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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

You’ve heard the term, you’ve skimmed the articles, but you haven’t quite figured out what a capsule wardrobe is—or why you need one. Coined by Susie Faux in the seventies, a “capsule wardrobe” is defined as a closet consisting of built-in staples and everyday clothing necessities that never go out of fashion. We’re here to show you how to create your own capsule wardrobe. Why...
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5 Winter Boots that Aren’t Boring

Winter footwear is the bane of our existence during the cold, snowy months. Snow and salt-covered sidewalks are a danger to our leather and suede booties, while heavy rubber-soled boots—despite their practicality—don’t exactly coordinate with our outfits. Forego your grade-school winter boots and try one of these five instead. 1. Ugg Adirondack III We can all agree the slipper-esque boot we wore for the first...
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5 Tips to Revamp Your Wardrobe This Winter

Do you wake up and feel like you have nothing to wear? Do you open your closet doors only to find none of your clothes remotely interesting? If you feel uninspired by what it’s in your closet this winter, the five tips below will help you revamp your wardrobe. 1. Step Inside Your Closet Your wardrobe may already have everything you need—you just can’t find...
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2020 Fashion Trends We’re Excited to Wear

The beginning of a new decade ushers in new fashion trends. We’ve rounded up incoming styles we can’t wear to wear this year! Marigold Everything This golden hue is a toss-up between mustard and yellow that you’ll be sure to see everyone wearing once spring hits. It looks stunning on a bright dress, a bold blouse, and—for a subtle touch—in a padded headband. 70s Inspired...
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What to Wear: Winter Parties

Dressing for parties during the cold Canadian winter is always a bit of a headache. Does this dress come in long-sleeve? Should I wear tights under this? Can I wear boots with this dress? Well, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with these winter party outfit ideas!  The New LDB The LBD gets a sultry upgrade with head to toe lace that puts a fun...
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Winter Hairstyles to Try This Season

We will not let hat hair take over this season. We’re still going to make sure our hair looks great! For long hair or short, whether you’re going out skating or heading to a holiday party, we’ve got a style for you to try this winter. Low Ballet Bun Wear your hair up—but make it cute. The ballet bun is a chic, gentle look perfect...
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7 Face Masks for This Winter 2019 Season

Our skin battles the elements every winter season. The change from the heat to the cold and back again means it needs extra attention. Add any of these seven face masks to your Sunday night reset to keep your skin bright and moisturized this winter. 1. Origins Charcoal Mask This charcoal mask gives your face that deep clean feeling—necessary after a weekend of wine and cheese. The...
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Holiday Shopping: What to Get for…

We say we won’t save our holiday shopping for last-minute, but December creeps up on us faster than we remember. For those of us about to begin shopping, we’ve put together the best gift ideas for everyone on your list. Your Sister The one who knows you better than you know yourself deserves a gift that speaks from the heart. A birthstone ring or a...
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What to Wear: Holiday Party Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which means plenty of drinks, food, and mingling. From your office holiday shindig to your family’s big day, we’ve put together outfit ensembles perfect for any party you plan to attend. Your Work Party Your work holiday party—whether it’s a black-tie dinner or business casual luncheon—still requires a bit of dressing...
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Colour of Winter 2019: Purple

Purple may have been formerly viewed as a polarizing colour, but it’s since staged a triumphant comeback. From dresses to coats, sweaters and hats, this colour cropped up in many designer shows. If you’re looking for fall and winter shades that aren’t basic, consider purple your new hue. The Colour Purple The F/W 2019 runways were filled with many shades of this violet hue, ranging from pale...
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5 Coats You Need This Winter

We have to admit, while a parka is great for running weekend errands, it looks markedly less good over a skirt and cable knit sweater. If we change our shoes and purses throughout the season, there’s no reason we can’t change our coats.  Here are five winter coats that not only keep your warm this season, they go with everything in your winter wardrobe. The...
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Sustainable Clothing Brands We Love

We’re familiar with big eco-conscious brands, like Patagonia and Toms, who are long-held industry leaders in reducing their ecological footprint and bringing awareness to others in the fashion industry to do the same. There are so many more brands who have the same mindset. These companies create clothes and shoes you can wear to work, to the gym, or to lounge around in at home,...
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Protect Yourself This Winter With These 3 Products

We’re in the middle of fall. The days are getting shorter, and the temperature seems to have dropped quickly in the last week. I’ve rounded up my favourite beauty products and accessories that I use to protect my hair and skin during the winter season. A Good Night Face Cream Dry winter skin is a recurring theme. As we go back and forth between the...
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Halloween 2019 Outfit Ideas Using These 6 Wardrobe Items

