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Dophins and Doughnuts: Thoughts on “chavvy clothing”

Uncategorized July 28, 2015


Hoodie: Odd Future (Mens) / Trackkies: Adidas / Sunglasses: Aldo / Trainers: Converse / Purse: Alexander Wang
Hey guys..

In life, there are some moments I completely forget (likely your name upon meeting — sorry), and some I remember in vivid detail. Naturally, one of these “photographic memory” moments related to fashion. I was in first year university, sitting on a friend’s floor as she prepared for a night out. The party theme? “Chavvy clothes.”

Regardless, I thought my friend had nailed it. She was wearing big falsies, orange tanner and a short neon outfit. I love tanner, neon and falsies as most girls do — just in moderation. Halfway through my friend getting ready, another girl who was going to the party (I had to study that night) walked into the room. “I need chavvy 14-year-old boy clothes” she announced, sitting on my friend’s bed. “Like, I need a Hypebeast hoodie or Adidas trackkies.” As she continued to describe what constituted a “chav” in her eyes, I began to realize that this 20 year old Canadian girl (me) was dressing like not just a “chav,” but a “chavvy 14-year-old boy.” Great.

My only regret from that moment was not defending my Adidas trackkies and tendency to buy slightly obnoxious trainers and hoodies. I like to think that I look more like Ruby Rose (I wish), rather than a pre-pubescent boy from Dundee who just discovered JD Sports (for the record I love Dundee and I think everyone has rad style. Open your minds people). Considering my recent foray into the men’s section of JD sports (they have good teeshirts OK?), this impression might be fairly accurate.

In my opinion, said “chavvy” clothes aren’t actually that bad. The key? I like to wear pieces that are recognizably from street wear brands, without actually saying the name in giant letters. If I’m wearing a hoodie or trackkies that have the name in giant letters, I at least make the other items less obvious yet still noticeable (i.e: the dolphin is distinctively Odd Future, and the stripes are distinctively Adidas). These trainers pair well with my outfit because they have flash yet aren’t boring or overly obvious.

Also, maybe we should all stop coming up with slang to insult people who are different from us? If I have learned anything about style / life, its that you need to try new things and not judge. There’s a crazy idea.

See you next week! Turns out posting with all my tech-y stuff in the background will work this week. What a relief :).

The Island (Victoria)

Uncategorized July 7, 2015


Top: Top Shop | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Slip-ons: Vince | Shades: Persol | Necklace: Turkey (vendor) | Bag: Alexander Wang (IT WAS 80% off I couldn’t say no — ok?)

Photos: Morgan Filliol

Hello friends!

Last weekend I took a little trip to Vancouver Island. I haven’t seen my best friend since February, and it’s sad that even in Canada, we’re so far apart. On our to-do list? China town, B.C. Parliament buildings, Market Square Flea Market, Green Cuisine ( AMAZING VEGAN BUFFET with food that will convert you) , Baggins Shoes (too many Vans & Converse — in the best way) and an awkward encounter with a flower truck driver. Turns out, he didn’t want to join our photos.  Thankfully, I managed to snap a beautiful pic before he sped off.

The next day, we also attended Victoria Pride. For the event, sidewalks around town were permanently painted rainbow. Awesome.

When these photos were taken, it was also 33 Celsius. Essentially, this makes putting together blog looks far more difficult than usual (I say that a lot — but I prefer cold-ish weather). Since I only brought a backpack to Victoria, I also had to bring lightweight pieces that could translate from day – to – night. Pre layered skirts and dresses are my go-to.

Of course, the Vince slip ons made another appearance. No surprise there.

See you next week! Let me know if you’ve ever been to Vancouver Island — if you haven’t, you’re missing out <3. Also: Whipped Cream is bomb and she’s from Vancouver Island. Reason enough to go :).


I’m Home

Uncategorized May 26, 2015


Fringe Jumper (overtop): Marlene Berger | Hoodie underneath: American Apparel | Pleather Trousers: H&M | Trainers: Acne

Hello friends,

I’m finally home! Since I’m back in Canada, I decided to detach myself from my computer and *gasp* go outside. I unearthed my Diamond board and cruised down manicured paths near a friend’s place. While skating around, I took some shots.

