Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 14, 2014 Edition

Amy Patel of Les Best, Toronto

This week’s edition of the Lookbook is all about volume – in your face, large and in charge volume.

Alex donned a classic wool overcoat in a not-so-classic shade of lilac, Amy brought high drama in a to-die-for black brocade dress, and Cailli sported an oversized shearling coat that reminded us once again that we need a shearling coat in our lives, stat.

Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal

Camille Dg of The Booklet, Montreal

Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, Toronto/New York

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Retail Therapy

Vaughan Mills Has All Your Winter Wardrobe Needs Covered

We’ve been talking a lot of Vaughan Mills lately, but who can blame us really? The indoor outlet centre had a very chic growth spurt, unveiling a swanky new expansion just a few weeks ago. Digital Lounge with WiFi and charging outlets? Check. Sports Court with 12 TV screens? Check. An awesome new line-up of stores? Check to that one too.

As self-proclaimed shopaholics with pro bargain-hunter status, it was imperative, obviously, that we head over to Vaughan Mills to get a closer look, stat. With winter looming so dangerously close, we paid the new expansion a visit, armed with a shopping list of all the goodies that’ll keep us – and you! – feeling warm and looking fresh over the next few frigid months.

What did we find? All of it, actually – and we’ve conveniently made a short list of the stores you should make a bee line to when you stop by Vaughan Mills yourself to prep for the impending cold. You’re welcome.


Filled with cashmere sweaters, faux fur vests and silk staples, this very well-stocked Joe Fresh location isn’t part of the new expansion, but it’s a definite must-visit.


The new Rudsak boutique carries a very impressive assortment of winter coats and accessories, designed by Montrealer Evik Asatoorian.


The very first Dr. Martens outlet in North America is a dream come true for fans of the footwear brand. Wall to wall Docs at discounted prices? Yes please!


Get the whole family bundled up in cozy sweats at the new Roots outlet. Winter seems a tad less intimidating when you look this cute (and co-ordinated!).


The first charming charlie location in Canada has officially arrived and is chock full of cheap and cheerful bling perfect for the holiday season.

Sponsored by Vaughan Mills

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Ode to a Belt

We’re all about mixing high and low here at The Backseat Stylers, and this ensemble S sported during Toronto Fashion Week was the ultimate pairing of designer with mass market. The military-inspired peplum jacket by Prabal Gurung is one of our favourite fall wardrobe pieces, but a classic cincher belt by Banana Republic takes the look to a whole other level.

The belt, as luck would have it, was a recent chance discovery in a forgotten corner of S’s closet where it had sat untouched, tags still attached, for a few years. But with a jaunt on a TIFF black carpet and then a trip to fashion week so far this fall, it’s doing a great job making up for lost time.

Prabal Gurung jacket / Banana Republic belt / Joe Fresh pants / FLARE x ALDO booties / Celine bag

Image Credit: Mauricio Calero for Blog TO

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 7, 2014 Edition

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

Confession: we’ve been in full on fall shopping mode of late, and the uber chic personal style posts being churned out by bloggers across the country aren’t helping matters.

For example, there hasn’t been a single piece of camel in our closet for some time now, as a result of some inexplicable prejudice against the colour. Now, thanks to Vanessa, we’re thinking we need camel everything, stat. Right after we snag a fab dress from Self Portrait, of course, a new-to-us line discovered from Cara‘s latest post. We’ll also be needing a matched set. We’ve been talking about the trend for months but have yet to find the perfect one, and we’re thinking Ania‘s might be The One.

Have you been doing damage to the credit card too?

Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair, Vancouver

Nelia Belkova of Style Blog (right) with Talia Brown

Gracie Carroll of Gracie Carroll, Toronto

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Thom Browne Charms at The Room at Hudson’s Bay

Nicholas Mellamphy, Thom Browne and Liz Rodbell

On November 4, The Room at Hudson’s Bay’s Toronto flagship threw an unforgettable cocktail party in honour of designer Thom Browne, complete with psychedelic wallpaper, an indoor lawn and the most fabulous stilt walkers you ever saw.

Of course, the folks at The Room have been on a roll of late. Liz Rodbell, President, HBC Department Store Group and Nicholas Mellamphy, Vice President, The Room hosted the soirée mere days after Fashion Blows, the awe-inspiring exhibition celebrating the life of Isabella Blow, closed at the luxury designer department. It’s been a good month for The Room, having been graced by the presence of style icon Daphne Guinness (in support of Fashion Blows), followed by the talented (and dapper!) Mr. Browne.

The evening was attended by a who’s who of Toronto’s social set, including the likes of Suits actress Meghan Markle, model Yasmine Warsame, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers, and fashion director George Antonopoulos. All were charmed by the New York-based designer, and many sported his wares to the event as evidence of their fandom. Check out the gallery below for some very chic style snaps from The Room’s Thom Browne fête.

