Mia, a fellow yyc communications/PR professional, is an avid world traveller, and an adventure enthusiast at heart. Her personal style is bold, vibrant and fresh, as she is constantly experimenting with the latest vintage find that she has acquired. What I love about her style is that there are no boundaries to the eclectic and creative looks’ that she puts together. Whether we are going for brunch, or out for drinks at a classy speakeasy, Mia is always showcasing her personality through chic, original, attire with an added vintage flare!
Mia’s Style Philosophy
“It’s all about contrast! I love to pair pieces that wouldn’t traditionally go together. I generally try to have one piece that stands out and can maybe spark a conversation, paired with something that shouldn’t really go with it, and just make it work!”
Something Mia plays around with a lot is masculine vs feminine looks. She is inspired by menswear and will typically pair something with a more masculine shape with something very feminine and girly.
One thing that I love about Mia’s style is her ability to take a piece, experiment with it and find 100 creative ways to wear it, pairing it with different lengths, color combos and accessories. Her wardrobe is a complete collection of signature, one-of-a-kind pieces that she has acquired throughout her travels, from vintage shops, high-end retail stores and local boutiques.
“Generally when I find a piece I love, I will wear it till I am either extremely sick of it, or I find a new piece that I am inspired by.”
Minimalism is Mia’s current jewelry standard. Very simple chains and studs are all she uses to complete a look. Her current obsession is rings, as her fingers are covered with numerous dainty to larger chunky bands.
Mia’s Style Inspiration
“I find my style inspiration mainly through Instagram, as well as just creeping people’s street style. I love to people watch, especially when I travel and I usually incorporate something from every place I go into my current style. Right now, I am living in Copenhagen and everyone here wears a lot of black and grey, so I find myself stepping away from colour more and more.”
Artsy to Local Grunge
This is a great look for a night when you are attending multiple events, each with a bit of a different dress code! It’s girly yet relaxed, demonstrating Mia’s love for opposition. You would typically see Mia wearing this outfit at a gallery opening and then later at a concert.
“With the hat I was looking for something that had a little more structure + character to it than the classic floppy felt hat. This hat from Anthropologie caught my eye immediately. It feels like something I might steal from an especially stylish boyfriend, sort of menswear-inspired, with the beautiful ribbon making it more feminine.
This original vintage Levis vest was a fantastic find. I found it perusing a tiny vintage store in Victoria a few years ago. The best part – the sleeves were ripped off by its previous owner, giving it so much more depth and character than a regular Levis vest.
I paired the vest with a Wilfred Free, pale purple baby doll dress to create that contrast and make the look more feminine.
These black pointy, leather boots are one of those accessories that can complete just about any look and are one of my favorite accessories right now. I found them at Fond Vintage Boutique right here in Calgary.”
Casual Before 3pm
Juxtaposing elements of different lengths, textures, patterns and shapes are what make this look unique – the perfect combination of casual + chic street style. Each piece is inherently different, but layered together they compliment each other, making each piece stand out. This is the perfect look for a coffee date or a lunchtime catch-up with friends.
“The hat was simple, I picked it up from H&M, in the men’s department of course.
The jeans are a pair of Levis Originals that I picked up on a recent trip to Vancouver. I had been searching for the perfect pair of 80’s/90’s Levis for years, so I snatched these up when I saw them at an adorable vintage shop hidden within Gastown. Unfortunately they are a little bit big, but nothing a belt can’t fix. This lavender belt is a classic staple from American apparel.
Impractical (for Calgary) is the word that best describes this coat, but I love it! I found it at Anthropology and originally bought it to wear in Vancouver in the fall. However, it has become one of the staples in my wardrobe and I will wear it in any season, regardless of the temperature.
Both of these are bold pieces, so I paired them with a rose colored, classic Wilfred long-sleeve crop-top that balances out this look.
These are beautiful flats – I love the pattern! They add character and stand out against the lighter pastel colors in this look. The best part about them, they were $20 at Forever 21!”
Girls Night Out!
Everyone needs that one outfit that fully embodies their personal style and makes them feel beautiful and confident! This edgy yet stylish look is one of Mia’s favorites, and not to mention versatile, working for dive bar drinks or classy cocktails.
“This classic knit was a great score from Banana Republic on a summer trip to Portland. The high neckline makes it incredibly versatile and can be easily dressed up or down. The loose knit texture makes it great for summer or winter and is an easy travel piece because it doesn’t wrinkle.
These are a pair of basic black, high-wasted jeans from Urban Outfitters that I ripped myself. It started off as an accident and I liked the look so I did it on the other side. Also beats paying the $200 for Rag & Bone’s ripped jeans!
This 50’s silk scarf is near and dear to me, as it is from my Grandma’s beautiful scarf collection. The intricate and detailed pattern is beautiful against a neutral palette and easily dresses up a look at a moments notice.
Together the scarf and the knit top create a more dressed up look. The ripped jeans take the outfit down a notch, making it more interesting and bar appropriate, rather than high-tea attire – again contrasting between shapes and textures!
Impractical seems to be a trend in my style, but it makes looks’ more interesting – so I always commit! These ridiculously high heels are a pair of never-worn Jeffry Campbell’s from a thrift store in Portland.”
Tailored Dinnertime Chic
Layered with a bold standout skirt, this outfit is a fresh way to do dinner! The busy, bright pattern on the skirt, layered with a delicate lace ballerina long sleeve, makes for a scene-stealing look.
“The top is a Free People that has survived many closet deep-cleans. I love it mainly because of the delicate lace and the crisscross details in the back. It is the perfect top to pair with a brightly patterned or textured bottom.
I was attracted to the big, bold, overpowering pattern on this skirt in a vintage boutique in Chilliwack. Originally it belonged to the owner of the shop and was a beach cover up she had purchased in Hawaii, some years before I stumbled upon it. I folded down the top and secured it with the drawstring to create a bold and structured maxi skirt.”
Photographed by: Kristy Archibald
Styled by: Mia Loiselle