It’s so simple. It occurred to me the other day when I had the buttons changed on my navy Mackage peacoat … the military trend is one of my favourites and is a silhouette that I’ve incorporated into my looks over time (if Emmanuelle Alt rocks it, then so will I … or I’ll try to anyway), and when the buttons started popping off on my peacoat (after only 2 seasons – what’s happened to you Mackage?!) I thought it would be a great excuse to replace them with gold, nautical themed buttons (for a total cost of $15+tax) to give my peacoat a more military-inspired style.
And THEN I thought; holy shit this is so simple, everybody with a black, navy, red, forest green (heck, any colour peacoat really) coat can swap out the buttons to catch on to today’s trend. If yours already has epaulettes then go wild and throw a shiny button on there too. If you’re super crafty and want to take the look up a level, grab yourself some felt in a contrasting hue and put it under your lapel. (I didn’t do this, I am NOT that crafty, but maybe in a year or two, when my coat needs more love, that’s what I’ll do instead of donating it)
So instead of spending money and perpetuating the speediness and wastefulness of trends that you’re not even sure you like, go to Fabricland and have fun in the notions section for a bit. Changing up simple details on garments is an affordable, and environmentally friendly way to save pieces you may be tired of.
We often hear the words “shop local” but acting on them isn’t always easy. In the next two weeks however, you’ll have your chance at the Braderie de Mode Quebecoise on October 7/8 at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau.
Imagine this: a room FULL of fashion from sumptuous designers hailing from Quebec – discounted anywhere between 50-80%. Not only is this a great occasion to increase the Canadian content in your closet, but it’s an opportunity to meet the designers. You’ll recognize some big names like Mackage and Soia & Kyo, but I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of the other designers and have put together a little sneak peek – a fashion preview if you will, with fall fashion trends in mind and how to wear them:
Graphic sport, athleisure – comfortable style has been increasingly popular season after season; Proenza Schouler did this so well on the fall runways, and here – Melissa Nepton has a fabulous take on uber wearable style with her signature classic undertones. This graphic black and white dress is swingy, and made of a fabric that feels too comfortable for real life. Seriously. To transition this dress to fall, I’ve added a turtleneck underneath and underscored the geometric feel with a pair of earrings from Anne-Marie Chagnon – who, by the way – needs to be on your list of discoveries; not only because she spent 10 years creating jewelry for Cirque du Soleil, but because her pieces are truly works of art. I’m loving the mixed textures of these earrings – leather, gold and pewter – a stunning combo.
Dress: Melissa Nepton, Turtleneck: Lord&Taylor, Pumps: Rachel ZOE at schad, Blazer: H&M, Sunnies: Kate Spade at Merivale Optometric, Earrings: Anne-Marie Chagnon
Ca Va de Soi
Knitwear becomes popular as the temperatures drop, but this season knits came back in a big, lovely, romantic way; whether in comfy sweater dresses or demure cardigans, Balenciaga and Chanel had head to toe knitwear looks, and I’m a BIG fan. So naturally, Ca Va de Soi pulled through (pun totally intended) with this fabulous oversized sweater which I wore as a dress paired with over the knee boots. You will find how versatile knits are; toughen it up with some ripped denim and a killer heel, but always remember; these classic sweaters make the perfect backdrop for an eye-popping accessory.
Sweater/Dress: Ca Va de Soi, Necklace: Anne-Marie Chagnon, Boots: Stuart Weitzman at Browns Shoes, Sunnies: Kate Spade at Merivale Optometric
Keeping it ethical – friendly fashion is very much de rigueur; Stella McCartney is notoriously conscious about her materials, and if you’re a conscious shopper, you’ll love Message Factory and OOM Ethikwear for their sustainable fabrics and oh so comfy pieces. I LOVED the versatility of this neckline – it can be worn as a cowl neck but I’ve worn it off the shoulder for an on-trend take on this piece.
Dress: Message Factory, Shoes: Winners, Sunnies: Rayban at Merivale Optometric
Friendly fashion also comes in the form of footwear – that’s right, friendly footwear that is. Ahhh! Mes Pieds specializes in foldable flats that are perfect for on the go lunch errands, or relief after an event in heels. After trying on this pair, I couldn’t help envisioning super chic travel attire.
Of all the trends on the Fall 2016 runways, lingerie is likely the hardest to pull off. Slip dresses, lace, silk – what is typically reserved for bedtime has now come to the forefront of many a style blogger’s look, but a little can go a long way. Enter Blush Lingerie – their bralettes and bras are so sweet, you’ll want to show them off. I’ve paired a bralette with a deep V-neck sweater – the juxtaposition of textures and flats keep it from looking too vampy. Give it a whirl – you’ll be so glad you did.
I am so excited to report that this is only a small taste of the designers you will find at the Braderie; over 60 designers will be participating so you can bet there will be plenty to explore – it’s a fabulous opportunity to discover some solid Canadian fashion – I can’t wait to see you there!
For more info visit: http://www.braderiedemodequebecoise.com/