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Fashion as Art in Ajax Ontario

Fashion as Art in Ajax Ontario

Fashion is truly an art form. The way we chose to present ourselves to the world is an expression of who we are. For some, it can take a lot of courage to wear what they want, and others feel more beautiful when they follow current    trends. Regardless of what you wear, the clothes we put on every day are a representation of our personalities, our cultures, and our tastes. Here we will be exploring the styles of four Ajax teens and what Fashion means to them.

Maryam, 17

Jeans: H&M- $10
Top: H&M – $15
Sunglasses: Forever 21 – $7
 
Maryam has recently recognized the significance of the clothes we wear. “I never used to be that big on fashion”, she states in an interview, “but the past two years I’ve really been trying to find my style and what I like/how I like to wear certain clothes”.  Like most teenagers, Maryam is discovering herself and growing into her own skin. She likes the diversity that you see in clothes and styles and tastes and she really believes that fashion is an importanf aspect of everyday life. “I think fashion should mean something to everyone, everyone participates in it one way or another, I know it’s cliché, but fashion is a way someone can express themselves.” – Maryam
 

Louis, 18

Shirt : H&M – $20
Pants: H&M – $50
Shoes: Zara – $50
 
Louis is an artist. He sees the world from a very unique perspective. He’s fearless and confident and all of this is made apparent in the way he likes to dress. Fashion is a way for him to express his creativity and his artistry to the world on a daily basis.
 “I believe fashion is just another window for self expression, its another form of art.” – Louis
 

Holly, 16

Shirt: Thrifted
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Thrift shopping has become a huge trend since Macklemore’s 2012 hit single “Thrift Shop”. People can find really great clothes at very low prices. Because thrift shops don’t usually carry anything “trendy”, they almost force you to create your own style.

Holly absolutely embodies this idea. She unapologetically wears what makes her happy. She understands the connection between the clothes we wear and our lifestyles and she embraces that every time she gets dressed. “Fashion is something that everybody has, either if it’s a trend or a unique style, it’s something that everyone can own, so own it!” – Holly

 
Barrington, 19
 
We’ve discussed how fashion is essentially a form of self-expression, but what do you do if nothing you find in stores represents you accurately? At age 18, Barrington launched his own street skate brand called “Suspended”. The brand has been doing well having launched multiple collections and is now able to ship Canada wide.
 
In designing the shirts and sweaters, Barrington has kept versatility in mind. “Fashion to me is doing whatever you want but being comfortable and still stylish at the same time. Turning basic clothing and putting clothes together and mixing different colours that complete outfits. Also adding little accessory can make an outfit pop and doing little things. Fashion is important because everyone’s fashion is different, everyone thinks about fashion differently but we still share the same things. That’s what I think fashion means to me” – Barrington
 
Being fashionable means something different to everybody. However, the bottom line is always the same: be true to yourself and do what makes YOU happy despite what anyone else thinks. Fashion and your own sense of style can be a powerful tool when it comes to owning your happiness and learning how to be comfortable with who you are. So use it wisely!

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featured image in Montreal blue coral dress for boyfriend

Ste-Catherine Street Style in Montreal, Quebec

by Stefanie, Miss Teenage Quebec 2017

Where to start when it comes to Montreal fashion? Montreal is one of the trendiest cities in Canada. It is the Milan of Italy, the London of England and the Paris of France but with a twist; it is where all three meet under one awe-inspiring location: Montreal. Its streets are filled with beautiful and fashionable people. With its European flavor, fashion styles seem to be more trendy and unique.

The people of Montreal go further with their fashion by meshing styles together and creating their own designs. This is why ‘street style’ is very popular in Montreal. Big fashion brands like Aldo, Dynamite, Garage, Le Chateau, Mackage and Rudsak have their headquarters here, and draw inspiration from the culture outside their offices; its from Montreal they’ve all made their mark on Canadian fashion.

Ste-Catherine Street

Ste-Catherine Street is without a doubt one of the liveliest streets in Montreal. It runs 11.5 km long located in the heart of downtown Montreal where you can find a vast array of shops for both brand names and one-of-a kind boutiques. It crosses the central business district from west to east and runs parallel to the largest segments of Montreal’s underground city. It is the longest commercial street in Canada.

fashion in the city of Montreal

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Michael Kors
Purse: Louis Vuitton

This 26 year old model is Christina, my older sister! My sister has truly been a big inspiration to me and is definitely one of my role models. I look up to her everyday, but one thing I really look up to  is her style and fashion. I love my sister’s style; she is currently studying at Concordia University. She lives with her boyfriend and spends lots of time with her family and friends. She is very sociable and is one of the most kindhearted people I know.  Wearing a coral blue dress with a little bow on her top left shoulder, the garment is loose fitting and casual, perfect for a date-night. Since Christina is tanned, the light blue colour matches perfectly with her skin tone making her stand out. She was popping her style while strolling down Ste-Catherine street on a beautiful sunny day.

