Thursday, 22 November 2012

Holiday Fashion: Part Deux

We've given the ladies a how to guide to dressing for success this holiday season (which you can find here) but what about the gents? What can the fellas do do spruce themselves up this holiday season? While men's fashion is without a doubt a little more subdued, there is no reason to settle for anything less than WOW!

Look your very vest

The vest, or waistcoat if you're going to get technical about it, has transformative powers. It has the ability to transform a shirt and tie combo into something truly stylish, and trendy. All while lending itself to a classy yet casual look, without the bulk of a blazer.

Black on black with festive red pants sets the right tone for holiday parties; Guess 

Make a splash with Gold Paisley; Le Chateau 

Explore your softer side:

The winter solstice, while also coinciding with a multitude of celebrations, also happens to be during the coldest part of the year. Especially here in Saskatoon. So then, it is safe to say that experimenting with thicker, plusher, fabrics, for your blazers serves a dual purposes: keep you warm and making you look hot! 

Touchably soft sport coat; Guess

Sumptuous black velvet; The Bay  

Two-toned black lapels; Le Chateau 

Keep Cozy:

One of the key elements in creating a memorable fashion statement during the holidays is to remember the importance of layering. If your everyday attire is shirt, tie, and jacket, switch it up for the soiree with a chunky knit sweater, a classy cardigan, or a festive pull over. Any option keeps you looking great while providing optimal range of motion- should you feel the need to hit the dance floor. 

Awesome Argyle; Tip Top Tailors 

Shades of Grey; The Bay 

Classic chunky knit cardigan; Le Chateau 

Cardigan and leather jacket- a perfect combination; Le Chateau 

What are you busting out for the Christmas formal this year? Ladies, need help convincing your man to give these styles a spin? Hit the comments! 

Also, remember Midtown is celebrating Black Friday on November 23rd. With massive sales going on in stores. Check out Fashion First styles at amazing prices! 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Winter Sparkle

The end of the calendar year brings about a confluence of events. Shopping, eating, wrapping, unwrapping,  bringing tidings of comfort and joy. As it happens, the great majority of these activities take place in social gatherings. Christmas parties, New Years celebrations, Holiday get-togethers etc. In turn these events put a stress on our wardrobes, and ourselves. "What do I wear?" We curse to the heavens in futility.

But worry not dear Fashionista, for the Midtown Plaza's Fashion Forum has heard your cries. And we offer these selections of suitable styles. From after hours cocktails to the stroke of midnight, we've got you covered!

The After Work Get Together

It's only natural to want to look your best. But when Christmas rolls around, your best may turn into your very best. Maybe you're meeting co-workers, connecting with friends from out of town, or finally committing to those "we only see each other around the holidays" type people that come crawling out of the woodwork. Which means there is all the more reason to dazzle them. Casual clothes with pizzazz are a must.

Masters of cool-casual: Guess 

Monochrome, multi-textured, must haves;  Guess 

Red hot! Guess 

The Christmas Party

We all have them. Whether for work, or otherwise the Christmas Party allows us to appreciate the people in our lives, celebrate time spent together, renew spirit, and reward hard work. It also closes the ranking of the office "best dressed" list.
Business attire 2.0: Flashy jacket, loads of gems! J.Michaels

Rock around the clock and a peplum to boot; Le Chateau 

Any shape size or dress; holiday party dresses at Le Chateau 

Winter Sparkle; RW&Co. 

The Winter Gala

There are holiday parties, and then there are those holiday parties. Glittery winter soirees that require the crème de la crème of holiday style.

Glitter and be gold; Cleo 

Tried, True, and Blue; Suzy Shier 

New Years Eve

They say how you spend New Years is how you spend the rest of the year to come. So why not spend it looking fabulous?

Disco-ball chic; Le Chateau 

Melanie Lyne showcases the classy to the casual in winter party attire. 

Any seasonal styles worth mentioning? What's your Christmas party staple? Are you dressing to the nines this Christmas Season? Or have you been relegated to ugly-sweater territory? Hit the comments!

Drop by Thursday for our guide for Men's Holiday Fashion!

Monday, 12 November 2012

These Boots were made for Shoppin'

As it is wont to do, the weather this time of year is unpredictable. Blizzard like conditions, idyllic peaceful snow falls, warm afternoons and freezing evenings, can leave you in a tail spin. How can one deal with the changes in the weather? And, more importantly, what shoes do you wear?

Thankfully, as always, we here at the Midtown Plaza's Fashion Forum have your back. Or, in this case, your feet.

Winter Boot [wɪntə(ɹ)  buːt ]: a foot covering that must be a) stylish and b) wearable and c) allow the wearer to traverse the landscape of the Canadian Prairie without 1) making them look like a total dork and 2) allowing them to break their necks on the snow and ice and slush covered streets. (Examples: See Below

When there is slushy snow, and miles of murky water crossing our paths, nothing overcomes these obstacles like some good galoshes.

No matter the hue or height Hunter's have it! 
Hunter Boots: Town Shoes 

A must for both practicality and style. The equestrian boot, in supple leather, has the height to tackle any snow bank and the look for any runway and the lack of heel enables the wearer to trudge through with nary a stumble.

Western Equestrian (Westrian?): Call it Spring

Riding Boots! Say, giddy up!
Boots: Call it Spring 

Boots, like the people who wear them come in unique shapes and sizes. 

Stay Puft? Stay warm! 
Moon Boots: Aldo 

Ruffled Boot: Call it Spring 

The Cozy Boot [ˈkoʊzi buːt]: subdivision of the winter boot category whose main purpose is to look as cool as possible by keeping feet as warm as possible. Easily identified by the use of fur, suede, felt, or wool. Great for use on a Sunday. 

A heard of Uggs (a Hugg?): Town Shoes 

Lace up Suede Platform: Aldo 

Moccasin: Town Shoes 

Strictly Business: There are boots you wear to have a good time. Boots "that'll do" in a pinch; Point A to Point B type of kicks. Then there are boots that mean business. And that business is simply: survival.

Party on top, business on the bottom: Town Shoes 

The long and the short of it;  waterproof fur lined boots: Aldo 


Monday, 5 November 2012

Winter Armour.

Fashion is fun. No one can deny that. It's enjoyable to play around with looks, try things on, go crazy. So much is written about the costume element of clothing, the dress the part - part, that it is easy to forget (especially if you work in a shopping centre, and write a fashion blog) that clothes have another purpose altogether. That being the essential nature of their existence. Casting modesty aside altogether, clothing, especially in a climate as un-moderate as our own, is there to protect us from the elements (say, like a major snowfall of about 5 inches).In this instance fashion literally is a life and death situation. Temperatures plummet, and the clothes we wear are there to block the wind, and cease the shivers. However, there is no reason why you can't look good (if, maybe a touch blue) while armoring yourself from winter's winds.

Leather is warm. Quilts are warm. Quilted leather must be doubly so! 
Jacket: Le Chateau

Winter is harsh, so dress fierce! 
Coat: Le Chateau

Suzy Shier has a tremendous amount of coats in every shape, size, and style! 

First rule of winter fashion: nothing is too oversized. Especially collars. 
Jacket: Suzy Shier 

Faux fur: Stay warm, look hot! 
Jacket: Suzy Shier 

Winter can make anyone feel long in the tooth. Battle that feeling by enveloping yourself in right kind, houndstooth! 
Jacket: Le Chateau 

Tried, true and blue 
Jacket: Suzy Shier