Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – July 4, 2014 Edition

Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

This week, we’re all obsessed with head-to-toe white looks, thanks to Sonya here in Toronto and Claire over in Vancouver.

Sonya sported a lovely crochet lace frock that had us instantly clicking to snag our very own, while Claire’s effortlessly chic white separates and matching shoes had a similar effect on us (i.e. wear to buy a pair of white sandals, stat?).

Are you rocking the summer whites too, or are you weary of spilling your ice cream on your bright white duds?

Lily Nguyen of Bleed For Fashion, Vancouver

Claire Liu of Von Vogue, Vancouver

Alyssa Lau of Ordinary People, Edmonton

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Queen’s Plate Race Day Style Guide: Black and White Chic Edition

With the 155th running of the Queen’s Plate just mere days away, you may be scrambling to pull together the perfect race day ensemble – like your truly. Don’t fret, because this is the 4th in a series of very fashionable #QP14 style guides, so there’s plenty of sartorial eye candy to get you inspired.

If vibrant colours and bold prints aren’t your style, classic black and white is the way to go, à la Lupita Nyong’o at the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic. To get that understated elegant look, check out the gallery below for 20 black and white dresses and matching David Dunkley headpieces. Don’t be afraid to give your neutral look a small pop of colour either, as beauty queen Megan Ducharm did at the Kentucky Derby with some very well-placed pink.

We can’t wait to see all your race day outfits at the Queen’s Plate this Sunday, July 6! Remember to follow all the action via Twitter at @WoodbineRacing@backseatstylers and the hashtag #QP14.

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Queen’s Plate Race Day Style Guide: Pretty In Print Edition

The countdown to the Queen’s Plate this Sunday, July 6 continues, and we’ve got more race day fashion inspiration for you. We’ve focused on monochromatic looks in bold hues in the last two #QP14 style guides, and today we’re talking vibrant printed frocks.

With Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha and fellow stylish Melbourne Cup attendees as our muses, we searched high and low for eye-catching and incredibly chic printed dresses and paired them with colourful headpieces by David Dunkley, the official milliner for the Queen’s Plate. Consider us your virtual race day stylists.

Check out the gallery below for 25 fancy frocks and fascinators, and tell us what you’ll be sporting this Sunday, July 6 via Twitter at @WoodbineRacing and @backseatstylers using the hashtag #QP14.

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Queen’s Plate Race Day Style Guide: Head-To-Toe White Edition

Dita Von Teese at Melbourne Cup 2013

This week we’re all about Queen’s Plate dressing here on the blog, and if yesterday’s guide to wearing scarlet red on race day didn’t grab you, we’ve got head-to-toe white outfit inspiration today.

With the one and only Dita Von Teese at Melbourne Cup, Olivia Munn at the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic and Laura Bell Bundy at the Kentucky Derby as reference, we’ve pulled together 20 all white dresses and fascinators for you to choose from for a guaranteed, ultra-chic Queen’s Plate ensemble.

So, will you be going all white for #QP14 this Sunday, July 6? Limited tickets are still available, so head on over to if you haven’t already snagged yours.

Olivia Munn at Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic 2014

Laura Bell Bundy at Kentucky Derby 2014

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Queen’s Plate Race Day Style Guide: Red Hot Edition

Jennifer Hawkins at Melbourne Cup 2013

With tickets already in hand for Woodbine Racetrack’s Queen’s Plate this Sunday, July 6 and excitement and anticipation at very high levels, all that remains is the task of finalizing our race day outfits. The #QP14 red carpet will be the place to see and be seen this weekend, and the perfect dress and hat pairing is a definite must.

For racing style inspiration, we looked to the fashions at the Kentucky Derby and Australia’s Melbourne Cup. And who did we spy? Singer Miranda Lambert, ubiquitous model Kate Upton, and Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins – all in fiery red ensembles. They say three’s a trend, so we’ve rounded up 20 red hot frocks and fascinators – by Queen’s Plate official milliner David Dunkley, obviously- to help you get the look.

Will you be sporting an eye-catching scarlet getup this Sunday? Find out more details on all the Queen’s Plate festivities over at

Miranda Lambert at Kentucky Derby 2014

Kate Upton at Melbourne Cup 2013

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – June 27, 2014 Edition

Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal

This week on the Canadian style blogs, it was all about fun and fabulous prints. From Jenny‘s floral frock to Alex‘s striped blazer, Krystin‘s checked dress to Gabrielle‘s palm tree-print top, every outfit was an ode to another print.

Bloggers from across the country have gone print happy and – thanks to them – so have we.

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

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

Assa Cisse of My Curves & Curls, Toronto

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WIN! The Ultimate Queen’s Plate 2014 VIP Fashion Experience & Shopping Spree

Ladies and gents, the wait is finally over: the Queen’s Plate – one of Canada’s premier sporting and fashion events – is back on Sunday, July 6, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We’ve been patiently counting down the days since last year’s extravaganza, and it’s almost time to break out the fancy frocks and even fancier fascinators and flock to Woodbine Racetrack once again for the oldest thoroughbred horse race in Canada and the first race of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Known as much for the thrill of the races as it is for the swanky red carpet style, Queen’s Plate is the can’t-miss event of the summer. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to be teaming up with Woodbine for a second year to be your exclusive source of Queen’s Plate style inspiration, guiding you to the perfect race day outfit.

