Style Post: Spring Bloom

Fashion shifts as the seasons do, and Stilettos and Substance is making its first foray into spring style!

The possibilities of spring dressing are virtually endless; layers and neutrals have been replaced with lashings of bright shades that span the colour wheel, fun prints that make a big statement, and a sunny style outlook to match the warmer weather.

Get inspired for the new season with these fun, spring-ready looks that experiment with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. The models were styled using a mix of different prints, materials and colours to create vibrant, youthful looks that are fresh and perfect for spring.

Along with your wardrobe, spring is also a great time to get creative with your makeup bag and create fun beauty looks. Big beauty statements such as the big lashes, bold eye looks, bright lips, and colourful nail art seen here can bring an element of fun to your look and are the perfect fun accompaniments to spring dressing. 

Reem Buhazza

Styling by Mona Hamid

Modeling by Johannah Zacharer & Charibel Jimenez

Makeup by Tai Charles

Photographys by Carolyn McMorran

Personal Style: Reinvention of the LBD

The little black dress is a style staple that has been around forever, and for good reason. The style merits of this highly versatile wardrobe essential are endless; it is a piece that can look good on virtually anyone, and it can be transformed instantly with the help of the right styling. Here, a variety of statement pieces were used to create a look that is both chic and youthful.

When it comes to style basics like the LBD, the cut and fit is of paramount importance. This Ted Baker babydoll dress has a superior fit, and has a figure flattering fit-and-flare silhouette that is fitted on top and flared out into a pleated skirt. Its mid-thigh length elongates the leg, and the zipper detail in the back gives it some edge.

The brown and black tights give this look some visual interest by putting an unconventional colour spin on the classic houndstooth print. When it came to accessories, the ladylike look of this outfit called for the addition of something a little more unexpected to keep things interesting and unique. The Perspex neon-orange necklace is the perfect choice as it adds unexpected colour and texture and also channels this season’s futuristic trend.

The outwear you select to layer over your LBD can make or break your look, especially in the colder months. The unusual arm cutouts on this fur cape give it an elegant vintage feel that adds a luxe element to the rest of the look. A royal blue bow belt was added to cinch in the waist and give a fun pop of colour to the outfits predominantly neutral colour palette, the gloves co-ordinate with the earth tones of the outfit, and the classic black pumps echo the black of the dress and keep things simple.

 –Reem Buhazza


Photographs by Azza Gadir

Styling and Modelling by Mona Hamid

Writing by Reem Buhazza

Outfit Details:

1. Vintage Fur Cape: King of Kensington (Kensington Market, Toronto).

2. LBD: Ted Baker Dress (Kipp), available here.

3. Blue Bow Belt: Arrogant Cat.

4. Houndstooth Brown Tights: HUE.

5. Black Patent Platforms: Kurt Geiger.

6. Neon Pink Necklace: H&M.

7. Striped Clutch: Mimco.