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5 essentials for your daily work wardrobe

When switching over your wardrobe from party outfits and sweats with your university logo, learning how to dress as a career woman can be a challenge. Luckily the days of shoulder pads and boring suits are in the past, and it is possible to look fun and professional. Here are five ways to fill your closet with workwear that is not drab, but fab.

Aritzia, $90
Aritzia, $90

 

1.Bold and beautiful blazer and shirt combos

Finding a blazer that fits can be difficult, but it is a staple for a stellar work wardrobe. Having a few different types of blazers can be exactly what you need to pull an outfit together. If you are a blazer virgin, try purchasing one solid colour and one patterned jacket. Having both blazers will allow you to compliment a bold top with a conservative blazer or spice up an otherwise dull outfit choice. Remember to never pair a patterned blazer with a bold shirt or the outfit will become overwhelming. Subtlety is key in workwear.

From Forever 21 $18

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2. A button up shirt

A button-up shirt or blouse is a great addition to a work wardrobe because it adds class and style to an outfit. My personal preference is a sheer button-up top with a nice shirt underneath. This adds a classy, yet fun asset to your wardrobe without being too provocative. When a button-up shirt is fitted, it can be quite shapely. Make sure to include plain button-up shirts and snazzy blouses, even including a short sleeve button-up shirt in the mix for a hotter summer day.

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H&M $24.99

3. Comfortable flared slacks

One of the many fashion staples from the 1970’s are comfortable slacks. If you can find a pair of great flared slacks, buy them immediately. If they have a bold print, again buy them immediately. They are comfortable, loose, yet fitting trousers and often have bold patterns that make you feel like a beautiful diva transported from another era. These slacks also allow you to dress fairly simply in the rest of your outfit. You can wear solid, but complimentary colours and the pants will do the rest of the work.

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4. Variety of shoes  

A variety of shoes will help you make a stellar work outfit. Make sure to have a low heel for comfort, a fancy shoe for outings and events, and a nice flat for those lazy days. It will spice any outfit up and make you feel confident and great at your job. Avoid open-toed shoes and heels that are too high. Making a subtle heel count is the trick, and if you are short, it also brings you up to the height of your colleagues, which is a bonus.

Zara $35.90
Zara $35.90

5. Bold Accessories

Bold accessories are an easy and inexpensive way to compliment work attire. Options include a necklace, earrings, a pin, or classic bracelet. I prefer bold jewelry such as a stone necklace paired with a simple blouse. It is striking to dress in a classy white outfit and then have a bright necklace bringing the outfit together. Bright scarves are also fun and keep the neck warm on chilly days. Accessories add an air of elegance and effort to a work outfit and will make you feel glamorous in whatever career path you choose.

Do you have any tips for great workwear? Let us know in the comments below!

 

5 items for the ultimate spring outfit

Spring has arrived! And while putting away bulky sweaters and winter attire can be stressful for the average Canadian so accustomed to being hit with an unexpected (but very expected) snow storm, it’s safe to say that it’s time to bring some colour out. As we prepare for summer to arrive, it’s important to know how to transition yourself from -10 to +10. Don’t worry, Women’s Post is here to help you out. Here are the only five things you’ll need for the ultimate spring outfit.

1.Drench in a trench

When it’s too warm for parkas and too cold for shorts, the best way to stay comfy and neutral is with a cute trench coat. We love this one from Zara! Not only does a trench coat allow you to add some oumph to your outfit, its super versatile! Throw on a printed scarf or rock some cute booties to dress it up, or even pair with your weekend jeans for a fun day outdoors. We hear camel is in this season, along with nudes, but as Neelam Gill shows us, you can never go wrong with 50 shades of grey.

