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)
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
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
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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My Margiela for H&M candy wrapper clutch has been sitting untouched in my closet since it came home with me last November, waiting patiently for a chance to come out and play. I finally took it out for its inaugural spin this past weekend and, obviously, it called for a black on black on black outfit.
Salt and pepper bouclé tweed, silver metallics and black leather – a few of my old favourites, all wrapped up neatly in one ensemble. After spending the last year in brighter colours than ever before, this decidedly darker getup felt like a reunion with old friends.
Sandro top / Joe Fresh jeans / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch / Alexander McQueen boots / Balenciaga bracelet / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
When it comes to sweaters, I’d say the chunkier, the better, and it doesn’t get much chunkier than this 3.1 Phillip Lim find I snagged a few seasons ago. 3D cable knit is what the designer dubbed it, and the effect is rather eye-catching.
Even my 3-year old is a fan. “I like your sweater, mummy,” he told me with an admiring look this past weekend. “When I’m big, I’m going to wear it, OK?” At least he asked – that’s more than I get from T sometimes. I kid, I kid.
3.1 Phillip Lim sweater / Joe Fresh jeans / Brian Atwood shoes / Celine bag / FALLON cuff / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
A move to a new home and the launch of a new blog series, A Peek in the Backseat, have had me digging into the deepest, darkest corners of my closet of late. I’ve found all sorts of gems I’d forgotten about, including this 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum dress I purchased over three years ago.
I took it out for its inaugural spin recently and fell in love with the ladylike frock all over again. Here I thought I was all peplum’d out thanks to the biggest fashion trend of 2012, but it turns out I’ve always been partial to peplums, and always will be.
What wardrobe treasures have you rediscovered lately?
3.1 Phillip Lim dress / Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan clutch / YSL shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
“How many plaid blazers does a person need?!” exclaimed Nelia when she spotted my latest Club Monaco purchase. I didn’t realize we were counting, but the answer is obviously a really, really high number, as evidenced by the count in my closet.
It appears I have a plaid jacket problem that I hadn’t quite identified until my dear friend so kindly pointed it out. My guess is that it’s closely linked to my Smythe addiction. In my defence, though, this is the only brown plaid blazer with navy sleeves that I own. I’m fairly certain.
On a side note, I managed to mix black with brown and navy with black all in one outfit – potentially breaking two so-called style rules - and the world didn’t come to an end as many, including T, would fear. Ponder that one.
Club Monaco blazer / Club Monaco blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / FLARE x ALDO bag / Ralph Lauren boots / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
My closet has been undergoing a colour evolution over the past year, and this Viktor & Rolf sale find from The Room at The Bay was the most surprising addition to date. Me in mustard yellow? Never would I have imagined! It’s never had a place in my wardrobe until this very blazer, and now I’m wondering where it’s been all my life. In fact, I’m so enamoured by the jacket that I wore it for a recent shoot for eBay.
I’m currently featured in the eBay Style Stories series. In the interview, I’m asked to divulge my favourite eBay find ever (too many to name, really!), what’s next on my must-buy list (hint: a piece from a Toronto-based jewelry designer), and my eBay saved search terms (top secret info!). Find out all of that and more about yours truly in the story here.
Viktor & Rolf blazer / Zara blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image courtesy of eBay
I’m fully embracing tights-wearing season this year. I’ll reluctantly stow my black opaque tights away next May, but until then I’ll be enjoying their presence like a baby does her warm blankie.
In the meantime, I’m trying to avoid the winter wardrobe doldrums and am resisting the urge to wear all black everything until spring arrives. I was rather pleased with my semi-recent acquisition of a cheap and cheerful button-down from Joe Fresh for this very reason. I adore the bright red contrast collar.
It may be frigid out there, but it’s never too cold to have a little bit of sartorial fun. Underneath the Canada Goose, anyway.
Joe Fresh shirt / Burberry skirt / Bruno Frisoni shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image Credit: George Pimentel