Musings

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

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

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 ellecanada.com.

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

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Queen’s Plate 2014

We love getting all gussied up for big events here at The Backseat Stylers, and there’s no bigger occasion for us this summer than last week’s Queen’s Plate. On a day when the dress code called for fancy fascinators and chic frocks, our philosophy was simple: go big or go home.

Literally, it seems, which explains S’s predilection for extremely oversized headpieces. She got a taste for large hats at our first Queen’s Plate last year, and would’ve had a tough time topping that sartorial outing if not for the incredibly talented David Dunkley, official milliner of the Queen’s Plate and purveyor of the gorgeous (and ginormous!) floral headpiece S sported. T, on the other hand, went for a more understated fascinator, opting instead to make a bold statement with her eye-catching metallic candy wrapper clutch and reflective sunglasses.

Both of us donned black and white with pops of metallic silver; save for the giant blue flowers atop S’s head, of course. S’s floral-on-floral getup was a nod to favourite Mary Katrantzou, while T repped Canadian in a dramatic VAWK vest. Our looks complemented each other rather nicely, though admittedly accidentally.

With yet another set of tastefully over-the-top Queen’s Plate ensembles under our belts, our #QP15 garb will have to be even bigger and bolder. Thank goodness we have a year to prepare ourselves.

On S: David Dunkley fascinator / Mary Katrantzou dress / Prada shoes / Chanel clutch

On T: David Dunkley fascinator / VAWK vest / Zara shorts / Alexander Wang shoes / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch

Image Credits: Mauricio Calero, Becca Lemire for She Does The City

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Garden Party

On a recent visit to The Room at Hudson’s Bay in Vancouver, Charlotte Dellal, aka the creative genius behind accessories brand Charlotte Olympia, said, ”I love to design for women who dress from the feet up.” That certainly explains my ongoing obsession with all that Dellal does. Her line is an endless supply of gorgeous statement shoes I just can’t get enough of – and that definitely call for dressing from the feet up.

Take last week’s Power Ball ensemble, for example. I’ve had the most amazing Charlotte Olympia sandals sitting in my closet for some time now waiting for their first outing, destined to make their debut at one of Toronto’s biggest art parties of the year. Working from the bottom up, I paired the foliage print and sculpted heel sandals with my newly acquired 424 Fifth laser-cut pleather skirt and my favourite floral print Erdem top.

A match made in sartorial heaven? Quite possibly. Case made for dressing from the feet up? Most definitely.

Erdem top / 424 Fifth skirt / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Chanel bag

Image Credit: Stefania Yarhi for FASHION Magazine

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Oversized

One of the New Year’s resolutions (remember those things?) we vowed to try really, really hard to keep was to produce more personal style posts in 2014. Suffice to say, the first half of the year has been an utter failure, thanks in large part to Mother Nature’s insistence that winter and all the snow and bitterly cold temperatures that come with it continue for what felt like forever. (Thank the blogging gods for the brave bloggers who still filled The Canadian Street Style Lookbook every week, snowstorm or not). But no more excuses: spring is here and we’re shyly emerging into the world of personal style blogging again, rather tentatively.

Our first attempt this spring had us having trouble finding the light and feeling lazy about venturing any further to find a better locale – both subject and photographer are out of practice at this point, so forgive us. Buuut, poor lighting aside, we’d like to focus on the Sarah Stevenson for Target floral blazer sported here. Purchased one size too big because of an inability to wake up early on the day of the collection’s launch, it turned out to be perfectly oversized and a great pop of colour over head-to-toe black. Unflatteringly large, or oversized in that cool girl way? It’s a fine line, but we think we got it spot on this time.

Sarah Stevenson for Target blazer / FRAME Denim jeans / Gucci shoes / Chanel clutch / Alexander McQueen sunglasses

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Deep V

Invitations to black tie galas are always met with delight here at The Backseat Stylers offices (aka our couch). Any excuse to get all fancy shmancy we will always happily accept, as was the case when the invite to Canadian Fabric Presents: Le Grand Bal arrived recently.

A gala celebrating Canadians obviously calls for a dress by a homegrown designer, so I chose a gorgeous eggplant jersey draped gown by Vancouver-based Jason Matlo for the occasion. With collared shirts buttoned all the way to the very top as my daily uniform, this was probably as low-cut of a design as you’ll have seen me in to date.

And you know what? I kind of liked it.

Jason Matlo gown / Chanel clutch / Christian Louboutin shoes (Image credit: George Pimentel Photography)

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Houndstooth

I love me some sequins, I adore all things houndstooth, and I can’t get enough of those J.Crew pencil skirts. Therefore, the very best thing ever? A navy-and-white paillette houndstooth pencil skirt I spotted in the clearance section of jcrew.com recently. What happened next is a bit of a blur, but next thing I knew the aforementioned skirt was in my mailbox in all its sequinned glory.

I debuted the Jenna Lyons-approved piece on opening night of World Mastercard Fashion Week, going for a preppy chic look complete with peter pan-collared shirt and Charlotte’s Web book clutch. Librarian glam! In hindsight, I should have worn my oversized nerd glasses too to really bring it home. Next time.

Pink Tartan blouse / J.Crew Collection skirt / Loeffler Randall shoes / Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan clutch

Image Credit: George Pimentel

Street Style

Stylin’ from the Backseat: Velvet and Neon

When I heard that shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster were coming to town, I knew exactly which pair of shoes I’d be sporting to the shindig in their honour at Hudson’s Bay: neon yellow graphic-print platform pumps from Kirkwood’s Spring 2013 collection. Their fellow compatriot Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia has often confessed to dressing from the feet up, and I certainly did too on this occasion.

I’d say the shoes were the hero of the ensemble, but I’m currently obsessed with velvet blazers. This one from L’Agence was super soft and fit like a dream. I’d live in it this fall if I could get away with donning a velvet tuxedo jacket all day, every day. But then again, why can’t I? I’ll happily be that lady in the checkout line at a Walmart in suburbia wearing a velvet tuxedo jacket for no good reason, thank you very much.

L’Agence velvet blazer / Joe Fresh blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / Chanel brooch / Saint Laurent clutch / LeiVanKash ring

Contests

The Countdown Is On: T Minus 5 Days Until Our 7 For All Mankind Denim Party With Textstyles!

The countdown is on! We’re just 5 days away from our invite-only soiree with 7 For All Mankind and Stefania over at Textstyles.ca, and we simply cannot wait. The invitations have officially been sent to our 5 contest winners, and we’re delighted to be partying with lucky readers Jenn, Ellie, Sonja, Christine and Renee next Wednesday, May 29, #7FAMYorkdale styles.

A huge thanks to everyone who entered the contest! We’re super bummed that we couldn’t invite you all to our shindig, but the good news is that you too can score some 7FAM denim at a 30% discount at the Yorkdale store. We have a limited number of exclusive discount cards to share, so if you’re interested in snagging one, shoot us an email and we’ll hook you up (quantities limited)! Not a bad consolation prize, right?

Thanks again, lovely readers, for the support and stay tuned for the #7FAMYorkdale party recap next week!

Eight Sixty top / 7 For All Mankind slim cigarette jean in ballet pink destroyed (available at #7FAMYorkdale) / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Chanel bag / Fallon cuff / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up

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