The Doctor is In

Untitled-1 DSC_0087 Untitled-2aDSC_0127Wearing blue duster jacket by asos.com, bodysuit from Nasty Gal, and earrings and boots from Zara

Sometimes you just want to Keep It Simple Stupid. OK so maybe that applies to me most of the time. I’m not my best self in the morning, and the thought of coordinating an outfit with 4-5 pieces fills me with anxiety. I like the ease of throwing on a duster jacket and wearing it as a dress. It’s a little scandalous, what with only two buttons and such a low V-neck. But with the right wool tights and a perfectly strappy bodysuit, the effect can be quite fetching. I also look like I could be taking your temperature, but I really don’t see the downside of looking like a smart med-school-grad who just walked out of a lab.

Images by The Pack

Budget-Friendly Favourites

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I’m not gonna lie to you. The life of a part-time blogger, save for a few elites, is not really about $3000 python bags and all-you-can-eat macarons. Many of us have to rely on our creativity to look good and au courant. This means that from time to time, the modestly-salaried fashion aficionado might choose to partake in Goodwill thrifting, DIY, stalking the sale rack at luxury department stores, ordering from cheap e-commerce sites based in Shenzhen, and, yes, fast fashion.

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Fast fashion brands like Zara and Asos, when indulged in moderation and chosen wisely, can give your wardrobe what it needs to look fresh. All you need is a couple of pieces each season. In fact, refrain from buying more than the recommended amount. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a closet full of floral shirts you never wear because you realized you no longer want to look like a botanical garden 24/7. This definitely happened to me.

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These are some of my favourite acquisitions this season. The pink jacket is by Zara and comes in the most subdued shade of pink, and is thus perfect. If there is a better jacket for the weather in Toronto right now, I haven’t found it. The cropped white trousers, also by Zara, embodies everything I love about the cozy, baggy silhouettes that have dominated the runways for much of the past year, and still manages to exude some sexy in the form of exposed ankles. Bonus points for the fact that they look nearly identical to a pair of linen capris I had when I was 16. Fashion is a flat circle.

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Footwear-wise, I’m apparently obsessed with track soles right now. The 90s-inspired platform lace-ups are from Pixie Market, and despite their vertiginous appearance, are miraculously immune to wobble and only slightly uncomfortable. The white TEVA-inspired sandals are from Blink and look best paired with matching white gym socks. And this sexy but slightly Magic Eye-inducing skirt comes courtesy of Asos.com. I prefer to wear it with something frumpier and less shapely on top in order to achieve a more interesting shape.

Untitled-5Images via asos.com, Zara, and pixiemarket.