Michael Kors beige pumps sandle wood by the old marble fountains in Montreal

Christina has beige Micheal Kors pumps, and the colour complements her skin perfectly and matches her dress. The shoes have ankle straps and retail for $198.

white cotton dress beside old fountain in Montreal

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden

Yay to another summer dress! My beautiful model Christina is wearing a white dress from forever 21. It is an off the shoulder short dress with lace details on the edges. She was , again, walking along Ste- Catherine street on a warm day.  I love when there is a contrast between the clothing colour and the skin tone; the white colour makes Christina stand out once again. Michael Kors shoes in fashion in Montreal 2017This casual yet flirty wear is perfect for an every day outing retailing at only 30$. This is proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a good outfit! She is also wearing my favourite Steve Madden sandals with different coloured straps around the ankle. These shoes are a perfect summer staple and can easily match well with any summer outfit!

My own fashion,

The model in this photo is myself! I am a bubbly and outgoing person who loves to travel and explore different countries and cultures. I am a 17 year old student currently enrolled at Champlain college. I’m the athlete and soccer enthusiast who plays professionally for my province.

Dress: Forever 21
Glasses: Giorgio Armani
Shoes: Adidas NMD

My athleticism usually calls for comfort, hence why my style leans towards comfy casual. I am wearing a pink t-shirt dress from forever 21 and white adidas running shoes. This type of outfit is definitely one of my favourites as it is comfortable and fashionable as well! The dress is $24.90 and the shoes retail at $200.  My sunglasses have a mirror finish and the shape matches well with my rounded face. They complement this look very well as they have a rose gold finish that goes well with the colour of my dress.

What is fashion for me?

Fashion cannot be defined by one sentence because there are so many different kinds of styles out there! I believe that the choice of an individuals clothing is a mean to express themselves. Every persons choice of style, design or trend is a way of introducing who they are, their choice of taste and even what kind of music they like. One’s clothing is like a picture; it’s worth a thousand words. What we wear is how we want to present ourselves. It is a way to find our identity by mixing different styles together to figure out what we like and who we are. It defines us! Fashion is more than just a piece of clothing! My body is a canvas in which I try new things every day to make the perfect match of what I  like to wear. There is no wrong or right fashion style, there is just you.

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Outstanding fashion in the old port of Montreal Quebec - Canadian fashion - Clementime on Instagaram

Outstanding Fashion in the Old Port of Montreal

by Alexandra, Miss Teen Monteregie 2017

On a Saturday evening in summer, fashion abounds in the Old Port of Montreal. It had been a long time since I had gone there. It is a place that represents my childhood , I always went to the science center growing up, fascinated by all the scientific phenomena that I could not explain at the time. It made me really nostalgic, for I had forgotten about it.  So I decided to choose La Place de la Promenade for the article. It’s amazing to think that this place has been around for more than 350 years. This port has played a key role in the economic activity of the metropolis. More than 12.5 million tons of merchandise used to transit through Montreal. In 1963, it was declared as a historic district. Since 2005, the old port has been redesigned to become a touristic attraction. It welcomes six million visitors annually.

pink purse beige shorts and black top tourist fashion in Old Montreal

Lucky for me, Gloria happened to be one of the visitors it welcomed that day. Her incredible fashion sense made her stand out from the crowd. I’m usually not a fan of pink, but I found that her purse truly brought a unique touch to the outfit. It perfectly complemented her camel shaded Wilfred Boissier shorts made of authentic vegan suede from Aritzia as well as her 100% viscose Italian black Rio top from Brandy Melville. Her accessories were like the cherry on the cake, they added an elegant touch to the ootd. The Aviator sunglasses come from Rayban. They bear their name because they were originally designed for the pilots of the US air force since 1937. They remain trendy despite their age. As for her 100% cotton bandana print scarf it comes from Forever21. To top it all off, her cute fluffy Steve Madden faux fur slippers really put the finishing touch to the outfit.

Outfit Price

  • Glasses : $190,00
  • Bandana : $14,90
  • Top : $20,00
  • Purse : ≈ $1000,00
  • Shorts : $75,00$
  • Shoes : $40,00

TOTAL : ≈ $1339,90

Gloria’s exquisite sense of style isn’t the only thing that defines her. Born and raised in Canada but originally from El Salvador, she pursued a career as a makeup artist based in Mississauga Ontario. She’s currently an education trainer for new stores in the Greater Toronto Area. I’m glad I had the chance to meet her!

