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Loafin’ around

Two favorite things about this outfit post: loafers and the old library. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is Memorial Park Library in Central Memorial Park (between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue SW off 4th Street SW). It is the first purpose-built library in Alberta, opening its doors to Calgarians on January 2, 1912. Neat tidbit on this library: Andrew Carnegie funded 80% of the cost and encouraged City Hall to fund the rest. The library was closed when I got there, but I remember briefly visiting it a long time ago and what I recall is that it is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. I know most people don’t visit libraries much anymore, but they are neat places especially if it’s an old one so if you’re loafin’ around one afternoon I encourage you to check one out!

Speaking of loafing… I don’t know what it is about loafers, but I adore them. My mom always used to say I was weird for liking “granny-ish” shoes, but whether it’s the prep appeal, the tassels, the comfort, or all three elements, they definitely have a cool factor about them and I am excited to see them return with a vengeance this fall. They are the perfect alternative to ballet flats and can be worn with virtually everything. As with flats, it’s great to have a pair of loafers in basic black, but also look out for different leathers (supple calf vs structured patent), colours (camel, burgundy, chocolate brown), and texturing (faux croc, pebbled leather).

Blazer: Aritzia; silk top: Joe Fresh; shorts: Club Monaco; scarf: department store in Korea; loafers: Topshop; watch: Philip Stein; bracelets: Tiffany

Loafin

Alexander Wang small heels, $495 Forever21 loafer shoes, $23 TopShop loafer shoes, $66 Cole Haan mocassin shoes, $198 Jeffrey Campbell leather flat shoes, $115 Sperry moccasin loafer, $90 Christian Dior flat slip on shoes, $550

Have a terrific weekend!

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Pocketful of Dapper

If the clues from my last post led you to the answer of pocket squares, you are absolutely correct! These dandy little accessories are often ignored because they are thought of as old-fashioned, too formal for every day office wear, or just plain perplexing with the myriad of folding styles. I disagree and am a fan of pocket squares because they really allow for some creative suiting options. Adding a pocket square to your suit instantly adds a dash of suave and worldly know-how à la Don Draper. I generally hold the same rules for pairing dress shirts and ties with picking out pocket squares. A solid white square is classic and pairs with every tie and shirt combination. A square that embraces the same family of colours is an easy way to explore patterned and coloured squares. As for different folding techniques, yes, there are indeed a lot of different folds, but a simple google search will bring up many tutorials and videos that walk you through the steps, fold by fold. Today, I will share with you 3 of the more commonly known folds.

One Point Pocket Square Fold

Flat Pocket Square Fold


Puff Pocket Square Fold

Finally, ladies, pocket squares are not just for men! Add a bit of your own pocket square chic for a new corporate wear feel or pair a blazer with jeans and add your own pocketful of chic.

Blazer and silk top: Banana Republic; Jeans: Joe’s Jeans


 

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