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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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Date Night: For LOVE & Lemons

Valentine’s Day was a day FULL of love. Instagram was coated with posts from people celebrating the holiday either with their beloved, gal pals, furry friends and/or my personal favourite, themselves (because why should we be ashamed to show love for ourselves on this day?!). Even the streets were sprinkled with men rushing home after work, bouquet in hand.  I realized something this year. Either...
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Subzero Fashion

February for me is the month in which I perform my annual wardrobe update. This usually entails finding something bold for Toronto Fashion Week, something red for Valentine’s day, and something for the gram for my annual Winterlicious Ladies do Lunch. Enter February 2019. I am the kind of person who gets cold even when I just open the fridge for a snack, so February...
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Valentine’s love from Viktor & Rolf

It’s almost February – the season of love. You know what that means? Love notes, love letters and in the case of Mr. Big from Sex and the City, love faxes are being signed, sealed and delivered! Paris Fashion Week just came to a sweet end and EVERYONE is talking about Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s brilliant and gush-worthy collection of of “fashion statements.” So,...
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Valentine’s Day 2019

Whether or not you love the holiday, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Personally, I’m excited, not to spend it with a significant other, but to celebrate Galentine’s Day with my besties. So if you’re planning a romantic date with your other half or fun with some friends; Valentine’s Day is definitely a day where you can spoil yourself with chocolate, candy, a little vino, and...
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“Run Loubi Run”

Christian Louboutin is coming out with runners. I repeat. Christian Louboutin is coming out with runners. HOW COOL? Louboutin is like the popular kid in school that everyone wants to be like. They wear success like an accessory with a legacy to go along with it. Their contribution, or “footprint” to the fashion world has been an elegant and authentic display; a visual experience. I’ve...
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Tips & Trends | Fashion from New Zealand

The joys of life in Toronto – Tim Hortons coffee practically on tap, the chance to spot Drake at every turn, and skating rinks with hot chocolate pretty much all year. But, when icicles start forming on your eyelashes – you know it’s time to escape to warmer ground. So I picked one of the furthest points in the Southern Hemisphere, and booked my flight....
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Tips & Trends | Beach-inspired finds for your vacay wardrobe

If you’re lucky enough to be embarking on a mid-winter tropical getaway, then, first of all, I’m jealous. But secondly, you’re going to need to add a few knockout pieces to your suitcase that transform your wardrobe from cold weather drab to sunny beach chic. Pack these four statement pieces found exclusively at Designer Swap, and work them in to all of your vacation fits: looking...
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Tips & Trends | Fun In the (Winter) Sun

Whoever said you can’t have a little fun in the winter sun was dead wrong. In fact, the only way to enjoy the winter (in my humble opinion) is to wear your best pieces to get you through the season. It’s harsh. It’s cold. But the sun still shines bright, meaning the same harmful UV rays are in effect even in the colder weather. Let...
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Tips & Trends | Styling Patent Leather

Shiny. Glossy. Lustrous. No, I’m not describing Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb (a must have, mind you). I’m describing patent leather-something either heavily slept on or adorned in the fashion community. Patent leather is a beautiful alternative to your traditional leather or even metallics. It adds a great pop of texture while looking sleek. It’s like putting icing on a cake. The first thing you look...
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Tips & Trends | Designer Swap Style Guide: New Year’s Eve 2019

You know what’s more stressful than Christmas shopping? Finding the perfect New Year’s Eve ensemble. Luckily, Designer Swap has your options covered and I’ve highlighted some of them below! From a classic Chanel handbag to a Monique Lhuillier gown, you have great pieces to choose from and more when you visit the shop section of the website!  Besides putting together an ensemble that gives 2018 a sweet...
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