Outfits

Mixing the Elements of Your Closet: Dressy with Casual

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H&M kimono, DIY sweater (Halloween Costume), Joe Fresh jeans, PUMA shoes, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

I recently saw on Instagram a girl wearing a kimono over a sweater and I was instantly inspired. I love mixing elements of my closet to create looks that wouldn’t necessarily make sense if you wrote them down, but put them on and somehow this casual dressy mix really works; ie the kimono sweater combo. Of course depending on your lifestyle, job etc it’s not as easy to wear a sweater to work, but I would say this is perfect weekend wear. Off to brunch? Don’t want to look like a total slob but you’ve worked hard all week and feel lazy? Well girl keep that sweater on and find a cute kimono to layer on top for some added class and style. Your outfit will go from couch potato to breakfast hash brown appropriate in a second.

Honestly I think Kimonos are a super cool way to dress up any outfit and are super handy to have in your closet. I wear mine when I’m going out with jeans and a plain tank top and it’s given me that confidence I need to feel going out ‘apro-pros’. Getting a legit kimono can be harder to come by, I suggest vintage shopping and shelling out the extra bucks for something legit and unique. If you aren’t a savvy vintage hunter then stores like Anthropologie, Urban OutfittersFree People, and Zara always have items like this as they’re hot on the trend game always. I’ve linked these store above with some of my fave kimonos I spotted on their site.

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What Would WBDW Wear X The Canadian Tuxedo

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Levis Jacket, Band Tee, Forever 21 Jeans, Yoki Loafers via Winners, Roots Bag, Public Butter Sunglasses

The doubled denim look, dubbed the “Canadian Tuxedo” by moments in Levis fashion history,  is something I wear often. I may be Canadian but that’s not why, I just find that I’m at my most comfortable in Denim, yes you can call me crazy. A flowy dress, or loose skirt for me is the complete opposite of comfortable. I’m always picking and pulling and making sure things are in place while wearing outfits like that, can you say stress!?

 I think denim on denim has effortless personal style cred. It’s super easy and you don’t need to overthink what works and what doesn’t. I’d say what doesn’t work does! Doubling up your denim and mixing different shades is a fun task and I think you’ll be pretty pleased with the outcome. I personally love mixing different shades of the same shade ( if that made any sense) to create contrast. Light blue denim on an even lighter washed blue with say dark thread or coloured threading is something I would look at while styling this look. You can also get away with different shades of black on black; can you believe that! My personal fave for the summer is white on white, or a white denim jacket with super light washed blue mom jeans or light washed shorts/skirt. Seriously the combinations are absolutely endless. After that slip on a fun shoe and quirky bag and you’re good to go.

Some of my fave stores in Toronto to snag denim/vintage denim: House of Vintage,   Public Butter, Philistine, Mama Loves You Vintage, Value Village, Forever 21 (cheap can DIY), Urban Outfitters and Common Sort. The list goes on really…

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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

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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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