Are you still deciding what to be for Halloween this year? Whether you left your costume for the last minute or made the snap decision to dress up after all, we’ve got you covered with six easy costume ideas below. A navy blazer An airline stewardess is a surprisingly easy costume to put together last minute—most of us have blazers and skirts as staples in...
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Fall & Winter Shades that Aren’t Basic

Black, brown, camel: We see these colours over and over again every fall and winter season. It’s a sea of grey and navy-clad people moving through their day. Part the sea and add a little flair to your winter wardrobe wearing the shades below. Ivory We don’t believe that you can’t wear white after labour day, but we can argue that it looks a little...
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What to Wear: Thanksgiving 2019

You’ll find yourself making a few tough decisions this Thanksgiving—like whether you should have a slice of apple pie or pumpkin (both is the answer)—but your outfit shouldn’t be one of them. We’ve laid out the best outfits to wear this Thanksgiving Monday, whether you’re attending your own family dinner or someone else’s. Your Friendsgiving Dinner The friends’ Thanksgiving dinner is the most relaxed in terms of...
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The Best Boots for Fall 2019

We’re not that mad that we had to put our sandals away. There are too many cute boots to wear with our fall sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. If you’re just as excited as we are, keep reading! We’ve rounded up the best boots for fall below. Thigh High Boots They say, high heels, high hopes, and these pre owned designer shoes at Designer Swap are the...
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Fall 2019 Wardrobe Inspiration: When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally is a fan-favourite rom-com that’s arguably hailed as one of the best. It turned 30 this year, and not only does its plot remain a timeless dating troupe across generations, its characters’ wardrobes remain incredibly stylish. I’ve reimagined Sally’s best looks below to serve up some fall wardrobe inspiration. The Corduroy Skirt When Sally helps Harry unroll a carpet at his new...
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The 5 Biggest Takeaways from NYFW SS2020

New York Fashion Week’s SS 2020 shows wrapped up last week, and with it brought inspiration for our wardrobes. From ready-to-wear looks to unexpected ensembles, here are five style lessons we learned last week. Polka Dots Never Left From BLDWN’s smudgy grey polka dots to the Tommy x Zendaya’s buy now collection, polka dots proved itself a versatile pattern despite the current maximalist trend. Dots...
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5 Fall Staples to Splurge On

We don’t (always) think the price tag should deter you from making the purchase. From high end resale clothing to new designer apparel, when you trust the brand—and can match their clothing with everything else in your wardrobe—you know their items are worth the splurge. It’s time to treat yourself: The five pieces below are absolute must-haves as we transition from summer to fall. A...
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Colour of Fall 2019: Green

It’s already been hailed as an upcoming fall trend, so it just makes sense that green is this season’s shade du jour. Green with Envy The colours outside are changing, and what better way to suggest autumn flora than with deep greens reminiscent of dark woods.  Pantone’s Eden and Forest Biome encompass the wearer in cool shades, which remain fresh despite their darkness. The stately forest...
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Back to Work? New Trends for Fall 2019

It’s been a long, hot summer of sundresses, shorts, and sandals. While we’re sad to see summer go, we’re excited to wear the new looks sported on fall runways. Here are seven trends we’re excited about this season. 50 Shades of Green While pastels and sorbets were previously a seasonal favourite, this fall will usher in a new colour. Green is the season’s It colour,...
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Getting Started in Consignment Shopping

If you don’t know what to do with that top you bought this past spring, or those six-month-old pair of jeans that don’t fit like you thought they would, a consignment shop is a great option to give those barely worn clothes a new home. If you’re interested in consignment, keep reading to find out how it works! How Do I Start? Before you bring...
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5 Highly Anticipated Designer Collaborations of 2019

Sometimes, an unlikely pair of creatives that team up to release an innovative collaboration. Other times, we’ve been waiting for a particular pair to design together. From designer accessories to capsule collections, the five collaborations below were created by a mix of both, and we can’t wait to cop items from their new collections. Shoes: Offspring x Converse This brand duo is back with the...
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Upcoming Fashion Events in Toronto & GTA

If you’re looking for fashion events to attend this summer and early fall, the city and surrounding area have plenty of options. From new trends to vintage gems, here below are must-attend fashion events coming up in Toronto and the GTA. August 10: Toronto’s Fashion Photowalk 2019 Fashion photowalk aims to bring the local fashion community together. Taking place in High Park, this year’s group...
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Summer Music Festivals: What to Wear

