Vancouver is filled with stylish, unique, and adventurous style bloggers. The fashion here is diverse and personal, and there are so many incredible local fashionistas on the scene. As a Vancouver style blogger myself, I can’t help but feel inspired by all the incredible local fashion and feel excited to be a part of such a wonderful style community. Today I have gathered up four of my favourite local fashionistas to share their top 3 style tips – and I am sharing 3 of my own, as well! Scroll down to read 15 style tips from Vancouver fashion bloggers!
Style Tips from Vancouver Fashion Bloggers
Bree from The Urban Umbrella
1. Develop Your Own Sense of Style
Part of the fun of fashion is that it’s truly, 100% your own. In order to really enjoy your wardrobe you need to allow yourself to develop your own sense of style. In a market that’s so saturated and ever-changing, it’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s fashion sense or current trends. At the end of the day though you always be sure to keep a thread of you in your outfits.
2. Invest in Pieces that Work for your REAL life.
I’ve said this time and time again, and I’ll likely say it many more times in the future, but the truth is that I simply don’t believe that one needs to sacrifice comfort for style. The thing about “uncomfortable” fashion is that it simply doesn’t look good, and it’s not convenient for your REAL every day life. I’m sorry, but you just won’t ever find me in a pair of stiff denim or high heels at my 9-5 and so investing in those pieces just isn’t worthwhile for me. If you’re struggling inside a article of clothing or in a pair of shoes, it will show on your face and through your body language. Embrace pieces that are stylishly comfortable, I swear – you won’t regret it.
3. Forget Brands and Labels
One major fashion mistake I see all the time is the attachment to brands and labels over styles and pieces that actually work for your wardrobe. Now, I’m not a brand or label hater – I enjoy a great brand as much as the next fashion-lover, but I also know that a bunch of branded pieces doesn’t necessarily make for a stylish outfit. Don’t make brands the focus of your outfit, make YOU the focus – and then add in the labels you love.
Leeanne from LegalLeeBlonde
1. Don’t be Afraid of Colour
This tip is especially important for all my fellow young professionals. It is easy to get swept up in a sea of black and grey. It’s okay to incorporate color. Sticking with classic lines and structures will keep your look professional even with a pop of colour!
2. Know What you Love
This sounds obvious, but I’ve found that it is actually really hard to figure out exactly what your style is. A great way to do this is to go through your closet and pull your 8-10 most favorite items. Put these all together and look them over. This should give you a sense of what you are most drawn to. Is it a certain fit? A certain colour? Is material what is most important to you? Once you know this, you know what elements to look for when shopping for new items.
3. Get Fit & Comfort
I once learned the ‘math’ behind comfortable jeans and tees and have never looked back. The key to denim that actually holds it’s shape throughout the day is to get ones with 2-10% lycra. For tees, to get form fitting but comfortable, go for 95% cotton, and 5% lycra or spandex.
Britta from Vancouver Vogue
1. Thrift Shop for Trends
Rather than spending tons of money on trendy pieces that will be out of style next season, find awesome trendy clothing items for cheap at your local thrift shops. At the end of the season, donate them to make room for next season’s on-trend pieces!
2. Accessorize your look
I can feel glam even in a sweater as long as I have a sparkly statement necklace and a bold lipstick. They both have the power to elevate your look in seconds.
3. Always carry Flats:
Heels look fabulous, but let’s be real, they’re not always comfortable. Find a pair of flexible flats in a neutral shade like black or camel, and stash them in your purse. You’ll be grateful you did! Also, I always keep a Dr. Scholl’s Anti-Friction Blister Stick in my purse and apply to any trouble areas before they start blistering.
Krystin from Girl in Betsey
1. Elevate Your Basics
Lately I have been all about the basic neutral tee, I love pairing it with anything from jeans to a not-so-basic skirt. These statement pieces are made more relaxed when paired with basics. I love a good juxtaposition with a fancy skirt or jacket paired with a fitted tee.
2. Proportion is Key
If you’re like me and err on the side of short (at least I always think I am!) but still want to rock that coveted pair of boyfriend jeans this season, pair them with a sexy stiletto or pointed heel. This instantly gives the look of elongated legs, and not to mention, it’s pretty damn chic too.
3. Find the Perfect Coat
Finding the right coat for yourself is so important, in my opinion it can make or break your look, you can never go wrong with a neutral coat. For an idea, opt for a classic caramel or a creamy white and your outfit will become the envy of street style stalkers everywhere.
Elizabeth from The Style Saver
1. Find sizes that are right for you.
While you may find that perfect fit for a particular item with a particular brand may not be the case for another brand in the same item. Thrifting quickly taught me to sift through all sizes because I can be a small within one brand but a medium in another brand. I learned not to fixate on being a certain size, but focus instead on how it fit and how it feels.
I love oversized knit sweaters, especially in the wintertime. To avoid looking like I’m being swallowed by fabric, I’ll pair an oversized top with slim-fitting pants and and heels. Same goes with loose-fitting pants – I’ll pair it with a fitted top.
3. Comfort is key.
The best outfits are the ones where I’m not worried about any wardrobe malfunctions, like sheerness of fabric, too much skin showing, or teeter-tottering on super high heels. When I’m comfortable, I’m confident! I wear what works for me and my body type.