Spring style Revamp: Three Runway Looks For Less!

TEXT: Chris Zaghi and Claire Ball

Gone are the days when the standard polyester pantsuit or pencil skirt were the go-to for every woman at the office. The new 9-5 wardrobe should tastefully represent your personal style, as well as the atmosphere of your workplace. The same goes for your beauty routine. You want to look professional and put together without foregoing some extra oomph to your everyday makeup look.

When looking toward the weekend, most of the times all you want to do is throw on a t-shirt and sweats, but hear us out. Loungewear is great for picking up groceries, walking the dog, and laying about and watching Netflix. But sometimes the weekend calls for a little pizazz! An easy weekend solution is to keep your makeup minimal instead of your clothes. Why not amp up your weekend style with some comfy show stoppers that’ll have all your friends begging you for fashion advice and opt for a minimal makeup look?

Now evening wear and formalwear can be a bit tough. There are tons of rules and guidelines on what’s right and what’s wrong. No white at weddings, no stretch fabrics, avoid things that are too casual. All of these rules can make it almost impossible to find something that won’t be gasped at by the rest of night’s guests. Luckily, over the last few years, how we look at formal attire has changed drastically. Outfits that would have never gone over well at formal events are now slowly being accepted. And more outlandish and gaudy designs are being celebrated at events instead of being shunned. This opens up a lot of doors to what you can wear to a formal event this year. So keep your makeup relatively classic with a bit of a twist and let your outfit do the talking!

Office Ready: Chanel vs. Zara

Photos: Vogue Runway – Zara

Zara Textured Weave Cardigan &  Zara Structured Mini Skirt With Ruffle:

$135.80 online or in store

Zara has a long-standing tradition of providing the fashion-forward masses with reasonably priced and well-made clothing inspired by the world’s most exclusive luxury labels. The clothing you find in most Zara boutiques tends to lean toward a very elegant and trend-positive style. And when looking for the perfect 9-5 outfit, elegance, assertiveness, and freshness are key. For example, Zara has recently added this beautiful tweed set to their lookbook. Elegantly trimmed with a fire engine red hem and buttoned with faux pearl accents. This classic style mirrors the suits Mademoiselle Coco made famous decades ago, but with an added flirty twist. This especially helps with keeping your 9-5 wardrobe fresh and exciting (and you can mix and match the set too!)

Office Makeup look: Blush(ing)

Photos: Vouge – MAC Cosmetics

MAC Casual Colour in Hi Jinks: $31.00 in store or online

In case you were absent during the ’80s, now is the time to embrace a retro throwback in your beauty routine. The spring/summer runway was both subtly and extravagantly reminiscent of the decade and one of the most popular makeup tributes to it was bright blush and lips. Designers like Kenzo, Reem Acra, and Adam Selman all participated in various versions of the retro blush. This look from the Chanel spring/summer 2017 runway features a strong, bright coral cheek contour with a hint of coral on the lips to evenly brighten up the face. MAC has a line of creamy multipurpose lip and cheek stains that are perfect for recreating this look for the office on your own! Just trace the cream colour up the cheekbones, and around the eyes. If you’re really feeling the 80s vibes, finish it off by dabbing a little bit on the lips for an added pop of colour. This beauty look screams springtime while also keeping it professional and pretty for work.

Weekend Chic: A.P.C vs. ASOS

Photos: Vogue Runway – ASOS

ASOS Denim Crop Jacket with Ruffle HemASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans

$138.62 + Shipping

Weekend outfits often tend to lean towards whatever is the most casual (and clean) that’s laying around your room. This can lead to some serious drab moments when going out and hitting up the town. Luckily, ASOS has a slew of different dressy yet uber-casual options for you to beef up your weekend wardrobe. Now, most people don’t want to wear a blouse on the weekend. No problem. Denim is your best friend in this case. The denim jacket and jeans give you the same refined, high fashion silhouette that the A.P.C ensemble gives you, just without the high fashion price tag. The pulled in waist and ruffles paired with matching skinny jeans give this look a fresh and expressive take on your traditional Canadian tuxedo.

Weekend Makeup look: No-Makeup Makeup

Photos: Vouge – Sephora

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: $55.00 in store or online

The bare skin “no-makeup” look has been seen before, but this season it seems that it was more popular than ever. With designers like Isabel Marant, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Christian Dior all displaying a minimalist approach to makeup on the runway, there is no denying the obvious appeal of the “no-makeup” look. Radiant, clear skin like this look from the Stella McCartney spring 2017 show, is the perfect way to keep it casual, fresh, and chic on the weekend. Just apply a good tinted moisturizer, like Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF 20, to even out your skin and bring out your natural radiance with a dewy glow. If you need to cover some blemishes, just touch them up with a little bit of concealer and blend it out. To complete the ultimate natural look, brush up your eyebrows and you’re good to go!

A Beautiful Evening Out: Gucci vs. Free People

Photos: Vogue Runway – Free People

Garden Life Maxi Dress$327.50 online or in store

Evening wear can be a tricky thing to get right. With all the guidelines surrounding what to wear, most people opt for something black and that’s that. However, modern evening wear doesn’t have to end up being so uptight. One big trend we’ve been seeing are florals — explosions of colourful blooms completing outfits in exotic prints and embroidery. And that’s just the right amount of punch your closet needs to fulfill all your formalwear desires. Free People does a wonderful job of merging elegance and hippie-chic in a neat little package, and the Garden Life maxi dress does just that. Mirror the beautiful blooms seen at Gucci this season. The dress is perfect for this year’s upcoming wedding season and any other spring/summer event that requires a little evening magic. Who knows, maybe you can even turn a dull winter party into a tropical paradise if you have the guts to do it.

