Posts tagged wardrobe stylist
Is it time to wrangle in your wardrobe or grow it back out?

A year ago, I was stripping my wardrobe back down to its roots. I was getting to know myself and what my authentic personal style looked and felt like.

A year ago, I had no patterns and no colour (outside of some pastel hues.)

I was in a season of cutting the excess + gaining clarity.

Today, well, I’m wearing not just one, but TWO patterns. My wardrobe has flourished back out into a spectrum of colour and pattern.

I’m in a season of turning my clarity into confidence.

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5 Pieces to transition your wardrobe from recent grad to professional

The month after I handed in my final university project, I walked through the doors of my first job at a downtown Toronto design agency. I can’t remember what exactly I was wearing, but I vividly rememberfeeling like I ran out of outfits to wear to work that first week fast.

I knew I wasn’t going to wear a power suit and pumps, but I also knew my collection of oversized, skin-tight, or semi-sheer tops didn’t feel right.

At first black leggings felt like my secret professional weapon, but soon they made me feel like a total professional-fraud.

That wardrobe I had—the carefree whimsical eccentric unique wardrobe—stopped feeling like me. And instead started to feel like a weight holding me back from where I was going.

And when I changed my wardrobe, something more changed.

I started having creative ideas at meetings.
I started speaking up when my opinion differed.
I started owning my skills and expertise.

And I didn’t have to wear pumps and blazer to do it.

Today, I’m sharing with you, my dear friend, 5 little pieces that can make a big impact in looking (and feeling) like the professional and expert you now are, from stepping out your front door to leaving a post-work happy hour.

...Or as I like to say:
Feeling like your best self from coffee to cocktails.

Let's go!

5 PIECES TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE FROM RECENT GRAD TO PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERT

 

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A spring recipe: 2 parts classic + 1 part saucy

Did you crack one of my go-to spring recipes yet?

It’s not a Margarita—it’s an outfit recipe and in the last few posts it’s been spring coat + dress {ahem, see look #1 here, and look #2 here.}

Same pieces, yet they all look and feel different, but still like me.

That's because there’s always a little more going on than the type of garment. There’s the style—the feeling, the tone, what it seems to say about me and my style.

Let’s look at this classic-with-a-kick outfit…

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Why I wouldn’t have worn this outfit (how to dress with confidence)

Let’s talk about why I never would've worn this outfit 3 years ago.

I never liked my legs and feet. I would have told you I had good reason—they were ugly and I knew they were ugly because people (individuals and society at large) told me that.

Spider veins and purple undertones show through my pale legs, and my feet are often bright red or purple.

So I visited tanning beds and I ruined so many clothes with self-tanner rub-off. I spent hundreds of dollars on Sally Hansen Airbrush legs for every day.

And I definitely did not dress in a way that would draw attention to me when I was baring my legs and purple feet.

Because I truly believed it was my obligation not to draw attention to the ugly parts of my body.

My heart aches for that girl who believed that...

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Outfit dissection: Spring coat layering

This weekend, sun, patios, and even bare-legs came out in full spring effect. {Heck yes.}

As I pulled out a dress and spring jacket, I was reminded of one of the true beauties of warm weather: oneoutfit. Come spring, we no longer have the added hassle of planning two outfits—the outfit we wear outside AND the striped-down version of it we wear inside.

We get to focus on picking + wearing just one outfit that will give us confidence, comfortability, and joy.

And one of my favourite spring pieces—that takes you effortlessly and elegantly from coffee to cocktails—is a tailored spring coat.

Today, I’m showing you one of the ways I style my spring coat, and giving you a little inside look by dissecting what exactly is at play in this seemingly simple outfit.

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