2. Cutie in booties

Peep toe booties are in, ladies. So get your pedicures on as you prep your feet for daily exposure after those long winter months hidden inside your socks. Nothing is cuter than these pairs from Steve Madden! Peep toe booties are perfect for spring —thermal boots are no longer required. (Halleluiah!) Pair your booties with something just as daring such as a printed coat, as worn by Naomi Harris above. Although you’ll want to wear these all season long, we do recommend rain boots for those wet days.

3. Corals and florals

 

“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” The devil couldn’t have said it better herself. Year after year, florals keep coming back as the must have piece for any spring outfit. This year, we’re seeing a lot of floral pants. Whether its going boho-chic with pallazzos or keeping it sophisticated and work-friendly with a straight look, a floral pant screams fun and flirty. Feeling bold? A floral top is the way to go for the ultimate fashion forward look. Beware, this look is not for the timid fashionista!

4. Bold yet simple

You just need one piece of accessory this season. And it needs to be big. Whether you opt for dangling earrings, or your new, favourite statement necklace, your choice of accessory is what pulls your whole look together. Rose golds were a fashion favourite for the past couple of years, but we’re loving our silvers this season! Skip the jewellery and opt for a bright and beautiful bag, in additional to some minimalistic pieces such as midi rings and bracelets. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to be unforgettable.

5. Stella under your ‘brella

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Because it’s going to rain. And after working so hard to put together your outfit, the last thing you want is to walk outside with a boring, black umbrella. Turn heads with a bold print or choose an umbrella bright as the sun. A true fashionista doesn’t let the weather get in the way of her style. She embraces it and makes it a part of her look. Just don’t blame us if you’re asked to share. 😉

Good luck and happy spring!

 

Have any more tips on the ultimate spring outfit. Let us know in the comments below!

Five funky rain boots to keep those toes dry

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day (or not! ).

It’s our own fault — we prayed so hard for the end of those cold, dreary, winter days, and this is what we get. Humid and rainy. At least it’s not snowing anymore, right? The only problem is that rainy weather is terrible for daily commutes. Winter boots will make you sweat while sneakers will leave your ankles cold and wet.

Despite what we’ve been led to believe by our parents, yellow rubber boots don’t make an outfit “cool”. But, there are some special renditions of the typical rubber boots that just may fit the bill. Here are five examples of some stylish boots that are sure to keep your toes warm and dry during this wet transition into the spring:

 

The printed surprise: These 100 per cent waterproof boots are made of flexible natural rubber that allow movement while you walk. They may appear like regular rubber boots, but the print really makes a difference. It says, “yes, I’m wearing rubber boots, and I own it.” They come in multiple colours and patterns, which means you can get one that is custom to your style.

BOGS, $90
BOGS, $90

 

The half-pint: Some people just can’t wear tall boots, whether it’s because of their calves don’t fit the skin-tight material or it’s just not their style. That’s what’s so great about these short boots. They are stylish, can be worn with jeans or dress pants, and work perfectly for the person who is opposed to tall, clunky rubber boots.

Cougar boots, price unknown
Cougar boots, around $80

 

The shoe-boot: These shoes are actually made of rubber, which means they are waterproof flats! Whoever invented these are genius. Imagine wearing them with a pair of jeans and a nice top while out on the town one evening. It’s the perfect compromise — stylish, yet practical. They will probably last longer than your regular flat shoes too.

Cougarboots: $50
Cougarboots: $50

The warm-layered look: It may be humid out, but that doesn’t mean it’s summer just yet. These boots are perfect for this in-between weather. The knitted top makes it look like a regular winter boot, but the bottom is completely rubber, and therefore waterproof. These boots would be great with leggings, or any pant that can be tucked into it.

Kamik, $89.99
Kamik, $89.99

 

The funky knee-high: Finally, there is the funky knee-high — a traditional rubber boot, just filled with character and style. Hunter has a lovely selection of boots with bright colours and patterns. These are for the traditionalists out there, those who don’t want to deviate from what they know. These boots are bound to keep your feet dry, but they also add a little something extra.

