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.
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.
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.