• Style,  Trends

    Trends: Spring 2021

    Fashion Friends, hello! Spring is just around the corner – keep hope alive Here is my round up of fashion trends for the season. Snap these up before it is too late (or call me if you need help). 1. Trench Coats… with a twist The trench coat is an eternal classic, becoming highly popular after (and arguably originating from military uniforms of) WWI. This season, this classic style has taken on fun and fashionable twists, from bold shoulders/sleeves to oversize lapels, cape styles and slits. But you can never go wrong with an original. On the Runway Where to Buy (click photo to follow link): Club Monaco Everlane 2.…

  • Opinion

    Apparel Industry

    In addition to my passion for fashion, I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and I have full-time employment in Finance for a large commercial real estate company. So I thought I would combine the two for this post  The pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the apparel industry, which may never fully recovery. Let’s explore the reasons and what has led us here The Numbers In Canada, manufacturing employs ~1.6 million people[1]. A small fraction is employed in the production and administration of manufacturing fashion goods, which contributes ~$43.6B CAD (~4%) in total market value[2]. Manufacturing jobs, in general, have decreased in North America from the 1970s through…

  • Opinion

    Shows S/S 2021 RTW

    Christian Dior Spring 2021 Ready-to-Wear YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUbPO4tzPO0 The Looks …the most important piece! The show opens with easy casual designs in shades of yellow, cream, black, and orange in exquisite prints. Elevated lounge wear. Fitting for the times. Unconventional for Dior. These are my four favourite looks for this part of the show. Give me a maxi dress or a kimono, and I’m in love. The embellishment of these two dresses – MUAH! [Kisses fingertips] While they are see-through, which I often find raunchy, I find these to be elegant and sophisticated. Then the show moves into denim blue shades with off white. Keeping with the pandemic derived theme,…

  • Advice

    Fashion Myths

    There are a lot of “rules” around fashion. Some have existed since the dawn on time – or so it would seem and others seem to change all the time. Can I let you in on a little secret? These “rules” don’t really apply anymore. They’re more like guidelines now. Do certain pieces look better on certain body shapes than others? Yes sure – that will never change. Does that mean you can’t break the rules from time to time? Of course not! Let’s find the truth behind these myths, shall we? Myth: Horizontal stripes make you look wider or fatter. Not true… ok sometimes true. It’s the nature of…

  • Advice

    Shoe Care

    Shoe Care Previous Next Shoes are a topic on which I am well versed. Afterall I have 100+ pairs, some of which I have had for many many years and are still in good shape. Why? Because I take care of my shoes – something I learned from my mother.   My shoes range in cost and brand from $40 to $300 (most of them ~$150 or so). Regardless, I maintain them all equally. I live in a climate that changes considerably with the seasons, which can wreak havoc on shoes – rain, snow, salt stains, etc. So here are a few tips in keeping your shoes looking like new.…

  • Advice

    Garment Care

    Garment Care & Maintenance Washing, Drying & Ironing Like prescription drugs, always read and follow the label. More than once I have ruined a garment by not following the washing instructions correctly, and one time I ruined a white t-shirt by accidently washing it with colours that were not colour-fast (see Definitions). I had to replace the t-shirt – thank goodness it wasn’t pricey. Beware of reds! Not every garment of the same fabric has the same care instructions. Usually silk – a natural fibre – is dry clean only, but many brands now make washable silk. On the opposite side, polyester, which is a man-made material, is usually wash…

  • Advice

    Outer Wear

    Outer Wear Outerwear is not only intended to keep you warm. I mean, yes that’s the primary purpose but it can be fashionable as well as functional. Remember that sequence in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda tosses fabulous coat after fabulous coat on Andrea’s desk as she walks in every morning? I mean HELLO!  Outerwear is an important part of the wardrobe. At the start of 2018, I decided I needed to upgrade my outerwear wardrobe and so I did.  I have accumulated a few coats and jackets now, including items for transitioning between seasons. I have included some colour here too. Take note: they don’t all have to…

  • Travel

    Vacation Style

    Vacation Style Previous Next Day Time For day time sight-seeing, I tend to stick to jean shorts with a tee or tank, or a light sun dress, paired with comfortable walking shoes (I’m a walker when I’m not at home). I’m generally not a sneakers girl (unless it’s raining or there is uneven terrain involved) so my walking shoes are usually Birkenstocks. Jeans shorts are a staple in any wardrobe and they are great for vacations. They can be matched with almost anything in terms of colour or print so get a little crazy with tops here! Plus they are generally inexpensive. I recommend a few pairs in varying shades…

  • Advice

    Fit & Alterations

    Fit & Alterations For me personally, my size ranges from 12 to 16 (L to XL) depending on the garment, style and brand. But I don’t get too fussed about it. My goal is to find flattering classic styles. Fun fact: the difference in the measurement between waist size and hip size is approximately 12”. Meaning a 24” waist will have a 36” hip, give or take. I know this because I have a 14” difference from my waist to my hips so pretty much every pair of pants I own (jeans included), and even some skirts, needs to be cinched at the waist. My sister, instead, has the opposite…