Hunter, $225
Hunter, $225

Do you have a pair of rubber boots you love? What do they look like? Let us know in the comments below!

‘You are bold, you are brilliant, and you are beautiful!’

Ashley Graham is a goddess.

Seriously, she is drop-dead gorgeous — anyone who says otherwise is blind.

Graham recently graced the cover of the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Sporting a purple bikini with yellow-stringed ties, she sits on the beach, allowing the water to gently splash over her skin. You may ask, what’s controversial about that? It seems standard for any swimsuit edition.

The difference is that Graham is a plus-size model, the first of her kind to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated.

Screenshot 2016-02-29 11.04.45Graham has been featured on the covers of Elle Quebec, London Times, Cover Magazine, Style Magazine, The Edit, and the Shape Issues of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle UK. She is also quite the entrepreneur, having collaborated with Canadian brand Additionelle on her own line of lingerie. She even appears in her own television advertisements, dressed in her sexy apparel — confident and absolutely seductive.

Despite all of these accomplishments, Graham was still on the receiving end of many body-shaming comments.

My favourite was made by a Facebook group I followed (used to follow I should say) called Bright Side, that said “you decide to get healthy and then see this.”

Former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs said that Graham’s face was beautiful, but the magazine shouldn’t be glamorizing full-figured women because her waist was too large. YouTuber Nicole Arbour, whose “Dear Fat People” videos are too shameful to link to in this article, slammed Graham, saying that if she simply worked out she could lose weight. “I want to eat cookies and still be a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model; what’s next, you can be a midget and a Rockette? What’s wrong with having a physical standard for something?” Arbour said in her video.

It boggled my mind that people didn’t see what I did — a beautiful NORMAL sized woman.

Just because a woman is larger, doesn’t mean that she is unhealthy or inactive. I would be considered a plus-size woman, despite the fact that today I ate a salad for lunch, did some yoga, and walked to work instead of taking the bus. I know a lot of beautiful women that are on the larger side. They go to the gym on a regular basis, eat healthily, and live a full life.

During her Tedx Talk in May 2015, Graham starts by saying: “You are bold, you are brilliant, and you are beautiful! There is no other woman like you. You are capable. Back fat, I see you popping up over my bra strap, but I’m going to choose to love you.”

In the U.S., plus-size is defined as size eight to 16. “Most of the people in this room would be defined as plus-size,” she said. “How does that make you feel – to be labelled?”

Graham has worked hard to rid these labels from the fashion industry (which, admittedly, I have used numerous times in this article). She is also the co-founder of ALDA, a modelling agency that “represents beauty beyond size”. This group of five women have made strides to break down size stereotypes within the fashion industry and prove that beauty is not just skin deep.

I commend Sports Illustrated for having the courage to stand up and tell the truth: activity does not necessarily equate size, and size does not necessarily equate health. There is no need to pressure regularly sized women to lose weight through extreme dieting. There is no need to encourage women to drink juice for eight weeks or take pills from unqualified doctors on television. Sports Illustrated has come forward as a magazine for active individuals — regardless of whether you are a size zero or a size 16 — and that means that people like me may actually read the magazine.

One final thought: take a look at how gorgeous Graham looked at the Oscars. Does that look like an unhealthy person to you? As she said in her Tedx Talk, “the fashion industry may want to label me as plus-size, but I like to think of me as my-size.”

All women should be that confident — and it’s time we stopped shaming them for it.

 

 

What did you think of Sports Illustrated’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.

Layers — the solution to this crazy Canadian climate

Dear Canadians,

We live in a wonderfully weird country where the snow falls in the morning, the sun blazes in the afternoon, and the wind howls in the evening. One day it could be -28 degrees outside and then the next it will feel like a balmy autumn afternoon.

There are no other words to describe it: the weather in Canada is frustrating, annoying, and just plain crazy.

The challenge becomes this: how to dress for your workday when the temperature can change at the drop of a hat. The solution, dear readers, is layers.

