Fashion Forecast from thekit.ca: What to Wear at the Toronto International Film Festival
Friday, September 6, 2013, 8:08 -
Although many of us are still lamenting the unofficial end of summer, if you’re in Toronto this weekend your mourning has likely been cut short by the TIFF frenzy that has descended over the city. There is a palpable change in the collective downtown wardrobe, as the focus shifts from laid-back summer basics to amazing autumn ensembles.
Everyone is getting prepped to fête with the influx of A-listers the festival brings in. Or, if you’re unable to finagle your way into any of the über exclusive parties, you can at least peruse around Yorkville and other star hangouts in the hopes of spotting some of your favourite celebs. As we always like to be prepared her at The Kit, the anticipated weather conditions for the opening weekend at TIFF are mainly sunny, with highs of 25°C—ideal for star stalking!
Even if you’ll only be observing the festivities from the sidelines, celeb watching still demands a certain sartorial savvy. The ideal balance to strike is a precocious mix of the three R’s: relaxed, refined and rock 'n' roll. The base of your look should be a statement-making piece that you can still be comfortable in. This sweet honeycomb dress from Intermix plays with texture and is embellished with a front zipper. Since it is still technically summer, the sleeveless style and piped paneling are right on-trend for this transitional season.
Next up, your footwear selection is absolutely crucial, as star stalking requires a lot of time on your feet. These neoprene ankle boots from Zara have a heel that is both substantial and sexy, and will look and feel great whether you’re strutting down the sidewalk or swilling martinis at a star-studded hot spot.
For your bag, pick something that is functional and can easily hold all of your essentials (a swipe of Nars Jungle Red lipstick might make the difference between catching someone’s eye or not). This crossbody bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim has a compact silhouette that will leave your hands free without putting a huge strain on your shoulder, plus its minimalist quilted detailing perfectly encapsulates that brand of effortless L.A. style.
Sunglasses are also key if you’re planning on taking your star sleuthing to sunny patios—these cat-eye shades from Le Specs will vamp up your look with a retro glam, incognito vibe. And finally, if you do manage to find yourself face-to-face with Hollywood royalty outside in the urban jungle, nothing will keep you cozy while increasing your cool factor like a leather jacket. Well, that, and managing not to act too star-struck when you run into Brad Pitt at the corner store. Happy TIFF-ing!
How to Weatherproof with Fashion
1. Honeycomb Knit Zip Front Dress, $248, intermixonline.com
2. Combination Neoprene Ankle Boot, $100, zara.com
3. Nars Jungle Red Lipstick, $30, sephora.com
4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Small Ryder Cross Body Bag, $572, shopbop.com
5. Le Specs Rapture Cat Eye Sunglasses, US $55, net-a-porter.com
6. River Island Leather Biker Jacket, US $240, riverisland.com
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