So we all want it. Spring, spring, spring. And while there is no way to fast forward mother nature (although it seems we sure are trying our darndest with our excessive greenhouse gas emissions. not a rant I swear), we can fake it till we make it by getting into our spring wardrobe just a bit early! (why not?!)
This great green flowy skirt was a bit of an impulse buy (and during my strict shopping hiatus, oh Hailley…) but how perfect is it to jump start your mood? And when pulling on something that is a little ‘fashion forward’ thinking (seasonally and otherwise!) one perfect way to balance out the look is to mix it with a minimal and understated tee.
And honestly, you can never (ever) go wrong with a Canadian purchased, designed, and made coat to keep this spring look wearable when the temps are still a little unbearable (poet and I didn’t know it? oh my, I’m sorry…).
t-shirt|americanapparel . skirt|anthropologie . boots|frye . necklace|oak+fort . coat|allisonwonderland
Every girl’s got one, the little black dress that is a tried and tested for looking chic, sophisticated and effortlessly put together at a moment’s notice. And with some quick accessories a ho-hum frock can become a stunning ensemble. Now I understand the classic nature of black (it goes with everything and is of course universally flattering) but I for one am very much in favour of taking your go-to dress in a simple cut and injecting it with a vibrant (and equally as flattering if I may add) burst of colour! And with a classic fit, this dress can be just as easily dressed up or down as your tried and tested LBD with a few choice add-ons.
Take this great silk dress here that I nabbed off of madewell.com (my absolute favourite shop season after season it seems) for half price. While it sometimes doesn’t do a shopper any favours to pick up last season finds at major discounts (who can wait till next summer to wear those strappy sandals) this dress can easily be transitioned through the end of winter, spring and right into summer. And the piece can just as readily be styled up as it can down. By adding a grungy (ish) toque, killer (if not a little hardcore) boots and a structured overcoat the delicate dress gets the edge it needs.
Now if only I could end my lifelong search for the perfect leather jacket (how good would a biker jacket be on this dress?!) half price as well, a girl can dream can’t they.
dress|madewell . toque|joefresh . belt|clubmonaco . boots|hollywoodtradingcompany(via freepeople) . coat|anthropologie
It’s been everywhere this winter in almost every form. Black (or brown, dark green even…) patches of slick, sheeny (it’s a word) material applied to the most unsuspecting garments. We’ve seen it as a collar, an elbow patch, a full sleeve, and even one or two (kay or a million) pairs of super skinny pants. It’s pretty bad ass and can almost instantly edgify (it’s also a word) even the most feminine of outfits. And if you haven’t guessed it by now, it’s straight up pleather.
Now I know the fashion world has come up with a plethora of more ‘acceptable’ monikers than the one used above, but really, why does it matter whether we’re calling it vegan leather or polyvinyl when it looks so damn cool either way? It doesn’t.
And while I am a firm believer in leather footwear (personal experience states that a man-made copy simply does not wear or endure the way the real thing does) I am totally fine buying into fake for places that are not under constant rub, stress and strain. Take this great vest that I picked up at Zara. It’s the perfect way to easily incorporate this trend into your already existing wardrobe, over a chic silk dress, peaking out under a warm coat, or on top of a flocked velvet blouse as I have here. And while the rest of this look is comprised of last year pieces, the vest quickly works to keep the outfit on trend (and honestly, at $25, more than half off, you just need it).
So whatever you want to call it, I fully endorse this cost effective means of getting into the leatha look, something I think even Stella would agree with.
coat|clubmonaco . vest|zara(similar) . blouse|clubmonaco(similar) . pants|zara . booties|joefresh
Now believe me, I get it. Why does it seem like a maxi skirt/dress, while functionally designed for colder months (I mean fashionable full coverage to your toes? seems too good to be true…) is solely wearable at summer farmer’s markets and patio brunches? Peronally, I’ve struggled with (read: avoided completely) how to style them through the winter for as long as I’ve had my collection of these Amish-length beauties. So when I pulled this gorgeous blue number from the depths of my closet I decided to challenge myself, was it possible to pair this floor length dress with something other than a great pair of leather gladiators? Was I maybe just over thinking it?
Well it turns out I was. By simply throwing on a flowy cardigan, short boots, and pulling the dress together with a great structured belt I somehow transformed a very summer statement dress into a cool (literally. please include a great mid length coat in this outfit for your health’s sake) look that all of a sudden didn’t read ‘maid of honour at destination beach wedding’.
And on a day like today (-41 celsius?! my word…) go ahead, wear three layers of leggings underneath that skirt to elude the hypothermia onset. Secret’s safe with me.
dress|anthropologie . belt|anthropologie . cardigan|anthropologie . booties|joefresh
While the weather in Edmonton has been more bearable this weekend, it still takes a brave soul (or ex-Winnipegger) to get out there with bare ankles. So to balance out my chillier lower half, I decided to super-bundle up top in this outfit. Using your denim jacket as an extra layer in the winter allows you to wear your favourite Canadian Tuxedo topper all year round! And how cute does it look peaking out of your trench (or peacoat, or blazer…).
And for those of you who need a little colour therapy to get you through the snow and slush, don’t be afraid to prematurely don your petal powered prints (you can’t even walk into a store these days without being bombarded, just surrender) with a more seasonally appropriate coat. Believe me, those gawkers are just jealous of your confidence and impeccable taste.
blouse (dress)|dace (via moule) . necklace|anthropologie . denim jacket|levi’s (via urbanoutfitters) . trench|oldnavy . pants|joefresh . heels|joefresh . bag|clarevivier (via anthropologie)