Shabby Not Chic

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Sometimes, as much as we want to be fashion forward or think outside the ordinary we get swept away. We get swept away by darts and flaps and over-design. Over-accessorizing, with needless layers and competing colours. Over-thinking it all. Over-serious about something that should be joyful. Instead of inspiring we get a level of pretentiousness that will follow a fashion faux pas like a lingering bad smell. Indulge in fashion; be captivated by it’s playfulness, just don’t martyr yourself at it’s alter.

All About Culottes

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culottes 3Today FFF is going to tackle one of this season’s trickiest trends: culottes. The modern cut of this swingy mid-length trouser lives somewhere between bohemian loose and expert tailoring. This stunning silhouette works well best with longer legs and a pear or hourglass shape. Petite girls will still find this cut flattering with a pointy-toe sling-back.

This pant is so versatile because it can be reinterpreted in a myriad of different textures, tied into multiple themes, and recast over and over again depending on what you need it to do. It goes from night in this stark black, white and red pairing. The culottes are a blank canvas for the rest of the outfit; the minimalism of the white pleat balancing the intricacies of the accessories and the feathered top.

As a daytime look, we’ve gone with a classic 70s vibe. The Oxford shirt, the cross strap flats and the culottes are an effortless chic. The laid back feel of this with the luxe coat and scarf make an envious statement. It also works in the office the same way: let it be the backdrop to an interesting shirt, or a killer pair of shoes.

Finally to our personal favourite of the season: leather culottes. It makes anything you are wearing, no matter how thrown together, seem both avant-garde and completely of the moment. Wear it anywhere.

Scout & Catalogue

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FFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-ToteBag-3FFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-ScarfFFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-ToteBag-1FFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-ToteBag-4FFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-ToteBag-6FFF-Scout-and-Catalogue-NotebookWe are loving the tie-dyed, fresh sun-kissed flavour of a local Vancouver brand Scout & Catalogue. Influenced by the dreamy Mexican beach culture, each one of the pieces are a one-of-a-kind reminder to an effortless west coast cool. The leather goods add an architectural nuance to the bohemian themes; while the textile pieces are both unpretentiously familiar and somehow completely modern. Wear all summer long with crisp whites, rolled cuffs or a dusty neutral over-sized cardigan.

1. Scout & Catalogue – Viaja Clutch (Indigo) – $78
2. Scout & Catalogue – Sayulita Tee (Indigo) – $38
3. Scout & Catalogue – Oaxaca Tote (Earth) – $134
4. Scout & Catalogue – Vallarta Scarf (Marble) – $178
5. Scout & Catalogue - San Miguel Tote – $228
6. Scout & Catalogue – Tonala Media (Black) – $98
7. Scout & Catalogue – Yelapita Bag – $138
8. Scout & Catalogue – Notebooks – $9

1860 London Dress Shop Fitting

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The clothes that we wear are representations of so many things. They are the burden of beauty in a snapshot of the times. They are the rituals and customs we create around a subculture dedicated to something that glides over our bodies. Clothing is so much more than just sown fabric. Our Vintage Vibes above captures all the nuances of getting dressed; this moment of time is a collective effort, a little tribe we create to surround ourselves with women who, literally, stand with us.

Strictly Stripes

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We are loving the crisp, fresh stripes we are seeing on the runways this season. This look is so stark and head-turning this time of year, when everyone else around the city starts with the florals and pastels. Altuzarra has made feminine stripes into an art form: sleek, sexy and modern. The key to wearing your stripes this season is contrast: think asymmetry, leather, and fit. You can can see this exemplified by the Cushnie Et Ochs neoprene stripped dress with contrasting panels in stripes. Our favourite deployment of this trend is Valentino‘s midi-length two-tone dress. The jail-house stripes are an accessible way to look current at any age.