I’ve always found dressing for winter harder than dressing for summer. For starters, all I ever want to do is throw on sweat pants, a hoodie and shoes that can handle the cold and the snow, but obviously with my job and wanting to look put together, this isn’t really a viable option. I also find it difficult to dress stylishly for my body without sacrificing comfort or ending up in a massive oversized knit sweater that consumes me.
I’m naturally curvy and short, so the challenges I face when shopping are many – but I try not to let it deter from the experience and I keep an open mind when I’m looking for what I need.
Two new brands I’ve recently discovered have piqued my interest, namely because they’re both Canadian and make quality clothes that will definitely spice up any winter wardrobe without forcing you to choose between function and form.
Foxy Jeans, based in Montreal, is all about quality, fashionable clothing at accessible price points – all things I look for when it comes to everyday clothes. I’m currently loving their knits for winter and pants for their fit (finding pants is one of the hardest things for me!). Everything fits true to size and is so comfortable, and makes it easy to transition from work to something like drinks with your girlfriends in the evening.
I tried this outfit with the sweater in white and the pants in a grey plaid – I find the red to be a little loud for something like work, but the grey is really nice (find online here). The sweater was suuuper comfy too but didn’t drown my figure in fabric.
I also had a chance to get introduced to Canadian designer Rachel Sin, who makes insanely gorgeous clothes. Her dresses in particular are perfect for work, a night out or an event and are really quality, figure-flattering pieces.
I fell in love with the Jennifer Body Con dress and Scuba Zip dress (in blue). The Jennifer dress is a fun twist on the classic LBD with sheer panels up the sides, adding a subtle sexy touch, and the Scuba Zip dress is in a material that just smooths everything out (who doesn’t want that?) and the black panels on the sides are super slimming. Both are perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
It’s so important to try and support Canadian brands and designers, and these are two worth checking out for your closet during these cold winter months. Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers?