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Stylish rain gear: 4 Style Panel tips for puddle jumping April showers in style

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Stylish Rain Gear Style Panel

As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers… right? (Just about any thought of spring will keep us going right now). It’s with that thought in mind that we embrace the upcoming month of rain as stylishly as possible. Gone are the days when outfits are overtaken by rubbery boots, nowadays, stylish rain gear is a dime a dozen. How then to incorporate resistant pieces into everyday outfits? We turned to our trusty Style Panel to find out.

Challenge 98: How do you look stylish in rain gear? Read the answers now! »

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Valentine’s Day sex appeal: 10 Style Panel outfits that are classy not trashy

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Valentines Day Style Panel

Valentine’s day is just around the corner so you best be ready. Couples around the world are gearing up to put their stamp on the special day and even if you’re single, the international day of love is as good a reason as any to flaunt what your mama gave you. On February 14, every occasion can call for the perfect come-hither outfit. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to bare all to be sexy. The challenge lies in taking cues from bedroom dressing—lace, satin, bare skin—and applying them in small doses to your outfit of choice.

Question 89: How do you dress sexy without being overtly so? Read the answers now! »

The boudoir trend was huge hit this past season and designers offered up many ways to rock the look outside of the bedroom while not going full on Miley. Ankle skimming pink satin coats trimmed with marabou at Louis Vuitton covered up plaid slips, proving it it can be demure as well as alluring. Canadian label Beaufille lengthened the hem on a negligée in an earthy brown and paired it with dark tights and chunky metallic shoes. Marni, the ultimate in quirky dressing, styled a black bandeau top with billowing pants and matching black riding boots with a sweeping fur stole that took the look from basic to va-va-voom.
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New Year’s Eve: 13 Style Panel outfit picks for ringing in 2014 with panache

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New Years Eve Outfit

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for statement making. Sartorially speaking, piling on the glitz and glam is never more warranted. While big time resolutions for 2014 percolate, it’s one last chance to go all out for the year. To help us raise a stylish glass to the New Year, 13 of our Style Panel members are sharing their outfit picks for tonight.

Question 84: What to wear for New Year’s Eve? Read the answers now! »

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How to wear statement earrings: 4 Style Panel tricks for not looking overdone

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Statement Earrings Style Panel

The statement earring has had a long and trendy lifespan and this season, it shows no signs of slowing down. The ultimate glitzy outfit cap made appearances on runways at Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta and Versace and come holiday season, the right pair of earrings can transform virtually any outfit from a LBD to jeans into a polished and sophisticated look.

The statement earring is a definitive party staple, yet can propose some outfit challenges for timid dresses. So, how do you wear ‘em without looking overdone? Style Panel to the rescue, as usual. Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann’s Style blog shows us how to rock large gold portrait earrings and leopard at the same time.  Becky Kung of Velvet and Vino shows us how to stay casual but polished in military green and bright crystal bauble earrings.  Amber Desilets of Canadian Fashionista braves the cold to show off an LBD and emerald statement earrings.

Question 82: How do you wear statement earrings without looking overdone? Read the answers now! »

AMBER DESILETS, LONDON | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | BECKY KUNG, CALGARY | LYNDSEY FOREST, EDMONTON
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What to wear to the holiday party: 13 Style Panel tips for mixing up your look this season

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How to dress for the holiday party Style Panel

Middle: Photography by Matthew Burditt Right: Photography by Petter Chatterton

Ah, what to wear to the holiday party. It’s one of our most common refrains this season, and yet, never ceases to puzzle. As we juggle an ever-surmounting social schedule of cocktail parties, dinners and the like, falling back into the fail-safe LBD can be tempting. We’re here to take you away from the typical and get you going with some out of the box inspiration.

Channeling the holiday literally with red and green is always fun, but why not go the extra mile and blend those hues with high fashion flair? You can be flirty and feminine or even grungy glam if you please. So whether you’ll be a host, attend a glitzy affair at work or be entertained by family or friends, we’re challenging you to be unexpected just like the holiday style ninjas that make up our Style Panel.

Schooling us on the art of mixing and matching sequins, stripes and metallics is Lyndsey Forest of Over My Styled Body while Jen Tam of Her Waise Choice rocks a Topshop jumpsuit that is sure to make her the flyest hostess when she entertains guests at her annual party. Showing that one can never be too dressed up during the holidays is Cara McLeay of A Fashion Love Affair who is stunning in a BCBG Max Azria maxi dress.

So consider what to wear to the holiday party your next great adventure, not challenge.

