Print Edition: November 19, 2014
For this week’s Style on Campus we have history student Rory, in a cozy but fashionable outfit which he sourced from Canadian and American clothing stores.
“I take my style from the world around me,” says Rory, whose inspiration right now comes from the seasonably cold weather. He describes his style as “a little dated, with plenty of plaid and layers.”
Starting from the ground up, Rory’s style begins with his fashionable shoes: brown suede loafers he picked up in a shoe store from our neighbours down south. This style of footwear is popular for its comfort and craftsmanship, but is a little lacking for our winters, as they may leak without proper treatment in heavy winter rains, and they’re a little chilly without warm winter socks. Spraying shoes like this with Scotchgard or another water-proofer can make them nearly impermeable and therefore perfect for our wet winters.
Black jeans are a smart choice for this season’s weather, as they absorb the scant wintry solar rays and insulate against the cold. Layers can be added underneath pants to add an extra shell of warmth for those really nasty windy days.
Covering the core is a pea coat as dapper as it is thick, covering many hidden layers of plaids and shirts, which make for the perfect winter coat for dry, sunny, and frigid days.
Topping this outfit is the ultimate Canadian accessory: a Canucks hat that keeps in those unruly curls. The only thing more Canadian would be, of course, a toque. Just a reminder: toque weather is fast approaching, so be prepared for the sight of messy hair as more of your classmates don and doff the necessary hipster accessory. Wait, toques are still cool, right?
This is an outfit that doesn’t sacrifice function for style.
“It looks good and feels better,” says Rory. Rory has a complete philosophy of style: “Form and function should go together like yin and yang, not like oil and water. I don’t compromise and nor should you.” Rory has shown that you don’t have to sacrifice either comfort or practicality in this weather — you can have your cake and eat it too, in style.
The pea coat is from Winner’s, the shoes from an unremembered retailer in the States, and the pants from Banana Republic.