I was lucky enough this past week to be able to attend Toronto Men’s Fashion week at Waterworks downtown. Myself and some other peeps from Novella were able to tag along to the illustrious coattails of our fearless editor.
It’s not the first time I’ve been to fashion show, but it is the first time I’ve been to TOM, and I had no idea what to expect.
The idea of attending a fashion show is daunting. You obviously want to look on trend and cool, but not like you’re trying too hard to be on trend and cool. It’s a fine line to balance on, same with the question of whether you need to dress up or dress down. After actually going, I can say that there’s a real mix of what people wear. There are people dressed to the absolute nines – high heels, floor-length dress, suit and tie – and there are also people taking it down a notch – denim on denim, all black, I even saw a guy in sweatpants.
Essentially, my biggest takeaway is this: just wear whatever you want but be confident in your decision and it’ll show. The coolest (and probably most photographed) people there are the ones you see just being themselves. Not that my own advice stopped me fro having a breakdown while getting ready for the shows every night, but I still stand by it.
After all of my anxiety and second-guessing, here is what I wore to Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.
(Please excuse the colouring of my pictures – it was dark and I tried my best with an iPhone 5s.)
Since it was Men’s fashion week, I decided to go with a menswear-inspired look for the first day. I paired a white tuxedo shirt with blue jeans and a corduroy coat. To finish the look off, I decided on a pair of brogues and a clutch, both in different shades of brown. I wasn’t sure if all of the brown tones would work well or just end up clashing, but I was running late, so I just said “monochrome,” with a flourish and left.
Coat – Na Nin Vintage
Tuxedo Shirt – Zara
Jeans – Urban Outfitters
Shoes – Urban Outfitters (These are at least five years old, here are some similar ones.)
Clutch – American Apparel (Not available anymore, here’s a similar one.)
On day 2, I went full 80s. Well, nearly. Full 80s would’ve been if I had also been able to do something cool with my hair. Alas, it was flat and decidedly not 80s, but I did don a bright red leather jacket complete with nice, big shoulder pads. Underneath it I kept it simple with a plain white tee and high-waisted trousers. Because I knew it would get warm in the venue, I needed something else to bump up the energy in my look, and I found it in my old blue suede booties.
Jacket – Black Market Vintage
Tee – Anthropolgie
Trousers – Urban Outfitters
Shoes – Topshop (They’re pretty old, so here’s a pair that are similar.)
By day three, I had had just about enough of panicking over every outfit choice. I was trying too much to be different, to stand out from the crowd and that resulted in me trying on combinations that just really weren’t me. In the end, I decided on a pretty classic Tash silhouette of loose high-waisted trousers with a tee tucked in and a long coat overtop. I liked what I had on and I felt like myself, which I think is really all one can ask for when one attends an evening celebrating fashion and style.
(In hindsight, this really wasn’t the best outfit to pick for creds.)
Coat – American Apparel (Not available anymore, but I found one kinda similar.)
Shirt – Anthropologie (Sold out, here’s a similar.)
Trousers – Oak + Fort (Sold out [AGAIN], here’s a similar.)
Shoes – Michael Kors
Bag – Burberry