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Day two brought some effortless chic, 80s glam and modern bridal to World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. This week is flying by!

And don’t forget, tweet @jasonkrell and @alyvelji why you need a stylish holiday, and the hashtag #StyleGuysCayman for your chance to win a trip with us to the Cayman Islands and $1000 to Crossiron Mills.

Big shout out to Judy Gabriel from Hot Biz Media!



Day one: World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto

What a busy day! Check out all the action from DAY 1 at #WMCFW. We saw Vawk, Line Knitwear and Sid Neigum at the tent and a few friends along the way: Marilyn Denis, Janette Ewen, Jay Strut and The Beckerman Twins.

And don’t forget, tweet @jasonkrell and @alyvelji why you need a stylish holiday, and the hashtag #StyleGuysCayman for your chance to win a trip with us to the Cayman Islands and $1000 to Crossiron Mills.

Big shout out to Judy Gabriel from Hot Biz Media!

The Style Guys at WorldMasterCard Fashion Week F/W 2014, Day 1 from Jason Krell on Vimeo.


‘Mountain Modern’ style for the home

Originally posted in 24 Hours Vancouver
February 12, 2014

Let’s face it: winter is in full effect and starting to feel long. All we can think about is staying warm and snug, making roaring fires, wrapping up in rich textiles, and wearing chunky knits. But unless you’re a snowbird (and we wish we were), the best way to get through the long winter is to get out to the hills and cozy up.

On a recent mountain getaway (complete with skiing and apres-skiing) we got talking about our favourite winter resorts. There are some amazing properties to visit, while others just don’t quite get it right. They become kitschy, missing the right touch of modern elegance.

So this week we focus on an alpine-chalet look we’re calling “Modern Mountain,” and the key pieces you need to get it.




Agnes Chandelier, Roll & Hill (rollandhill.com)
We love everything about this chandelier is it’s the ideal mix of modern and rustic. Reminiscent of a tree branch or even a snowflake, the gorgeous gold finish gives it a glamour edge perfect for a dream mountain escape.







Strandmon Wing Chair, IKEA (IKEA.com)
In design, wing chairs are back in full-force. IKEA has brought back this mid-century marvel from a vintage collection and it fits perfectly in a modern mountain space. The grey is also inviting, making this the kind of chair you’d want to curl up in (with a glass of wine, of course).






Icelandic Sheepskin Pillow, 29 Armstrong (29armstrong.com)
Made in Copenhagen, this gorgeous sheepskin pillow adds visual interest and warmth. It’s where design meets nature: great to layer with other textiles to create the luxury that is needed in a mountain getaway.




Chevron Mirror, Crate and Barrel (crateandbarrel.com)
This unexpected, hand-worked bamboo mirror is done in the perfect whitewashed finish. The obvious choice would have been cedar or pine, but instead try the organic edge of bamboo in a chevron pattern. The look is super modern and adds that little element of surprise.




No More Ugly Christmas Sweaters For You

This year we’ve put the Ugly Christmas Sweater on the naughty list — buttons, rhinestones, patchwork and bells need not apply. Instead, this Christmas we are in luck because chunky knits, fantastic prints and smart layering have never been more on-trend.

Dressed up or dressed down these holiday looks are fa-la-la-la-la-fabulous.

Originally posted in 24 Hours Vancouver 

The Style Guys Calgary Bloggers Show top Sweaters For Holiday 2013

Old Navy, Novelty Xmas Sweater
Keep it casual with this great sweater from Old Navy. We love the deer, they give the outfit some holiday cheer without going totally Hickory Farms fromage. Pair it with your favourite worn-in jeans and boots. This look is very ‘I just got back from the forest to chop down a tree’ chic!

The Style Guys Calgary Bloggers Show top Sweaters For Holiday 2013

Holt Renfrew, Givenchy knit sweater
Nothing channels the holidays like a little argyle. This chunky knit from Givenchy is perfect for cozy nights by the fire. The two red stripes also give this sweater a modern edge.

The Style Guys Calgary Bloggers Show top Sweaters For Holiday 2013

Gap, Double Knit Striped Shawl Cardigan (on top)
Layer your sweaters! These striped sweaters from The Gap give a nod to the nautical trend and are perfect for the cozy-holiday look. This is the ideal getup for shopping outside or going for a stroll with friends.

The Style Guys Calgary Bloggers Show top Sweaters For Holiday 2013

Harry Rosen, Versace Collection, Diamond Jacquard Knit
Turquoise is a great colour for the holidays; such a change from the mundane red and green. This fabulous diamond jacquard v-neck sweater from Harry Rosen has just the right hint of pattern. A perfect layering piece or wear it all on its own.