Clement

My evening didn’t end there, later that night I met another makeup artist: Clément.  He is a new youtuber who uses his channel to inspire and share his passion: makeup. He discovered his passion by stealing his sister’s makeup and draws his inspiration from several celebrities of the beauty industry such as Jeffree Star, Coco Channel, Katy Perry. He admires these artist because they all value self-confidence and acceptance. I stalked his channel and his style immediately captivated me! He distinguishes himself by his unique colorful style that pops. I suggest you go take a quick look at Clementime his Instagram and Youtube channel! Don’t worry, all the products he uses are cruelty-free, a very important moral for him. On a more serious note, he is currently studying at the Gérald-Godin college in Social Science and he wants to go into the field of politics as a deputy.

Clément’s outfit

My favourite part of the outfit was obviously his makeup. Honestly, it was surprising to see a guy wearing makeup, but I absolutely loved it! I believe in equality and I admire his confidence.  His shark print cotton slim fit shirt from Le Château was matching his black umbrella as well as his Ralph Lauren shoes. All of this, was  completed with a pink cotton pair of shorts from American Eagle. Let’s not forget his cruelty-free backpack from Matt&Nat.

Clement you have really marked me with your beautiful energy, I wish you success!

Outfit Price

  • Shirt : $50,00
  • Umbrella : $15,00
  • Shoes : $80,00
  • Shorts : $70,00
  • Backpack : $175,00

TOTAL = $390,00

To conclude this article, I would like to thank Gloria and Clément for their time. I loved writing this about interesting people like you  with such an amazing style. What a coincidence to have found two makeup artists in one night! May we meet again.

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fashion for the movie theatre in Medcine Hat Alberta

The Many Fashions of Medicine Hat Alberta

By Nyamal, Miss Teen Medicine Hat 2017

“I like to push the barriers when it comes to fashion” – Nyamal

I could not have said it better myself.  Fashion is an expression of both emotion and character. Every person alive adds more flavour to the world of fashion by daring to be unapologetic and adding their own flare to their outfits.

With this definition in mind, I could not have found better individuals to take part in this article with me.

Our first model is Mervat, a 19 year old college student who aspires to be a paramedic. She is outgoing, talkative, supporting, and the type of person who fills the room with energy simply by entering.

For this shoot we’d agreed to take photos at six pm on College Dr. She decided to wear something a little more casual sporting vintage denim jeans with a “Bad influence” graphic halter top with threaded roses. She had purchased her trendy top at Urban Planet and thrifted her Levi jeans from a friend. She accessorizes with a pair of sunglasses and beaded flower sandals. Adding a bit of colour with a camel, braided leather belt from Bluenotes she managed to create an outfit that’s tré cute but manageable.

I think my favourite thing about this look is that it’s inexpensive, quick to put together, and comfortable. All three things that are important when considering an outfit that will take you from the busy, lesson filled days to late night study sessions as a college student.

Bad inlfuence in Medicine Hat AlbertaI choose to take photos of her at the college because it holds a lot of memories and emotions for me and many others. Medicine Hat College offers a place of enjoyment and learning for its students and hatters alike. In the summer it provides camps for children and preteens. It also holds academic assistance for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers during the school year – I for one owe my successful school year to the program and study groups I was able to have at the college. Not only does the college act as a beacon of educational success but it adds more multiculturalism to our city with the many international students it holds.

With a mixture of retro and modern trend Merv rocks a confident and casual street style for a summer afternoon.

black body suit and dark blue denim jean shorts fashion in Medicine Hat albertaOur second look today is at Belle an 18 year old free spirit who is hands down one of the most exciting people you will ever meet. She is a dedicated hard worker currently holding two jobs at David’s Tea and Marshalls, both located in Medicine Hat mall. With a great love for friends and a soul meant to wonder she loves to take adventures. Being the wildheart she is she loves to take risks with her style. Today she decided to pair a fitted cotton-mesh black bodysuit from Garage with dark denim Hollister jean shorts and simple black flip flops for a cute summer look. A flattering outfit for checking out the nightlife downtown with friends.

For accessories, she gives us a small, grey, textured Guess coin purse with stunning shimmering and beige nails to give the look a little more glam factor.

The third look was created by Jordyn, an intelligent young lady that carries a sense of mature, calm about herself. Jordyn is 18 years old and currently working at the Cineplex before attending University in the Fall. She enjoys reading, soccer, driving, and listening to some of her favourite musicians such as 21 pilots and Halsey. She is a witty and creative individual with an amazing talent for painting. With a style that’s typically a little more alternative and hipster, Jordyn brings a blue and white graphic tee referencing the classic film Clueless complimented by a denim pairing of shorts and a baseball cap.Whatever shift on blue tie dye patterm t shirt Medicine Hat Alberta

She adds to the outfit with a pair of white and pink Nike trainers. Some may be against rips in clothing but I personally feel that a tear like this gives the top a small but adequate amount of character.

Credit for where you can purchase the clothing is given to Forever 21 for the shirt and Garage for her jeans.

