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Street Style, Toronto: 21 photos outside the tents


Street Style Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2014

Photography by Stefania Yarhi

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Despite dipping Toronto temperatures, stylish show attendees were keeping warm and heating up the streets of Toronto on day three of World MasterCard Fashion Week.

From capes to coats, layering was the key to taking outerwear from an essential to a fashion statement. Wooly sweaters and flannel knits were paired with printed jackets, leather toppers and slick pants. Plaid prints were a favourite items among the street style crowd, who did up ’90s style in true Canadian way. The colder weather also prompted a spike in fur coats and collars. Whether real or faux, fur was draped over shoulders, found inside jackets and worn as vests.

When it came to colour, the rainbow effect was the order of the day. Style Blog’s Nelia Belkova radiated warmth with her look: she donned a fuzzy, electric-lime jacket that made her black and yellow floral dress pop. Other notable bursts of colour included Hudson’s Bay Company stripes, a very psychedelic three-piece suit and candy apple red accessories. Whatever the shade worn, it all provided a necessary injection of brightness to counter the grey skies. Read more »

Bicycle fashion: 4 Style Panel tips on what to wear when biking

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Biking is the go-to mode of transportation for our sticky summer commutes. You’ve got to hand it to our two-wheeler friends for getting us through the heaviest rush hour traffic in a time crunch. And though we adore anything that shortens our morning routines, a speedy cycle doesn’t come without its fair share of wardrobe-related challenges. Combining fashion and function is key for assembling bike-ready ensembles. Once you find the perfect balance of comfort and style, you’d be surprised what you can pull off wearing while weaving through the city streets.

While helmets may not be topping your must-have accessories list, they’re totally first on ours. Rachel Bilson recently paired her tight-fitted bike uniform with the sturdy headgear, earning her major safety points. ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer Miley Cyrus relies on her bike-basket to carry all of her favourite things and though her long hair is no more, we still suggest copying Cyrus’ polished top bun. It’s the perfect hairstyle for avoiding the post-cycle hot mess look. The ever-fashionable Kate Bosworth won’t let a little cycling get in the way of her outfit choices. Bosworth’s a-line circle skirt is the perfect way to steer clear of grease stains, while the knee length hemline promises to prevent un-wanted flashing situations.

But you don’t have to be a celebrity to look this cute on a bike. We’ve turned to our Style Panel for more advice on how to dress fashionably while biking. The Girl With The Messy Hair’s KD Faustino deems shorts a biking-must, but suggests scrapping your favourite denim cutoffs for something a little more fashion-forward. Short PresentsKayla Short also favours shorts, but suggests pairing them with a interesting top to give people something to look at as your cruise past them at top-speed. (Woah there, easy rider!)

Question 63: How do you dress fashionably while biking? Read the answers now!

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How to wear white: 12 Style Panel tips for making summer’s most synonymous hue anything but boring


How to Wear White Style Panel

Much like a blank canvas, white fashions are the clean slate that every wardrobe needs. The versatility of the innocent hue lends itself to endless styling possibilities. With the no-white-post-labour-day rule behind us (how passé), we’re free to stock up on crisp white pieces for summer, fall and beyond.

Stars on and off the red carpet are choosing white as their colour of choice. The ongoing white trend can just as easily adopt a streamlined, clean-cut look with sharp tailoring, as it can a perfectly pretty one with embroidery and sheer silks. Whatever your flavour, the posh hue is the perfect choice for showing off some of your boldest accessories. Consider pairing your favourite whites with a fierce animal print bag as Beyoncé pulled off recently. In the jewellery department, try topping off a white frock with an edgy, head-turning necklace like Olivia Palermo. A bold lip can also make as strong a statement, with Karlie Kloss showing off the perfect red pout to avoid looking washed out by her all white red carpet getup.

Much like the stars they dress, A-list designers are showing their love for the always-in-style hue. To keep it fresh, Bottega Veneta combined white-on-white textures on its Spring 2013 runway. Chanel spiced up ensembles with pearl beads garnishing white pieces.

Still doubting the power of an all white palette? Fear not, because we’ve asked our style panel for tips on how to wear white.

Over My Styled Body’s Lyndsey Forest agrees that accessories are key to amp up a white ensemble. She also suggests trying an unusual hemline to keep your look fun. Alicia Fashionista’s Alicia Quan pairs her whites with edgier pieces such as a leather jacket to avoid a bride-to-be look. With Love Gabrielle’s Marta Tryshak thinks that white is easy and fabulous. She considers well-fitted white denim jeans a must-have and advises investing in a pair that can be worn well into the fall.

Question 62: How do you wear white while keeping it fresh? Read the answers now!

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How to wear neon: 9 Style Panel tips for including fluorescent hues in even the most neutral wardrobes


How to wear neon Style Panel

Once relegated to summer camps and dress up parties, neon has been making its may back into the forefront of fashion over the past few seasons. Especially with this season’s nineties crazy, even the brightest fluorescent hues have even become near basics.

Seen prominently on many of this summer’s music festival attendees, neon appeared on everything from bra tops to the ever-popular Cambridge satchel. Neon was popular with celebrities as well, spotted on Serena Williams’s nails to Gwyneth Paltrow’s heels.

