Casual Classics in Lethbridge, Alberta
By Grace, Miss Teenage Alberta 2017
“In a world full of trends I want to remain a classic.” –Iman
In fashion terms, I would consider myself to be more on the sophisticated, classy, artsy, chic end of the spectrum. The outfits in this article are what I would wear every day. With a modern look that holds onto classic pieces that are sure to turn heads. Fashion is art, and in art there is no rules.
At the end of July, my awesome photographer, Adam and I took some pictures in the heart of my home town Lethbridge. Born and raised in this urban city, I encounter art every day. I’m 17 years old and graduated high school in Lethbridge a year early. Driven and ambitious, I’m headed into the world of business. My wardrobe reflects my light-heartedness and professionalism. For my outfits. on a day to day basis, I find one piece that I’m inspired by and mold my attire around it.
Calm Confidence – My first look is inspired by this black hat called “The Jackson Fedora” by Shannon Phillips. “The Jackson Fedora” is 100% wool and a replica of one of Michael Jackson’s hats. The designs of hats haven’t changed in hundreds of years. I forgo trendy pieces in favour of the classics. The other accessories I’m wearing in this picture are vintage Swarovski crystal earrings, a Swiss watch by Wittnauer and a sterling silver bangle & ring set from Pandora. The real gem of this outfit is the sapphire lady Diane ring!!
The rest of my outfit is chic and artsy. Blue jean button up shirt from Pseudo, faded plaid beige blazer from Le Chateau and black ankle pants from Reitman’s. These nude, lace up corduroy heels from The Bay are a must for me to complete this outfit. They look hot and will keep anyone who wears them cool for the summer. Also getting a head start on fall fashion for 2017, corduroy will be almost inescapable! Finding one or two key clothing items to build an outfit around, saves time in our busy lives. It keeps my street style looking put together on any occasion. Layering is a fun way to change up a look instantly. In the morning before going to my favourite local coffee shop, Bread Milk & Honey, in my hometown we did some shopping and went for a walk through Galt Gardens.
Cool & Casual – The following day, July 31st was a day to run some errands in downtown Lethbridge. I enjoy strolling through the shops and streets. The farmer’s market on 6th street is where I sold rafiki bracelets to fund-raise for the We Charity and enjoy browsing through all the vendors. Thought it was fitting to take some cool pictures downtown, where I attend local events.
For my second look, I focused on the must have maxi dress by KOY Resort from the Travelman Luggage & Swimwear Warehouse. Light, flowy, soft and timeless with a slit half-way up the leg on both sides makes it perfect for the hot weather we’ve been having in Lethbridge. It has a jaw string to accentuate my waistline and several buttons from the center of the neckline to the jaw string. I paired it with a cute blue pair of dark blue lace up flats from The Bay. The over the shoulder, edgy, white and grey alligator textured leather purse from Guess compliments the edginess of the slits up the sides of the dress. The earth friendly is a pair of Kuma sunglasses with bamboo arms. Lastly, I added the earrings from Le Chateau with a gold frame as they add a little bit of sparkle.
In fashion terms, individuals can be whoever they want to portray. I prefer sophisticated pieces and having classic go to items that have endless outfit combinations. We live in 2017, people shouldn’t have to look a certain way to feel beautiful or accepted. To me fashion is how individuals express themselves through hair, make-up, clothes, and accessories. The second definition of fashion is “a manner of doing something.” Both of those sentences are about self-expression. When I say fashion is art and in art there is no rules, I mean there is no limits for self-expression. Fashion is about expressing our own individuality through our own unique styles. All our differences makes us beautiful!
Beautiful outfits and what a beautiful expression of true art and fashion!
Looking good! So Chic, love your outfits and pics!! 😍❤️😍
Sophisticated, beautiful, fun and truly You!!
I love the classic look with the modern twist for a younger generation! You are beautiful and very classy.
She is so beautiful and has great fashion. She is also a great singer and dancer!!
Love how each outfit expresses something different! They look very beautiful.
Very pretty outfits! I absolutely love the cool and casual look!
Fabulous outfits Grace 👌✋
Looking beautiful, Grace! Good luck at Miss Teen Canada! ❤️
Great pictures and outfits… For the new miss teen canada
Great looks Grace!
Love everything Grace. Have a wonderful time!
Great extension to who you are and the incredible city you come from. Lethbridge/Alberta is blessed to have you representing our city/province. Now bring the house down in Toronto!
Love your style! So chic. This beautiful lady couldn’t be a better representative ofLethbridge and of Alberta. To the new Miss Teen Canada 🍾
Such a beautiful younge woman!! You’ve got so much style and you’re a great leader to children and a great reminder of youth to adults. You deserve this !!!!
So chic and sofisticated, Grace! You are a true beauty💕
What a classic and sophisticated selection!! Absolutely stunning!
You’re looking absolutely gorgeous. I love the classic look and you do it so well.
Beautiful Grace!!! Great style!!
A very beautiful young lady!!
You are so beautiful and ambitious
Beautiful Grace!!! Good luck and have fun💗
Great choice of outfits and beautiful photography. You have energy and confidence and you have worked so hard to make all of this happen. Now…enjoy the experience!
You have talent. Good luck.
This is one of the most beautiful ladies I’ve gotten to know Grace your a very kind and loving little lady i wish you the greatest experiences of your life work hard my heart is with you like you told me .I’M GOING TO DO IT.love always kelly koala bear james
Looking good. 🙂 Have fun.
Stunning! The outfits are almost as gorgeous as you. Cleverly styled, love it!
Beautiful Grace! You look fantastic 🌹
Excellent article Grace. You make those casual classics look great!