Evening Makeup look: The Smudgy Eye

Photos: Vogue – Sephora

Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner: $31.00 in store or online

This “still wearing last night’s makeup” look is the new smokey eye. The spring/summer runway was all about the smudgy eye. Runway looks from Rag & Bone, Christopher Kane, and Balmain featured similar versions of the black, ashy, smudged out liner look. Pairing this makeup with the floral Garden Life Maxi Dress adds an edgier vibe for a perfect night out look. The best part about this beauty trend is that you no longer have to stress about drawing a straight line! Use Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner to rim your eyes, and using a smudging brush, Q-tip, or your fingertip, smudge out the liner to create an “already worn out” smudged and smokey look.

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Shop All Weekend: Summer Sales

The beginning of June is a great time of year in the city. We have long nights, patio friendly summer weather, and the city is alive with people finally making their way out of the winter hibernation. Along with all the positive summer vibes, this is the first time of the year in the retail calendar where 2016 spring/summer collections will finally be on sale at your favourite retailers.

This is a great time of the year to be shopping. You’ll be able to get some great deals on pieces that were just released two months ago, and once you make those purchases it does not have to sit and rot in your closet since the purchases are pretty perfect to be worn now with the summer weather.

To get you on your way to start doing some damage to your bank account, here are some menswear items that are on sale that deserve that to make that dent in your bank account.

A.P.C. Spring Shirt


Every man needs a short sleeve shirt during the summer months. They keep you cool and sweat free. They can also be worn with shorts or jeans, and can the perfect summer layering piece when you’re weather it underneath a lightweight blazer and or bomber jacket. If you’re going to buy only one short sleeve shirt this spring,  this Spring Shirt by A.P.C. is it. The shirt features a cotton linen blend that will have no trouble keeping you cool, and features a classic navy pinstripe pattern.

Engineered Garments Banded Collar Long Shirt


I think I lost count on how many times I’ve written about band collars this season but I’m not going to stop because they’re just that good. This Engineered Garments Banded Collar Long Shirt is not for style beginners but more for men who are comfortable with wearing a band collar and are comfortable playing around with proportions due to the elongated fit of the shirt.  The shirt features a cotton linen blend, two front chest pockets.

Norse Projects Thor Light Ripstop Mac


As much as we wish it was sunny everyday during this time of year, that is simply not the case. Having a solid piece of outerwear goes a long way when we get some pretty freakish thunderstorms that can rain down on a moment’s notice. This mac coat from Norse Projects is the ideal coat to be wearing on a rainy summer’s day. It’s made from a ultra fine ripstop nylon, and lined with the same outer fabrics.

Eyts Mothers Suede Cream


If you’re looking for a classic looking clean sneaker for the summer look no further than Eytys. The Scandinavian sneaker company specializes in minimalist designs with high quality construction and materials. The Mother’s Suede Cream is a clean looking sneaker that can be very easily dressed up or down. The sneaker was designed in Sweden and made from 100 % suede leather.

Shop All Weekend: Four Green Pieces for Spring/Summer


Every year the fashion world pretty much anoints one colour as being the colour to wear for the season. Since these colours start from the runway and eventually trickle down to the masses, sometimes the in vogue colour does not translate well into everyday men’s, due to the fact that it can be a little too abrasive for the average guy.  This spring/summer, we got lucky, and got blessed with green as the one colour to wear for the season. This is a colour any man can pick up and effortlessly wear, and pretty much look pretty damn good in. There is no shortage of  green this season, as everything from shoes, clothes, and accessories, are  being available in the green hue. Here is a rundown of some of our favourite military green pieces for this season.

wings + horns BDU Jacket


If you are unfamiliar with military green, a great starting point to get into the shade would be a BDU jacket. Menswear has always taken inspiration from classic military designs due to their functional designs and masculine silhouettes. This BDU jacket from wings + horns is a great jacket that is perfect for this time of the year when you don’t need your winter parka, but still feel the need to have something on more than a t-shirt. The jacket features a durable water resistant windproof cotton twill, Raglan sleeves, and front patch pockets with hidden snap closures.  

Illustrated Example Twill Work Shirt


Sometimes you just need a shirt that you don’t have to think twice about, one that you can just put on without much thought, and still look pretty damn good in. This Illustrated Example Twill Work Shirt will is that, no hassle shirt. The clean looking shirt is perfect for the upcoming warm months. It can easily be worn on its own, or layered underneath a cardigan or blazer, when you need to fancy things up. The shirt is made from a  durable Japanese twill fabric cotton, and features a chest pocket, and tonal matte buttons.

A.P.C. Joe Parka


If you have been following menswear then you know the French label A.P.C. is one of the best brands out there for quality outerwear. This season, A.P.C. take on the summer Parka is one that should not be missed, especially if you’re looking for one that features a minimalist clean vibe. This is one spring/summer parka that can be worn up to t-shirt and shorts seasons, and can easily be broken out when fall rolls back around. The parka is made from a waterproof cotton and features, a large hood with a self drawstring, large patch pockets, set in sleeves, and hidden buttons.

John Elliott Tank Top


Still don’t buy it that green is the colour of the season? John Elliott, one of menswear most coveted designers in the business right now, based his entire spring/summer 2016 show off of the colour after a 10 day journey for inspiration in Vietnam. We know you’re counting down the days until summer, where summer vacations, music festivals,  beach trips, and 30 degree weather is a reality. But until then, we highly suggest you stock up on those summer essentials, and this John Elliott Tank Top is a great place to start. Yes, the tank top is on the pricey side, but for good reason. Elliott made this tank out of 50% lightweight supmia cotton and 50 % micro modal fabric, meaning this will be the most comfortable tank you will ever own.