WINNERS IN YOUR WARDROBE | Following fashion with what you already have

As a fashion lover, it can constantly feel like your budget can’t stretch to your desires. There’s always a new trend to try out or a new pair of shoes you just have to have. But what about things that you already own? You might have a few winners in your wardrobe that you’ve completely forgotten about. 

The fashion that we are meant to covet is usually expensive. The equivalent of a month’s rent for a single pair of shoes? It seems insane. Then we see the shoes, the beauty of the curved lines and heels that will make our legs look ten times longer, and all of a sudden it seems more reasonable. Or does it?

Inevitably, there are moments when we really, really can’t afford the things we want. Fashion is a world that constantly moves and it seems like a lot of the time, only the super-wealthy can keep up with the trendiest and most expensive items on the hot list.

For the rest of us, we make do with what we can as the styles change and we try to make our closets keep up – and try to find those winners that you already have. 

This is not something to worry about though! In fact, it should be celebrated – because not having the money to follow fashion religiously gives you a chance to do something else: be creative. When you have to think outside the box for every outfit you wear, you encourage yourself to be truly experimental.

So if you have found yourself splurging on expensive pieces, then not having enough for rent and wondering “will I have to sell my Rolex today so I can pay my bills?” – stop the cycle now! Instead, introduce yourself to a world where what’s in your wardrobe is sufficient – you’ve just not been using it right.

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Wardrobe Win #1: Adapt your clothing

Say back in the 00s you had a pair of jeans that you loved. They fit like a glove and you felt fantastic in them. They were the perfect fit on both your waist and hips – really, how often does that happen?!

The only problem is that they’re bootcut.

The fashion has trended away from the style, but you still love the jeans. They still look great on – from the knee up, anyway. The same applies to skirts as the fashionable length moves up and down the leg constantly.

Repurpose them with the help of a good tailor. Switching from bootcut to skinny is a small job that will cost a lot less than a new pair of jeans. Skirt and dress hemlines can be raised with ease; lowering is a little trickier, but it can be done. You can breathe new, fashionable life into your wardrobe this way.

Wardrobe Win #2: Try A Simple Base

Cultivate a set of simple base outfits, which you can then layer new fashions onto. A pair of jeans and a plain shirt; a black dress; a skirt and cardigan combination. Keep the colours neutral so they work with anything. Then, when the new season colour or trend comes around, swap in a few accessories to keep things looking up to date. The same foundation of the outfit remains, but you only have to spend on a few pieces rather than a whole ensemble.

Wardrobe Win #3: Wear whatever you like

Want to wear something from former fashion glory days without altering it? Then do so. If anyone asks, just tell them it’s early vintage. It takes confidence to pull this off, but it’ll make your wardrobe timeless in one fell swoop.

This is one of my favourite way to dress anyways. I really don’t care what’s “on trend” at the moment. If I like it, I’ll wear it and that’s all there is to it.

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THRIFTY AND TRENDY | How to shop designer for less at Beacon’s Closet NYC

There’s no need to break the bank to look like a million bucks. Take it from me, I know how to get a good deal (credit that to the bargaining Peruvian in me). Besides, looking thrifty and trendy is easy when you’re shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet in New York City.

The turnover of people’s closets in NYC happens more often than us fashionistas in Canada can imagine. Wore a pair of Jimmy Choo patent heels once? Okay, time to toss – and luckily for us, they get tossed right into our ever-expanding wardrobes.

One woman’s last year Givenchy is another woman’s next week go-to!

How to shop designer for less at Beacon’s Closet

I happened to hit a particularly incredible time for shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet and walked away quite a satisfied shopper with my two new (well, new to me) pairs of heels and the coolest leather jacket I’ve ever seen.

First of all, you’ve got to be open to really looking through the entire store. It seems like a daunting task, and yes, it is, but it’s got to be done if you really want to find those hidden gems.

If you see something you love, JUST BUY IT. This isn’t the moment to take your sweet time deciding whether or not you really like something. This is the time to trust your gut feeling! Otherwise, when you come back it might be gone.

Come back to the store regularly for new items. People come to Beacon’s Closet every single day and drop off amazing items just waiting to be snatched up by their latest fashionista. YSL today, Balmain tomorrow!

Here are some of the items that I scored while shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet.

Thrifty and trendy: Marc Jacobs kitten heels, $29.

I spotted these Marc Jacobs heels as soon as I walked into the store and had them on for about 15 minutes walking around while I browsed other items. I knew I had to have them – but then I came across the YSL heels (see below). Which ones was I going to buy?! Well, that’s easy. With deals like this, buying both was totally the right decision.

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Thrifty and trendy: Fringed leather jacket, $40.

