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My Top Ten Women’s sneaker picks for Spring/Summer 2018

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1) Reebok Classics
2) Nike Classic Cortez
3) Converse low top platforms
4) Puma platforms
5) New Balance 420, my fave style
6) Fila ‘Disruptor’
7) Girl Force XO Gucci or Louis V Cortez style
8) Keds platform
9) Adidas Gazette
10) Vans Old Skool platform

There is nothing more comfortable (and stylish) to me than a good sneaker. I love that sneakers are a huge fashion trend that’s sticking around. I can remember when wearing sneakers with a dress or skirt was a MEGA fashion no no, but now it’s the s@#% (as long as it’s paired well of course). Every brand I click on these days while online “window shopping” has a ‘walking’, ‘lifestyle’, or ‘casual’ section because they know they have to cater to the stylish street wearability that is the sneaker trend. On my days off I like to kick it (get it) in sneakers most of the time because my feet are usually exhausted (server life). I can’t wait to get my feet into some of the sneakers I’ve been eyeing above this season. I love that brands are bringing back their classic styles with a twist. The platform trend has to be my favourite, mostly because I wear heels due to that fact that I didn’t win the lottery in terms of height, so the heeled sneaker has been quite a blessing. I think first on my list are the platform Keds canvas platform and the Reebok Classics. I’m really into those two styles at the moment and can see myself getting a lot of wear out of them.

How do you feel about sneakers and the fashion statement they’re making?

How To: Layer Like A Pro

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Lark and Wolff Dress, Zara Jacket (Last year, Similar), H&M Sweater and Bag, Forever 21 Scarf, Joe Fresh Tights, Aldo Booties, Urban Outfitters Hat

There IS a strategy to layering. Mixing textures, prints and piling on accessories are how to do it; though you can go overboard really quickly. I tend to do it a lot where I look a tad too hobo chic, or too many pieces I get frustrated and want to rip everything off in public. Which is why I tend to carry a bag bigger than my head, see below.

Many women are afraid of layering because they fear looking frumpy and larger than they are. But the key is to pick pieces that are right and flattering for you! Don’t look at Mary Kate and Ashley’s oversized men’s coats, large knit scarf and bug sunglasses if those shapes, cuts and sizes are proportioned. As much as layer falls into the over-sized category the size can still “fit” you and your figure.

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 Start with a basic:

I always layer this dress because it’s a soft comfy linen that can withstand any shape, colour, or print on top. It’s a bit oversized so everything else I pair will be fitted, until it comes to the accessories. If you’re afraid of looking frumpy, stick to one item being oversized.

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Add texture:

In my last post I mentioned I’m obsessed with anything furry/fuzzy/textured; just give it to me. Back on track, add a texture. Something to amp up your basic for when you take off your outerwear. I have this in the short and long version from H&M, duh, go get yours.

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 A figure shaping piece:

Who doesn’t have a black leather or faux leather jacket these days? If you don’t you’re not living in this century. Zara makes it easy with tons of styles and cuts to fit any shape. Where to invest in a killer leather jacket: Mackage, Danier, Rudsak.  The biker style I find the best because it always has great extras like quilting, zippers and clips, to add a little “oomph”. Have one piece in the layering mix that gives you some shape and is fitted as to not lose your figure in all of your layers.

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Add a print:

Usually I add my fuzzy vest over top of my leather jacket, but because I already have a fuzzy pink sweater on I figured that was a tad of an overload! Instead, a super comfy sweater that doubles as a blanket is my other go-to. Complete with a hood, it adds an extra layer of warmth when my jacket can’t keep up with Toronto’s ever-changing weather.

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Accessorize:

Accessories are the finishing touch to your layered ensemble. If you don’t like to layer too much, your accessories can fake it for you. A bag that doubles as luggage, a wide-brimmed hat and large scarf will set you apart from the other layering queens of Toronto.

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