Jordyn has a casual outfit with just a bit of edge; its perfect for catching a flick at the movies.

wheat foreground, lady poses in M3edicine hat with blue jeans cap and cotton shirt, tank top

 

Eighteen year old Micayla involves herself in anything that revolves around the arts; it’s no wonder she’s able to wear such a bright coloured clothes and look stunning in daring outfits. The future student of Calgary University describes her overall style as more European inspired although she pulls inspiration from everywhere. blue jeans ball cap, round sunglasses and red shirt collar , pretty girl in Medicine Hat Alberta

For one of her looks Micayla sports a red v neck came from Garage costing $10.00 with an American Apparel bomber jacket that had costed her $120.00. For bottoms she styles Levis wedgie fit denim at the price of $130.00 and adds unique flare and colour with the addition of her $30.00 Topshop floral pink mule heels. She accessorizes this look with Guay Australia round frame shades and a Calvin Klein denim hat. The sunglasses prices at $75.00 and the cap at $45.00. This look is as high-end and beautiful as her second look.

 

For her second look, Micayla paired her vibrant floral heels with a full Topshop outfit consisting of a white ¾ sleeve ribbed, high neck sweater with blue suit cigarette trousers. Her outfit total being $30.00 for the top and $60.00 for the bottoms. She also uses a silver ring from south Africa and a black leather purse for accessories.blue cigarette trousers with white top in Medicine Hat Alberta

The way the pink heels and vibrant blue bottoms compliment each other is simply stunning.

gas lamps in downtown medicine Hat albertaDue to the artistic nature of Micayla and Jordyn some photos of the trio took place in front of the Esplanade located on 1 St SE. The Esplanade holds art shows, concerts, plays, and other events. It is a cultural hub open to all and meaningful to many.

Other photos were all taken on 2 St WE in downtown Medicine Hat from 8 to 9 pm. I felt this was the perfect place to take photos because the beauty of the streets, the gas lights, and it is also the location one of our long standing local business.

The Monarch Theatre is Canada’s oldest operating movie theatre. The theatre remains relevant playing new movies and also allows viewers to enjoy classical films now and then. Many citizens in the Hat hold fond memories here such as watching movies together with their father or spending times with friends.

gas lights in Medicine Hat AlbertaThe gas lights brighten up the streets of downtown Medicine Hat, and serve as a reminder of the importance of natural gas to the city.

Although we may not be a bustling fashion district, inspiring the next fall fashion week, we are a city filled with quality characters, risk takers, and unique fashions. Medicine Hat is a small city with a rich history and many beautiful locations as well as amazing people. Being able to spend time with my models and take a minute to appreciate our surroundings I think it’s safe to say that Medicine Hat has a lot to offer via fashion and amazing personality.

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Downtown Glam on Granville Street in Vancouver

By Tina, Miss Teen British Columbia 2017
Photos by Tamara Guerino

Fashion in downtown Vancouver displays how young women and men can express themselves freely while feeling comfortable in their own skin, which I think is undoubtedly one of the most important and fascinating functions of fashion! For this blog assignment, I decided to shoot Vancouver’s signature styles on Granville street, which I think is an accurate representation of what downtown Vancouver is like: high-fashion, glamorous, but also serene and beautiful all at the same time.

There are many young women and men in this city with busy lifestyles who like to dress themselves with a pop of personality that shows off their character and preferences, so that’s mainly what I had wanted to capture. The city’s tall, towering buildings also make a nice scenic view, combined with the buzz of laughter and conversation, as well as the rush of people passing by with their coffee, it’s the perfect place to bask in the city ambience. This street’s abundance of designer stores and brands has clearly shown in the people who patronized it, everyone has on a variety of eye-catching and bold clothing. It’s rather hard to conclude everyone’s style into one phrase because of how unique each individual’s outfit is, so let me take you on a walk down Granville street, Vancouver BC!

Here is Alissa; I felt it was important to get to know our subjects and learn about what lead them to their personal fashion choices. Alissa is fourteen years old and currently a high school student, but she frequently visits the downtown area of Vancouver with friends to hit the shopping centres and to embrace the local city atmosphere.

Alissa’s very kindhearted and outgoing, she loves to socialize and have a good time. As you can see from the picture, she loves the casual look with simple, but well-paired colours. With a white trendy off the shoulder top with flounce cuffs from Forever 21, classic yet urban ripped denim jeans from American eagle, and a laid-back flannel from Garage. She accessorized with a black leather bag from a thrift shop and some plain white Converse sneakers. The whole apparel gives off an unsophisticated modern vibe, with the flannel giving it a colourful kick and cotton top adding a nice feminine touch. Alissa feels that her fashion inspiration comes from the one and only fashion icon Kendall Jenner, who has a similar casual and chic style in her daily life. With the entire outfit under 200 dollars, it perfectly showcases a teenager’s wardrobe necessities, and how you don’t have to buy expensive or extravagant fashion pieces to pull together a great look!

