Style by lyric: 12 foolproof fashion lessons from your favourite songs


Style by lyric

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Music’s best fashion lessons »

We all know how much music influences fashion (otherwise, the semester I wore Dickies and ties to school like Avril Lavigne was a total wash). But even before the days of “Complicated” or begging our parents to let us wear sky-high Spice Girls sneakers, music was outlining style rules in a less visual, equally memorable way.

I mean, sure. Watching “Baby One More Time” may have inspired us to re-adjust our Catholic school uniforms or trade them in for a less monochromatic public school dress code, but songs by artists like Cake or Flo Rida instilled something even more important: clear verbal instructions on how to wear clothes.

And today is no different. Thanks to rules laid out by Jay-Z, Kanye, and even Lana Del Rey, artists continue to guide us through the murky waters of looking presentable. Through music, we’re learning what works, what doesn’t, how accessible fashion can be. After all, any of us could be the girl in the short shirt and long jacket, or the woman in the leopard print skin pillbox hat. So let’s get fancy with this list of some of music’s best fashion instructions.
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5 things we hope Britney Spears lingerie will look like


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No pop goddess has managed to rival Britney Spears‘ ability to rock a good bra. With her envy-worthy abdomen (and propensity to flaunt it), she shimmied her way to the top of 2000s pop, and now, is putting those skills to use. Yesterday, Spears announced her line of intimate apparel in collaboration with Change Lingerie. The collection will cover all your lingerie needs from pole dancing to selfie-ing in bed with its wide product array of corsets, bras, pyjamas and sweats. Needless to say Spears’ near-two decades of dancing around in panties has finally come in handy. While images of the collection have not been released, we did our best to imagine based on Spears’ many iconic undies-only performances.

The Intimate Britney Spears collection will launch September 9th at an exclusive event in New York City hosted by the pop princess herself. It will be available for purchase in Canada at

The scoop on Hermès’ new artistic director, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski


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In the latest edition of high-end musical chairs, Hermès has announced its new artistic director just days after Christoph Lemaire announced he was leaving the label. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, a 36-year-old French native with experience to rival those with much higher profiles, has joined the label, with her debut collection set for Fall 2015.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s resume is populated with notoriously press-shy labels like Maison Martin Margiela, where she worked as a member of the design studio from 2005-2008, Céline, where she worked under Phoebe Philo until 2011, and most recently The Row, where she worked hand in hand with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as design director.

“I am delighted to be joining Hermès, a house I so admire and whose values I share wholeheartedly,” said the designer via press release. Likely, that’s all we’re going to get until March 2015.

What’s in your bag, Zoe Kazan?


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What’s in your bag, Zoe Kazan? »

Mondays generally suck, unless you get to spend them hanging with indie darling Zoe Kazan. If the name doesn’t ring a bell (and hell, that last name should), you’d probably know Kazan from Ruby Sparks, the film she not only wrote but also starred in back in 2012, and lately, as the bright-eyed romantic lead opposite Daniel Radcliffe in The F Word. Filmed in Toronto and for what seems like the first time ever, actually set in Toronto, The F Word (or What If? in the United States) tells the story of two friends artfully trying to deny a budding romance while inhabiting the dreaded Friend zone. We snooped the contents of her olive green Miu Miu satchel while chatting about her fave things about Toronto (touring the city by foot), ways to relax in flight (half a melatonin does the trick) and great ways to fall asleep (watch 10 minutes of any reality television show). Now proceed with snooping her bag for further revelations of her charm.
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What to wear to the cottage: 7 Style Panel tips to keep you stylish and comfortable all summer long


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Heading up to the cottage on weekends is one of our favourite summer activities, but with weekends being so short and many of us having a serious case of over-packing syndrome, it can quickly become a love-hate relationship. It seems as though we need so much—an outfit for the morning, something chic to wear by the water, an après-beach ensemble — and with all this hovering over our heads, deciding what to wear to the cottage is suddenly overwhelming. Since we feel like every part of your weekend getaway should be enjoyable (right down to the packing) we’ve asked our Style Panel for tips on what to pack and wear to the cottage this summer.

