“What’ll I wear?” It’s a thought that crosses most of our minds each morning.
For Janet Strong, those three words were the perfect name for her second-hand clothing store.
Strong opened What’ll I Wear on Princess St. in 1995, with experience working in consignment since she was 16. The business is a funky hole-in-the-wall store filled with costumes galore and great vintage-inspired pieces.
Second-hand shopping is the most effective way to discover great pieces at low costs. You can find all sorts of one-of-a-kind items, from designer suits to unique costume jewelry.
Apart from being fashion gold mines, second-hand stores benefit local businesses and are also more environmentally friendly than purchasing new clothes. Strong amasses her clothing through a variety of sources, ranging from friends in the industry to estate sales. She has a particularly keen eye for the outrageous.
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Instagram fashionista Emily Harris’s handle @springfaerie is an accurate description of her sense of style.
Harris, ArtSci ’16, is inspired by vintage feminine looks, with a weakness for anything floral and flowy. She can often be found in 1960s-inspired dresses and light fabrics.
The self-described “vegan fairy lady” fills her Instagram account with vibrant colours, whether she’s dressed in laid-back overalls, cozy knits or posing with a flower in hand. I caught up with Harris to discuss Queen’s campus fashion and ethical shopping considerations.
You have quite a popular Instagram account. Does that play a role in your style?
I have 3,244 followers on my account @springfaerie. Just like everybody else, when Instagram came out I got an account. For the first couple years, mine was pretty ordinary. Then I started following a lot of ... Read more...
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Fast fashion brands, such as H&M and Forever 21, are like McDonald’s fries — only delicious in a fleeting moment.
In the long-term, they’re not worth it.
The consumer fashion industry tends to favour highly profitable trends over quality. As a result, commoditized style forces us to accept mediocre clothing.
Are those cheap, impulse purchase skinny jeans quitting on you? Chances are it’s not personal. Despite an era of low-cost fashion, your own closet is proof of the industry’s lack of attention to quality.
Although it may be easy to ignore flaws in your wardrobe, consider the role clothing plays in your life. In particular, recognize the importance of key elements of your wardrobe — your favourite bootcut jeans, the essential plain-white button down, those ankle booties that get you to class. You deserve to invest in ... Read more...
When it comes to my winter beauty routine, my main priority is to keep my skin hydrated against the harsh Kingston winter. For the wintertime, I look for products that will moisturize my face and last the entire school day.
Many of these products can be found at the nearby Shoppers Drug Mart and at Sephora, either at the Cataraqui Town Centre location or online (www.sephora.com). These products are gentle enough to use daily and are essential to keep in your everyday makeup bag this snowy season.
1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $56 — Sephora:
Foundation or tinted moisturizer is a great investment item for any makeup bag. I like to splurge a little more because the higher-end brands tend to match my skin tone better and are also gentler. Tinted moisturizer goes all over your face, so it’s best to ... Read more...
When it comes to fashion, Queen’s students have two options: throw on whatever’s on top of your laundry pile or wear an outfit.
Ryan Peng is decidedly in the second camp. In the worst of times, when most of us would recoil into sweats and cover our three-day-old hair with the nearest beanie, Peng, ArtSci ’16, always looks like he’s stepped right off the pages of some underground fashion ’zine you’ve never heard of.
Seeking some inspiration, I sat down with Peng to get his perspective of fashion at Queen’s.
How do you think the men’s fashion scene on campus differs from the women’s?
I don’t know if it’s just the overall trend, but I feel like men’s fashion, they’re not as colourful, whereas women’s fashion, they’re more out there. They’re more expressive, they have more cuts, more styles, whereas men’s ... Read more...
“You should never feel confined to fashion rules because last time I checked, there are none.”
This is the latest of quotable phrases in Emilie Etc., a fashion and lifestyle blog created by current Queen’s student Emilie Nolan. A mixture of fashion photographs, street style profiles, personal anecdotes, product reviews and even her own shop of personalized tees, Emilie Etc. aims to capture all things she believes to be aesthetically pleasing to her and her readers.
Nolan, a New Jersey native, is currently finishing up her studies in drama at Queen’s. She travels back and forth from Toronto, where she is the social media marketing manager for clothing company Hangar 9. See what Emilie has to say about her blog’s one-year history and own personal style, among a number of other topics.
How did you come up with the idea to ... Read more...
Starting my blog in high school at the tender age of sixteen, I never would have thought that “RachSpeed” would have such an impact on my life.
Fast-forward to my fourth-year of my undergrad, I found myself sitting at World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW), with a press pass around my neck. The days I spent at WMCFW were such a whirlwind, between attending several shows (all Canadian designers) and just immersing myself in the Canadian fashion culture.
The coolest part of WMCFW is that it’s also open to the general public. There’s two show weeks ― one in October and another in March.
Whether you’re a blogger or just want to see what fashion week is all about, it’s extremely important to be prepared. Here are a few tips on surviving Toronto ... Read more...
Lines of clothing headed by Queen’s students pursuing careers in fashion design alongside their degrees seem to be rising in numbers.
A perfect example is Ohneka, a fashion line started by Madison Tyrell and her mother.
Tyrell, BFA ’17, has always loved the potential in altering second-hand clothing and, alongside her mom, has turned her hobby of altering thrift store finds into a line of denim wear that has quickly expanded.
Now the duo makes t-shirts, sweaters, hats and more, in addition to their signature denim jackets and cut-off shorts.
Though Tyrell is a Queen’s student, Ohneka remains based out of British Columbia, an obstacle to the line’s turnover.
“It is really hard because I’m from Vancouver, so we can really get the majority of our clothing done whenever I’m home,” Tyrell said.
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DIY Halloween costumes are a great way to create an original costume while having fun making it in the process. There are a lot of creative ways to take what you already have in your wardrobe and use it to transform yourself for the night.
A great costume doesn’t have to cost you much if you make the right tweaks to what you already own and add the right accessories. Dressing up is fun, but can also be expensive and time-consuming.
That said, there are ways to avoid the stress and still have a memorable costume. These ideas are versatile and can be altered depending on your gender, budget and style.
This is a quick and easy costume idea, especially if you need to throw something together at the last minute. All you need is a plain t-shirt, ... Read more...
It’s time to break the silence: what’s up with all the man buns?
Don’t deny it, you’ve seen them too. This past September has been witness to record high numbers of man buns in the lecture halls and on the playing fields at Queen’s. They came back to campus with us when we returned from summer break and settled in our midst.
That isn’t to say that the man bun is a new phenomenon. In fact, the rise of the man bun over the course of the past year can be tracked using a tool called Google Trends.
Interest in man buns is plotted on a graph and has been increasing steadily over the years.
But at the beginning of 2014, things start getting interesting. That’s when Jared Leto wore a man bun to the Golden Globes, complete ... Read more...