It’s really nice to be back on the west coast. Everyone is so laid back, and I feel a lot more free and casual. However, my penchant for layering was challenged by the Canadian heat. Turns out pleather pants aren’t breathable. At all.

As for the rest of my outfit, I’m particularly in love with the flowered shoe bag that I used as a purse. I tied a cube necklace to it, and I love how it turned out. Purses are a pain to skate around with.

Although I won’t have time to skate too much next week, lots of exciting stuff will be happening! I’ll be starting my summer job, and getting back to boxing and riding.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Be sure to let me know where you’re from in the comments <3. 

Night out in Trainers: Mid-Price vs. High-Price

Uncategorized February 19, 2015
Night out in Trainers: Mid-Price vs. High-Price
Night out in Trainers: Mid-Price vs. High-Price by stephieirwin featuring white shoes

Hello friends!

As I write this post, I’m fresh off the heels of writing an article for my university paper on style for nights out. Unintentionally, I wore trainers in two of the outfits I displayed (surprising — eh?). This unintentional act got me thinking — why don’t girls wear cool trainers on nights out? Especially when there are so many stand out ways to wear them?

Combined with this idea, I also love doing “low vs. high” Polyvore challenges with friends. Whether we’re determining who can make the cutest look for the least amount of $, or who can make the most lavish outfit, we are always surprised by our own creativity.

So which one would you rock — mid-price or high-price?

Comment below! ❤

How I wear: Bowler Hats ft. Nike Free 5.0

Uncategorized February 17, 2015


Tee: Wilfred / Hat: H&M / Trainers: Nike Free 5.0 / Sunglasses: Wildfox / Vest: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Bag: Alexander Wang

Photo: Morgan Filliol

Hello friends!

I was in Glasgow recently with a friend from home, stirring up shenanigans & listening to deep house (the kind that’s good — not boring and redundant). In addition to discovering Sub Club (check out their soundcloud here) , I also discovered this H&M bowler hat. Although it doesn’t fit my massive head (7 5/8), I think it looks cool sitting on top of my head. I’ve honestly never been one for hats, but this one appeals to me because of its polish and boyishness. Paired with my favourite loose baseball tee, its casual…..yet not so casual.

For these photos, Morgan and I were just walking up and down one of my favourite streets, taking pictures along the way. Admittedly, half the photos involve me posing with fruit and making stupid faces, so these lot were the only ones that turned out.

Most importantly, let’s talk trainers: 

These babies have been featured on my Instagram @stephieirwin , but they’ve otherwise lived an anonymous existence. I rock them at the gym 99% of the time — they’re super easy to run, jump or do anything in. Thankfully, these Nikes are new, and you can even find them  here in full colour. They’re flashy — but that’s what I go for.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Tuesday’s post. Comment below on your favourite ways to wear hats. I’d love to know ❤

How to: Styling your AF1’s

Uncategorized February 12, 2015
How to: Styling your AF1's
How to: Styling your AF1’s by stephieirwin featuring Reiss

Hello friends!

Despite owning an obscene amount of trainers (15 with me in the UK, 7 back in Canada), Airforce 1’s are the one classic that I haven’t gone for yet — and I don’t know why. They’re the epitome of hip-hop cool, and make even the most boring outfit look hip. Despite this assertion, I decided to style a cool look with AF1’s, since most of my friends are too scared to even wear Hi-Tops.

My favourite part of this look are the Ashish jeans. Although I can’t afford anything Ashish, I am really into patches on jeans lately. However, I do own a couple Community tees, and they’re honestly the best thing that’s ever been invented. Thin enough to tuck into high-waisted jeans, yet thick enough to not be sheer. Sold.

P.S: The cape and the backpack may seem like an odd pairing, but I actually love carrying my backpacks by the top handle. Weird, I know.

Comment on how you wear your AF1’s — I’d love to know. Also, if there are any cool colours or editions I should know about, please tell me <3. See you Tuesday!