August might be around the corner, but there’s still plenty to do before September. Whether you’re going to Osheaga, Boots & Hearts, Veld, or another festival this month, be sure to look the part by packing these items in your getaway bag.  The Worn-in Sneakers Given the dust, dirt, and high chance of getting accidentally stepped on in the crowd, you’re better off leaving your...
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5 Summer Wardrobe Staples

There are a few must-have items every woman needs to complete her summer wardrobe, like a go-to tote or dress that looks good every time you wear it. Our five wardrobe staples have you covered for anything—and everything—you have planned this summer. The Casual Slides Slides are the go-to shoe in casual footwear. Today’s pairs are sporty-chic and can be worn for almost any occasion—whether...
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Colour of Summer 2019: Yellow

Yellow: It’s one colour we’re seeing everywhere this season. Whether it’s a pale shade or a citrus hue, this bright colour has popped up in everyone’s summer wardrobe. Here’s how you can add this trendy colour into yours. Where It Started The yellow trend first emerged in last season’s New York Fashion week. Whether it was an Escada trenches or Rodarte dress, designers across the...
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Sun Care Products for Your Summer Beauty Rotation

Foregoing sunscreen isn’t cute. While we all want to have a summer glow, we’re well aware of the detrimental effects spending all day in the sun has on our skin. Keep your summer shine and stay sun-safe with these five summer beauty products on your makeup shelf. La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense This 24-hour moisturizer is true to its word, leaving skin smooth, refreshed, and...
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Hottest Swimsuits of Summer 2019

It’s officially summer, and we’re ready to spend all season lounging by the pool in a bather—or at least as much of the season as we possibly can. Whether you want a swimsuit that will minimize your tan lines or one that pays homage to bikinis of decades past, the five styles below are in this summer. High-waisted Bottoms Like our favourite jeans, high-waisted swimsuits...
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Sunglasses for Every Face Shape

Summer and sunnies go together like PB&J, but finding those perfect shades can feel like an overwhelming challenge. If you’re looking for new shades this summer or just trying to figure out which ones best highlight your features, use our guide below to find the most flattering shades for your face shape. Aviators While the ‘pilot’s glasses’ were first designed in WWI for—you guessed it—pilots,...
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Go-to Summer Fabric: Linen

During scorching summer months, you want to wear something that makes you look 100 without feeling like you’re 100 degrees. Light and breezy—linen is a fabric designed for summer. Why Linen? This breathable material is perfect for traveling in a hot climate—or just getting through a hot summer day. It boasts a seriously high level of coolness—for both your body temperature and wardrobe—thanks to natural...
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5 Kicks to Wear to Work

Some of us are fortunate enough to work in an office with a dress code that accepts sneakers Monday to Friday, while others don pointed flats, heels, and oxfords all week long. Even if your office errs on the traditional side, the five kicks below transition so seamlessly into the business wardrobe that even your boss won’t notice you swapped dress shoes for sneakers. Adidas...
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Throw it in the Fanny (Pack)

2019 is for comebacks. The Jonas Brothers are back…and so are fanny packs! I never thought I’d be saying that at 25, but here we are! I’m really happy about both (my younger self is rejoicing) and I think many of you probably are too. Fanny packs can be styled so many different ways. You can wear it across your chest, around your waist or...
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New Arrivals At Designer Swap

Spring is slowly creeping up and quickly approaching (YAY!) and I’m starting to plan and curate a unique wardrobe like never before. This year, my goal is to thrift as much as possible. I have been shopping secondhand for as long as I can remember because it’s great on my wallet but has a positive impact on the environment too; oh, and you find the...
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Spring 2019 Wardrobe: The Pleated Skirt

If you were like me, when you were a kid, your wardrobe was pleated everything. Pleats would help add “adorable” to the list of adjectives to describe your childhood couture. But low and behold…mama dearest was right…pleats are the fashion trend you must add to your wardrobe this season!  In case you are not going for “adorable”, here are a few ways to add a bit...
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Karl Is My Guardian Angel: Chanel Fall 2019

“As the models dashed away tears, and the audience stood in gratitude to applaud, the unforgettable memory of Karl Lagerfeld’s elegant, frivolous mind was lifted onto the Olympus of the fashion greats.” -Vogue Legend. Icon. Pioneer. Visionary. Creative. Artist. Genius. Larger than life. And even these words aren’t enough to describe the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld. Karl was a revolutionary as much as he was...
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How to Look Blazing Hot in a Blazer

Recently I have been experimenting more with my wardrobe and going out of my comfort zone. I have decided that I want to add a blazer to my closet because I feel like it is a pretty practical and staple piece to have; it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and are super cute. One of the first things I do...
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