Outfits

Jackie O

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Joe Fresh Turtleneck, Aritzia Silk Cami, Joe Fresh Denim (DIY cut), Cape Robin Booties, Sopher Sunnies via Yoka, H&M Purse

If you know me you know all I wear is denim. It’s basically my second layer of skin, although unhealthy denim could be pyjamas for me.Because I wear denim everyday, I like to fancy it up here a there so topping it off with some silk and an outrageous pair of
Jackie O inspired sunnies helps my denim life from feeling stale. I don’t gravitate to dresses or skirts very often, I just don’t feel like I can be myself and makes getting dressed for special events that much more special. I have loads of denim: ripped, skinny, light wash, white, snakeskin etc and yet I never tried the “jegging” style. Joe Fresh makes jeggings every year. They aren’t your typical jegging where it’s a legging painted to look like denim, it’s denim with a wholeeee lot of stretch. I could do the splits in these pants if I wanted to, I’ve also taken a nap in them once or twice (accidentally of course). If you don’t love denim because you find it’s uncomfortable I highly suggest popping into Joe Fresh and trying out their jegging styles-even Thanksgiving dinner is no match for these pants!

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Lace Ups and Lace

lace-ups-and-lace-3DIY Shirt, LaSenza Lingerie Lace Bodysuit, Aritzia Skirt, Public Desire (Similar) Shoes

These shirts are everywhere since Kendall Jenner first rocked it on a shopping trip in LA. Though that girl can get away with the deep v-neck cut she had going on and a very nearly-not-there lace bralette; IRL we can’t exactly do that. I got this shirt at Common Sort-my second home- for $8 and gave it a quick chop to recreate the look. I’m not about spending money on crazy trends that come and go quickly as I’ve mentioned a million times over. Even if I became a billionaire tomorrow I don’t think I would spend more than you should on “quick trends”.  Splurging on classic pieces you know will be versatile and long-lasting is where you should invest money in your wardrobe, like this Aritzia Pencil skirt. A tad pricey but this double slit linen pencil skirt has a little extra something going for it style-wise, is actually super comfortable, and a must-have in every woman’s closet. A pencil skirt is one of the easiest pieces you can rock from day-to-night. Work to play, switching up your shoes and your top, a pencil skirt is always a sexy option if it’s well tailored and you feel sexy in it. Comfort is key.

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Budget Buying

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This outfit essentially screams me. Denim, ankle boots and a quirky printed button-up shirt thrown in to spice things up (when I’m not normally dressed in all black). The real reason this outfit screams LAYLA LANE, is because this entire outfit cost me less than $25. I have had a bit of luck over the years finding hidden gems in sale sections, at thrift stores, discount department store, and in vintage boutiques. I think it’s really due to the fact that I have the patience to actually sift through everything and being tiny doesn’t hurt either. My family and friends are always shocked to see what I manage to spend compared to how many goodies I bring home. To me it’s a calming experience, where others get overwhelmed shopping in that sort of environment. Feed me and caffeinate me and I could sift all day.

Here are the details: this shirt, originally from Joe Fresh, I found in the racks at Common Sort in Parkdale (my fave buy/sell shop) for $8.00. The skirt I found on sale for $12.00 after I posted it here, and the boots I got at Value Village unworn for 3 friggin BUCKS (somehow the day I went all shoes were 50% off)…luck?

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Velvet Crush

velvet-crush-1Zara Blazer (Similar, Mango), Joe Fresh Denim Button Down (Similar), Vintage Levis Shorts, Donald J. Pliner Flats, Rebecca Minkoff MINI MAC Crossbody

Velvet is back this season, so says the entire fashion industry anyways, and I am into it. I bought this blazer at Zara like a million years ago and I’ve maybe worn in 5 times mostly to class presentations. I bought it because I have always had a slight obsession with velvet. It may be because when I was a kid I remember many of my favourite items I wore being velvet-this red dress I wore for christmas and class photos and this lilac gymnastics suit I continued to wear as a bathing suit well after I stopped going to gymnastics.

This blazer fit really well with all the cuts for the curves I do not have, and I figured was an easy throw-on piece for added structure. Sometimes as a more petite human adding structure to your outfit can be really helpful to shaping you and helping you look a little older even if you paired with boyfriend jeans and a baggy tee.

I love velvet because it’s such a rich texture that adds that extra note of cool to your outfit. Velvet is so underrated but now I’m seeing a huge welcoming to the fabric even in shoes this season. My fuzzy texture loving heart approves.

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