As the signs went up this week for the National Ballet of Canada’s spring production of Romeo & Juliet, I couldn’t help but think of the theater this week. The stage, like the runway, is a place where people can push the boundaries of reality and experiment freely. It seems no coincidence that the Fashionisto I bumped into this week was a performance art student. I met this Fashionisto, who also studies English, outside Sid Smith late Friday. His oversized snood was the first thing that caught my eye. The theatrical layers of black wool pooled around his neck seemed very warm; so warm, in fact, that he had left his jacket unbuttoned in weather that was well below freezing.
This Fashionisto’s jacket was my favorite piece of this outfit. He found this one-of-a-kind vintage military camo jacket at Public Butter on Queen West. The jacket, along with the worn-in combat boots, created not just an outfit, but also a character. These combat boots are also right on trend for this season, along with the snood. Like any winter item, they are both practical and stylish.
Peter was most excited about his plaid pants. When I asked him to describe his style, he called it, “Minimal, with the odd pattern.” He certainly was not afraid to play with the odd pattern in this look. The bold checkered pants were from Zara, an excellent shop for men and women. Mixing patterns is always bold and experimental, but this Fashionisto shows us how to take it from the runway to the streets. He kept his look in shades of blue, green and black so that regardless of pattern, his pieces all work together. He also doesn’t go overboard with pattern: his navy button-down shirt is the perfect finishing touch.
Overall, this Fashionisto shows us how to be theatrical on the daily. He mixes the over-the-top with simple pieces to create a look while still letting his own personality shine through.
Hint: If you don’t have time to wear down a new pair of combat boots to get them looking realistic like this Fashionisto, try these boots from Topman. You’ll just have to do a bit of acting to make it seem like you’ve worn them in yourself.