Question 80: Party style! What’s your look going to be this holiday season? Read the answers now! »

ALYSSA LAU, EDMONTON | AMBER DESILETS, LONDON | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | BECKY KUNG, CALGARY | CARA MCLEAY, VANCOUVER | IVA GRBESIC, TORONTO | JEN TAM, VANCOUVER | LEAH GUST, TORONTO | LYNDSEY FOREST, EDMONTON | MO HANDAHU, HALIFAX | NICOLE WILSON, TORONTO | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, EDMONTON | VICKIE LALIOTIS, EDMONTON
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The ultimate guide to knits: 15 Style Panel tips for fashionable sweater-wear all winter long

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Knits Style Panel

As closet staples go, the sweater is one of the hardest working items in our wardrobe. From form-fitting statement sweaters to light cardigans and chunky cable knits, we’ve all relied on this piece of wooly goodness to warm up our looks come the cooler months.

Given its cool factor of late, the sweater’s versatility has grown leaps and bounds. This season, we’ve seen a revival of quirky vintage prints, quirky embellishments and intricate texture mixes. Case and point: Kenzo’s bejeweled treatment and Saint Laurent’s highly-coveted star prints.

And since there’s still a risk of looking a little too cottage apropos in your cozy knit, we reached out to our Style Panel to share their favourite sweaters and styling tips. New to the gang is The Little Dandy’s Joanne Kim who is dripping with natural cool in a gray oversized cardigan. Branding her slouchy shawl cardigan as a socially acceptable blanket to wear in public is Born Lippy blogger Melanie Morais. Going for the dazzle treatment is Over My Styled Body’s Lyndsey Forest who shows off her favourite fall trend: embellishment.

Question 79: Sweaters are so essential this time of year. What is your go-to type and styling tips? Read the answers now! »

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How to wear plaid: 10 Style Panel tips for reinventing the classic print this season

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How to wear plaid Style Panel

Despite the mercurial weather, our Style Panel shows you how to wear plaid in various ways. Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann’s Style Blog boldly warms us up in monochromatic red-to-toe buffalo check plaid, while Iva Grbesic of Falling in Style shows us how to pair plaid with faux-fur while keeping it business casual. Meanwhile, Kayla Short of Short Presents shows us how to work the perfect amount of prep and polish into our look with tall boots, clean lines, topping off with a pop of blue and white contrasting plaid pulling everything together for the perfect fall layered look.

Question 76: What are some fresh new ways of wearing plaid? Read the answers now! »

Or jump to: AMBER DESILETS, LONDON | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | CARA MCLEAY, VANCOUVER | BECKY KUNG, CALGARY | IVA GRBESIC, TORONTO | KAYLA SHORT, HALIFAX | MARLA BRUM, TORONTO | NICHOLE ALABI, TORONTO | NICOLE WILSON, TORONTO | RUTA RUDMINAITE, TORONTO

Fall’s forecast of mix-and-match plaids has something for everyone to work with all season long. On the runways, everyone from Stella McCartney to Saint Laurent is reinventing the timeless print with leathers, studs and silk proving that plaid fits the bill for punks and prepsters alike. The ultimate contrast: Prada’s sweet pink gingham skirt suit cinched at the waist by a bold metallic belt.

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How to wear pink: 11 Style Panel tips for co-opting spring’s typically girlish hue for fashionable Fall 2013 wear

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Pink Style Panel

If you haven’t yet embraced that pink is a big part of Fall 2013′s colour palette, we don’t blame you. Though pink has been there for us when we bid adieu to the winter’s cold and reclaimed our femininity from dark heavy coats it’s time to embrace it as a burst of girlishness to a different season.

Last Sunday at the Emmys, we were a little more convinced of pink’s fall arrival by Rose Byrne and January Jones in pink petal and dusty rose toned gowns respectively. On the Fall 2013 runways we saw a plaid belted coatdress from Prada and mix and matched shades of pink from Diane Von Furstenberg and Jeremy Laing proving that the hue can adapt to all seasons.


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Since you’ve probably packed away all your femme hued frocks and coats, our Style Panel will sway you to dust them off and give them a whirl this fall. The Style Mogul’s Christine Cravero and Amber Desilets of Canadian Fashionista show you just how to wear make your powder pink coat fall ready by layering it with denim and grey pieces. Dainty Girl’s Nicole Wilson and Zoe Smythe of Zoe’s Fashion Feed wear floral print dresses with varying shades of the hue from a soft blush to a deep salmon showing you variable and workable shades of pink.

The Style Panel definitely did not shy away from the girly hue and neither should you. Still not convinced? Read on to see our girls’ pink looks for this season.

Question 70: Think pink! How are you wearing the girlish hue this season? Read the answers now! »

Or jump to: AMBER DESILETS, LONDON | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | BECKY KUNG, CALGARY | CHRISTINA CRAVERO, TORONTO | JACQUELYN SON, VANCOUVER | KAYLA SHORT, HALIFAX | LEAH GUST, TORONTO | NICOLE WILSON, TORONTO | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, TORONTO | STEPHANIE KOCH, CALGARY | ZOE SMYTHE, NEW YORK CITY


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