Our second model is 18 year-old Philip, who has just graduated high school and is moving on to university! He pursues sports in his free time, but other than his basketball shorts and runners, his wardrobe contains quite a few well-developed and bold statement-pieces for nights out with friends, or just a casual stroll down Granville.

He wore a basic white tee from Old Navy, a light blue denim shirt from H&M rolled up to show off those forearms, white ripped jeans from Pacsun, small sunglasses from Ray-Ban, and camel-coloured boots from Tokyo, Japan! The white, blue, and camel colours contrasted nicely, making the ensemble look clean, put-together, but nonetheless expressive and stylish.

Phillip likes to emphasize on comfort and material in his everyday fashion choices, he likes to wear things that have a great fit but still look pleasing to the eye, and something that will give him mobility and allow him to stay active throughout the day. “The more tight the more right” does not exactly accommodate his beliefs when it comes to his own clothing. This outfit is a bit more high-end, and overall provides a relaxed and slightly business casual feeling while simultaneously illuminating Phillip’s personality as an athlete and socially active teen.

Next up is Jessica. She’s fifteen years old going on grade ten, and she is all for fashionable outfits that are expressive but also uncomplicated. She appreciates different unique items that work perfectly as a combination.Jessica on Granville St in downtown Vancouver wears ripped jeans and mauve blouse with leather purse

Jessica is especially intrigued by the city lifestyle, is always up for venturing and it comes out in her cool outfit! With a blue and white striped off the shoulder shirt from forever 21, ripped jeans from Topshop, high heel black booties from Nordstrom, cute watch from Michael Kors, and black bag from Coach, Jessica rocks the sweet and stylish look, giving us a glance at her vivid, independent, and creative personality. Jessica looks up to iconic Selena Gomez for fashion inspiration, because she sees herself in Sel and adores the trendy and bold vibes. Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I can totally see an awesome Pop Star in Jessica, she is absolutely killing it!

Roaming the streets of Vancouver, and seeing everyone’s fashion choices made me realize that when you’re out and about, comfort is the key, and also that regardless of what you wear, as long as you feel good, nothing else matters. I think people’s love for fashion is not just about the artificial aspects like brand and material, but rather how confident you feel when you put on an outfit, and how satisfying it is to look in the mirror and really be proud of your reflection. Which is especially important for people who live in big cities like Vancouver, who should take the time to shop for their ideal outfits and take the time to appreciate and celebrate themselves amid their crazy and hectic lives. Because that’s what fashion should really be about, something to make your strides just a little bigger, yourself a lot more confident, and your day much better.

Fashion will always be a one-size-fits-all, because anyone can pull together a great look even with a smaller budget, and everyone can and should express themselves through how they dress.

From what I’ve seen, fashion in vancouver in three words would be: simple, stylish, satisfying. I loved seeing how everyone’s outfit showed the world a significant aspect of their life and diverse personalities, and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks about these three wonderful teenagers and their outfits! I hope you all enjoyed catching a glimpse of Granville downtown street chic.

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Casual Fashion in downtown Toronto 2017 on Queen St

Casual Fashion on Queen Street in Toronto

By Yanna, Miss Teen GTA 2017

Fashion comes and goes, as all things in life. One style of clothing, hair, or even behavior fades away and is replaced with another, however, what I see is eternal is our personal styles that defines and creates each of us unique. One’s said by Coco Chanel,

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

With these ideas in mind, I was constantly contemplating what street in Toronto truly expresses both diversity and chic, but also allows each individual to be free in their style and choices without social strains – Queen Street. Form all of the other fashion districts in Toronto, I felt that Queen Street is one of those chic streets, where you can literary find anything you are looking for. It has been part of the Toronto Fashion District, as a result of the large garment industry in the area, where numerous textiles, fabric factories, and warehouses were close to many rail lines making it easy to ship the garments throughout various cities. Although there are still numerous garment warehouses and clothing outlets on Queen Street, today it has been refurbished into a street full of musicians, artists, small galleries, condos, lofts, and murals. It is also one of those streets that has both old Victorian and new glass buildings, that inspire magic and creativity.

Walking down Queen Street and you will see all sorts of styles, from the elegant to hipster locks that truly reflect the diversity of the street. Below is a selection of a group of individuals I found in some of the pockets on Queen Street and side streets full of murals, where I have demonstrated their unique styles and personalities. I have interviewed and photographed each individual, who among their differences all use fashion to express themselves.

Christina on Queen St in Toronto Christina is 17 years old student going into her last year at Humberside Collegiate Institute. She loves being involved in various student run clubs at her school, and she is on various sports teams throughout the year. She loves shop thrift shopping and to recycle clothing and incorporate it into today’s fashion trends. Just recently she has turned recycling old clothes into a small business with her best friend and hopes one day she can create it into a large production and design brand. She also loves Queen Street, because of its diversity and is one of her most favorite hangout locations with her friends.

