It’s hard picking favorites. After all, it seems like Vancouver is pushing the fashion boundaries more and more each year. While some street style champions continue to shine with their bold choices, others can always be trusted to bring a new, exciting twist to their reliably cool personal style. Meanwhile, we’ve collected at least a dozen favorite looks from local boutiques. And don’t forget all the great local fashion businesses that steal our hearts by drawing attention to important causes. Below, a roundup of our favorite looks in 2013.
Staying True to Personal Style
We run into Vivian on the regular – mainly because she works at one of our favorite local shops, OAK + FORT. No matter the occasion, she always manages to make her personal style stand out, and without speaking too loudly. Minimalist, yet contemporary. Classic, yet on trend. Functional, yet never compromising style. Simple colour schemes, yet still paired with statement pieces. Vivian is often dressed in an OAK + FORT kinda vibe, so check out their boutique for similar looks.
Beating Challenging Temps with a Little Layering Know-How
While the colder days can be a drag, on the sartorial front it’s definitely one of the most creative times of year. We love how Erika from Woo To See You boutique adds interest to her outfit by toying with texture and fabrics – a cream bikers jacket paired with a chunky cropped sweater, and a pair of booties and tuque to top off the look for the brisker days of Fall. And don’t forget, Winter presents an even bigger sartorial challenge that requires effortless ensembles, experimenting with proportions, and piling on layers without looking like The Michelin Man!
Pushing Fashion Boundaries
We’ve come to know Vancouver as a city that appreciates its fashion with its function, and let’s be honest – often there’s a preference toward function-only ensembles. Since we street scouted Madeline back in the summer, we were pleasantly surprised to meet a fashion boundary-pushing, bold-in-choice kinda gal who can make a compelling argument for just about any kind of style. To us, her eclectic combinations look intriguing, not crazy. She dresses for her mood and whatever might inspire her – we’ve seen her donning anything from grunge to urban, and everything in between. The best part? She doesn’t ever waver from her unique personal style, regardless of what others may think.
Bringing Awareness to a Great Cause
While fashion and philanthropy aren’t typically synonymous, local foundation, Obakki merges the two to bring awareness to their life-saving projects in South Sudan. 100% of proceeds from their Signature Red Scarf campaign go toward building water wells in South Sudan. When 500 scarves are sold, the foundation is able to provide a whole village with clean water. We love how Alexandra of To Vogue or Bust has grounded her luxurious Obakki Scarf with an H&M contrast sleeve jacket and Old Navy flared jeans. This scarf is now available in a beautiful oxblood colour, so have a peek at their product page for more details.
2014 brings a lot of change, including newfound inspiration, trends, and ultimately, your sartorial choices. We can’t wait to see how the new year will inspire you to style up. Will you be street scouted in 2014?!