Fashion DO’s and DON’Ts from the team at L’Affichiste

Two looks we don't recommend walking around in.
Two looks we don’t recommend walking around in.

With the entire planet celebrating Fashion Week (Milan, New York, Tokyo.. . and yes, even Montreal!), we thought you might be interested in the L’Affichiste Top 10 Fashion list.

With fall just around the corner, most women begin to look through their closets, desperately trying to find something to wear which isn’t too summery, isn’t too fall, which we won’t be cold in, nor too hot… it’s hell, I tell you. Thankfully, some bloggers have been hard at work putting together lists of what fashionable people are wearing. Here are some of our faves:

1. If you can pull it off, and by that I mean manage to wear stilettos without falling flat on your face, these are the looks we love.

A look at ‘seen on the street in New York during Fashion Week’ – I like it because it includes things you might actually wear (as opposed to things you wouldn’t be caught dead in)

2. ‘Statement pieces’ + ‘Important Fashion Statement’  = Hard to wear clothing which folks will notice (for both good and bad reasons) 

A little more edgy, clothes that take attitude and style (and a big checkbook) to carry off – but it’s nice to see how the fashion 1% live

3. If you have to work this hard, I’m thinking maybe it’s not worth the effort…

Craziness (either that, or I’m just too old…)

4. Turbans – don’t snicker, if you could look this good, wouldn’t you wear one too? Think bad hair day and poof! Bad hair day no more!! Turbans are making a return, but if you think they’re a new thing, just check out this retro video (love

5. Little black dresses never go out of style. Winona Ryder at TIFF (just last week) wore one with hardly any makeup and looked stupendous (I think she might want to eat a little more, but that’s just me…) For more well-dressed movie folks at TIFF, check this out.

Été 1897, Winona Ryder

Of course, if you were looking for a dress with just the right amount of black, circa 1897, this is what you’d have been wearing.

6. Call us old-fashioned (go ahead, you wouldn’t be the first), but we think that there’s nothing finer than a man in a well-cut suit

Men in suits - 1915 men's fashion

Men in suits circa 1915. We LOVE these prints and have stacks and stacks of them…

7. There are a fair number of folks who walk into the gallery who look like they didn’t look in the mirror before they left the house. People, stick to the basics: brush your teeth, wear deodorant, brush your hair, and shower… the rest is just gravy, but if you’re stinky (you know who you are), NOTHING is going to look good on you. Trust us on this one.

8. Act your age. Aging gracefully isn’t easy – trust me! – but whether it’s a question of wearing age-appropriate clothing (not everything looks good on everyone), or remembering that drugs and alcohol don’t mix, acting your age is one of the best ways a woman (or man) can be beautiful. Remember Janice Dickinson? She was one of the most beautiful women on the planet…

Janice Dickinson

Now look at her

(My grandmother would be so disappointed…)

9. When it’s time to say goodbye to your favorite – but definitely past due – clothing, do it like a man. Pack it up, donate it to your favorite charity, and let someone else enjoy it for a while. There’s a definite difference between threadbare and vintage…


(When it’s time to say goodbye, why not call in David Hasselhoff?)

10. You are what you wear. Whatever it is, make it yours and make it comfortable. For us, if we’re working in the gallery we aim to look professional and comfortable – it is work after all. We want to look respectable without looking uptight, fashionable without being fashion victims, right in all the ways that matter. It’s important that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you always feel like you. No sense in having your clothes wear you, right?


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