Versatile outfits for chilly nights

Just because the temperatures may be below zero doesn’t mean your style has to be anything less than smokin’ hot. We all know that going out in Ottawa can be tedious—from navigating through the ice in four inch heels, to braving the cold for what feels like hours of standing in line. Luckily there are practical ways to convert your daytime-chic outfit to an outfit that you’re ready to hit the town in. It’s all in the shoes Making an outfit ready for the club can be as simple as switching out your shoes. Even adding a bit of a heel is a sure-fire way to dress up any outfit—from jeans to a skirt. Because Ottawa’s winters are so excruciatingly […]

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Campus Style Blog: Thrifty Thursday

When you’re a student, clothes shopping can get expensive, especially if you’re trying to keep up with current trends. Thrift-shopping is a budget-friendly alternative to big box store shopping. It’s also a great way to support community initiatives, lessen your environmental impact by recycling, and score a unique thrifted piece to add to your wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite spots in Ottawa and a few tips and tricks on how to make thrifted clothes a part of your own personal style. Whether you’re a fashionista or just a poor student, thrift-shopping has got you covered—literally. St. Vincent de Paul – 1273 Wellington Street West According to their website, their profits go to various community programs. This store […]

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Campus Style Blog: Hiding that Thanksgiving food baby

The Thanksgiving weekend is over, and it’s time to waddle back to class for midterms. Maybe you gorged on a homemade feast, maybe you scarfed a stale pumpkin pie your roommate found on sale, or maybe you’re one of those lucky people who have something called “self-control.” If you’re one of those people, this article is not for you. If you have a big family like me, it’s hard to escape holiday weekends unscathed. It is a battleground of delicious homemade food, and avoiding a fourth dessert takes an advanced level of the “polite decline” that I haven’t been able to master yet. So here we are, walking into class the week after with a food baby that might take […]

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Style Blog: Gender in fashion

Jake Gender-bending in fashion is not new, and is hardly a trend. However, labels are finding new ways to cash in. Speaking on a cultural level, recent years have seen a much greater awareness about the fluidity of gender identity. It is becoming more clear gender is not a binary, and the business side of fashion is catching up with the opportunities this presents. It’s important to be critical of the concept of clothing being gendered in the first place. A misunderstanding of this idea often shows how labels are exploiting gender-bending in their collections to appeal to a new market niche. You see this when female models are dressed in blazers that are coded ‘masculine’ in the width of […]

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Style Blog: Winter outfits

Natasha MONDAY Florals for winter? Groundbreaking. Or, at least, I was feeling horribly optimistic on a sunny Monday morning, so colour and pattern it was. If I’m feeling a bit bleak, it always helps to break up my monochrome tendencies. Be the season you want to see in the world, kids. Coat: Topshop Sweater: Thrifted Shorts: Topshop Boots: Zara Sunnies: Ray-Ban (Also thrifted) TUESDAY I don’t have anything to say for myself, other than that some days are leather pants days, and some are not. Tuesday was definitely the former. And obviously, to avoid looking like I was trying too hard, I threw on a long, plain t-shirt. Definitely giving off those, “I’m clearly too classy to be here, but I’m here anyway,” vibes. Coat: […]

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