Joe Fresh

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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Vintage Warmth

DSCF8137Hulapopper Jacket, Roots scarf, Forever 21 orange turtleneck, H&M black turtleneck, Joe Fresh jeans, thrifted boots, Philistine sunnies

This winter I finally got to wear this vintage gem I got from Hulapopper last year for only $60! I die. This is one of the dopest spots for vintage shopping in Toronto. Hulapopper is a spot where you have to be in the frame of mind to get down and dirty and DIG! Piles and piles and racks on racks of garments and shoes and more, you are sure to leave with something at a great price. Make sure you follow them on Instagram though (linked above) because they don’t have regular shopping hours. Happy digging!

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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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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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