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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 :).

What I Wear: Internship Edition

Uncategorized July 23, 2015


Hey guys!

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker gave me what most people would consider a compliment. “You look so cute and preppy today” she said. For me, however, looking ‘preppy’ has always had negative connotations — it was actually an insult at my high school. Can’t say I blame my peers, the tendency of preps to wear excessive pink and Lily Pulitzer has turned me off of ‘preppy style.’

However, the place I work at is a preppy brand. I was dressing for the environment I was in. I can honestly say that the place I work (an equestrian brand) makes beautiful clothes that I wear to the barn pretty much exclusively (no pink or tacky prints. Just high quality stuff — the good, authentic Ralph Lauren style prep that has been lost on many preppy bloggers). Still, my co-worker’s comment made me realize something — I had no clue on dressing authentically at work.

When I say “authentically” , it means ‘true to my style.’ In an effort to be professional, I wore too many pleated skirts, polos and button downs. At one low point, I even wore ballet flats. Yes, really.

I felt as if my monicker had died, and it made me sad. But it also made me wonder. Can “Princess in Trainers” still be “Princess in Trainers” at the office without looking unprofessional? Turns out, I can.

Since my office is pretty creative, the dress code is a bit more flexible than most. Using a layering technique that I was obsessed with last summer, I Layered my vest over a thin sweater. Paired with a unique necklace, Skagen watch (IT IS THE BEST THING EVER) and Vince slip-ons, I actually felt like myself. Success.

On the whole, my job has been an amazing experience. Just being around so many talented people has made me realize that I am on the right path. I’m going to write a full post on my internship once its over, and I can’t wait to share that too.

Side note: I am doing lots of tech-y stuff as of late. Can’t wait for you guys to see the new site. Its gonna be up & ready (*fingers crossed*) by the beginning of September. See you next week!

Let’s go to the beach.

Uncategorized June 10, 2015


Hey there…

After a busy week of your standard 9-5, a trip to the beach was long overdue. Contrary to stereotypes, there are actually beaches in Canada. They get hot. We go swimming. It’s a thing. For these sorts of occasions (it was 30 celsius), lightweight shorts, my Adidas and my dog Buddha = the only things I need for some fun downtime — which usually involves music, reading, and immersing myself in all that is not degree-related.

While I was at the beach, I brought some of the “impulse buy” books I bought last semester (books I bought fully knowing I had no time to read them). First up? The Bell Jar. Not the most uplifting beach read, but I can’t put it down.

After spending a few hours at the beach with the family, we had a campfire and listened to the new Kendrick Lamar album (ITS PURE GOLD GUYS). Not to brag, but I can roast a mean marshmallow — golden always.

I always try to appreciate these calm moments in my life…. sometimes I wish I could just become a yogi and move to Vermont. Anyone wanna join?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Be sure to tell me below what you’re reading / listening to? I’d love to know <3.

Preppy Neutrals: Equestrian Chic 101

Uncategorized February 24, 2015


Sunglasses: Wildfox/ Riding Trousers: Ariat / Turtleneck: Johnstons of Elgin / Gilet: Aritzia / Trainers: Prada (sale, possibly discontinued).

Hello friends!

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. In my normal life, I sometimes feel tired and overwhelmed. The internet, cellphones, friends, events, deadlines, awkwardness, clubs, bills — my list of stressors is far longer than it should be.

To cope, I usually resort to either: a) riding, or b) the gym. Today, I chose “a”. I’ve been riding ever since I was 10, and it has always been my way of coping with stress. Honestly, its the only activity in the world that forces you to be present — it also helps that the barn has no cellphone service.

When I’m at the barn, I **surprise** usually change into a pair of trainers, especially if I’m hanging around for a while. Although I did wear some pretty scary things to the barn when I was younger (glitter teeshirts and jeans), I now opt for a streamlined look. To look slightly less plain, I love pairing this all beige get-up with a furry vest and vibrant trainers. With a pair of jeans added, you have a normal, “public acceptable” outfit. Sold.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Tuesday post!

Tell me in the comments: how do you de-stress?

If you know of a cheaper alternative to riding, let me know. Seriously.

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 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!

Winter Whites: ft. Vans SK8-Hi #trainersontuesday

Uncategorized January 14, 2015


As an avid viewer of “What Not To Wear” (American Edition), the style rule “No white after Labour Day” has been drilled into my subconscious since birth (essentially lol). Despite this conditioning,I have gained a disdain for rules as I have gained greater confidence.

When styled with standout colours or cool tones, I really dig white in the winter. For this look, I chose my purple The Kooples jacket as the standout piece. The white trainers, light wash jeans and white tee, provide an awesome contrast.

Besides, white is kinda like snow — right?

For these trainers, I decided to shy away from basic canvas (no cliche white Converse for this girl). Instead, the cracked texture of these SK8-Hi’s keeps them edgy — a unique twist on the classic style. Infact, cracked fabric has become a serious spring trend, as I’m currently coveting this cracked jacket from Club Monaco!

Side note*: The leather jacket is a particularly special piece to me. In lieu of paying, a friend that I’m styling (helping her clean her closet, telling her what to wear) gave it to me. Its the first fashion related payment I have ever received, and it didn’t even feel like work. Guess that’s a sign that I’m on the right track! 🙂

Comment below on how you wear white sneakers — or how you keep them clean in the rain. Seriously. I need to know.

What I’m Wearing

Jacket: The Kooples

Jeans: Rag & Bone Jean

Tee: Hype Mens (13-15)

Trainers: Vans

Purse: Cole Haan Outlet


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