‘Tis the season for metallics, and Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples showed us how it’s done with a jaw-dropping gold coat featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook. Tacky? Far from it. Ostentatious? Maybe just a little bit. Ultra-chic? Undeniably so. In fact, it highlighted a glaring hole in our party wardrobe rotation that we obviously needed to address, stat.
From blazers to black-tie gowns and cheap and cheerful Joe Fresh to straight-off-the-runway Dolce & Gabbana, we’ve got all your golden needs covered. Check out the gallery below for our top 20 picks right now, and get your shop (and shine!) on.
It’s been some time since we’ve added some new hardware to the statement jewelry rotation, and with holiday cocktail parties on the calendar, we’re on the hunt for a new piece that will take our party outfits to the next level.
Oscar de la Renta‘s gold-plated leaf collar necklace certainly fits the bill. It’s bold, elegant, and has a Grecian goddess vibe we’re totally digging. In short, we need it. Now.
The necklace is available at Net-a-porter for $690. You hear that, Santa?
Lena of Quality Rivets sported a swanky pair of blue velvet trousers last week, and our love for velvet was reignited. Actually, it never waned; we just needed an excuse to indulge our addiction to the luxe and festive fabric, and Lena gave us one.
Because one can never have too much velvet in one’s closet, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favourite pieces in stores right now, perfect for the holidays. And all year round, really.
So Isabel Marant for H&M has come and gone, and you’re in search of a new high-low collaboration to obsess about and we’ve got the answer: L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic. We cheered when we heard word of the holiday capsule earlier this year, and now we have the complete lookbook, with all 50+ pieces, for your viewing pleasure.
The American designer has created an incredibly chic line-up of party-ready apparel and accessories, and we can’t wait to shop it. Tailored jackets, embellished cardigans, cocktail dresses, clutches, and even pajama sets – L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic have our holiday dressing covered. At the very top of our wish list are the emerald jacquard shift dress (stunning!), the black brocade and magenta peony skinny jeans (obviously we need both pairs in our lives), and the black velvet bow back jacket (because we’ve never met a velvet jacket we didn’t like).
Retailing between $39.50 and $198, the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection will be available in selected stores as well as online starting December 5. Give the gallery below a gander for a look at every single piece of the capsule. Which do you plan to rock this holiday season?
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Ever since we laid eyes on Nelia of Style Blog‘s croc-embossed leather skirt, we’ve been fighting the urge to steal it from her. What’s a leather skirt or two between friends? But rather than burglarize her closet, we instead decided to focus our energies on finding a stunning leather skirt all our own…legally.
What we found was 33 gorgeous reasons not to have to deprive Nelia of hers, and we’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. Between Givenchy‘s curved hem leather pencil skirt, Cedric Charlier‘s asymmetrical sheepskin skirt, and Lover‘s lace trim leather skirt, we’re sufficiently distracted enough to leave Nelia and her skirt alone. For now.
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Following the success of their partnership this past summer, VAWK and eBay have announced a second capsule collection, due to hit the online auction site just in time for the holidays. “Instead of just bringing back the items we created from the last collection, I spiced them up for the holidays,” says VAWK creative director Sunny Fong. And that he did.
The limited edition line-up with feature 9 familiar styles that have been amped up with sequins, leather studs and fox fur. If you missed them the first time around, you won’t want to make that mistake again: the party-ready Manta dress, Manta caplet, studded accessories and printed silks are sure to sell out faster than you can say “buy-it-now”. Available from Dec 2nd to 8th, the collection will be sold at auction (starting at $99 for the Manta dress) and at buy-it-now prices ranging from $59 for an embossed leather cuff to $105 for a zebra-print scarf.
The pièce de résistance, the stunning, one-of-a-kind white Manta gown, will be auctioned off at a starting bid of $0.99, with proceeds to benefit Kids Help Phone. It’s designed to fit sizes 2 to 8, and destined for a bidding war. If you’re eyeing the gown, be warned: S wants it, and she’s officially throwing down the gauntlet. All for a great cause, right?
Images courtesy of eBay
There’s been a lot of chatter recently about redefining the Canadian tuxedo, and we here have something to say about it. The traditional Canadian tux is a glorious denim-on-denim ensemble, and we see no reason to veer away from that. In fact, Alexandra of I’m A Little gave us every reason to pull out all of our favourite denim pieces with the double denim special she served up in the Canadian Street Style Lookbook last week.
Unfortunately, our joint closet was lacking in Canadian tuxedo potential, so we embarked on a hunt to find the coolest denim pieces available this fall. Our wish list got very long, very quickly: Étoile Isabel Marant‘s dogtooth-print skinny jeans (USD$385), Diesel‘s ombre denim high-tops ($135), Karl Lagerfeld‘s neon yellow biker jacket (USD$335), and J.Crew‘s chambray tie (USD$68.50) definitely made the cut. Check out the rest of our denim picks in the gallery below.