Coats, Jackets, and Cardigans

The key to layers is putting together an ensemble that is warm and professional at the same time. A long-sleeved cardigan paired with a sleeveless printed shirt is the ultimate winter professional look. You can also try a long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck with a blazer — both cover your arms and it makes it easy to shed a layer if the heat in your office is blazing.

If it’s going to be a very cold day, you can always put a jacket over top of the cardigan, over top of a sleeveless shirt. This look can get a bit complex for the inexperienced, but I promise the outcome will be worth it. Keep the layers light so that if you are taking public transportation you don’t sweat through your clothing. One layer is sleeveless, the second is a light cardigan, and the last layer can be a something a little thicker like wool or cotton.

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Gap Canada, $69.95

 

Le Chateau, $139.95
Le Chateau, $139.95

 

The knit sweater

Knit sweaters used to be something you hid in the back of your closet, but now it’s time to bring them out. Pairing a colourful sweater with a pair of dress pants and a white blouse as an under layer — collar showing above the neckline — can be a professional and transformative look. If it starts to get warm out, just remove the sweater and reveal the business-ready you!

Another option is to wear a tank top under a knit sweater with a pencil skirt and leggings.

H&M, $59,99
H&M, $59,99

 

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flashesofstyle.blogspot.com

Wrap a scarf around it

Sometimes, all it takes to stay warm is a good scarf around your neck. A thicker wool scarf can be paired nicely with both a winter jacket and a light sweater or cardigan in the office. Or change it up and wear a lighter scarf with a thicker sweater. The best part about scarves is that there is something for every outfit — whether you like silk, shine, matte, fringe, wool, patterns, or knit-wear, a scarf will always be there for you. They are the easiest of the layered accessories.

Artizan Fashion, $19.99
Artizan Fashion, $19.99

 

Le Chateau, $89.95
Le Chateau, $89.95

 

If all else fails, remember that it’s okay to bring an extra pair of shoes to leave at the office. No one wants to walk in 15 inches of snow with heels, or spend the entire day in waterproof boots that make their feet sweat. It’s okay to leave one “layer” at work while sporting the other on the road.

Do you have a favourite layered look? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

Blaze up! Six business looks for the winter

Are you going to a job interview? An important meeting with a client? Maybe even a work party? In this uncertain weather, it’s hard to commit to heels and a pencil skirt. Instead, try a blazer with a patterned or brightly coloured shirt.

But, blazers are a bit boring and dull, aren’t they? Wrong! The blazer is the perfect accessory — it can be incredibly professional, powerful, sexy, and it can have as much personality as the person who wears it. Here are some options for those of you who think the only way you can wear a blazer is with a pencil skirt or a well-tailored power suit.

The free falling blazer: This type of blazer has a classic notch collar and boyfriend styling, making it the perfect accessory for both a business meeting and a night out. It is perfect for women that are petite or who have curves, because there is no need to button it up. Let your blazer hang loosely, and professionally.

Le Chateau, $89.95
Le Chateau, $89.95

The academic: Nerdy is in! Try your hand at some tweed, corduroy, or a blazer with some coloured elbow patches. This look is clean, professional, and adds just a bit of cheek into your wardrobe. Your colleagues will see you as smart, clean, with a little bit of edge.

Zara, $89.90
Zara, $89.90

The vest: Some may say the vest is “out of fashion”, but I say otherwise! Pair it with a blouse or a funky longer shirt. Wear it open for a more relaxed, artsy look, or button it up with a skinny tie for a chic business look. For women with a bit of shape, a blazer can be daunting — the sleeves are either too small, and then if they fit your arms, the shoulders look like they swallowed you whole. The vest is the perfect compromise.

Convey, $258.00
Convey, $258.00

The crop: Not all blazers have to look…well, like blazers. This cropped and zippered jacket works in a business setting or an afternoon with friends. It will make you look chic, elegant, and put together. The best part about these neutral coloured blazers is that you can pair it with a high patterned legging or pant and heels for a more polished look.