Nautical style is a given for most of this week’s Style Panel. Jill Lansky of The August DiariesKira Paran of Northern Style Exposure and Barbara Ann Solomon of Barbara Ann’s Style Blog all agree that stripes are the way to go when dressing for the cottage. Whether you’re pairing them with denim like Lansky or bold graphics like Solomon, nautical wardrobe pieces are definite cottage staples. Coco and Vera‘s Cee Fardoe and To Vogue or Bust‘s Alexandra Grant both emphasize a simple packing list made up of denim shorts and a layering piece for those cool nights by the campfire is the way to go, because you can never go wrong with laid-back cottage style. If there is one thing Style Panel can agree on this week, when it comes to what to wear to the cottage this summer, less is always more.

Question 112: What are your cottage wardrobe essentials? Read the answers now! »

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When fashion girls wed: 7 inspiring summer weddings of some of the most stylish girls in the biz


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While most of the female population breathes heavy during episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, us fashion folk have, shall we say, finer taste. For those who a layer cake of taffeta doesn’t exactly scream “fantasy,” look no further than the summer weddings of these seven Canadian stylemakers. From a larger than life ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario to a City Hall visit in Doc Martens and dark jeans, these inspiring gals prove that thinking outside of the box pays off.

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How I stopped worrying about my bikini body and learned to love summer

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Chubby Summer

I have never loved summer. Growing up as a chubby teen bookworm with an as-yet-undiagnosed sun allergy, I dreaded it. It’s a time when nerds will invariably be forced into outdoor physical activity, summer camp and other allegedly halcyon seasonal staples we are just not very good at. I just wanted to hang out in the shade, reading or chatting to other dorks who, like me, were easily winded and didn’t like mosquitos.

Back then, summers made me feel deficient: I never had enough enthusiasm, speed, energy or sunscreen. Counselors and parents would offer their well-meaning but ultimately, to me, horrifying encouragement from the side of the pool or on the trail, or wherever else: “Come on, it’s fun!” “You’re doing great!” Or, worst: “Good try!” And I did, eventually, kind of try. I got used to carrying SPF65 everywhere I went and figured out the kind of gentle camp activities I could get behind: canoeing, archery, arts and crafts. I felt like an interplanetary explorer, boldly going where to be honest everyone else already had been and was enjoying themselves. Like a chubby Neil Armstrong in Northern Getaway, I was exploring summer.

But as our bodies changed and their meanings changed with them, so did the meaning of the season. All of a sudden I wasn’t lacking; I had too much. Too much stomach, too much leg hair, too much ass. The enthusiastic (if demoralizing) screams of well-meaning camp counselors encouraging me to be more, do more, try more were replaced with a more insidious whisper: be less, wear less, take up less space. I was doing it all wrong again, for entirely different reasons.
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Swimwear trends 2014: 5 styles that will ensure your booty is trending this summer


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For those who’ve grown tired of the itsy bitsy polka dot bikini, there’s a new swimwear game in town. Well, actually there are several. From the runways at swimwear fashion week in Miami to celebrity poolside #selfies, swimwear designers are upping the ante on a new season of waterproof wonders.

Wearing a shirt to the beach is a childhood buzz kill but designers and celebs alike are reclaiming this UV-safe style. Rihanna’s recent long-sleeved beach look is proof that beach shirts—long and short sleeved—are no longer a cool girl faux pas. Mutli-coloured designs that combine Aztec and kaleidoscope styles are this summers pattern of the moment. Jessica Simpson recently showed off her new fit bod in a colourful kaleidoscope Mara Hoffman one piece. One piece suits are synonymous with a modest style but Kim Kardashian’s epic bum selfie in her white onesie proves that plunging onesies are in a league of their own. Mesh cutouts are no longer strictly for the edgy beach bum. L.A based Minimale Animale took a softer approach to the style pairing mesh with pastels and florals. Pushing crochet swimwear to the limits Canadian designer Anna Kosturova creates handmade suits using new crochet styles sure to please the modern bohemian beach babe.

Finding the ideal suit is never easy but we have some trend inspo to help take the guesswork out of which styles are this summer’s best.

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