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Juno’s Fashion – Canadiana or Bust?

It’s Juno’s weekend and everyone is planning their weekend music lineup, and hopefully their wardrobe. We Canucks love to show our Juno pride but we want to suggest that this weekend we evolve our Canadiana for a new, modern look.

The Canadian Tuxedo
We’re not going fishing people, update your denim-on-denim-on-denim for coloured jeans, mismatched washes and one of this spring’s hottest looks – lightweight denim. And always break it up with accessories.

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Plaid
This one is actually pretty on-trend but it is a style that has become more hipster than beards and toques.

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Fur
The temperature is rising so put away the winter outerwear and wear lighter layers. You’re no longer impressing anyone with your branded fur collar.

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No Canadian teams are in the playoffs, get over it.
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Love, The Style Guys
Happy Juno Weekend!

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The 90s TV Remakes We’re Praying For

In the last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz over 90s throwbacks. There were rumours about a Friends reunions (albeit disappointing), the X-Files were re-opened and people have been binging on Fuller House. But where are the fashion greats? Here are our choices for the ultimate fashion re-boots that we can only pray are right around the corner.

1. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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From Will’s street style to Carlton’s preppy looks and Hillary’s over the top nouveau riche, there’s nothing like a show about rich people to bring on the it-factor.

2. Designing Women
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Surgarbaker and Associates hands-down showed some of the best of the 80s and 90s. This show was all about, big hair, big shoulder pads and big time cattiness.

3. Saved by the Bell

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Maybe we’re too old to be watching but there doesn’t seem to be high school shows like there used to be – kids go straight from Treehouse to the Walking Dead, so we think they need another Archie and Jughead style teen comedy. It’s also fun when they live in California and get to wear outrageous Melrose street styles.

4. The Nanny

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Queens NY meets British high society! Fran brought us In Living Colour blazers, turtleneck crop tops and cheetah print everything. If we could get this back we would watch it on mute. Maybe Fran is now the mother character… who would be the Nanny? Katy Perry? Snooki?

 

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Early Spring Wardrobe Transition

The Groundhog stuck its head out this week and (in Calgary anyways) he didn’t see his shadow, so that means and early Spring! We already know that this has not been the harshest of winters and I think many of us are already itching to put away our winter garb and get on with Spring clothes.

But don’t get too carried away – it’s not time quite yet. Before you pull out your linens and open-toed shoes we want to suggest a transition period; one that will keep you warm but also looking refreshed. Here are a few simple ways we suggest you ease your way into a lighter wardrobe.

Get your colour on

Even if it’s just a belt or a shoe get some bright colour back into your wardrobe to break up the black and grey.

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Winter florals

Why not? Whether it’s through an accessory or a floral shirt, you don’t have to wait. Mix it up with your wools, furs and tweeds.

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Light Layers

Just wear more – it sounds easy enough, right?  That heavy winter coat is getting boring so pull out your overcoats, leather or denim jackets instead. Layer with sweaters, heavy scarves and hats to stay warm.

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Style Resolutions for 2016

Happy New Year!

Made any new year’s resolutions? Sure, we all have good intentions in January but they drop off fast and furious. We were asked, what are top three style resolutions that you can recommend? A great question! Here are a few we think you can incorporate easily, painlessly and maybe even stick to.

    1. Only wear what fits you. Purge your closet and take out those clothes that don’t fit well or aren’t flattering on you. If you’re not ready to part with them because your other resolution is lose 10 lbs, fine, but put them in a box and put them away. Looking at a closet full of unflattering clothes is a terrible way to start the day.
    2. Dress for yourself. Sure, we all have responsibilities and need to dress the part but don’t let anyone tell you not to wear something if you love it (ahem, except Crocs, yoga pants in public or cargo shorts). It’s your body, your day, and life is short!
    3. Try on one new thing. Afraid of prints? Always wanted a leather jacket? This is your year, just do it. Go get that one thing that you have always thought you should have but you’ve been holding yourself back from. You might be surprised by how you feel, who you meet and where 2016 takes you.

Whatever your goals, we wish you all a colourful and joyous year.

XO Jason & Aly

The Style Guys

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Dorm Rooms Do’s

It’s back to school time and for those of you that are heading to post secondary or somewhere abroad, you will most likely be staying in a dorm. Now most dorms come with a bed, night stand and that is pretty much it. Now, remember you will be spending a lot of time (studying of course) in these spaces, so make sure you are adding some personality to these spaces. How do you do this, you ask? Well, we are here to help. Check out the video below and our list of Do’s to make your dorm room have some major swag!