Practical Impractical ft. Givenchy Hi-Tops #trainersonTuesday

Uncategorized February 10, 2015


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Trench Vest: TopShop / Sweater: Berkeley Bin Vintage (thanks Kate) / Leather Leggings: Club Monaco / Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Trainers: Givenchy / Purse: Alexander Wang

Hello friends!

Today was one of those days. You know — the ones that initially seem horrible, but with a little dose of optimism, turn into something great. Despite having a visa check, flat inspection and too much work, the between moments, sunshine and avocado bagels made it worth while. Especially the bagel. No lie.

After great thought whilst eating this majestic bagel (the positive turning point in my day, lol), I realized that I indeed have the power to turn this day around. Armed with this positive attitude (and ridding myself of my hangry disposition) , I managed to have abrupt revelations pertaining to Shakespeare’s Richard II and the communist plays I’m studying. Also, I couldn’t even choose which pictures to post! I had to narrow them down considerably, despite this post being more picture heavy than usual.

Anyways, right before all my studying went down, Morgan and I (my friend whose in town), walked around and took these pics. For the first time in my photo shoot history, a guy actually tried to photo bomb. Legend.

I not only love the sunshine in these shots and Morgan’s photographic ability (she has a natural talent), but I also love the utility of today’s outfit. During a phase in which I gained a ton of weight as a fresher (probably tmi but whatever), I ripped these leggings significantly. Thankfully, a local tailor fixed them and three other items for 12 pounds. Paired with this sleeveless trench, I felt appropriately casual yet put together for my average study day.

A sleeveless trench? I know what you’re thinking. That isn’t functional. True, but I see it more as a long blazer / vest that pairs easily with everything in my closet. Especially these shoes. Similar to the trainers, the trench is a dressed down version of something fancy: ragged edge trench vest, high-end trainers. Who doesn’t like contrast? Even better, who doesn’t love wearing leather trousers and high-tops like J Biebs. Or Missy Elliot. I’m a fan. No shame.

See you all Friday! Comment below on your favourite piece that seems impractical — but actually is. I’d love to know <3.


Triple Denim #YesYouCan #trainersonTuesday

Uncategorized February 3, 2015



Jacket: All Saints / Shirt: Madewell / Necklace: H&M / Jeans: Stella McCartney / Trainers: Nike Liberty (last season).  / Purse: Auxiliary

Photos: Ilaria Maresi

Hello friends!

As I write this post, I’m waiting for my fellow Canadian BFF — Morgan ! — to arrive in the UK later today. Once she arrives, we have plans to go to Glasgow, alongside our standard mischief. I miss her a lot; she’s one of those rare friends who can always make you laugh — yet still manages to give the best advice. Always. <3.

With Morgan’s visit looming, I realized that despite having dabbled in most sartorial faux-pas (plaid on plaid, white socks — you name it), the “Canadian tuxedo” has yet to make it into my book of tricks.  Although denim-on-denim fills me with country pride (as a Canadian), this faux-pas simultaneously annoys me, thanks to Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake. Their matching denim was a moment for the fashion ages, traumatizing most normal people against the viability of sporting denim items together. In my mind, faux-pas poses a challenge, rather than a restriction: how can one look normal whilst sporting denim shoes, jeans, and a shirt — you ask? I personally go for various shades of denim, and denim patterns. My dark jeans break up the light wash shoes and shirt, and the other colours prevent the look from becoming Britney & Justin esque. For the rest of the look, I try to keep it subdued: simple accessories, a NON denim jacket.

Most importantly…

The trainers! These are my Nike Liberty Air Max, which I bought last year. The added height of the air max shoe allows me to rock these dangerously long jeans, and the denim pattern coordinates nicely with the rest of the look!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post! Are there any “fashion faux-pas” that you’re dying to try? Comment below! ❤

See you Friday!