Additionelle , $120
Additionelle , $120

The pattern: Luckily, there are a lot of options for those who may not like the traditional blue, black, or brown suit jacket. This type of blazer is a lot more feminine, and features a strong collar and a zipper instead of the typical round buttons. This type of blazer would look amazing with a pair of dark jeans and converse shoes, or a pair of fitted black dress pants and heels.

Judith and Charles, $237,50
Judith and Charles, $237,50

The wild: Need a little more colour in your life? Try one of these multi-coloured blazers. I don’t suggest wearing them with a patterned shirt, but they are the perfect compromise for those with a bit of a wild and fun side. It looks professional, but doesn’t scream “I live in a cubical.”

Aritzia, $90
Aritzia, $90

Do you have a favourite blazer in your closet? Describe it or send in a picture using the comments below!

D.I.Y Craft Projects: How to glamorize your wardrobe on a budget

Do you have an old pair of jeans or a t-shirt that you love, but they are looking a bit plain or out-of-style? D.I.Y fashion projects are a great way to revitalize your wardrobe while saving money! It can also turn into a fun afternoon with friends.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few fun D.I.Y projects that will leave you walking away with some great new pieces for your closet:

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Bleaching your shirt with a funky phrase: Bleach can be a pain to work with, but it also has serious craft potential. Transform a simple, plain t-shirt or tank top into an original one-of-a-kind piece of clothing by creating your own quote or phrase.

  1. Place a flat sheet of cardboard inside your shirt. This will provide an even surface for your design and will stop the bleach from bleeding through. With a piece of white chalk, sketch out your design. Don’t worry if you need to smudge out chalk lines. They wash out once your painting is done.
  1. Secure your shirt by folding the sides under the cardboard, using elastics or clips to keep it from slipping. Prepare a small bowl with non-diluted, fabric safe bleach. Have your towel on hand to wipe up any drips.
  1. It’s time to make your design permanent! Dip your brush in the bleach and drag it on the edge of the bowl to eliminate dripping. Use steady strokes to trace the chalk lines of your design. For an even bleach line, you will need to reload your brush every two inches. You will quickly see your design appear, like magic!
  1. Continue to trace your design until you reach the end. Take a break, and return in a few minutes once the bleach has had time to react with the fabric of your shirt. Are there un-even spots or light areas? No problem. Simply go back in with your bleach filled brush and even out the design.
  1. Once you’re pleased with how your shirt looks, let the piece sit in the sun for an hour or more. This will allow the bleach to process and lighten. Depending on the cotton content of your shirt, the color of your design will range from dark red, to orange, to pink, all the way to white. Rinse and hand wash your shirt, and hang to dry. Your design is now permanent, safe to wash with like colors, and ready to wear.

Adapted from http://luneblog.com/

 

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Studded converse shoes: Converse are a pretty hip shoe, but their plain-Jane style can get a bit boring after awhile. Here is a way to glam up your shoes on a budget and also cover up any mud stains if you have a lighter colored shoe.

  1. You’ll need around 40 studs per shoe for a 7.5 size shoe and some E6000 glue. This strong glue will ensure those studs stay on despite the rain and much it may travel through.
  2. In a well-ventilated area glue your studs onto the outer edges of your shoe, working your way from the bottom to the top. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before wearing them. Save a few extra studs in case you lose one at some point. If any are going to fall off they’ll probably go in the first day or two!

Adapted from http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/11/make-your-own-studded-converse.html

D.I.Y cut-up back: There is nothing sexier than a shirt that reveals a bit of your back. SweetCandyLine teaches D.I.Y lovers how to covert a regular tee into a masterpiece using a pair of scissors and a little bit of ingenuity. Watch the live video to learn how!

