Tag: streetwear

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 :).

Clothes That Don’t Fit

Uncategorized June 30, 2015


Dress (open): Urban Outfitters | Cropped vest: Brandy Melville | Trousers: Aritzia | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Purse: Miu Miu (its a hand-me-down / super old) | Arm band: Boohoo | Necklace: Fernweh

Hello…. people of the internet?

I know, I know. I missed last week. Even though the readership of this blog is considerably small, I still feel annoyed with myself if I don’t post every single Tuesday (I’ve only missed twice). However, not only was last week insane, but I also had no clue what to wear. Since I’m at home, my closet is mostly full of all my “rejects” that I didn’t take to the UK (meaning pieces that I think are hideous or too small).

Instead of completely writing off these items, I decided that this week, I’d give one reject a new life. The dress. Although it may look like a slightly oversized blouse, its actually a dress that’s far too short. Funny enough, I always discover that a dress is too short at the most inopportune times. Parties, windy days, dinners at grandma’s. The list goes on.

Thankfully, this Urban Outfitters dress is no ordinary dress. Button front anything means that it can be worn like a cardigan or an unbuttoned shirt. I paired it with these loose fit trousers to keep everything chilled, and the crop-top makes the layering look effortless and not awkward (like this sentence). Cropped things are convenient because they decrease fabric weight & allow you to wear more all at once.

As for the trainers, I’m still rocking the Vince slip-ons. They only leave my feet when I go to bed. Or take a shower. No lie.


Be sure to let me know how you repurpose your “rejects”. See you next week! ❤


Uncategorized June 3, 2015


Hello friends!

Honestly, summer has been my saviour. At the end of last semester, my brain was far too foggy to function. Even last week, when I wrote the forest post, I was still too jet-lagged to function. Now that I’m physically and mentally present, my mom and I went into Vancouver for my birthday dinner at my favourite Italian restaurant.

Even though it was a grey day, Vancouver always has cool things to take photos of. Besides, summer fashion isn’t really my thing anyways (layering = my thing). For inbetween weather, I’m obsessed with my lightweight tie-dye cardigan. The waterfall cut looks awesome layered under my jacket, but isn’t overly warm like a hoodie.

It was nice to have a day off work and chill with my mom, but all next week = working in the office. Wonder what I’ll wear….

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post this week! Comment below if you know of any new restaurants I can try :).

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. 

In the Garden

Uncategorized April 14, 2015


Photos: Tanya Krotovskaya of @tanyakrot on Instagram

Hello friends!

As I write this post, it’s 10:30pm and I’m at the library. This is not ideal, since I’m not one to work past 8pm (I’m an old woman with cats inside). Why am I up so late, you ask? Honestly, this week has been monumentally insane. Deadlines, reading — attempting to exercise.

Despite the chaos, however, I’m somehow managing to make room for downtime. These shots were taken after I attended a student event called “Re:fashion” at my university. Essentially, students give Re:fashion their clothes. Not only do students receive 70% of the profit, but the remainder goes to charity. Pretty awesome. From the event, I ended up purchasing a fringed Marlene Berger jumper, which I cannot wait to rock at Pemberton Music Festival this summer.

Alongside fringed jumpers, I am also obsessed with these trousers. I bought them during winter, in which they were far too light to wear. Now that the weather is becoming tolerable, however, I have found their versatility helpful: chic enough to go with anything, yet comfortable enough to run around in. I’ve worn them to Nobu and to lectures — they’ve been getting miles. Paired with my pony hair Superga, they get dressed down without losing their style.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this week’s post! In the comments, tell me about your favourite consigned clothing items / vintage shops. I travel a lot, and would love to know where YOU go (just might feature it in a future post)! 

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

Givenchy Monochrome Leather Hi-tops & Life Update! #trainersontuesday

Uncategorized December 9, 2014



Hello friends!

It’s your long lost Stephanie here — and I have a new post. Although my posts usually have a consistent focus (trainers — just incase if you’re new here), this post is a little different from the others — there are no pictures of me. Gasp! The horror. As disappointed as I’m sure you all are, these trainers are so epic that they need a post all for themselves. Although I was initially hesitant to post about these shoes, my better judgment has failed me.

Ever since I first saw these hi-tops last year, I’ve been pining for them like a twelve-year-old over a Jesse McCartney poster. Despite this “love at first sight” that I experienced, my hesitations were twofold: 1. Saying that these are expensive would be an understatement, and 2. they’re mostly white. As someone who lives in a very rain-y place (I’m talking gale-force, there’s probably going to be a hurricane rain), wearing/acquiring white trainers seems pretty illogical.