  1. Pattern and Texture – You can introduce pattern and texture through your bedding, window coverings, and artwork. Think bold and bright colour and have fun with your patterns. Mix and match and create a unique look thats all your own.
  2. Organization is Key – baskets, storage pieces, dual duty furniture is what you need to ensure you are organized through out the year. Have a space for everything so you don’t have everything all over your room. You don’t have to be scrambling in  the morning to find your books, shoes, or laptop.
  3. Don’t forget about lighting – Lighting is key. One centre light fixture in your room will not do. Think about table lamps and floor lamps for accent lighting. Trust us, it will help when you are up late cramming for that exam that you forgot you had!

Check out these amazing finds from Homesense!

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A great clip that was featured on BT Calgary:

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http://www.btcalgary.ca/videos/4416472170001/

 

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Kickin’ it back-to-school

A new pair of shoes is always a good thing! We both remember when we were growing up and new shoes was the only thing that made the entire situation of going back to school bearable!

Fortunately, there are no shortage of shoes available now for every kid’s style. You can go classic, modern, comfortable or even high fashion.

The classics – Jack Purcell Converse

Jack Purcell was actually a Canadian badminton player who won numerous titles in the 1920s and 30s. In 1935 helped design a new badminton shoe that became hot in street culture. Converse bought the rights to the shoe and has now re-launched the style with ultra-responsive cushioning and Nike Zoom air technology. That rim at the top (on the toe) is called the two-piece smile.

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The modern – Ciroc X Sully Wong

Another Canadian success story, Sully Wong is made up of George Sully and Henry Wong. The team is based out of Toronto and largely inspired by their Canadian-Asian heritage and pays homages to the history of hip hop and the Apollo moon landing. Most recently, Sully Wong launched an all-white sneaker with Ciroc vodka, perfect for a day at a cabana.

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Ciroc x Sully Wong Launch at Cabana Pool Bar. Toronto, ON, Canada. August 15, 2015. (Image: Ryan Emberley)

The comfortable – ECCO

All about comfort but never compromising style. The founder wanted these to be comfortable from the moment you put them on, no need to wear them in. Based in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, ECCO uses 85% of their leather from their own tanneries. Check out the new ECCO store at Chinook Centre for all the hottest new looks, in particular the Soft 7 collection is available in stores now (a great collection of black and white shoes, backpacks and handbags).

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The High Fashion – Thorocraft (or TCG)

Based in California, and known for top quality and modern style, we love these footwear because they are hand-crafted and produced in limited numbers. We first stumbled on these at the new Nordstrom and we love the patterns that are available.

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GQ Lists 20 Most Stylish Men Alive

We love a good best-dressed list and GQ’s 20 Most Stylish Men Alive is always one to look forward to. Ever changing, this year we didn’t see Wes Anderson, Adam Levine or Matt Lauer (huh?) but we did see a few unexpected names on the list…this week, let’s talk about a few that we were a bit surprised to see. Do you agree?

Jeff Goldblum

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A great actor, with a broad range, he appears in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and also makes us bust a gut. But is he worthy of this title of Most Stylish Man Alive? Actually, if we do some searching, he’s doing pretty well! The guy knows what he’s doing when he gets dressed and changes up the look often enough to earn him a spot.

Jared Leto

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He’s tries really hard all the time, we give him that, but does he try too hard? Between all-white suits, beach blown hair and a daring street style the guy always makes a statement. Love it or lump it, we agree, he belongs on the list.

Jaden Smith

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When your parents have as much scratch as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith it would only make sense that you’re going to be able to afford some good clothes (or at least get your dad’s Fresh Prince hand-me-downs). But is he really doing anything that outstanding, GQ? We say, not yet.

John Mayer

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Really? We don’t see it. He’s got a good casual style, and wears some pretty expensive brands, but does this translate to a top spot? Not quite. He’s about 50% of the way there for us.

The entire list breaks down below, any thoughts?

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Ryan Gosling, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Leto, A$AP Rocky, Lebron James, Bradley Cooper, Jay Z, Brad Pitt, Harry Styles, Daniel Craig, Jaden Smith, Russell Westbrook, John Mayer, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Mark Ronson, Mario Balotelli and Eddie Redmayne.

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Weddings and Grads – How to be Timeless

Whether you’re graduating or getting married, now is the time of year when women are shopping in full force. You know that your photo will be taken hundreds of times and no matter how hard you try, you will never outlive a bad, dated outfit. But how do you dress when you want to be stylish, but not so stylish that your dress will be out of style before you sober up?

