Street Fashion all over Toronto

Street Fashion at University of Toronto

By Alice Li, 2017 Miss Toronto World

Today, we will be talking all things FASHION about Toronto! As the reigning Miss Toronto, I will share with you my fashionista find of the day 😉

First off, I love everything about fashion design and I’ve got a bit of that designing urge in myself. Fun fact: my favorite article of clothing to design is long evening gowns – absolutely beautiful and the more glamorous, the better! Check out some of my own hand-sewn pieces below:

glamour in Toronto

Alice models a hand sewn evening dress that she designed and made herself.

Now let’s get right into it: I went around today to the University of Toronto, where young fashion is always thriving with sparks. I know that for myself, attending the University of Toronto gave me the opportunity to explore my sense of style and meet like-minded people. That’s why I decided it would be a good location to look for our it-girl of the day!

Street Chic Girl
Meet Pamela, who is a student studying genetics and biology. She literally caught my eye from a mile away – she’s got that confidence and it-factor to her walk. When I saw her, she was just making her way across campus on Toronto’s Hoskin Avenue. It was close to Trinity College, one of the University’s well-known historic buildings.

Pamela works and studies at the University of Toronto

Pamela is looking very fashionable on Hoskin Ave at the University of Toronto.   Photo by Alice Li

I chatted with Pamela for a few minutes to get to know her and find out more about her style. She is already an inspiration to me for keeping up her wardrobe during class! Managing school, jobs, and looking great all at once is definitely not easy. 😛 Let’s get the inside scoop on what she’s wearing!

What is She Wearing? 
Pamela is pulling off a black spandex bodysuit from Urban Outfitters ($29). It looks perfect for summer – something I can definitely see myself wearing. It matches so well with her hair! Both her light-wash jeans ($29) and leather shoes are from Urban Planet ($39). The rain-drop shaped earrings are from Ardenes ($8) and adds a nice touch to finish off her look. If you saw them in person, you would’ve seen in the intricate diamond design on these fabulous earrings! Pamela is from Toronto, and these are pieces you could find at almost any mall in the area!

Pamela is a student at university of Toronto

Pamela is wearing a black body suit from Urban Outfitters, faded blue jeans and leather shoes.  Photo by Alice Li

I loved this look especially because she kept it simple yet stylish. I noticed the trend in the black colours she had going on, which made her jeans really pop. You never want to put too many distractions together in one look, and Pamela balanced this out perfectly! Plus, she pulled everything off on an affordable budget!

Our Street Chic girl of the day is truly an example of beauty and brain! Not only is she an aspiring genetic counsellor, she also has her own sense of style. We actually edited these pictures a little for color balance because I found out we had something in common – we both like to be perfectionists! We pretty much had an impromptu photo shoot right on the streets of downtown Toronto! 😀

Alice models a chic hand-sewn black evening dress at Metro Convention Centre.

Alice models her own fashion, a hand-sewn black evening dress at Metro Convention Centre.

Do You Have Street Chic?
Are you street chic? Make sure to use the hashtag #streetchic and join in on this new state of mind! Street Chic is looking for inspirational fashion all over the country. Toronto has many areas that are hot spots for fashion! One of the most well-known area is Queen west, where lots of cute little stores line up down the street and give this city new dimensions.

If you ask me, I would argue that Toronto’s financial district is also buzzing with style. I always see guys sporting suits with personality and girls in their best heels. Next time, we will move our search there for our next street fashion inspiration! Wouldn’t you also agree that office fashion is really becoming the trend lately?

Stay tuned with our official blog, as lots of posts are on the way! Show us the best street fashion from your town, city, or province!

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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.