What’s better than leather baseball caps and bomber jackets? Quilted leather baseball caps and bomber jackets, obviously. I guess it’s that subconscious Chanel bag lust ever-present at the back of my brain that draws me to this trend, but seriously – I’ve come to realize that stuff does look better quilted. Specifically, anything leather, but I even have a pair of quilted track pants that are significantly cooler than any non-quilted counterpart. I guess it’s blatantly obvious that I’m obsessed with this bomber jacket from Forever 21 then, right? And the cherry on top – it’s on sale right now for…18 bucks. 18 bucks! I’ve paid more than that to park my car for a day!
Well, I’m officially done school for the semester – you know what that means! Laziness at it’s fullest state. While I haven’t really had the chance to fully relax yet because of work and blog commitments (which I’m not complaining about at all!) my style is definitely taking a turn for the…um…lazy. I find when it’s cold outside, I just want to put myself into into anything that resembles a marshmallow and roll up into a ball. Since that’s not always possible, on casual days like today I like to wear stuff that’s warm, but still cool. (Get it? Hehe. Lame.) That translates to boyfriend jeans, cable knit sweaters, beanies, etc. All things that are great for keeping warm + being comfortable. Winter footwear is also a hassle, that’s why I’m so happy I found these amazing Le Chateau army boots that are keep my ankles warm, fit a good 2 pairs of socks underneath, and look badass at the same time.
Probably inspired by a gag-worthy (in a good way) Miroslava Duma street style picture stowed away in my subconscious memory, the widely questioned “printed set combo” has been on my radar for quite some time now. I’ve been meaning to try it out without appearing geriatric, or like I am wearing those hospital scrubs with prints on them as a miserable attempt at making such an ensemble appear cheery and cute. Despite printed sets being boring in theory (It’s pretty much the exact same thing on the bottom as on top, right?), I think that they actually pack quite the outfit bang. This one from Love Zooey has a really cool, subtle geometric block pattern that isn’t too loud. I love that I can wear this skirt with a basic tee and a biker jacket, pair the sweater with a leather skirt or some black ripped skinny jeans, or of course wear them together for a statement. Super versatile.
Ever have one of those days where you just feel like it is just completely and absolutely
necessary to dress in head-to-toe darkness? Today was one of those days for me. Very much like many other days, just…intensified. Today was a full-on, Mac Cyber lipstick level of darkness day. Many people (specifically my mother) ask why I wear so much black, and the reason for this is really quite simple. I feel most comfortable in black. Confident, edgy, cool, understated. There is the odd exception, but for the most part, I feel awkward and uncomfortable in colour. It just isn’t me.
More photos, outfit where-to-buy, and other fun things on the next page.
While I’ve taken a keen interest in silver lately…black and gold was my first love. And you can’t just simply…forget about your first love, can you? Apparently not. That’s why I legitimately gasped when I found this Danier leather biker with gold hardware. You see, I’m one of those undiagnosed OCD people that absolutely can’t stand mixing metals in the same outfit. Therefore, when I wear any of my purses with gold hardware, silver hardware biker jackets are out of the question. And let’s be honest, that eliminates what, about 80% of my options? (#firstworldproblems). Well, that was all before I obtained this lovely specimen. Now I’m saved from the disturbing predicament of outfit metal mixing! Thanks Danier.
jacket: Danier (here) boots: Zara (here) pants: H&M (here) clutch: Danier (here) tee: Zara (here) sunglasses: Anderne (here)
I’ve been looking for the perfect zippered moto skirt for literally a year now with no luck. If you’re like me and you have an…um…”healthy”bottom half, you know how tricky it is to find leather/leather-look bottoms that fit right. Lo and behold, this utterly perfect Forever 21 number found me yesterday while shopping. Not too short, not too tight, and some cool fabric cross-over/badass zipper hardware action. And this is my my new Acne - looking Asos coat! I’m obsessed. I feel like the chic-est wannabe Swedish person ever in its oversized faux leather faux shearling goodness.