Here are our picks for the classics. The very few looks that will have staying power.

 

 

The Woman in the Fitted Tuxedo

It’s not a look that every woman can or wants to pull off, but you see this silhouette coming back over and over. Madonna, Annie Lenox, Marlene Dietrich, they all rocked it, so can you.

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The Halter Dress

Made famous by Halston in the 70s, this look has really never gone away. It’s sexy without being sleazy, elegant without trying to hard. Also, it moves with you so it’ll help you make the entrance that nobody will forget.

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Little Black Dress

What could be simpler? For your money, this is the dress that you will wear over and over again, so buy the most flattering, best quality you can afford. 

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BOW TIES for every occasion

We love our bow ties and like to sport them for any occasion. Bow ties can amp up any outfit. Most men cringe when they hear the word bow tie or you hear “I am not wearing that!” Well, listen up, if you are hipster enough to rock a ‘stache or beard, you can most definitely rock a bow tie. There are so many different options available from patterned, solids, different materials such as wood, fabric, and even feathers. We are sure you will find the right one to suit any occasion not matter how dressy or casual.
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Kat Marks is a Calgary based designer that studied in London. Her passion is working with exotic leathers and is a leader in fashion enterprise and design. She is so creative and when it came time for to dress for hosting the red carpet, her unique NEW AMBROSIAN style of neckware was where Aly had to go! A new take on a bow and a bollo tie made with the most gorgeous materials such as silks and leathers. Kat Marks is a fashion force in this city and we cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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Bo by Mansouri 
You’ll be the talk about the party with these bow ties made with wood. Thats right, real wood. Started by a father and son duo, these fashion forward bow ties are made with cut offs from wood processing facilities across North America. In addition to this, they also use soft leather offcuts sourced in Israel, which are used for the neck straps. The bow tie goes through several protoype phases before becoming the almost weightless version that you could have in your hands. We both own one and can’t say enough about how amazing they are made in Canada!
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Aristocrats Bows N Ties 
Based in Toronto, these gorgeous bow ties are available through their online shop. From florals, stripes, solids, to vintage florals, you will find whatever tickles your bow tie fancy. They like to pride themselves in their fashion details and like to call it sophisticated and dapper, with a twist. All their bow ties come with an adjustable band making it suitable for any man. They also carry a broad range of accessories from lapel pins to pocket scarves that will have you looking put together and dapper with a click of a button.
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Brackish Bow Ties 
Started in 2007, all because the designer was not able to find the right groomsmen gift, Ben handcrafted his first bow ties from turkey feathers and they were an instant hit. Every tie is handcrafted in South Carolina and every single feather is hand selected ensuring that no 2 ties are alike. Every piece is a sustainable work of art and ensures that it will make a fabulous statement. We love the organic and of course colourful nature of the feathers and think these are the perfect tie for weddings, graduations, or any fashionable social function.
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PARK 2015: Promoting Artists, Redfining Kulture

In its 3rd season, this years PARK Show is sure to be an amazing one! Being held Saturday May 23, 2105, this show has not disappointed in previous years as being one of the premiere fashion events to go to in the city. Fashion alumni as well as new to the fashion scene designers will showcase their collections in a two part fashion show. There is nothing more thrilling than sitting at a show, when the light turn down, the music starts and the models start strutting their stuff on the runway. It’s exhilarating. This is how we get a little NYC feel in YYC.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

We thought we would run through some of the designers that we cannot wait to see on the runway!
Designer Aleem Arif founded this brand in 2011. The leather extraordinare, Aleem has a knack for making well tailored and fashion forward jackets and blazers. We are loving the lazer cut details that he is showcasing in his now collection. Perfect for those Calgary summer nights were it can get a little chilly. We are also loving the asymmetrical lines in some of his designs, we like to call this Modern Micheal, as in Jackson if you’re nasty… wait a minute, that’s Janet!
If there is one thing we love, it’s a strong pattern and this is the directions behind Vivian Lee’s new collection called RISE. A contemporary athletic-leisure menswear collection marries technical design and function with simple, clean aesthetics. Made for the modern jet setting man, who is athletic, career oriented, and fashionably sensitive… I think that describes us to a T!
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Graduating from design in School in London, England, we are loving the simple aesthetic of her designs. Going through her collection we love how easy, casual, and well made her pieces are. We love how each of her pieces can be a staple but also go with so many other items, giving that piece longevity in your wardrobe. Something that is very important.

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