Will you be working some denim-on-denim action this fall?
So Halloween has come and gone for another year, and while there’s still a bit of candy remaining, we bet you’re already looking for a new excuse to don your most favourite costume items. We’re going to recommend you pack the Darth Vader mask away for the year, but in the meantime there are plenty of Halloween-friendly items that can definitely stay in your wardrobe rotation all year round.
From Kate Spade‘s adorable cat burglar knit hat to Olympia Le-Tan‘s Dracula book clutch, check out the gallery below for spooktacular knits, shoes, and accessories to tide you over until next Halloween.
Vests are so underrated. Styled right, they have the ability to elevate the fierceness level of any look, but they’re just not given the credit they deserve. Vanessa of The Brunette Salad, featured in last week’s edition of The Canadian Street Style Lookbook, knows the value of a great vest: she sported a very cool leather gilet that had us wanting for one too.
Fast-forward a few hours of internet-scouring, and we’d found ourselves 21 to-die-for vest options in everything from fur to leather to tweed. Our absolute favourites? The chic combined fur long waistcoat by Zara ($199), the super sleek twill and leather suit vest by Helmut Lang ($445), the cozy patchwork intarsia cashmere vest by Givenchy ($1,450), and the jaw-dropping shearling vest with striped fur trim by J. Mendel (USD$7,450)
Check out the gallery below for all 21 of our picks. Will you be investing in a vest this fall?
Dare we say it? The holiday season is just around the corner, ladies and gents! Santa’s elves are hard at work cobbling those red-soled shoe beauties on your wish list, the department stores are readying their cheerful window displays, and we Backseat Stylers – armed with our American Express ChoicePlus Card – are preparing ourselves for our most successful year for holiday shopping to date.
We want you to have a fun and pain-free holiday shopping experience too, so we’ve rounded up our very best tips for you fellow fashion addicts:
- Give the gift of kitsch! Spread the holiday cheer with festive fashion accessories that are both chic and delightfully tacky. Gift bow stud earrings, holly-adorned shoe clips, and red and green tartan socks make for fun stocking stuffers.
- When it comes to gifting clothing and accessories, choose tried-and-true classics – think timeless, not boring. You can never go wrong with a chic watch, a well-made cashmere sweater or a pair of snazzy cufflinks that will be a favourite for years to come.
- Sizing can be tough to navigate when attempting to buy clothing items. If you’re not sure, stick to one-size-fits-all accessories like a stunning statement necklace, a dapper bow tie, or a chic oversized clutch.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself! You’ll inevitably discover a gorgeous LBD or the boots of your dreams during a holiday shopping trip. Tracking down the perfect gifts for your loves ones is hard work, so there’s no shame in rewarding yourself with a little something as well.
- Holiday shopping on a budget? Be on the lookout for winter end-of-season sales, limited-time-only promotions and flash sales at the retailers on your shopping list. There’s no shortage of discounts to be taken advantage of during the holiday season.
- Stretch your dollars even further by earning loyalty program points – like American Express Membership Rewards points – on your holiday purchases, and then redeeming them for gifts or a little pat-on-the-back for yourself (see tip #4 above!).
Select American Express Cardmembers earn Membership Rewards points for purchases charged to their Card, including everyday spend on gas for your car, a Friday night dinner date, or an adorable reindeer sweater. When it comes to Membership Rewards, American Express offers something for everyone; points can be redeemed for travel, top-brand merchandise and entertainment rewards from over 500 major brands.
Bonus tip for American Express Cardmembers: this year’s edition of the Membership Rewards holiday catalogue has officially launched, and it’s chock full of fabulous fashion items to reward yourself with or to bestow on your most stylish of friends. For jewelry lovers, there’s the Swarovski Crystalline watch, diamond and pearl jewelry pieces by Birks, and the popular PANDORA charm bracelet.
Other stylish highlights include chic leather bags from Ferragamo and BCBGMAXAZRIA, a Nikon 1 S1 camera perfect for snapping street style photos, and that Michael Kors mid-size rose gold stainless steel watch you and your BFF have both been daydreaming about all year. Excited? So are we! Click on over here to see the Membership Rewards holiday catalogue in all its glory.
Not currently an American Express Cardmember? Don’t fret – it’s not too late to fix that in time to earn points on your holiday purchases and redeem from the holiday catalogue. May we suggest the Choice and ChoicePlus Cards?
Happy holiday shopping, everyone!
This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely our own. Feature image: Harper’s Bazaar