Etsy Winter Trends

Winter is a favorite fashion season for many.  It’s time to break out the jackets, layer up and load up on chunky socks and boots.  Keep your eyes peeled for oversized silhouettes, luxurious plaids and touches of fuzz.  Below are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get cozy with your wardrobe this Winter:

PLAID
Plaid is having a moment on the runway.  Designers are partial to a tartan print because it adds an interesting dose of color to classic fabrics.  Since us Torontonians are all are guilty of overdoing black in the winter, it’s nice to see some colors to brighten up the mood.

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Plaid Wool Wrap – $184.22 USD – VespertineCA

Vespertine’s plaid wrap embraces the chill.  The quality will warm your heart and the color will warm up your wardrobes.

HIGH WAIST
The waist is making a climb far up past the belly button for a look that is super slimming and very sexy.

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High Waist Plaid Pants – $46.50 USD – Wild Thing Vintage

Don’t just try out any old high waist this season.  Look for exaggerated, supersonic high waist silhouettes that create the look of long, lean legs and a teeny tiny mid-section.  Check out these stylish high waist plaid pants from cool cat, Wild Thing Vintage.  (Winter Fashion just doesn’t get better than that folks.)  Also, be sure to check out Wild Thing’s shop, as she has many more dramatically high waisted treasures!

TOUCH OF FUZZ
From fur stoles to pastel furry coats, designers are using fur accents, whether real or faux, to give everything an added ooph of luxury.  This season, clothing with a “touch of fuzz” is guaranteed to get you noticed and keep you warm.

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Fur Hat – $45.00 USD – Juliesinden

We’ve been seeing hints of fur on gloves, boots, collars, hats and even on hand bags.  It’s clear that a fur accessory is the ultimate embellishment.

FRINGE
The fringe trend is still going strong, with virtually every designer including frayed fabrics in their collections. Those more daring can opt for a fringed jacket or top like this beauty from Copious Fashions.  This fringe crop top can be easily dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.  No matter how it is paired it will never be boring.

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Fringe Top – $73.54 USD – Copious Fashions

If you’re a newbie to the this playful trend, a fringed bag is perfect for you!  We are absolutely loving the quality of this clutch from Heather Hird Designs.

STATEMENT EARRINGS
Step aside statement necklaces! Oversized, exaggerated, embellished, bold earrings are officially the “it bling” for Fall 2015. Fall looks to have an obsession with the oversized style. We’ve seen oversized duster jackets, extra-high platform creeper boots and super-large buttons.

These large black feather earrings by Love At First Blush are perfect for the Fall season.  We love the exaggerated bright gold on the black.  We imagine they are so much fun to wear!

TEXTILE HANGINGS
Last (but not least) on the home decor front, textile wall hangings are having quite a decor moment.  The look is a little bit Bohemian, a little bit classed-up 70’s and span from macramé to weavings to simple yarn hangings.

Found in a huge array of colors and styles (sometimes macramé, sometimes tufted yarn), these fibrous fixtures have found their way onto the walls many a stylish home. Take a look at local shop, Roving Textiles to find some of our favorite works of tapestry textile art.

Show your fellow TEST Members some love by shopping local this Winter.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  Happy shopping and happy warm ‘n’ wooly wardrobes!

Winter Skirts

Our shop is bursting at the seams with wooly winter skirts.  Wearing the wrong type of skirt during the cold winter months can leave you feeling more cold than chic. Choosing the right skirt and accompanying accessories will leave you feeling both warm and fashion forward.  Below are three great choices for the winter.

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Winter Blues Skirt – $28.00 – 1970’s -Extra Small

Pick a skirt made of a heavier material. Sheer, lightweight fabrics look out of place and will only make you colder.  Opt for heavier materials like wool, velvet and leather.  A maxi-skirt in Winter will give you the least amount of hassle.  Many maxi-skirts can even be worn with minimal to no leg protection.  Pick out a skirt that extends somewhere between your mid-calf and the top of your foot, a few inches above your ankle. The longer the skirt, the warmer you’ll be.

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Beige Wrap Skirt – $28.00 – 1970’s – Small

A midi-length (knee-length) skirt will give you the greatest amount of flexibility. Midi skirts can be made to look professional, trendy, or flirty, depending on how you accessorize them. You will need additional leg protection to keep your calves warm, however. Knee-high socks, legging and tall boots are cozy choices for a midi-skirt.  You can really be playful with your leg-wear while wearing a midi-skirt.

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Wool Pencil Skirt – $29.00 – 1960’s – Small

Although the narrow shape of a pencil skirt can restrict the movement of the wearer, the pencil skirt will give you the greatest amount warmth due to reduced ventilation.    Pencil skirts are made to look professional as they fall to the knee and are super tailored for a close fit.  Pencil skirts in the winter look cute and will keep you warm with tucked in long-sleeve tops, textured scarves and nylons.  Don’t forget a long winter coat for extra warmth.
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How will your wardrobe be keeping warm this winter?  Let us know in the comments below!

Schoolyard Style

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1970’s Skirt | $28.00 | Waist: 28” 

Our schoolyard days may be long behind us but plaid skirts will forever remain en vogue.

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1970’s Skirt | $31.00 | Waist: 26″

We like to call this preppy look, “Schoolyard Style”.  At its most basic level, a simple plaid skirt is a very versatile garment.

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1960’s Skirt | $29.00 | Waist: 28″

With versatility in mind, it’s not surprising that designers are constantly going back to the staple skirt and tartan print, elevating them far beyond the confines of the classroom.  If you’re looking for the perfect Fall/Winter 2014 skirt take a peruse in our “Skirt Section” at Filthy Rebena’s shop.  We all sizes, all colors and plaid-o-plenty to go around!

Shoestring Skirts

Skirts Collage InstaAdding all sorts of new skirts to Filthy Rebena’s shop this week.  The hot prints and low prices on these quality skirts will blow your skirt right up!  Go check them out – they won’t last too long!