I’ve been wanting a good leather jacket for a while but haven’t been able to find anything that I really loved. This one was love at first sight. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was coming home with me. The real thing that sealed the deal? The embossed leopard print on the collar and trim. I’m all about being the brand and this screams “The Lady-like Leopard”.

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Thrifty and trendy: YSL caged heels, $45.

YSL. Need I say any more? When I spotted these gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent heels, I couldn’t let them go. I was a little hesitant about buying them because I’d already spent a lot and the price tag said $90 but I decided that what the hell, I’m almost 25 and I need a pair of caged YSL heels. The best surprise? Finding out they were 50% off!

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HOW TO | Get your spring wardrobe warm weather ready

It’s time to get your spring wardrobe ready! It might not be warm enough to forgo your jackets just yet but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping – and maybe love is in the air (that’s supposed to happen in spring, right?). Officially, winter is over and I am ecstatic.

I’ve been missing warm weather, sleeveless tops and generally just my life in Sydney lately so I thought I’d share these photos I took in Newtown last January. It was a beyond gorgeous day and my cousin Cherie and I were on our way to meet my best friend Zach and his boyfriend for cocktails at Newtown Hotel. We never miss a good opportunity for a photo shoot – especially if there are brick walls involved.

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How to get your spring wardrobe ready-to-wear

First of all, get rid of all winter clothes – and I mean all of them. We’ve been forced into parkas for many long months and I don’t want to see another one until next November. Spring wardrobe all the way!

Organize your closet into sections: tank tops, short sleeves, off-the-shoulder. It’ll make looking for the right top so much easier! Do the same for bottoms like, cuffed denim, dark denim, distressed denim, etc.

Do a spring clean and get rid of any clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. I did a bit of an early spring clean and ended up with 4 bags of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. Sometimes it takes a while but you’ve got to be ruthless and you’ve got to do it.

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Once you’ve cleaned and organized your closet it’ll be so much easier to find the clothes you love and to put together hundreds of spring outfits. Well, hundreds may be an exaggeration (depending on the size of your closet) but you’ll at least be able to come up with five different #ootds if you mix and match.

I created a photo folder in my phone called “Potential Outfits” and whenever I try on a new outfit I’ll save it in that folder so that the next time I’m stuck on what to wear I can just browse through looks I’ve already put together! It’s such a life saver – especially when you’re having one of those I have nothing to wear moments.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

grey halter tank top | TOPSHOP
white distressed jeans | JOE FRESH
black coat | LE CHATEAU (bought at a thrift store for $4!)
strappy heels | TONY BIANCO
sunglasses | PERUVIAN MARKET
suede cross body bag | SEED HERITAGE
watch | LORUS

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Goodies, gems and Givenchy at Vintage Crawl Toronto – @ladylikeleopard’s snapchat story

Last night I attended my first ever Vintage Crawl in Toronto. At first I was like, what’s the point? I mean, I could walk around to vintage shops any old time of the day and check ’em out on my own, right? Yes. But what I didn’t know about was the special deals, mimosas, cookies, beer and cheese (not all at the same time or place) that were being offered – plus enough designer vintage to last a lifetime.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard goes to Vintage Crawl Toronto. October 2015.

I’d say we (Why I Love Toronto and me) hit up a good ten vintage stores on our crawl around town – 9/10 which I’d never been into before! Since vintage is a definite thing of mine, that’s kind of shocking. I soon realized why I hadn’t been into many of the stores before.

To say they were a little out of my price range ($1,400 for vintage Dior) would be an understatement. That being said, I did get quite the rush from touching, feeling, caressing the clothes of designers past.

Instead of taking photos on my camera, I decided to do a little snapchat story of the night for you guys. Obviously, it looked a little better on actual snapchat, but here are a few photos from Vintage Crawl Toronto! For the real deal, add me on snapchat @ladylikeleopard.

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The best 2 sentences I’ve ever read on a hang tag.

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I want this in my apartment.

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ARMED on Dundas St W has some of the nicest body bling I’ve ever seen!

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Checking out the earrings at ARMED.

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Special news guys! Bridge + Bardot now sell vintage menswear too.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard goes to Vintage Crawl Toronto. October 2015.

I seriously felt like a queen in this gorgeous beaded gown from Bridge + Bardot.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard goes to Vintage Crawl Toronto. October 2015.

It’s only a matter of time before this baby finds its way onto my IKEA clothing rack (no room left in the closet).

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HOW TO | Dress like an off-duty model (hint: leather and denim are your BFFs)

Models are the “it” celebs right now. Think about it – would we even see street style snaps if it weren’t for Gigi, Kendall, Cara and Karlie? Who knows. What I do know is that these girls pull off effortless chic like no one else.