How to: Boyfriend Jeans & Slip-ons

Uncategorized January 30, 2015
How to: Boyfriend Jeans & Slip-ons


How to: Boyfriend Jeans & Slip-ons by stephieirwin featuring distressed jeans

Play Comme des Garçons embroidered shirt
£175 – thedreslyn.com

Vince white camisole
£140 – theoutnet.com

MOA Master of Arts slip on shoes
£130 – luisaviaroma.com

MCM backpack
£680 – forzieri.com

Black beanie
£20 – modekungen.se

Hello friends!
As my first week of school comes to a close, I’ve restarted an old habit of mine. Procrasti-vogueing. What is this? Great question. Its when you have work that you should do, but instead opt for reading Vogue till 2am wrapped in three blankets, wishing you were at home because heating actually works there #studentlife.
Although procrast-vogueing may sound inherently unproductive, last night’s session inspired today’s post. After seeing Alexa Chung rocking boyfriend jeans, for the first time, I thought they would be worth a shot. Never thought I’d admit this.
Boyfriend jeans. I’m pretty sure that 95% of their appeal is an apparent impossibility to style. How does one (unless you weigh under 80 pounds, or are Katie Holmes), still look cute in baggy, often ripped, ill-fitting jeans? While most fashion magazines would preach wearing 6-inch oppressive heels, I find such an approach hypocritical. What’s the point of wearing jeans that are comfortable — if your feet need to be oppressed to wear them?
Enter: slip-ons. I love these: they aren’t too weighty (like hightops), yet they’re still fun — without distracting from the jeans, or making the leg look stocky. Paired with classic pieces, the boyfriend jeans look more edgy than sloppy, and the accessories prevent me from looking like a 12-year-old boy on civvies day at Eaton.
I know that this look is boyish, but that’s the wonderful thing about hair and makeup. With curly hair and girly but simple makeup, this look is more edgy than cross dresser (not that cross dressing is bad– who needs gender stereotypes anyways)?
I find that most girls have an illogical paranoia of “looking like a lesbian.” If there’s anything I’ve learned in life, its that someone will always think you look stupid. I have always found that confidence (and knowing that you like boys), is usually enough to shush the haters. Wear what you want and forget the rest.
Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! I’m signing off — see you on Tuesday <3.

Daytime Loungewear #trainersontuesday ft. $10 Vans

Uncategorized January 20, 2015


Trousers: H&M / Sunglasses: Black Market Vintage / Purse: Auxiliary / Trainers: Vans X J Crew / Bracelet: Turkish Store/ Tee: Holts  / Ring: Gift (Shoutout to Rich’s Mom ha).

Hello friends!

I have a confession. Over the last few days, I’ve been a hermit. You know the work load is depressing when going to the dentist gets you excited. Other people. Outdoors. You also know you’ve been a hermit when you take pictures of yourself with a tripod. I always prefer having a photographer — their eye makes the process quite smooth. Although my “selfies” *cringes* were a technology struggle at first, I love how they turned out!

Since I’m currently hermit-ing it up in a condo building, I decided to show you all what I wear on chill days — whether I’m walking around the condo or hitting up my nearby Tim Hortons. Even if you’re not spending all day indoors (thanks to work and sub zero temperatures), this look is still PERFECT for the library, lectures — or even on the plane. Pick up a pair at H&M and embrace your inner MC Hammer. Or Gwen Stefani, if you’re from the 90s generation.

Side note: These trousers also look amazing with wedge sneakers. Just don’t have any :(…. but with the rate I’m going at, I’ll probably have some soon. ALSO structured bags make any chilled look far more sophisticated. Try it.

Most importantly…

The shoes! Although these trainers were found at J Crew (cringe), they were only $10 (definitely not cringe). I love the mix of preppy blazer fabric with the traditional vans slip on style. For a shoe style that I repeatedly buy (6th grade I wore holes in two pairs of Vans slip ons), $10 is a total steal. I look forward to styling them with ripped jeans and dresses once the weather calms down.

Two more posts, then I’ll be back in Scotland. Until then, I’ll exercise some creativity over shooting locations. To tide you over till the next post, follow me on my new Instagram @stephieirwin , which I update daily.

P.S: If any of you are in Toronto — be my friend? LOL