One-day Christina would like to travel the whole world, since she loves discovering new places and pockets of various large cities. She is a very creative person and one day she would like to build her own house by the beach and live luxuriously enough to continue enjoy her fashion.

Get the look

  • Top – Thrifted (around $5)
  • Shorts – American Eagle Outfitters ($29+ tax)
  • Necklace – ALDO ($8+ tax)
  • Shoes – Vans ($59+ tax)

What does Christina think about today’s fashion?

She believes that modern fashion in Toronto is very bold and “trail blazing”, and she absolutely loves seeing all the fun prints and cuts. With the humid summers in Toronto, she finds breezy clothing most appealing, and with this season tube tops and off the shoulder shirts that seem to be very popular, she has recycled many of her old clothing to make it fit with today’s trends. Christina also finds that Toronto’s fashion is much more laid back, and many Torontonians tend to rely on sporty apparels that are easily incorporated into today’s trends, as “my classic white vans that go with everything”.

Kat , a young fashionable aboriginal womain in Canada, against a red brick wall Kat is 17 years old and enjoys writing posts on her blog O SO VOGUE, and she loves photography. She is also very passionate about leading an active lifestyle and goes to the gym around four times a week mainly focusing on weight training and calisthenics. Her dream is to travel the world and experience as many new things as possible, most importantly to embrace life’s beauty. Next year she is planning a huge backpacking trip around Europe.

Get the look

  • Top – Forever 21
  • Pants – Hollister
  • Flannel – Forever 21
  • Shoes – Converse

What does Kat think about today’s fashion?

Kat created her O SO VOGUE blog to share her opinions, tips, and tricks about fashion, make-up, fitness, and beauty with the world. On her blog there are many recipes, fitness tips and pictures, make-up and beauty posts, but mostly fashion. Although she enjoys today’s fashion, she is displeased with the poor choices students have with backpacks. She believes that over the past years nylon backpacks are unpractical and easily rip, so now on her blog she has been trying to promote leather and many of its qualities and use in the fashion world.

 

Marko in casual fashion wear on Queen Toronto

Marko has just finished high school and is determined to pursue a career in music. He regularly creates music videos and has his own YouTube channel. Beside his music passion and spending time in the recording studio, he plays basketball or watches movies. His life goal is to be able to live off being an artist, who is able to share and express his ideas about the world to the public.

Get the look

  • Top – Thrifted (no-named brands)
  • Pants – Thrifted (no-named brands)
  • Shoes – Adidas

What does Marko think about today’s fashion?

“To be honest, I know nothing about fashion, I have no idea about designers or brands or any of the stuff.” Even though, Marko does not have many ideas about fashion nor does he wear any brands, since most of his clothes are bought through thrift shopping or no name brands (except for some Adidas sneakers or timberland shoes). Nevertheless, he represents a perfect example of the diversity of styles that can be found on Queen Street.

Although, no name brands to some might not constitute as fashion, I would argue differently because it is important that individuals are not defined by brands or modern fashion trends that undermine their character. Which I believe Marko was trying to state with his style choice in choosing no named brands, since with no named brands “I am able to express myself in a more creative and personal way, that truly reflects me as an individual, which I also try to do through my music.”

Angel in Toronto in white top with denim skirtAngel is 17 years old student going into her last year at University of Toronto Schools. She believes that she is your basic teenage stereotype with a “Starbucks addiction, gimmicky Instagram food, and Netflix binging problem”. Besides all the basics, she loves to dance, write, go to debates, and she is an avid supporter for many social justice issues. Above everything, she loves to shop, even though she believes that she “spends way too much time and money on clothing”.

Get the look

  • Top – Hollister Cop.
  • Shorts – Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Belt – H&M
  • Shoes – Adidas

What does Angel think about today’s fashion?

Angel believes that fashion is a perfect way to express yourself for the world to see. She believes that today’s fashion is quickly expanding and feels things that people would have dissed in the past, such as mom jeans or slides, are making a comeback. However, what she particularly adores about today’s trends is that “now more than ever people can make choices about clothing that suit them, that’s why I like Queen Street because it has many unique things to explore”.

gypsy girl fashion flower in toronto on Queen - hipster fashionNevena is 17 years old and is also going into her last year of high school. For the past ten years she has been going to Serbian folklore at SCA Oplenac (Mississauga, Ontario), in order to preserve the traditional dances from her native country. Besides her passion for dance and music, she loves helping people and regularly volunteers in her spare time. She hopes to study law and pursue her passion to defend educational rights and freedom of children in various countries around the world.

Get the look

  • Top – s.Oliver
  • Shorts – Pull and bear
  • Necklace – Accessorize
  • Leather Handbag – Coach

What does Nevena think about today’s fashion?

