Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Style Close-Up: Braydon Jordheim

for today's style close up we are featuring the one and only, mr. ensemble himself..
teacher's assistant, movie junky, and outfit extraordinaire.

Braydon Jordheim
Location: Pense/Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)
Favorite Place to Shop: W.O.T. (world of trout), and Coda.
Favorite Article of Clothing: Plaid Shirts
Fashion Motto: “Work with what you got”

You shouldn't be ashamed of your body-type..."I'm thin, but not afraid to show it", he says. Anyone can find reasons for whats wrong with them, but what about highlighting your features? This confidence and understanding of body type is key to Braydon's style.

For our downtown photoshoot I asked Braydon to choose his four favourite outfits to wear in different parts of the cityt. We started shooting at the Balfour apartments, with Braydon in his latest summer look.

He's wearing Levi cut-offs, and a forever21 tank, and a Le Chateau Necklace.

Braydon's next look is fresh; inspired by childhood and fun.

His sweater is from the Disney store, he's wearing Levi Skinnies, and Vans shoes. The beanie is from World of Trout.

Being 6'3, Braydon didn't always find it easy to get pants to fit his slim bod. But after he tried on his first pair of Levi jeans, he swore he'd never go back. Levi's are "the way, the truth, and the light for tall people", says Braydon.

If in need of a name, this next outfit could be called "Funky-retro-gentleman". It's an outfit he's rocks at banquets and fancy parties.

"I'm 6'3 and all legs, so the bow tie helps my shorter torso feel longer.. work with what you got! Learn what works with your body".

The bow tie is from Le Chateau, it's a forever21 vest, Calvin Klein dress pants, Supra Hightops (shoes), glasses from H&M, and the white shirt is from his dad.

"The lenses aren't real, but why not rock them, like any other accessory?"

This look features one of Braydon's favourites: plaid. He's wearing a blue notes plaid shirt, a T from urban outfitters, Levi jeans (of course), and vans. The umbrella was the result of a rainy day in Wascasoo.

"I find with my style that I like color, but if I want to seem more classy I get simpler and darker colored."

"If [what you're wearing] doesn't make you feel like you're hot, why wear it? Clothes are supposed to make you feel good about yourself. It may take a while for you to figure out your style, but so did math ;)".

Braydon's found a way to balance fashion, fun, and freedom in his daily attire. Thanks for giving us a peak into your fashion life Bray!

Till next time...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Summer Blang-blang: all you need to know about summer accessories

I've never been one to wear jewelry or many accessories at all, but I've been looking around for what might be cool to try. I mean, accessories can make an old outfit feel new again.
The bracelets and necklaces and rings that are being featured lately are very tribal. Lot's of campaigns are include an element of tribal in their looks for the summer season, and a wooden/beaded necklace or leather/hand-made bracelet is a great way to bring some of that into one of your outfits. Here are some examples (from Margaret S (lb), AE, and Freepeople)

Colour, boldness, and abundance looks cool in photos, but there's no need to cover yourself when you're out and about. One strong necklace, or a few bangle bracelets can do the trick.

camille c lookbook


Here are some bracelet examples from H&M, AE, Free people, and XXI.

Also, if you're hanging around outside, try a hat! You can go for the big floppy sun hat, or more Indiana Jones style.

I'm going to try rockin a thick headband/bandanna. Sure, call me a hippie :)

Lastly, but most importantly, sunglasses! Everyone wants a solid pair of sunglasses for the summer, and I always felt that I could be the most out-there with sunglasses. You can take them on and off, and no one cares if you're a little silly.

You're parents 50's shades are still going strong, and also the big round Hollywood style glasses. Cat-eye glasses are pretty cool, and I've even seen John Lennon shades around too, if you're really looking for something different :). Maybe try some bold pairs this summer.

Just a note for the guys, aviators are pretty sweet, but you can try the 50's style glasses too. Try em out :)

One thing I would recommend for every girl, is to get a skinny brown belt, woven or leather. You can wear it over shirts or dresses or with shorts and a tucked in shirt. You feel like you've transformed into a fashionista :).

