here) they have a pant to please everyone. The key to successfully rocking printed pants is easy. Pair them with simple basics, similar to my white silk blouse, or choose colours within the print that allows the trousers to stand out, which I did with my blue hued pumps. The end result is always simple yet chic!
Photos by Tiffany Sin www.tiffanysphoto.ca
What I’m Wearing: Collection Crop Trouser in Antique Floral by J.Crew // Silk Shirt c/o Ann Taylor // Shoes by Manolo Blahnik // Bag (old) c/o Rebecca Minkoff // Sunnies by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Watch c/o Caravelle New York
It’s been approximately twenty four years since Vogue declared the era of power dressing over…but based on trends seen in fashion over the last couple of seasons, the “Power Suit” is starting to make a return. The strong jackets that became iconic in the 80s with tailored pants or skirts is slowly being reinvented and updated to appeal to the young and middle aged women of today. The women’s power suit has taken many forms over the years and was formally characterized by masculine lines, oversized shoulder pads and boxy silhouettes, however fast forward to present day, this suit has become more sophisticated, sleek and sexy!
I’ve always had an affinity to this particular style of dressing because it reminds me of my Mother’s “Boss Lady” attire during her magazine editorial days. She always that the most beautiful suits, most of the time custom from popular Little Italy boutique “Gente” that was uber popular in the 80s and closed down a decade later. Mum always exuded strength in her office attire and from a very young age I knew that it provided her with a sense of power. Ironically when it comes to Canadian designers, nobody does a power suit like Caitlin Power. Over the last several years, I have watched the designer grow and each season she never fails to blow me away with her creative use of leather and architectural details, “tailoring is important within the brand. I focus on sophisticated, classic silhouettes, but make them youthful with edgy details. I use leather in unexpected places and focus on the female form, making style lines accentuate a women’s curves. My woman commands attention and dresses sharp to receive it!” – says the Calgarian born designer.
My obsession with both Caitlin and her label reached an all time high after watching her Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Power’s fierce collection left show goers breathless at David Pecault Square as models traipsed down the runway in chic short and skirt suits, beautifully structured leather dresses and sharp tailored outerwear. This white skirt suit was a standout from the collection in my opinion and makes me think of Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. The colour blocked blazer with plunging neckline and chic pencil skirt can be worn from work to evening events, with the former most likely paired with a cami (unless you work in the fashion industry).
What I’m Wearing: “New York” Blazer c/o Caitlin Power // “Rome” Pencil Skirt c/o Caitlin Power // Bag by Chanel // Shoes (old) c/o Aldo // Nameplate Necklace c/o Jewlr // Watch c/o Caravelle New York
To view and shop Caitlin Power’s collections head to CaitlinPower.com and follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram or using the hashtag #PowerWoman
Warm weather, sunshine, chic outfits and a day spent with my gal pal Monica Awe-Etuk of style blog Awed by Moni, pretty much sums up the perfect day for me. I’ve known this special lady for years but our bond grew stronger when we both entered the Blogsphere together roughly a year and a half ago. During her recent visit to Toronto, we headed to our fave stomping grounds in the city, Yorkville, for a proper girl’s day out in our rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” attire.
After being introduced to 424 Fifth a couple months ago, I have been lucky enough to acquire some fabulous pieces from the brand’s Spring collection. In my opinion, one of the highlights of the line is this leather skirt that I paired with their grey Summer cashmere sweater. With a cheeky slit in the back, this form flattering skirt with laser cut details is the perfect update to the pencil skirt – not to mention a good juxtaposition to Monica’s beautiful tulle skirt. Guaranteed…it will be on repeat this season!
Photos by Shola Awe
What I’m Wearing: Leather Laser Cut Skirt courtesy of 424 Fifth // Boyfriend Cashmere Sweater courtesy of 424 Fifth // Shoes courtesy of Le Chateau // Bag (old) Banana Republic // Sunnies by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Jewelry courtesy of H&M // Watch courtesy of Caravelle New York
What Monica is Wearing: Biggie Mustache Tank by Eleven Paris // Organza Midi Skirt by Chic Wash // Striped blazer by Smythe // Pumps by Christian Louboutin // Bag by Celine
Make sure to check out Monica’s chic style on awedbymonica.blogspot.ca