5 Style Pros Share Their Winter 2021 Uniforms
Serving up ultra-covetable style inspiration for the season.
by : Jillian Vieira- Feb 15th, 2021
Al Hutter, Brittany Alyse, Lyndsey Chow
Does the WFH life have you feeling completely style-starved? We feel you. Wearing the same comfort-first clothes since, well, last March, has also left our fashion tanks on empty. It’s why we tapped five cool creatives from across the country—a model, designer and stylist included—who’ve laid out their go-to looks of the moment. Peep what they’re wearing now and dive deep into your closet for a fit that feels just as good.
Al Hutter, 28, designer of Aleur
“When it comes to my style, I’m most inspired by airport lounges, Parisian cafés, and Danish skate parks; you might call it Scandinavian-romantic. I design loungewear for Montreal-based brand Aleur, and I’ve been obsessed with our new sweatsuits: ethically made, featuring a tunic turtleneck and mid-rise trackies. It’s designed with a sustainable overstock fabric and a unisex silhouette—I’m always drawn to natural fibres and flattering fits. I love to dress up my loungewear with chunky boots (these ones are from L’Intervalle) and curtain bangs to complete the look. This matching look is practical and functional for my daily work life. I’m constantly running around my atelier sewing items and shipping them out, so I need something comfy but also assertive to help me get the job done.”
Carla Candela, 26, stylist
“My style is instinctual, ever-changing and sometimes impulsive even, but always with comfort at the centre of it. I used to have a serious, all-black-everything wardrobe, which was easy and efficient. It served me for where I was at that time, but now, colour, texture and patterns make up a huge part of what I wear. I love the German and Copenhagen style scenes, particularly Emili Sindlev’s approach to fashion. I’m wearing one of my favourite consigned denim pieces from Second Cousin Vintage, which I sport often despite being on the louder side. Turtlenecks are another winter staple for me. This one by Danish-based brand Baum Und Pferdgarten was originally from a pull for an editorial shoot that I ended up keeping. It’s exciting when I mix patterns and they end up working together. These classic Alexander McQueen sneakers, a mint-condition find from VSP Consignment, are worn for almost every occasion. I love that the platform sole creates a more elevated sneaker look.”
Arielle Smith, 26, model
“I still travel a lot for work, so it’s important for me to have pieces that can be multipurpose, functional and show my personality. A huge part of my wardrobe is a sea of black options for castings and set outfits, which means the perfect black turtleneck is a forever staple for me. This one is from Wilfred: I love how it hugs my body and is perfect for layering. I thrifted these vintage Levi’s 501 jeans at Public Butter in Toronto. The denim is so well worn-in that I feel myself reaching for them all the time. I like to add this silk bustier top from Babaton as a second layer, because it keeps the baggy jeans and turtleneck from looking too one note. I’m a big shoe person, too—these Commes Des Garçons x Nike collaboration sneakers are my newest addition. It’s cool to have a little piece of the runway with me while I’m doing day-to-day things without compromising utility. If I packed this whole look for a work trip, I could take the turtleneck off, wear the bustier alone and trade my sneakers for boots to make it a little more dressy. Having the option there is key.”
Brittany Alyse, 31, photographer
“I love playing in the space between classically masculine and feminine-leaning looks; it really satiates those two sides of my personality. Lately I’ve been drawn to high-waisted trousers—when I find a great pair, I will wear them until they fall apart. The ones I’m sporting here are Acne Studios. When I buy pieces, especially if they are at a bit of a higher price point, I really consider things like, Can I wear this on set? Will I want to reach for this in my closet consistently? Is this a style that will not be outdated quickly? Does it look and feel high quality? In building out my uniform, I like it to feel relaxed, but know that I look presentable for clients or behind-the-scenes videos. I tend to wear a lot of black, I think because it just makes so much sense to me functionally. I’ll put together a pair of trousers with a crew neck (this one’s by Haider Ackermann) and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers—they’re super classic, but also won’t hurt my feet when standing on hard studio floor surfaces all day.”
Lyndsey Chow, 33, co-founder of Hey Jude shop in Vancouver
“I consider my style to be spirited, simple and timeless; sustainability and consciously choosing what I wear influences my style the most. Wearing vintage clothing is my primary way of minimizing waste and also expressing myself most creatively. The idea of a style uniform makes me think of a framework that I can lean on to streamline decision-making when I’m putting together my outfit each day. It’s why I’m always drawn to natural fabrics—silk, linen, cotton, wool and leather among them. They provide the quality I’m looking for and my body feels best when the clothes I’m wearing breathe. I’m wearing a vintage, raw silk blazer, a cotton Paloma Wool long sleeve, Are Studio knot belt, second-hand Rachel Comey denim, second-hand Acne Studios shoes and a bunch of jewelry by local designer Wolf Circus. This look is easy to wear and also easy to play around with different colours or textures depending on how I’m feeling.”
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