Posted by SweetCandyLine, adapted from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTO_Atwt8ThyDAvLrvAZ7kQ

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Celtic headband made from old t-shirt: Here is a great D.I.Y that uses an old t-shirt to make a beautiful headband. It is a great way to recycle old clothing and create inexpensive accessories from your hair.

  1. Cut a strip from the t-shirt and stretch it until the material is thin.
  2. Cut the strip into two parts.
  3. Tie into Celtic knot (pictured above)
  4. Tie the headband together and as an extra option, cover with another piece of material to hide the tie.
  5. Enjoy your new hairpiece!

Adapted from http://www.jsonline.com/features/fashion/Old-T-shirt-becomes-DIY-headband-bracelet-230900631.html

 

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D.I.Y CD Bling Collar: CDs are becoming a thing of the past and this D.I.Y provides a creative, easy, and seriously fashionable way to re-use the groovy tunes.

  1. Place CDs in hot water for five minutes to remove plastic covering.
  2. Cut CD in half.
  3. Remove plastic coating on the CD.
  4. Cut up CD into pieces (be careful not to hurt yourself).
  5. Use crazy glue to stick the pieces onto a collared shirt (or make a shape on another shirt).
  6. Voila! Here is your new blinged up shirt!

Adapted From http://followfashion.nl/diy-fashion-report-pimp-je-kraag

 

 

These (heeled) boots were made for walking

Do you despise slushing through the miserable grey snow in the Canadian horror we call winter? Do you wish you could feel light as a feather and as chic as a French model during Mode à Paris?

Well, you are in luck. I’ve mastered the walk of the winter goddess and have decided to share my secret. It is called the high-heeled winter boot.

For many, it seems insane, maybe even stupid, to wear high-heels in the winter. This is an unwise assumption. The proper high-heeled boot is the smartest and safest way to rock the pedestrian look, not to mention you can manage a confident and sexy swivel while you traverse the terrors of Canadian terrain.

Every year I go on a shopping bonanza for the perfect winter boot. But, I don’t buy just any boot! First and foremost, the boot must have a thick heel. I don’t want to see any women with skinny eight-inch-heels. They will snap on the ice in -30 degree weather. You will die. A sturdy thick heel doesn’t just look sleek, but it also lifts the buttocks, makes your legs look awesome, and maintains your personal safety.

The boots must also be constructed of thick materials such as pleather (a cheaper and more animal friendly alternative to leather). You must also ensure the fabric is waterproof. I also recommend getting insoles to further protect your feet from the cold concrete. Insoles are usually sold at most shoe stores. One of the best arguments I can make for wearing heels in the winter is that the foot remains mostly elevated from the ground. This creates less contact with the snowy cold surface, therefore your feet stays warmer and the women in them stays much happier.

The other reason I love to wear high-heeled boots in the winter is because I can get a grip on the icy surface while I walk. Contrary to popular belief, the heel can actually stabilize the boot on a slippery surface because it hooks into the ice. Taking a tip from the majestic goat of the mountains, a hooked heel helps to be more grounded and stable, rather than slipping while wearing a flat toed shoe and ending up face first in a snow bank.

Finally, the boots look great. Especially if you purchase the protective spray that guards the boots from the winter salts that seem to be hell-bent on destroying nice footwear. Being able to strut down the street during a blizzard helps morale and warms the heart. During the tough winter months, this is a necessity. Happy winter perusing comrades — stay sexy and toasty.

How to rock this year’s holiday fashion

It’s the week before Christmas, and that means last-minute parties and get-togethers with friends. But, what should you wear? It’s the typical dilemma: We don’t want to dress to casual, but we don’t want to overdress either. Yes, the ugly sweater may be all the rage, but for those of us who don’t want to look like a knitted nightmare, here are some festive options for your next work party or holiday smash:

 

The glittery shoe: It doesn’t matter if you wear a simple black dress or a pair of jeans — the shoes make the outfit. Dazzle your friends with a pair of silver or gold-studded heels and watch as all the attention is drawn towards you. The best part about the particular shoes pictured below is that they have mesh, which will give your feet a bit of extra support. The glittery shoe does not have to be ten-inch stilettos. As long as they sparkle, you are golden (pun intended).

