Spring 2016 Wish List

Here’s what is on my wish list for Spring this year. Since the Canadian dollar has been so bad, I haven’t been doing any shopping online through American vendors, so a lot of these items are “wish” list in the truest sense. Still, it’s fun to look at all the neat stuff out there.


Above: The instantly-recognizable and generally amazing Wildfang Wild Feminist tshirt


Above: The Anisa Dress by She Loves Dresses. I love that the founder and designer of She Loves Dresses, Jenny Baquing, is totally a badass, trailblazing feminist.

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Above: Please just give me all the black dresses with white collars. It’s all I want to wear. I blame it on reading White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. The two above are variations of the Roselle Dress by Deandri.


Above: I’m currently reading Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente, which is a “decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own.” So, yea, I want this Perfect Alignment necklace by Eclectic Eccentricity real bad.


Above: I love these baggy, corduroy Lou Dungarees by Lonely Label.


Above: This cat cross stitch pin by Little Wren is precious and I need it in my life. Note to Vancouver readers–despite the price tag in pounds, Little Wren will actually be selling at the May 2016 edition of Got Craft here in Vancouver!

Accessories I Really Need in My Life Right Now

By: Emily Y.

….does this look like a cohesive collection or does it look like I’m just nuts? Don’t answer that. I just want to adorn myself, ok?


Above: Shattered Heart necklace by Dominiqué Reneé.


Above: But hexagon glitter earrings! By Vancouver-based designer fancypop.


Above: This one might be the weirdest–it’s a necklace made out of a spoon by Vancouver designer Georgina Baker. I just really like gold pendants. And I actually really liked my Winnipeg trip, thanks very much.


Above: But I NEED this giant fabric pastel castle brooch….brooch by I’m Your Present.


Above: FRANKFRANKFRANK. Necklace by Vancouver-based designer KatznDahl.


Above: Obviously, this pin by Sketch Inc would be integral to my wardrobe. That is all.

Copper Backpack Wish List


We all know metallics are must-have wardrobe neutrals by now, so its no surprise that those of us with magpie tendencies would swoon over this sharp copper backpack by Toronto-based label Opelle.


All Opelle designs by boss lady Amy Malcolm are made in “small batches” (according to their website), and are made-to-order. Opelle figures that,

“By keeping our production hands-on and in-house we are able to ensure that each bag is a specimen of perfect quality, created ethically and realised exactly as intended.”

Sounds pretty good, no? The bags, including this one are definitely a little on the pricey side–unsurprising considering the crafts(wo)manship that goes into them. Even if this is beyond your price point, its good to know what Canadian designers are up to–who would have thought a copper backback could be so lovely?


3 Canadian Style Finds for Spring

You’ve read our Editor’s Wish Lists for Spring 2014, here are a few more finds we think are worthy for spring. As a bonus, all of these items are Canadian!

1. Strathcona stockings


Image above found here.

Cult favourite, lady-run label, and  Vancouver-based designer Strathcona Stockings (the stockings are named after a Vancouver neighbourhood for readers who aren’t local)–what’s not to love?

2. The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear


Get thee to a bookstore, ’cause the WORN Archive will be out in May. We’re huge fans of WORN–it’s Canadian, feminist, and all about why fashion and clothing very much matter. Details here.

3. Mod Style Blossom Voile Infinity Scarf by Veespoke 

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Above: Image found here.

Another Vancouver line, Veespoke, makes beautiful infinity scarves for folks who aren’t sure how to wear scarves! We love the bright selection (like the one above) and the very West Coast feel of this stylish local label.

Editor’s Trend Forecast: Spring 2014

Lydia Okello is The Closet Feminist’s Advising Editor and blogger behind Style is Style. Here she offers up the best bets for Spring 2014 trends right off the runway.

Blue Jean, Baby!


Lighter washes and looser fits seem to be the nature of Spring’s denim. A relaxed and destroyed fit reminiscent of the 1990s is the cut du jour and classic slim, dark jeans remain a staple. For those of us who enjoy our denim all-in-one, overalls & jumpsuits ain’t going nowhere.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters, J Brand (pictured above), Balmain,

She Keeps Me Warm


The trench coat is a modern classic, and this season we see it updated with contrast piping, as well as raw edges, softer collars and abbreviated lengths. You can’t go wrong with a staple like a sharp trench!

Get the look: Burberry (pictured above), H&M, Steven Alan


Leather gets a revamp with new finishes; florals and prints turn a tough girl staple into something a little softer. Tomboys, fret not: there are plenty of masculine leaning options as well. Vests, varsity jackets and bombers aren’t losing steam.

Get the look: Wildfang (pictured above), Rebecca Taylor, Tucker, Sea

How Do YOU Hue?


The must have shade of Spring 2014 is blue. Whether it’s deep cobalt, vibrant sky, teal or an innocent seeming pastel hue, there is no denying that the ever cool shade is back with a vengeance.

Get the look: Marc By Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Ostwald Helgason (pictured above), Chanel, Topshop Unique


Blush, mint, lilac: no longer just for nurseries and Easter Eggs. The softer side of the rainbow made a strong comeback this spring, and a delicate palette packs a visual punch in unexpected silhouettes.

Get the look: Sister by Sibling (pictured above), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, Miu Miu

Life Imitates Art


Above: Miu Miu Spring 2014. P.S.–that’s Canadian stunner Grace Mahary above!

Each spring brings a new crop of prints: 2014 has yielded bolder than thou art inspired motifs and vibrant florals. Fearless in their execution, this season’s prints are bold, bright and abstract. These patterns take inspiration from the Art World and nature’s canvas alike. Wallflowers take note: this trend is not for the shy.

Get the look: Prada, Opening Ceremony, MSGM, Whit, Mary Katrantzou

Where Were You In 1992?


The nostalgia isn’t wearing off anytime soon. Daisies, metallic finishes, grunge silhouettes: a Nineties wardrobe is fresh off the runway yet again. Don’t worry, this time around your ditsy florals are 100% angst free.

Get the Look: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Wren (pictured above)


Punch Drunk Love

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The perfect mate for a new & bright wardrobe? Punchy accessories. Reflective sunglasses with bold frames and saturated bags were spotted all over, bringing a delightfully positive outlook to the upcoming season. Jewels and baubles were oversized and visually arresting, completing the boldness of the season.

Get the look: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum, Celine (pictured above), Chanel


Bags: Lanvin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Mulberry (pictured above).

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