Meghan Markle

Anita Clarke

Veronica Chu

Randi Bergman

Angela Koszuta

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Street Style

All The #WashableFashion #OOTD Action at World Mastercard Fashion Week

Model Stacey McKenzie

We’ve been all about the #washablefashion of late. We’ve been busy posting selfies of our own washable outfits as well as admiring yours, even taking to the World Mastercard Fashion Week tents in search of ultra chic #washablefashion #ootd action by industry insiders.

We found plenty of washable blog fodder. From model Stacey McKenzie‘s perfectly on trend knitted matched set to handbag designer Ela Kowalewska‘s casual cool white denim look to blogger Hawley Dunbar‘s ode to the classic white shirt, we snapped many of Canada’s most sartorially gifted in all their #washablefashion glory.

Check out the gallery below of WMCFW street style snaps for some #washablefashion inspiration. Then go forth and wash, wear, repeat. Tide Pods are your friend.

Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle

Sabrina Maddeaux of NOW Magazine

Ela Kowalewska of Ela Handbags

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – October 31, 2014 Edition

Kaylee Giffin of The Blondie Locks, Toronto

This edition of the Lookbook is all about fall colours. Bloggers across Canada donned rich jewel tones this week, many to the tents of Toronto Fashion Week.

Ania styled a stunning navy satin birdcage skirt in an unexpected and effortless way, Hawley paired a to-die-for burgundy backpack and matching tights back to heather grey for a standout look, and Kaylee rocked an eye-catching teal matched set – one of the chicest we’ve seen since the trend started.

Are you embracing the jewel tones too?

Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle, Toronto

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

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Vaughan Mills Celebrates Launch of 200,000 Square Foot Expansion

Toronto shopaholics, rejoice! On October 23, Vaughan Mills finally opened the doors to its brand spanking new, 200,000-square-foot expansion and threw a spectacular bash to celebrate it. ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey was on hand for the big reveal, as was a long line of bargain hunters wanting to be the first to shop the expansion.

With a freshly unveiled Event Court, Digital Lounge (WiFi! phone-charging outlets! gaming stations!) and Sports Court (televised sports events on 12 TV screens – that’s right, 12!), the indoor outlet centre in Vaughan, ON instantly became even more of a must-visit destination.

Did we mention the 50 new retailers that have now set up shop at Vaughan Mills? For those of you who are athletically inclined, the 20,000-square foot Nike store, plus those of Reebok, PUMA and ASICS, can’t be missed. Other highlights include the first Dr. Martens outlet in North America (yes!), as well as Bench, Puma, Roots, and Rudsak.

Excited to shop the new expansion? Enter to win a $500 shopping spree in our exclusive contest! Then get yourself to Vaughan Mills to check out the new expansion in all its glory, stat.

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Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Doe, A Deer

The talented Jenna Marie Wakani shot this photo of S outside the WMCFW tents last week for Elle Canada, capturing her nod to one of our favourite Canadian designers, Sunny Fong of VAWK. Along with the snap came some fun interview questions, which we thought we’d share here in case you missed the post on

Fave piece: ”My VAWK deer shirt—it’s a one-of-a-kind runway sample!”

TFW Spring 2015 highlight: “The Mercedes-Benz Start-Up finale—what a great platform for emerging talent! These are the designers who are going to shape the Canadian fashion landscape in the coming years.”

Star gazing: ”Stacey McKenzie is hands down my fave front row fixture. Her look is always on point and she has an infectious enthusiasm for Canadian fashion.”

Top Canadian model: ”It’s a tie between Daria Werbowy and Coco Rocha. Don’t make me choose!”

Most cherished fashion piece: ”My whimsical Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan Charlotte’s Web book clutch. It was my favourite book growing up.”

Top Spring 2015 trend: ”Jumpsuits. I can’t get enough of them!”

Are you loyal fans of VAWK, Coco and jumpsuits too?

VAWK shirt / Zara skirt / OBJECT for Danier clutch / J.Crew shoes


Look Who Got #RedkenReady With Us at WMCFW + WIN a $250 Redken Prize Pack!

The weather during World Mastercard Fashion Week was tough on our hair games. Our ‘dos were suffering the wrath of Mother Nature and her torrential downpours for most of fashion week, and we weren’t the only ones. Thank goodness we’ve got new friends in high places, namely Redken Canada, official hair sponsor of WMCFW. On Day 2 of fashion week, we teamed up with the incredibly talented Redken team to get attendees #RedkenReady – one spray of dry shampoo at a time! – outside the tents and in the rain, no less.

Industry insiders like bloggers Nelia Belkova and Hawley Dunbar, Elle Canada Associate Editor Charlotte Herrold, fashion writer Anya Georgijevic and more all happily took us up on our offers of hair touch-ups courtesy of Redken Canada. A few spritzes of Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist for added shine or some strategic sprays of Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender to re-lift the locks got fashion week goers #RedkenReady just before stepping in front of the lens of street style photographers or into the tents for the shows.

We had such a blast playing hair fairy godmothers! We met so many fabulous people outside the tents that day and learned lots of valuable tips and tricks from the Redken team. Missed out on the fun? Don’t fret – we’re giving away a $250 personalized Redken hair care prize pack to one lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers! Contest rules are below. Good luck, ladies and gents!

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