Answer: A newspaper! Or a Prairie Dog magazine. Or this blog post, whichever…the riddle works best read aloud.

I came across these photos of model Edie Campbell photographed by Allisdair McLellan for the UK magazine 032c floating around the internet and thought that the simple colour palette and warm looking threads would translate nicely for many citizens in our permafrosted city. Nevermind that the model is a dead ringer for a young Jane Birkin (hair cut and all); what’s important here are the strong hues, graphic prints, warm sweaters and calf-length skirts. In particular, the natural fibers and notable lack of jersey make the simple pairings seem more luxe than casual. I’m also totally loving the creeper style platform shoes that bring just enough weird to the equations to keep them thrilling.

Something that struck me about the pants pictured in the the photo below are how differently slim cut pants (stovepipe or cigarette pants, for example) read as compared to leggings. Love ’em or hate ’em, leggings are increasingly popular these days and have a distinctly sporty/causal/comfort-focused feel to them which can change the whole way an outfit fits together. For lots of folks, the stretchiness of the leggings fabric is a major plus especially when it’s becoming harder to find well made pants in larger sizes. There’s a couple of interesting articles I found about this subject from last week,’s I KNOW THE LINE BETWEEN STRAIGHT AND PLUS SIZE IS FICTIONAL, BUT CROSSING IT FEELS SUPER-REAL and’s Leggings, Leggings Everywhere — and It’s Just Going to Get Worse. Anyhow, if you’re looking for a change of pace from leggings but still want pants you can tug boots over top of, then stovepipes might be an option to explore.

So that’s that for my first style-related blog post. Enjoy, and enjoy getting dressed! – A

* Recommended listening: Kitty Pryde’s D.A.I.S.Y. rage mixtape!