Here are some tips to have you rocking model status #ootd’s next time you’re out on the town.

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PHOTO: Teen Vogue

1. Keep it simple.
Models wear a lot of over-the-top, outrageous pieces on the runway so while they’re strutting down the sidewalk they tend to go for simpler pieces like jeans and a crew neck t-shirt. There are definitely ways to play with this look though. Like…

2. Throw in a pattern – or two.
Since the #ootd is pretty casual, it’s acceptable – if not essential – to thrown in something with a bold pattern or texture. If you’re going with the head-to-toe staple look of black on black, try a furry black coat with a black crocodile handbag.

Karlie Kloss, model off duty style.

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3. Leather is always a winner.
Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, leather is always a great last minute thing to throw on. A leather jacket goes with absolutely everything. (Seriously, try and think of something a leather jacket would look terrible with.) If your leather jacket has a lot of bells & whistles – AKA zippers, studs, pockets, embossing – it’s a great piece to spice up a neutral look.

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PHOTO: australianacademyofmodelling.com.au

The Lady-like Leopard’s “off-duty model look”

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THRIFTY + TRENDY | How to look like a million dollars for only $10

Whenever I come to Victoria, BC one of my favourite things to do is go to the Thrift Store (yes, it’s literally called Thrift Store) that my Grammy volunteers at on Fridays. Even though it’s only Wednesday she brought me there today to browse through. Without fail, every time we go she says “Oh, I don’t think there will be much there” and every time I leave with at least one bagful of clothing, jewellery and accessories.

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Today I scored this incredible three piece outfit by Algo – a Swiss brand specializing in elegant womenswear. Want to take a wild guess at how much it cost me? $3.

Yes, that’s right – a dollar a piece. My shoes are a different story because I bought them new from Wittner shoes in Sydney for about $200 but you can hardly feel bad about how much your shoes cost when your outfit was less than a Big Mac meal.

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HOW TO | Give back to charity and look fabulous while doing it

On Sunday afternoon my friend Stephan (of the blog Why I Love Toronto) and I ventured out to Eglinton West for our friend Kristen’s charity event supporting the Pink Ribbon Society of Grenada. It was held at Amorphous Salon and there were designers, jewellery makers and make-up artists on site to teach, create and show off their amazing talents. There was also a candy station and pink lemonade! (I had quite a lot of both. Oops.)

It felt really good to be able to give my support to such a great charity. I think anyone who gives back to people feels that same feeling of kindness. It feels good to know that in some little way you’re helping out someone who perhaps needs it more than you.

Most of you probably don’t know this – I’m pretty private when it comes to these matters – but someone very close to me was recently diagnosed with cancer. It’s been an extremely difficult situation but I think it’s made me realize how important it is to give back, to tell people you love them and to look for the positives in every situation.

Here are some ways fellow fashionistas can give back to charity too.

HOW TO | Give back to charity and look fabulous while doing it

1. Donate your clothes to a organization that sells clothing for charitable profits or that gives your clothes to people in need.

2. If you don’t have any clothes to donate, try shopping at thrift stores where a portion of the proceeds (or all the proceeds) go to charity instead of shopping a regular vintage shop.

3. Attend charity benefits. You can have a cocktail, delicious appies and feel great that your ticket money went to a great charity.

Ps. I got my outfit from a thrift store for a total of $10. Don’t forget to send me your trendy & thrifty outfits so I can feature them on The Lady-like Leopard too.

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THRIFTY + TRENDY | It’s possible to look good for less than a gourmet salad

Yesterday morning I got dressed as I normally would, just throwing on anything that I felt went well together for a day of shopping and dining. Once I was ready I realized just how thrifty my outfit was. Granted, most of it did come from thrift shops, vintage stores and flea markets.

THRIFTY + TRENDY | It’s possible to look good for less than a gourmet salad

You know in middle to low range magazines where they have a whole spread dedicated to “dressing for less”? Well, I’ve got them beat in every way possible. What are their usual limits? Dressing for $100? $50? My outfit is $11. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

Jacket: free
Dress: $6
Purse: $2
Earrings: $1
Butterfly necklace: $1
Heart necklace: $1

TOTAL: $11

Of course, this doesn’t include my shoes. I am a firm believer in spending more money on shoes. That’s why these sandals were about $150 from Windsor Smith in Australia. Oh, and I did add a $15 chain necklace and $30 Quay sunglasses to my outfit but of course those are things you can do without.

I want to see how thrifty you can get with your fabulously stylish outfits. Send them to me at theladylikeleopard@gmail.com and I’ll make a post of my favourite ones.

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