Nevena loves to follow fashion trends and believes each era of fashion, as today’s fashion has its own unique magic. She is always open to new things, so when it comes to fashion there is almost nothing she does not like. With today’s fashion and bright colors, she feels that it gives her an opportunity to express herself even more, by combining different things together. Even though she follows regular fashion trends, she chooses clothes that reflect her, thus allowing her to create a slightly unique style of her own, as she states “I first want to feel comfortable and reflect my character”.

Vilde is on ed brick wall in Toronto

Vilde is a first-year university student for international relations, Vilde is aspiring to be a diplomat, specializing in global health that will primarily focus on children in South and Central America. She enjoys to read, write, hike, dance ballet, and embroider. She also has many other interests and is an exceptional song writer and singer. One day, she wishes to discover and help as many suffering people in this world.

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  • Top – American Eagle
  • Pants – Zaras
  • Shoes – Nike

What does Vilde think about today’s fashion?

In today’s fashion, Vilde believes that it allows a lot of self-expression and it allows many to explore and find their perfect style. She feels that “fashion of today is perfectly portrayed on this street [Queen Street]”; as Queen Street she feels todays trends are a mixture of the old and the new, and as music and art they have become very expressive and individualized.

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Jovana is 17 years old and is also going into last year of high school. Jovana is passionate about languages and she is currently learning French, Italian, and Persian. In her spare time, Jovana loves to dance salsa and tango and a few years ago she played water polo for over three years. Jovana also enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her friends, and listening to rock music, as David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Metallica, Guns N’ Rosses, and many more. As well, Jovana has recently started her own business where she creates and sells her handmade jewelry.

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  • Top – Forever 21
  • Necklace – Handmade
  • Glasses – Dolce & Gabbana

What does Jovana think about today’s fashion?

“To be honest, I don’t really like today’s fashion trends, so I have stopped following it.” Jovana does not like today’s fashion, since she believes it isn’t very innovative. Jovana feels that many of the styles have already been seen (particularly trends in 2016 and 2017) are merely imitating fashion of the 90’s. Jovana instead follows things that she likes, and she would say that her style is more “sport-rocker elegance”, since she loves wearing boots and leather jackets.

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Hristina moved to Toronto from Macedonia as a child, and loves playing basketball and soccer, as well as listening to music and watching movies that are mostly musicals. She also tries to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and to stay fit. In order to preserve her countries traditions, she is part of the KUD Biljana Macedonian folk dance group in Markham, Ontario. Above everything, she loves her family and friends, and constantly strives to be the best person she can be.

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  • Top – Ardene
  • Pants – Old Navy
  • Bracelet – Pandora
  • Necklace – Hand made

What does Hristina think about today’s fashion?

She loves today’s fashion and also enjoys to follow popular fashion trends. She is very happy with today’s fashion, primarily because it allows her to freely express herself and her personality. As it is seen in her fashion choice, she likes to combine dark colors with light colors that accent specific details of her outfit, in this case the bright colored flowers. Because of the hot summers in Toronto and this year’s fashion, she is able to enjoy the over the shoulder tops, which she believes add both elegance and chic to her personal style.

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Casual Fashion in Kensington Village, Calgary

By Emily, Miss Teen North Calgary 2017

Fashion is one of the most personal forms of expression. Since my style has always been different, I’ve never really fallen into a specific category with my wardrobe. Through first and last days of school, bowties and ‘DIY’ jewelry, I’ve learned that getting creative with your attire can make a lasting impression wherever you go.

Traveling anywhere in the world will give you the opportunity to explore new looks and ideas in regards to what fashion is. It could be defined by what the hottest celebrities are wearing, or simply by what makes you feel your absolute best. You can find Inspiration for your wardrobe anywhere; the mall, Instagram, and even your friends and family. I have personally always admired the styles of Julia and Sarah, two talented and successful girls who are taking the world by storm.

While working full time as a restaurant chef, Julia doesn’t have many opportunities to get creative with her style. Therefore when she isn’t in uniform, she fully embraces her chance to make a statement with her fashion. On the other hand, Sarah works full time as a Nanny, which creates more opportunities to get creative with her wardrobe. Nevertheless, when the two girls aren’t working, they take to the streets of Kensington Village, just north of Downtown Calgary to relax, grab a coffee, and express their own personal styles.

white tube top and ripped denim blue jeansOne of Julia’s favourite go-to looks is a $45 simple white tube top from Aritzia and a pair of $67 stylishly ripped light wash American Eagle jeans. She’s paired this look with ($25) 3” chunky heeled sandals from Walmart and a $35 matching black cross shoulder bag from Garage. This edgy and inexpensive look never fails to get Julia feeling ready to take on whatever the day will hold.fashion pink shirt jeans in Calgary

Sarah’s first outfit consists of a $30 fitted bright pink shirt with a triangle-shaped keyhole neckline that she purchased from express, which she paired with classic $75 dark blue jeans from Guess, some stylish $120 light brown leather block heels from Steve Madden and a matching $50 brown purse from Spring.