Le Chateau, $89.95
Le Chateau, $89.95

The classic red dress: You can’t go wrong with the red dress — it’s sexy, flattering, and eye-catching. Most people would go the ‘little black dress’ route, but not you! You are daring, confident, and sexy. And you want the world to know you are here.

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Rosie the Rebel, $95

The sleeveless party top: Sometimes, a dress is just too much. If you are heading to a semi-casual party with some friends, this top is the perfect festive attire. Pair with a pair of black dress pants or with a ripped pair of jeans. It’s perfect under a nice jacket or blazer as well.

Additionelle,  $55
Additionelle, $55

The handbag: A purse is just too much during the holidays — people bump into it on the bus, crowded streets are a nightmare, and you have to weave in and out of stores holding it close to your chest so you don’t accidentally break a priceless item. We are all better off with a small handbag, especially in the evening. This bag is typically only big enough for the essentials: cell phone, money, ID, and emergency lipstick.

Zara, $25.90
Zara, $25.90

Knitwear: If you must wear something knitted, make it something unique and stylish. A knitted shirt or dress can be paired with funky tights for colder weather, or with boots as seen below. It’s a great casual outfit that just screams “I just threw something on, but look how fabulous I look.” Much better than the ugly sweater!

Zara, $59.90
Zara, $59.90

 

What’s your favourite holiday outfit? Let us know in the comments below!

5 stylish winter coats for the not-so-winter season

Tis’ the season for winter coats — well, maybe not yet. It’s been unusually warm in Canada this December, but I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas. Eventually, the temperatures will drop below zero and small white fluffs of frozen water will descend from the sky. Wouldn’t it be better to be prepared?

Winter coats, especially those made for typical Canadian winters, can usually look a bit frumpy. The sensible among us will get the thick overcoats that make us look like the Michelin Man. However, not everyone wants to feel puffy when heading to work or for a night out with friends.

Here are some good alternatives to keep you warm, and stylish, when winter finally arrives:

 

The toggles: My sister came home with a coat similar to this one last week. Apparently, toggles are the newest coat fashion trend. Rock the militarized look with multi-coloured palettes. Just make sure that the coat has a zipper underneath those chic button accessories. It’s important to make sure the seams can withstand snowfall.

Hudson's Bay, $189
Hudson’s Bay, $189

 

The long and insulated: I am an absolute fan of the long winter coat. Not only is it fashionable, but it also provides the maximum protection from the cold. Don’t worry, this coat won’t make you look like the Michelin Man. The shape of the jacket pinches in just the right place to show off your curves, and the fur-rimmed hood adds a little colour and style.

Canada Goose, $775
Canada Goose, $775

The professional: This jacket is perfect for a business meeting or an interview. Tied at the waist, this coat will flatter just about everyone. One of the best features includes a shawl collar, which can be worn with a sweater or a turtleneck shirt for effect. It’s the epitome of the professional outfit.

Le Chateau, $225
Le Chateau, $225

The unique: There are a lot of coats out there that don’t meet the typical criteria for a winter jacket. These items are sleek, fashion-forward, and one of a kind, although they may not be as warm as the other options in this piece. This particular jacket, however, is multi-layered, which means that it is just as warm as it is stylish.

Zara, $199
Zara, $199

The faux-fur collar: Instead of fur-rimmed hoods, the trend is to have a full fur collar as an accent to a simply designed coat. Paired with some warm boots and leggings, this coat is perfect for a night out with friends. And you won’t even have to wear a scarf!

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Forever 21, $115
Forever 21, $115

Do you have a favourite winter coat? What do you think of our choices above? Let us know in the comments below.