Wide leg pants? Yes please. (Part 1)

We recently got a chance to talk wide leg pants – really wide – on Breakfast Television. If you missed this segment, you must watch it. You’ll thank me for it. Many already have. ;) Wide leg pants aren’t new at all.  They have always been around. They are a classic closet staple. When I first start working with a client, I often get the (rather familiar) response, “I thought wide leg pants made me look short and wide.”  I’m not sure who is spreading that rumour. It’s just not true. For the most part, a wide pant leg can make you look taller and longer – you just have to style it right. We recently showed Breakfast Television viewers how to step in front of their fears and embrace the classic wide leg pant. We’re doing a breakdown on each of the looks… just for you. Model #1- Suzanne Clothing & Accessories: EXPRESS Shoes: Gravity Pope Hair: House of Tin Makeup: Makeup by Bean Why this outfit is awesome: This is a classic dress pant for work. I know that for years now, people have been gravitating towards a tapered or cigarette style dress pant. Well, it’s time to add these back into your wardrobe (and keep them there), especially this small houndstooth printed pant. It’s perfect for Spring. I’ve paired a sleeveless striped blazer under a fitted white blazer. What? Yes, I did that. It looks amazing together and isn’t as bulky as you’d like it would be. Once it’s warm enough, go ahead and shed that white blazer. As always, make sure the bottom of the pant just grazes the ground (with shoes on). This is how you ensure you look long and lean rather than short and stumpy. Trust me. I’ve pulled together a few different prints – in the pant, the bracelets, sleeveless blazer and clutch. That’s right, they don’t match. They certainly complement one another though. That’s effortless style. Try it. Her hair and makeup is perfect for a daytime office look. Check out the braided updo. It’s killah! With this hair, she should definitely go for after work drinks and appis. Stay tuned for a breakdown of our other models from this spring style segment. Photo cred: Dale MacMillan (he’s so amazing)  

You can certainly take a fun blazer into your spring wardrobe

I’ve recently started hosting my own style segment on Shaw TV’s Press 2 Play.  It’s been pretty fun to put this together. For this segment, I’m showing you how to take a single item – an interesting blazer with fun colour blocking – and create 3 different outfits (for both work and play). This is a lovely Judith and Charles blazer (it’s part of a full suit actually) and can be found at Awear Style Company (check them out for other amazing items also). Here’s a sneak peek at the blazer (love my “ta-da” hands…): Watch here FYI- our lovely model is Anastasia Frolov. She’s stunning!

A wardrobe must have: The class white dress shirt

I was invited back to Breakfast Television this past week to share some tips on how to wear a basic item – the classic white dress shirt – in three different ways.  Of course, my style mind started racing with all the amazing possibilities for creating stylish yet functional outfits with this must-have classic item.  In putting the different looks together, I was fortunate enough to work with The Bay, in Edmonton’s City Centre Mall. Here are the three looks I came up with: Model #1: Michelle Rather than give Michelle a basic (ok… boring) professional look, I chose to go with something that looks fresh and interesting for Spring. Breakin’ it down: The classic white dress shirt has been paired with a tweed skirt that has an interesting lace-inspired pattern to it.  The vertical seaming along the front is a great way to add length to the body. A bright orange trench coat was added to give this outfit a pop of colour.  Since the dress shirt and skirt are fairly neutral, you could most definitely add other colours besides orange to complete the look. I kept the pumps a nude colour so that the overall look wouldn’t be too busy since this is, after all, a professional look. Michelle is only wearing 2 accessories, an emerald green cocktail ring and sand coloured earring. Michelle’s hair and make has been kept simple yet day-time chic. Model #2: Jennifer This is how you do day-time casual. There’s not a single sweatpant or hoodie in sight with this outfit but this will be pretty much as comfortable as shleppy sweats.  This is a great outfit if you’re going for lunch with your lady-friends, to an afternoon art show, or strolling about town for the afternoon.   Ladies, take some notes!   Breakin’ it down: Layering is a great way to show that you know how to be stylish while keeping warm in the early part of Spring.  The classic white dress shirt has been paired with a patterned, cropped cardigan and rose-coloured leather jacket.  For those that don’t like leaving shirts un-tucked, don’t be offended… tuck it in! I’ve kept the pant in a similar colour family as the cardigan but used a much brighter tone.  You must recognize, though, that not everyone can wear (or wants to wear) a skinny pant or jegging, as Jennifer is wearing.  That doesn’t mean you can’t participate in this trend – if you really want to.  Take a peek at my pants (off to the side of the models).  There are wider legged pants that come in bright colours for this season. Jennifer is wearing a low wedge sandal which makes walking around comfy and easy.  If you prefer a flat, go for it. I was tempted to add bigger earrings (which is my obsession) but opted for simple gold drops so as to not overcomplicate this outfit. Hair and makeup is a bit bolder for this outfit but feel free to tone it down