pink dres, casual wear in Kensengton Village, CalgaryAnother look you can find Julia in frequently is this beautifully feminine $25 pastel pink wraparound dress. Tying the dress in the front with a bow completes the look and provides a fun and flirty feeling. It was purchased from Winners for $25. Pairing this dress with $80 white converse gives this dress a relaxed and casual vibe.

rasutant exterior fashion in Calgary red skirt and pink topSarah enjoys dressing it up with a stylish $45 white v-neck bodysuit from Aritzia, as well as a bright red $35 pencil skirt purchased from the same store. The bright colours in this look give Sarah the perfect summer style. She completed the look with some beautiful blue $40 heeled sandals purchased from Lulus.

on the street, jeans and top in CalgaryThis last look is classy and perfect for any summer outing. The $45 black off the shoulder shirt from Dynamite is dotted with a white and pink flowers print and has a looser fit to keep you cooler longer in the hot Calgarian sun. The sleeves on the shirt are complete with a slit running down the outer arm. Julia paired this look with $67 blue jeans from American Eagle, and some fashion forward $75 loafer style shoes from Aldo. She worked the same black bag into this new look, which proves just how versatile fashion can be.

white cotton dress with scoop neckline

The dress that Sarah is wearing in this final photo was only $30 that she bought from Forever 21 It is an elegant white fitted dress with a scoop neckline. She added to the summery look with an adorable pendant necklace from Hawaii. She completed the look with some navy blue tie up heels that she purchased for $40 from Lulus.

I believe that fashion is undoubtedly defined by you. Wear what makes you feel beautiful, and wear it with pride. “Style is very personal, it has nothing to do with fashion, fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” -Ralph Lauren

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Saskatchewan Fashion in Yorkton

By Helli, 2017 Miss South Eastern Saskatchewan World

Everywhere I go in my little town I see people wearing completely different, yet fashionable outfits. It’s amazing to see the creativity of the locals when it comes to fashion, and how two people can wear opposite trends and still pull it off perfectly. When I stroll around the streets of my hometown, I find a fashionable scene on every corner. Everybody looks stunning in whatever fashion they have chosen to compliment themselves with.

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I can’t decide which street would be the most ideal to label as the most fashionable street, however there is one place that means so much to all the residents here and that is the church. This church is located on Catherine St of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. I consider this street to be a very versatile street with its fashion choices. This is because people from all age groups come to this street wearing different trends and styles.

Catherine Street provides no fashion boutiques, but it is amazing to see the different trends people sport. Seniors tend to wear amazing pastel colors and old trend clothing, while the teenagers and youth tend to wear colours that brighten up the street and sport the latest fashions. It is a street where you can spot people from all age ranges and see the unique fashions present within the age groups. I decided to go to the street myself, and present the my own street fashion and photograph it.

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Helli in a green body suit, skirt and heels.

The first look I went for was a green bodysuit, that was $24.99 at Winners bought in Yorkton, and paired it up with some classic black and white shorts purchased at $10.99 from Ardennes also bought in Yorkton. This bodysuit and shorts look has been a big hype on all social media platforms and it has not gone away still. It is a look that a lot of young females have sported every now and then. Whether that be for taking a stroll in the mall or going out to the beach, a bodysuit has become a top trend in every girl’s closet this year.

Helli in a fashionable romper on Catherine Street in Yorkton Saskatchewan

The next look I portrayed at Catherine St was a fancy, yet fashionable romper. Rompers have taken over the fashion world the last couple of years and this one is a perfect, fancy romper that is perfect to wear into the church as well. It is black and white and made completely of lace! It was purchased from Rosegal for $14.99 along with the black stilettos that were $19.99. I adore this look because it is a perfect look for a night out as well as for a walk in the park. I love outfits that serve both as a day look and a night look because picking out clothes for both the day and the ngiht is a stressful job that this romper has taken care of.

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Helli in a sweater by Zaful with Lululemon Leggings

The last look of this street is a very casual and autumn outfit. I love how versatile fashion on this street is. It is very easy to sport a casual outfit here or an outfit that is for fancy purposes. This outfit consists of a knitted sweater which is so comfortable and so in demand these past few years. The sweater is from Zaful for $34.99 paired with Lululemon Leggings at $99.99 accessorized with a hat from Forever 21 for $14.99. To pull this whole look off and make it more trendy was to pair it off with some moccasins from Minnetonka for $49.99.

While one street can present so many different people with different styles, it is wonderful to be sporting three different styles on one street myself. I love how individuals here choose their fashion and everybody’s definition of fashion is different. On Catherine St in Yorkton, everybody is allowed to sport any style they wish to, just like I did! The essential thing to becoming a fashionista is to be versatile and unique!

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