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Dophins and Doughnuts: Thoughts on “chavvy clothing”

Uncategorized July 28, 2015

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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

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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!

White on White

Uncategorized July 15, 2015

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Tee Shirt: Asmar Equestrian | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Sunglasses: Persol | Backpack: Alexander Wang (not mine unfortunately) | Shoes: Acne Studios | Watch: Toy Watch | Shirt (around waist): Lauren Ralph Lauren
Hello there…

As I write this post, I’m mourning the loss of a white teeshirt to an apricot / pickle juice stain. Its in the wash. Hopefully it recovers.

How is this relevant — you ask?

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with wearing all white everything. There’s something very unattainable about white clothing. When I bought these Acne trainers last March, the fact that they were designer made them unattainable enough. Add in white leather and I was basically in heaven. Problem? Turns out, wearing shoes makes them dirty overtime. Being a young adult who’s pretty lazy with garment maintenance (I wear hoodies 99% of the time), my mom gave me a talking to. Turns out, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser makes white shoes look like new. Just remember to wash the laces separately. Still haven’t done that yet….

On a different note, this Asmar bamboo tee has been an essential during this heat wave. Keeps the sun burns at bay — plus its crazy soft and just thick enough to not be see through.

Let me know what your favourite white pieces are in the comments! See you next week <3.

 

Clothes That Don’t Fit

Uncategorized June 30, 2015

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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.

P.S: I LOVE PARKING GARAGES AS YOU CAN TELL .

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

Let’s go to the beach.

Uncategorized June 10, 2015

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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.

I’m Home

Uncategorized May 26, 2015

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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. 

Southwark & Tate Modern

Uncategorized May 5, 2015

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Jumper: An Other Stories / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Trainers: Topshop X Adidas / Socks: Opening Ceremony X Happy Socks

Photo: Tanya Krot / Stephanie

Hello friends,

As I write to you, I have returned from an amazing weekend in London (check out my Instagram: @stephieirwin , for more pictures). Despite the beautiful weather, I managed to spend a lot of time indoors. In particular, I relied heavily upon the Underground for my art gallery trips. While travelling to the Tate Modern, we stopped off at SouthWark. The station reminded me of one of my favourite films, Manufactured Landscapes directed by Jennifer Baichwal. Once I saw this film, I developed a fascination with urban photography and the repetition of industrial architecture.

Before you inform me of the meaning behind Lichtenstein’s paintings — I know. It’s quite ironic for a fashion blogger to pose in front of a Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein abhorred mass consumer culture, and the fashion blogger epitomizes this. However, I feel like its an appropriate backdrop for my repetitive urban theme. After all, Lichtenstein deals with meditations upon comic book scenes, which are mass-distributed in a repetitive fashion.

As for the fashion aspect of my trip, I managed to pick up a pair of TopShop X Adidas superstars, which debuted last Thursday. I have tried (and failed) to acquire limited edition trainers so many times, so this feels like a big accomplishment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post. Comment below on your favourite galleries in London!

50 Shades of Green

Uncategorized April 28, 2015

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Jumper: French Connection | Dress [underneath]: Wesc Concept | Sunglasses: Persol | Rings: H&M | Trainers: Prada | Backpack: RAINS

Photo: Tanya Krotovskaya of @tanyakrot on Instagram

Hello friends!

Did the title get your attention?

As of late, I’ve been matching my clothes unintentionally. Whether its an all purple outfit to the gym, or this green look, it’s what I like to call a  “subconscious” way of dressing.

Right after this photo shoot, the sky started hailing. Thankfully, I managed to avoid it. However, this hybrid weather has caused me to wear shorter dresses with massive jumpers.

Despite the hail, I’m optimistic at the moment. All of my essays are done! In two weeks, I’ll be back home in Canada. Words cannot summarize how much I love Canada, and I can’t wait to attend the festivals this summer & intern at one of my favourite companies.

Thanks for reading! I hope you guys have enjoyed this week, and are inspired to try something new. Comment below: how do you deal with hybrid weather? Any lazy styling tricks?

Stripes and Shade.

Uncategorized April 22, 2015

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Tee: Brandy Melville / Harem Trousers: H&M / Gilet: Galagowear / Backpack: RAINS / Trainers: Givenchy / Sunglasses: Black Market Vintage

Hello friends!

Lately, Scotland has been stellar. The sun is finally out, and I can actually take photos without my hands freezing off. Success! Plus, I only have 1000 more words to write before all of my papers are done. During a study break, I walked around the Old Course and tried to take advantage of the sunlight. With great trial and error, I managed to set up some dope shots.

Even though I’ve been crazy busy, this blog always manages to be fun more than a chore. A couple of days ago, I rocked this outfit and decided to wear it again [don’t worry mom — it’s clean]. The teeshirt and trousers pair quite well, and the vest prevents stripe overload. Love. Also, there’s something about harem trousers and high tops that kills me. Call me Bieber. It’s cool.

Also repping some Swedish finds, particularly this gilet. I’m pretty sure its mens, but since when did I ever care about looking like a boy? … LOL…

Comment below on your favourite way to wear stripes on stripes — or, if you’re an outfit repeater. Like me. #Shameless.

In the Garden

Uncategorized April 14, 2015

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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)!