Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: March 4-10

 

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: Sept 17-23

Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014
Fashion books at BMV, Bloor and Brunswick, September 16, 2014

How do you know you’re a grad student? When you realize at 7pm that you’ve been wearing your leggings backwards all day. I sat through two classes and dinner at the Bier Markt before realizing this. Yes, even the stylish make the occasional fashion faux pas.

While I love grad school, I wish I wasn’t so busy because this week is full of fun fashion events! The Women in Clothes book launch at gravitypope includes a storytelling twist on a clothing swap, while the Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics exhibition opens on Wednesday with a cool soirée at the Design Exchange. For those who want to get their learning on, George Brown’s Evolution of Fashion class starts this week, while the ROM is hosting a lecture by Patricia Harris, a founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume. Finally, the JCMH Music Festival Flea Market caps this busy week off with vintage clothing and other goodies to be found.

Oh, and in case you haven’t notice, it’s freezing in Toronto! Last week I went from wearing a sundress with sandals to bundling up in a trench coat over a long skirt, boots, tights and button-down shirt. Dressing for Canadian weather is a constant challenge but I say bring it on, Mother Nature! My inbox has been filling up with fall fashion imagery from all the shops, and I’m feeling particularly inspired by this look from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie fall 2014 look
Anthropologie fall 2014 look

Quick style tip: skip the polyester and go for a skirt that’s wool or wool blend. It’s like wearing a stylish blanket, and extra-snug when paired with leggings and tall boots for when the weather really drops down. I’ve seen lots of knee-length skirts at second-hand shops for a fraction of the price of this one, which isn’t even lined. Cheap fashion at high prices; now that’s a major faux pas!

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Toronto Style & Fashion Calendar: August 19-25

Toronto is a lovely city, but some weekends call for a day trip! Me and the lovely gals from Real Life Real Eats (a fun, local food Instagram) hit the road in search of farmers markets, antiques and fashion! Delicious pies were consumed, old treasures were found, and a fashion exhibit was explored. If you are ever in Kitchener, I suggest a stop at the Waterloo Region Museum. Housed in an impressive building, the museum is home to Street Style, an exhibit co-presented by the Fashion History Museum. The exhibition displays fashion from the mid 19th century to today, making connections with architectural trends in the Waterloo region. I put together a little slideshow with highlights from the museum’s collection and Street Style. Oh and be sure to watch the video above, which was featured in the exhibit!

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In other news, Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model debuted this week! ANTM is definitely my guilty pleasure. Normally this has nothing to do with Toronto (R.I.P. Canada’s Next Top Model) but one contestant is from the good ol’ Tdot! She’s gorgeous and seems pretty cool. All the best to her this season!

If reality television is not your bag, you might want to check out the new Yves Saint Laurent movie. Released on August 15, this movie is playing at one theatre in Toronto and has English subtitles, so it might not be available for long! Go soon if you want to see it on the big screen. And how lovely is the movie poster?! I’d love to have a copy to hang in my future office.

Yves Saint Laurent movie poster
Yves Saint Laurent movie poster

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Out and About: Jack White Concert

Calvin Klein heeled sandals paired with MAC “Something About Pink” nail polish
Posing in the street, St-George and Bernard, July 31, 2014 (photo by Mark Orchard)

Jack White played the ACC last night. It was my first arena show in a long while!

Concert dressing has always been funny for me. In my twenties, I wanted to project this image of being part of the scene. I’d wear my ‘rock’ outfit, usually jeans, a dark, fitted, sleeveless tank, some chunky jewelry, and dark eyeliner. Or for a ska show, I’d do low-slung skater pants, a white tank, and a studded leather arm cuff. That’s changed. In my thirties, a concert or any other event is an awesome excuse to bust out my fancier duds and just have fun with whatever I feel like wearing.

Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)
Jack White, Air Canada Centre, July 31, 2014 (photo by David James Swanson http://jackwhiteiii.com/live-photos/)

So for Jack White, I dressed up. I admire his carefully styled aesthetic. He’s a genius musician but also understands the importance of the visual. His style, the stage, the merch … everything was crafted to a T. He even wore a pin stripped suit with suspenders on stage! Thus, in honour of the bluegrass influences in his music and pulled together look, I debuted my new Sarah Ball shirtdress. This is one of my recent and current favourite second-hand finds. It’s from a 2012 collaboration between Anthropologie and American photographer Sarah Ball featuring three garments with Ball’s work printed on the fabric. I snapped it up at the Kind Exchange in the Annex for about 1/10th of its original price.

Sarah Ball for Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)
Sarah Ball and Anthropologie shirtdress (source: http://styleandcheek.com/2012/05/25/pretty-in-prints/)

Actually, my whole outfit is from the Kind Exchange (or KX for short)! The cute Guess handbag is also from the Annex location and I found those comfortable Calvin Klein heeled sandals at Queen and Bathurst. The KX has upped my style game this year. But I’ll talk more about them in a future post.

Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie Bag: Guess Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations
Dress: Sarah Ball for Anthropologie, Bag: Guess, Shoes: Calvin Klein. All items are from various Kind Exchange locations. (photo by Mark Orchard)