We’re also honoured to have hostess duties for an exclusive, invite-only VIP party at the Queen’s Plate. And we want you there right alongside us – walking the red carpet, learning the art of horse betting, admiring the sartorial eye candy, cheering on this year’s QP contenders from the grandstands, and just generally basking in the glory that is the Queen’s Plate. And how might we make that happen, you ask? Via one of our most epic giveaways to date, of course!

The Ultimate Queen’s Plate Fashion Experience is officially up for grabs, dear readers. The grand prize package, with an approximate retail value of a whopping $3,000, includes:

  • A $500 shop! Card for the purchase of the perfect Queen’s Plate outfit.
  • A style consultation with The Backseat Stylers to assist in the search for a Queen’s Plate outfit.
  • A fascinator by Queen’s Plate official milliner, David Dunkley (pictured above).
  • A race day hair and makeup session by Civello.
  • Round trip limousine transportation to and from Woodbine Racetrack (555 Rexdale Blvd, Toronto, ON) and 1 Greater Toronto Area location of the winner’s choice for the contest winner and three (3) guests.
  • Four (4) grandstand seats at Woodbine Racetrack for the 155th Queen’s Plate on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
  • Complimentary food & beverage service for the contest winner and three (3) guests in the VIP Flare Lounge located in the Walking Ring, Hats & Horseshoes Party on Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 12pm to 6pm ET.
  • Four (4) complimentary race day programs.
  • Complimentary cash cards for the contest winner and three (3) guests with a balance of $25 each (for a total value of $100) to be used for wagering throughout the day.

In short, we’re giving away the Queen’s Plate experience of a lifetime to one very lucky reader of The Backseat Stylers. Want it to be you? So do we! So get entering – contest rules are below. Good luck! And stay tuned for our Queen’s Plate style series.

Contest Rules:

1. To enter, leave a comment to this blog post describing your perfect outfit for the Queen’s Plate.

2. For a bonus entry, follow @backseatstylers and @WoodbineRacing on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away The Ultimate Queen’s Plate Fashion Experience, valued at $3,000! PICK ME! #QP14”. Please leave a second comment to this post letting us know that you’ve tweeted this contest some love.

3. The contest closes on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:59pm. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified by e-mail.

4. Contest open to readers in the Greater Toronto Area only.

5. There are no prize substitutions and no cash value.

6. Complete contest rules here.

Sponsored by Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Images courtesy of Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – June 20, 2014 Edition

Jackline A. of Sincerely Miss J, Toronto

This Saturday’s Summer Solstice marks the longest day of 2014. For style bloggers across the country that means more hours in the day to get their style snaps in – and they’ve definitely been taking advantage of the sun’s extended hours over the past week.

From Jackline and Krystin in lovely, ladylike frocks on the streets of Toronto to the Beckerman sisters in their typically delightfully outlandish looks on the MMVA’s red carpet, Canadian style bloggers officially welcomed the arrival of summer in very chic fashion.

Alison Hutchison of Styling My Life, Vancouver

Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, Toronto

Alex of Alex’s Closet, Montreal

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Spotted from the Backseat: Mad Hot Ballet 2014 Edition

On June 11, The National Ballet of Canada hosted its annual fundraising gala Mad Hot Ballet: Spellbound at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The fairy tale-inspired soirée featured awe-inspiring gala performances, a lively cocktail reception, and a dinner on the Four Seasons stage. Co-chaired by Vanessa and Mark Mulroney, the event raised over $1 million in support of The National Ballet of Canada.

Ballet dancers and ballet enthusiasts, it turns out, are one very stylish set. From Stacey McKenzie‘s jaw-droppingly gorgeous VAWK gown to Brittney Kuczynski‘s ridiculously fierce Mikael Kale dress, not only did partygoers attend in their Thursday best, but they also showed Canadian designers much love on the red carpet. Check out the gallery below for 22 style snaps from Mad Hot Ballet 2014 – you may even spot a mermaid dress, literally.

Sylvia Mantella

Sonia Rodriguez

Brittney Kuczynski

FASHION Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bernadette Morra and best dressed contest winners

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Street Style

The Canadian Street Style Lookbook – June 13, 2014 Edition

Jill Lanksy of The August Diaries, Vancouver

This week in Canadian street style, it was all about statement dressing – no wallflowers here.

Jill paired a hard-to-miss bright yellow frock with a fierce pair of lace-up heels for a party-perfect look, Sonya brought the drama in a royal purple floral print dress and seasonless ankle booties, and Sasha knocked it out of the ballpark with a jaw-droppingly hot skirt suit that was anything but corporate and boring.

Sasha Exeter of So Sasha, Toronto

Sonya Esman of Class Is Internal, Toronto

Cailli and Samantha Beckerman of Beckerman Bite Plate, Toronto

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