Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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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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Letter: Break the rules—wear clothes made for another gender

Where’s the fun in looking like everyone else? Designers are asking the same question. Conformity and authority have always been the enemies of new trends—until something catches on, and everyone joins in and claims they were doing it before it was cool. The essence of style and cool is something that makes you stand out in a crowd, and the easiest way to do that is break some rules—one of which is wearing clothing not marketed to your gender. Growing up, I followed the trends, but I tried to do it with my own twist. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. As a guy, when I started growing my hair long in high school, my friends made fun of me, […]

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DIY Blog: Declutter your closet

As you begin a new semester and a new year, one thing you might want to leave behind is clutter. And what better way to get rid of a heap of stuff you don’t need than to tackle the ultimate clutter gatherer itself? That’s right—it’s time to clean your closet. Getting rid of closet clutter is especially important as we enter the endless months of winter. Organizing your possessions can help make you feel healthier and clutter-free. Here are three simple tips for de-cluttering your closet, and keeping it that way. Tip #1: Divide and conquer Speaking from experience, pulling everything out of your closet at once will only lead to lower motivation and less time. Instead, section off the clothes in your closet according […]

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