Summer on Stephen Avenue Walk

by Mattea Henderson, 2017 Miss Calgary World

Summer is short in Calgary so ladies make the most of it. We have about six weeks of time to be flirtatious and bold with our everyday looks. Wear killer heels on a causal Tuesday, or festive cowboy boots because you are in the Heart of the New West. Calgary is not the Paris France of Canada, but if you can wear your heart on your sleeve and your head held high knowing you feel good in what you are wearing, I promise you your summer will be memorable and fashionable.

Fashion is a two-way street: how you feel in your choices of the day, and seeing people’s reactions to you loving what you wear when you pass each other. Stephen Avenue in Calgary, Alberta is a balance of corporate, tourist, and entertainment ventures, from main steam patios and restaurants, to buskers, and fashionable people laughing or smiling, or running to a meeting with a cup of coffee in hand. Stephen Avenue is a destination for all Calgarians to work and play!

Kayla is studying Public Relations in university, and is a student working full time this summer for an insurance claim agency. She somehow manages to not only take stylist on a university student’s budget, but does this all on the same street in Calgary! Kayla understand the importance of business to casual to edgy in the quick switch of a jacket, or a pair of shoes. She works just off Stephen Avenue, but she embraces the benefits to being right off one of the hottest places in Calgary if she needs a bite, getting dinner with girlfriends, or going to a concert!

shoulder strap dress on Stephen Ave in CalgaryDone with work and taking off her jacket left Stephen Avenue with a long-legged blonde in a black Aritzia crossed-strap halter top ($70.00), high rise black skinny jean from Urban Outfitters ($50.00), and a chunky heeled- strappy sandal.  Being able to go from corporate to contemporary to edgy can be done easily on a university student budget.

By focusing on acquiring pieces that are basics in her wardrobe, Kayla repurposed her back thick heeled sandals from Payless ($15.00), with a body-con dress in stone grey purchased from Aritzia ($60.00), with a classic worn-in black leather jacket from no other than Forever 21 ($20.00). Kayla was successful in embrace her edginess from corporate business woman by swapping out a piece or two in her wardrobe.

If you are looking for the new heart of the west, Stephen Avenue is the place to be during the second week of July. You will see anything from authentic cowboys and cowgirls, families dressed to the nines, but Kayla does it right. A baby blue denim off the shoulder summer dress from Urban Outfitters ($60.00) with nothing less than matching cowboy boots thanks to Lammles, and a leather cross body purse from Michael Kors ($130.00) pairs perfectly for a cute Calgary Stampede look!

Calgary fashion on Stephen aveThis look is authentic to Stampede or embracing Calgary’s western roots, but realistically cowboy boots can be extremely expensive, this $300.00 investment is a staple for Kayla and all Calgarians.

One Girl. One Street. Multipurpose pieces on a university student budget. Kayla is one to watch out for on Stephen Avenue whether she is working on settling an insurance claim, studying for exams at a coffee shop, or out for a night out with friends.

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Street Chic on Queen West in Toronto

Street Chic is more than a social media hashtag, blog, or fashion magazine; its a state of mind!  On Saturday the 10th of June 2017, Lily Liao, the editor of Street Chic found herself downtown talking to stylish strangers on Queen West, the trendiest street in all Toronto.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous that Saturday, all across Southern Ontario and it was particularly nice in the city where a gentle breeze made the day perfect for everyone fortunate enough to get outside.

Samantha and Sarah had come down to Queen St that day to get some great snaps for Instagram. But little did they know their clothes and chic disposition would attract Lily’s pen and camera.

Samantha is wearing a purple top from Top Shop, and Pafferin jeans with shoes from Ardene. The Daniele Pinadi leather bag was also purchased at Ardene. Her friend Sarah in the pink blouse from Evernew is wearing jeans from Zara and shoes from H&M. She also has a Daniele Pinadi handbag.

Lily gets information about ladies on Queen St W

Lily writes down clothing brands and stores and prices, out on the street.

Queen St. West has long been considered the epicenter of fashion and style in Canada’s largest city with many big brands operating flagship stores on the street in the downtown core. Smaller boutiques and fabric shops exist in the middle stretches and there’s a cornucopia of second hand clothing stores on Queen-West-West or ‘past the bridge’ that divides the street at Dufferin St.

fashionable girl on Queen St W at Gladstone

Fashionable girl on Queen St W at Gladstone

The people walking along Queen street are all very diverse. There’s alternative lifestyle hipsters in black leather coats (in all weather) with tall boots and thick belts often accentuated with chrome. And these guys will be waiting at the crosswalk, sharing the same sidewalk are YUPs or Young Urban Professionals who wear business clothes by day and sweatpants after hours.

And then there’s Samantha and Sarah. They’re just visiting. These two best friends traveled to Queen street west that morning with a high quality camera to make memories on Instagram. We found them in between The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel eyeing up a provocative angel wings wall mural on Brooklyn nightclub bldg. Their fun personalities matched their bright colours and their gay presence made them very Street Chic.