On the Spring 2013 runways, neon appeared with creative pops in Peter Pilotto’s ruffled dresses and bright prints on Kenzo’s jungle print jumpsuits and Christopher Kane’s Frankenstein shirts. For Fall 2013, the unexpected cold weather hue makes its return with 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag & Bone’s brightly hued motorcycle style jackets.

Since the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, the girls from Style Panel are sharing key tips on how to wear neon this season and beyond.

Never having tried the trend, Dainty Girl’s Nicole Wilson works neon into her outfit with brightly coloured yellow heels. In the same vein, both Suburban Faux-Pas’s Krystin Lee and Born Lippy’s Melanie Morais suggests wearing neon in moderations, while pairing it with neutrals. If you’re still unsure on how to wear neon, Canadian Fashionista’s Amber Desilets advises to start with something simple like accessories. Nothing like a neon necklace or neon belt to really make your everyday outfits stand out and on trend.

Question 61: How do you wear neon? Read the answers now!

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The wild ones: The undeniable, indelible influence of the ’90s supermodels returns to the runways


Supermodels Peter Lindbergh Vogue

Photography by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Magazine/

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Fierceness, thy name is Naomi. And Linda. And Cindy. Recognized in fashion circles by their first names alone, ’90s supermodels are the latest icons to ride the decade’s wave of nostalgia into our already punk-, grunge- and angst-heavy wardrobes.

Known now as the Supers, the larger-than-life model pack fronted by Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington ruled not only the runway but the cultural zeitgeist as well. They were everywhere, starring in George Michael’s epic “Freedom 90” music video, appearing in a Time Magazine cover story, even launching a chain of Fashion Cafes. And while they wore everything from skin-tight Alaïa bandage dresses to Versace scarf print leggings, their look was ultimately defined by a 1991 photo shoot that captured the high-impact collision between the supermodel phenomenon and the moto trend. Lensed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, it featured a Marlon Brando-meets-Madonna blend of hardware-heavy motorcycle jackets, ball skirts and pleated minis with embellished leather caps and Chanel pearls.
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How to wear denim shorts: 15 Style Panel tips for braving this often-feared basic


How to Wear Denim Shorts Style Panel

Much like the classic LBD and the plain white T, denim shorts rank high on the list of timeless trends. Feared by some, loved by many, the versatility of this wardrobe staple makes this classic style a must-have for summer.

On the streets, we’ve seen trendsetters brace the warmer temperatures in denim shorts of all shapes and colours. From music-goers at Coachella to Toronto’s stylish park devotees it seems there ain’t nothing like a pair of Daisy Dukes to stay cool and fashion-forward under the hot summer sun. The warm weather trend has long been a hit with fashion darling Alexa Chung, whose ability to dress her cutoffs up with heels and a structured jacket and down with a classic plaid shirt, shows us just how flexible these breezy blues can be.
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Power Ball beauty: 25 hair and makeup looks right from the runway that are totally art party-worthy


Power Ball beauty

Photography: Runway by Peter Stigter; Power Ball by Jenna Marie Wakani

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If there’s one event in Toronto that’s worth changing up your look for, it’s Power Ball. The Power Plant’s annual fundraiser party is more art show extravaganza than gala, making elaborate costumery just as popular as black tie looks. We’ve already given you some tips on what to wear on Thursday night, so now it’s time to consider the other important part of your Power Ball outfit: your hair and makeup.

Power Ball is the perfect time to tease your hair into an unrecognizable pouf or apply as many rhinestones to your eyelids as possible—seriously! (For further proof, check out our photo galleries from past Power Ball parties.) To provide you with some inspiration, we’ve turned the best source of high concept hair and makeup looks: the international runways. Thanks to the talents of makeup artists like Pat McGrath and Diane Kendal and hair stylists such as Guido Palau and Sam McKnight, we’ve found 25 looks from the Spring and Fall 2013 shows that you should definitely try to duplicate. So break out the bright pigments and dip-dye your hair: Power Ball is ready and waiting.
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How to dress for a festival and beyond: 12 Style Panel tips for appropriating hippie-inspired style for every day


How to dress for a festival

Nothing says summer like festivals and its endless options of festival looks.

Coachella, Glastonbury and Osheaga may be some of the biggest destination for music lovers, but they have also become the true summer hub for fashion icons and street stylers to show off their Janis Joplin-inspired looks.

This season, designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Helmut Lang have turned to festivals as inspirations for many of their ready-to-wear pieces. And with each day feeling more and more like summer, we’re getting inspired by the many upcoming music festivals of the season to help spruce up our everyday summer outfit.

Festivals may be the perfect excuse to don crop tops, flower head pieces and just about anything fringed, that’s not to say a little of festival can’t be brought into your day-to-day wardrobe. So, how to bring festival inspiration into the every day? Before you end up looking like a flower child at our local grocery store, look to the Style Panel for tips!

White lace and denim shorts seem to be the sure way to accomplish the festival look. To take your basic summer look to the next level, add statement pieces like The Pretty SecretsSandy Joe Karpetz did with her festival-inspired kimono. If you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your outfit, our newest Style Panel member, SummerxSkin’s Anum Khan suggests a maxi skirt and multicoloured bangles paired with a white crop top. And if you’re really confident with the trend, The Ordinary PeoplesAlyssa Lau shows you how to dress for a festival by taking on three spring trends (bold colours, a crop top and patterns!) in one chic look.

Question 54: How do you channel the festival look for every day? Read the answers now! »

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