The Style Guys Calgary Bloggers Show top Sweaters For Holiday 2013

Banana Republic, Charcoal Fairisle Shawl Sweater
The shawl neck is another big trend for men’s fashion and this one from Banana Republic is just right. The knit charcoal colour keeps it dressy, but still leaves enough room to let a collared shirt poke through — perfect for holiday dinner parties.



Style Guys Holiday Gift List – Global Calgary

Holiday shopping just got a lot easier thanks to the Crossiron Mills Holiday Gift Guide Application. Next time you are at Crossiron Mills head over the ‘wind’ section of the mall and right outside of the Disney store you will find touch screens with the Style Guys curated gift application. Touch the screen and drag your favourite times into your shopping bag, then send that list to your loved ones via email, Facebook or Twitter. Who knows, maybe they will appear under the tree!

November 30, 2013 Global Calgary and Crossiron Mills featuring the Style Guys Holiday Gift Guide.


Dear Style Guys

It’s always great when we receive a listener email. It’s like we’re a modern yet less buttoned-up Dear Abby! Hope we’ve helped.

Dear Style Guys,

I would love it if you would do a segment on where young women can find appropriate, yet fashionable pieces for the office. It’s hard to find a skirt in this town that isn’t thigh high, make me look old or cause me to miss a mortgage payment.  This is an on-going discussion with my professional female friends.  We don’t know where to shop or how to turn classic business attire into stand-out business attire. When I visit big box stores that are in my price range I feel like screaming.

I live in a very nice neighbourhood which is home to mostly  45-55 women who have given up on fashion altogether. I see them hanging out in yoga wear carrying expensive bags. I fear I will become one of them.

I remember my mother looking so polished and well-dressed when I was a young but she used to sew her own classic and elegant wardrobe.  She even sewed my high school graduation dress – a replica of Chanel dress I found in a magazine.  It was stunning.

Please help,
Frustrated professional

Dear Frustrated,

Props to you for wanting to look stylish, professional and put together. It’s a jungle out there, for sure. Especially on a budget it’s not easy to what you’re looking for. Here are some tips:

– Find a tailor! Sometimes when you find that perfect number but it’s a bit too long or loose, just get it altered. Take it in, bring it up, cinch it where it needs to be cinched. Many women don’t use tailors and it’s a must. It’s not as expensive as you think, especially if you find an affordable piece of clothing.

– Accessorize with classic jewelry. You know that brooch your mother wears? Maybe you think it’s too old for you but in fact if you wear it in a more modern way you will turn heads and look like a million bucks. Try pinning a cute scarf, on a hat, or on a simple jacket (that you’ve had tailored).

– See a stylist, or just ask the shop-owners. Don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. We all get stuck in ruts and give up (well you do, we don’t). Let someone else pick out your clothes and try them on. Don’t turn your nose up at it until you’ve got it on in front of a full-length mirror.

– Buy your investment pieces in neutral colours. You won’t get away with wearing that red blazer more than once a month before you turn into, the girl with the red blazer. Buy black, grey and brown suiting and jackets, then spice them up with variety. These are the investment pieces so spend a little extra for top quality.

Love, the Style Guys




Fashion Victim or Fashion Icon?

True, trends come and go. While it is always good to be current in fashion, it’s really not about what’s hot and new all the time, it’s about finding your own personal style. You don’t want to be that guy or girl that is walking around decked out in head to toe trends, dressed like a mennequin. Your personal style shows that you aren’t trying to hard… AKA a fashion victim.

Inject YOUR personality into your clothing choices and you will make a statement no matter what is on-trend for the season. Here are a few of our favourite trend setters and why we love them. They may not make the “it” list every day but each has a style that’s all their own.

Iris Apfel

She has long been a trend setter. Jet-setting all over the globe and picking up outrageous pieces to inject into her wardrobe. Daring, charismatic and fabulous! She had a whole exhibit at the MET in New York dedicated to her wardrobe. Now that shows a true fashion maven. You’ll recognize her by her signature round glasses.

Lenny Kravitz

Music icon and a fashion icon. This man has hit the mark when it comes to personal style. Rocker, edgy, bohemian and sophisticated. He can pull of any look and damn good every time. Think about using scarves, necklaces and other cool accessories.














Kelly Osborne

We love that she is always doing something surprising. She has really mastered the mix of high/low, dressy/casual, bohemian/sparkly. She hasn’t always hit the fashion mark, but made a statement with her look and that’s why we love her. Think about going to many stores and mixing high-low. Layer!


Johnny Depp

A man after our own hearts… A good fashion accessory. He continues to make scarf and hat-wearing fashionable and chic . His eclectic style sets him apart from everyone else. And the fact that he doesn’t really follow trends, makes him that much more appealing. We love hat-wearers, just make sure you have good ones, and don’t over-wear them.