Despite their price and colour, I couldn’t stop thinking about them — and thus found myself purchasing them, much to the chagrin of my bank account. Thankfully, I somehow managed to budget them in with a diet of soup and a bit of work money. Despite the expense, I felt zero regret, and I’ve worn these shoes everyday since I’ve bought them — and they’re still white, ha! The smell of them is reminiscent of a new car, and the comfort is like walking on a cloud (corny but true!). Their versatility is out of this world too, and they’re best paired with skinny leather pants  à  la J-Biebs and a collosal scarf  à la Lenny Kravitz. I have also  found myself wearing them with things I’d never expect, and they take every look up 100 notches of cool (which during revision period — I need).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Look out for incoming posts on how I style these, very very soon! Lots of exciting things are going to be happening with this blog — this semester has been a mere test run. Trust me.

Life Update:

Hey guys! I know it has been ages, but I’ve let revision take over my entire life. Two exams have been completed — yay! My final exam is saturday, and after that I’ll have way more time to improve this blog and interact with the wonderful WordPress community. Comment below if you have any tips on revision, and if you have a splurge that you don’t regret (hey — there are benefits to the soup diet!).

Rebel Rebel: How to wear what you want and own it #trainersontuesday

Uncategorized October 28, 2014


Photos taken by: Kerry Douglas

Although I’m posting late, I’m excited to announce that real photographers will be helping with this blog! Although I appreciated my previous reluctant helpers, I realized the importance of taking my photos to the next level. Lets face it — even the hottest people on earth look horrible with a two minute photo shoot.

Thankfully, we spent a decent chunk of time on these photos, and I believe that it shows. This increased photo quality allows me to be even more bold with the looks I choose. Although this outfit took a lot of ballsy attitude to rock in prepster land [aka where I live], it was liberating. I finally decided to wear what I want — and not just for the duration of this photo shoot. Overtime, I have discovered that the key to fashion freedom is certainty. Go with what you want initially, and 99% of the time you will get positive results.

The look I’m wearing rocks. After all, who doesn’t love Criminal Damage and short skirts? For those of you wondering, the jersey is a mock Moët Champagne logo (with pot leaves and funny stuff all over it). I love the leather skirt underneath, because it reminds everyone that yes, I am a girl..lol. The skirt also adds cool texture, and its cut blends in with the rest of my look. The next piece that I feel great enthusiasm towards is my blue jacket. Not only was it £5, but it also goes with everything and is super easy to layer. Safe to say I’m in love. Lastly, the headphones I’m wearing are far from decoration. Although Bang & Olufsen usually charges £400 for their headphones, I got these for £170 on Amazon (they sound far too amazing to be fakes). As for the music playing in them, I’m currently listening to a healthy mix of Jack Beats, Cari Lekebusch and Drake (don’t judge me — I’m missing Toronto a lot).

Now to the most important part: The Shoes. I originally bought these crazy shoes for running, but I have recently discovered their merit as an everyday item. They tie in with my orange flannel and green skirt really well, and add height to counter the baggy top. Sold.

Comment below on your favourite crazy pieces, and if you wear headphones around your neck unintentionally :P.

What I’m Wearing
Jacket: H&M
Flannel: Vintage
Top: Criminal Damage
Skirt: AllSaints
Trainers: Nike

How to: Preppy Patterns & Classic Streetwear

Uncategorized August 17, 2014


For most of the summer, keeping it casual has been my mantra. Nevertheless, fall is approaching (AKA my return to preppydom), and I’ve felt the urge to dress up lately. This Theory button down is a favourite (even though my camera dislikes it), thanks to its stretch fabric and classic stripes. Still staying true to my crazy style, I styled the button down with Zara shorts, my classic Adidas trainers (acquired at a garage sale), and a Smythe varsity jacket. The shorts and the top look superb together thanks to the angled lines on the shorts, which are basically the same lines on the shirt but thicker. Paired with super girly shades and a broken pearl necklace, this look reads “Extremely preppy yet extremely chill” at the same time. Who knew.

What I’m Wearing
Button down: Theory
Varsity Jacket: Smythe
Shorts: Zara
Trainers: Adidas
Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories
Pear Necklace: Claire’s Accessories