An Ode to Sweaters So Soft You Want to Rip Your Clothes On

With the first official day of winter just around the corner, we’ve developed a rather timely obsession with sweaters. Not the ugly Christmas variety, but rather those that meet the knitwear purchasing requirements of: (a) uber chic and (b) ultra soft.

From an on-trend cozy plaid pullover to a cheap and cheerful oversized sweater dress, we’ve been collecting sweaters that fit the bill like it’s our job, buying up cozy sweaters we can’t wait to rock to a beautiful holiday sweater party.

OK, we just made that one up, but if we can throw shindigs in honour of ugly Christmas sweaters, surely we can do the same for gorgeous ones? In fact, the celebration is happening right now – and you’re invited!

We’re chatting about winter fashion favourites we’re so enamoured by that we want to rip our clothes on, with none other than Downy, our go-to for keeping our sweaters soft and cuddly all winter.

Join the #RipYourClothesOn conversation over on Twitter: we’ve shown you our latest, coziest fashion obsessions – now we want to see yours!

We’ll also be live-tweeting during the airing of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight (can’t wait!!), so don’t forget to tune in from 10pm-11pm EST to share what makes you want to #RipYourClothesOn.

In the meantime, we’re going to leave you with a little #RipYourClothesOn inspiration – check out this sneak peek of what’s to come from our friends at Downy tonight.

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – December 5, 2014 Edition

Anik Lacasse-Richard of Montreal In Style, Montreal

This week’s edition of the Lookbook is all about simultaneously looking chic and staying cozy, an art perfected by Canadian style bloggers across the country.

Vanessa paired a lilac fur coat with a cobalt blue bag for what she called (and we agree!) a match made in heaven; twins Sam and Cailli gave a nod to plaid with the former in a co-ordinated coat and clutch combo and the latter in a to-die-for cape; and Alanna donned the kind of amazing, multi-coloured, perfectly fuzzy sweater one can only ever find in a vintage shop.

How are you keeping warm this winter?

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

Jenny Jovanovic of Crazy Style Love, Toronto

Kaylee Giffin of The Blondie Locks, Toronto

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Fashion News

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 is Marsala

Pantone has spoken: the colour of the year for 2015 is…Marsala! The rich, reddish-brown hue will succeed Radiant Orchid to take over the fashion world’s collective palette over the next year.

“It has an organic and a sophisticated air,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the colour specialists who forecast the most popular colours every December. It feels like yesterday that Radiant Orchid was announced as 2014′s colour of the year.

What do you think – will you be embracing Marsala in 2015?

Image Credits: Pantone, WSJ

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 28, 2014 Edition

Assa Cisse of My Curves & Curls, Toronto

Happy Black Friday! The holidays are officially here, ladies and gents, and it’s not just the frenzied shopping taking place today that’s heralding their arrival. In fact, style bloggers across Canada transitioned right into holiday dressing this week, donning all of our festive favourites: velvet, metallics, and rich red and green hues.

Assa broke out the velvet, looking ultra glam in a wine coloured wrap dress; Lisa sported the metallic gold pleated midi skirt of our dreams; and Ania awed as always in a party-perfect emerald green suit.

What are you wearing this holiday season?

Ania Boniecka of Ania.B, Calgary

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

Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – November 21, 2014 Edition

Yulia T. for, Ottawa

This week we twice spotted a less than obvious accessory that almost stole the show in a few of the posts by Canada’s personal style bloggers: la bicyclette.

Yulia went for a ride on her fiery red bike in Ottawa while sporting an uber-cool colour-blocked baseball jacket. Amy struck a stylish pose in eye-catching printed trousers in front of her equally chic duo of bicycles.

Perhaps a bike purchase of our own is in order.

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

Amy Patel of Les Best, Toronto

Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, Vancouver/New York

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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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