Happy Dressing!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Style Close-Up: Corrin Z

CORRIN ZUG: Film Student. Layering extrordinaire, colour specialist :)

Location: Anaheim, California
Favorite Place to Shop: Thrift Stores
Favorite Article of Clothing: Jeweled Headband (or cut off’s, she would wear them every day if she could)
Fashion Motto: “If you can’t feel confident in it, don’t wear it”

Corrin has a colorful and individual sense of style. She doesn't just wear what the media deems to be “in”. What she wears has be Corrin-esque, and it has to have character. She loves to find unique things, like retro t-shirts or oddly colored pair of shoes, and contemplate the story behind them. Who wore them? What might that person have been like? The idea of giving the clothing new life, for her, is the fun part of fashion.

If a piece of clothing is collecting dust in her closet or wearing out, before she throws it away she asks herself if there is any creative change or alteration she make that would make it wearable again. “With a little change, I might love and wear [it] all the time… what you can and can’t 'pull off' is, a lot of the time, all in a person’s head. Granted, there are some colours and fits that flatter some people more than others, but as far as certain styles or patterns or maybe out-there outfits may go, YOU pull off what you want HOW you want”. Wise words.

Huntington Beach


The Whitehouse Resteraunt, Anaheim.

More fashion close-ups to come :)
till next time...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fashion Showdown: Jean vs Leather

There are two jackets contending for your closet: leather and jean! Both could become your next staple item, both are hot on the trend-o-meter!

so it's going to come down to your personal preference, and what works with YOU.
Questions to consider:
Are you a "cold" person? Are you naturally chilly? Maybe go for a leather jacket, which is a bit warmer for the summer season. Jean jackets breathe a bit more
What's Your Vision? What do you see working with your wardrobe? Look through your stuff and imagine adding a leather jacket or jean jacket to it. Which feels more comfortable and natural, or more excited and edgy? Also, wearing jean on jean is a fashion YES, but if you would feel awkward wearing a jean jacket with all your jean shorts and pants, then maybe you should go for leather to add variety.
Am I trying too hard? what!? NO! YOU'RE NOT! why are you even asking yourself this? just do it! Don't worry, you don't look like a greaser in leather, and a jean jacket doesn't make you look like you're going to kindergarten.
Hand-me-downs? 50 bucks says your mom or dad had one when they were your age, maybe it's still kicking around :) it's a great place to start.

still unsure about where your loyalties lie? let's look at the photography to help you narrow it down...

Below we have the lighter jean and leather variants: a super worn light-wash jean, and camel leather.

The light wash leather for girls is really a hit for this summer, but if you have lots of light jeans/jean shorts, you might want to go with a darker wash to juxtapose the two jean materials.

Below are the darker jean and leather options...

Dark leather is a classic choice, and very easy to apply to any outfit or colour scheme.

Then there's the misfit washes, but don't rule those out! Unique is good :)

Here are two very similar outfits.. one with jean and one with leather.
Which of these do you like better? (unintentional rhyme)

You can dress them up...

Or dress them down..

Both of them can become staple items!

You can have something with all the tassels, zippers, a-symmetry, buttons, bells and whistles...

Or you can keep the jacket simple, and spice it up with scarves, jewelry and accessories.

You might already own a jean or leather jacket, but hopefully this post has been helpful or at least gave you some new outfit ideas :)
If you're buying a new one, remember to not just buy the first one you try unless you could see yourself wearing it. Watch for the length of the jacket, the material, and fitted-ness to make sure it's 'you'. It should make you feel great! And don't be afraid to raid your parents old stuff, or go thrifting :).
Till next time...

Photo Credit:
Blake J, lookbook
Rachel-Marie I, lookbook
Andreas W, lookbook
Berska Spring Collection

Peter A, lookbook

David G, lookbook
Me, huntington beach
Erwin, lookbook

Medeline M, lookbook
Kristine L, lookbook
Kristina B, lookbook
Bershka Spring Collection
Paige Joanna C, lookbook
Peter A, lookbook
Jean LuaP, lookbook
Mike M, lookbook
Rocky N, lookbook
Margaux L, lookbook
Aimee, Song of Style