And hi – I’m wearing r-e-d! This is literally the only time you will ever see me in red. My irrational fear of colour is exemplified in red. I legitimately do not remember the last time I owned a piece of red clothing. But somehow, I’m weirdly drawn to red plaid. I think it’s because of an Instagram picture I saw of Dani Song (with a red plaid shirt around her waist, wearing some cutoff shorts and a biker jacket) that put me under this spell. So needless to say, this sweater, also from Forever 21, caught my eye right away. Plaid is everywhere right now – and it’s right on point with my affinity for grungy, biker-chic looks. So it’s going to be something I wear the heck out of. Already seeing visions of it with a biker jacket, leather pants, pencil skirt and some killer heels….
skirt: Forever 21 (here) sweater: Forever 21 (here) jacket: ASOS (here) boots: Zara (here)
Ah, November. The new January here in Canada. While most people in less-punishing climates of the world can get away with a leather jacket ’til about December, here we brought out the Canada Gooses weeks ago. Up until very recently, I dreaded buying coats because they reminded me of winter. I couldn’t bring myself to spend money on something that I would wear in HELL…so I kind of avoided it. As a result, my winter wardrobe is pretty slack. But recently, (with the help of Acne) I have discovered how fun cold weather dressing can be. I’ve invested in a few great winter jackets, including this gorgeous mixed-media one from Danier, that I actually look forward to putting on. I used to think my jacket killed my outfit…but now I’ve started to realize that they can really make a look!
It’s probably annoyingly obvious that I really want an Acne jacket by now, right? (Further evidence – here) Their jackets are what edgy-gal dreams are made of. This Mape, with its gorgeous black fur collar is essentially perfect in my books. Heck, if it’s good enough for Bryan Boy, it’s good enough for me right? I will own an Acne jacket one day…I will….yes. Uhhh anyway, speaking of Bryan Boy – he also just got this AMAZING Reed Krakoff sweater which I’ve been eyeing since it plopped its lovely metallic self on Net-a-Porter. The Givenchy clutch is in my shopping bag as we speak. I kind of missed the boat on the whole Givenchy rottweiler mayhem (resulting in a pretty epic d.i.y which you can see here) and have been dying to get it out of my system ever since. As for the Christopher Kane skirt, I think it’s pure genius just like him. He’s, in my opinion, one of the most creative designers out there at the moment. Florals are rarely my thing – the only time I’ve ever approved are when Preen does them all cool and mod. Otherwise, they’re a little too pretty for me. Christopher Kane’s black light glowy version on the other hand is edgy and utterly amazing.
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ZARA High Heel Peep Toe Ankle Boot, $99.90 on Zara.com
More monochromatic-ness on the runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week…I ain’t mad. Last season, edgy designer extraordinaire Sid Neigum ventured outside his black and white box by experimenting with floral prints and crisp green hues, but for Spring 2014 he went back to his comfort zone (Evil smile). This time around he added a few hits of burgundy and bronze to his palette of mostly black, white and grey – but obviously I tend to favour the aforementioned anti-colour looks. The intricate laser-cut detailing elevated his simple shift dresses to the edgy territory he’s known for, but the crisp white & loose draping helped to break up the geometric lines and angular cuts and added some softness for Spring. The shoes, which Neigum designed and created himself, were such a major Margiela-esque avant-garde finish to the looks.
So, fashion week in Toronto is officially over. It wasn’t as crazy as last season for me, but still pretty intense. I actually had to hop into a cab straight to work right after my last show yesterday (for one of those ever so lovely 4 a.m.-last-call-nights)…and I’m doing the same thing today. Let’s just say Redbull is my bff right now.
Favourite collection recaps are coming, but in the meantime here’s a Flarestreet style picture from day 4.
jacket: Topshop (similar here) skirt: H&M (here) tee: Boohoo (here)shoes: Alexander Wang (sold out, similar here $ or here $$$)hat: Le Chateau (similar here)