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Posted in Uncategorized by upc boutique on June 16, 2010

Bow ties and Suspenders.  While I am not the biggest believer in trends as I feel everything at some point comes back into fashion.  Remember it’s not what’s popular that makes the outfit but rather how you put that outfit together.  With that being said, we are DEFINITELY seeing a push towards a ‘retro’ classic look this fall.  As my tastes have ‘matured’ my style has followed suit and my prediction this fall is a BIG push towards that aforementioned retro style of outfitting.  I’m already excited for fall fashion what’s wrong with me?!

Both Velour and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair have taken this to heart  for fall/winter 2010.  I am really looking forward to a more dressed up look come fall with an emphasis on primp, proper and classic.  I feel as though we have a very nice resurgence of the 1960s coming our way…

Pic taken from Shopmyclothes

Here is one of my favourite pictures…from 2006.

The similarities of fashion from various decades is amazing and I love it.  And one of the main reasons I feel trends are more of a product of hype rather than one’s own individuality.   Now if only we all could dress like Mr. Sean Connery.

Staples for men this summer.

Posted in Uncategorized by upc boutique on June 9, 2010

I came across a great little article detailing the staples for men this summer.  They’ve made some great choices throughout, but what I appreciate the most is the styling and colours they’ve chosen.  The above belt is absolutely perfect my only complaint is their choice of shoes.  I think a little more thought could have gone into that category.  Maybe a Canoe Mocassin from Seavees…

Their choices are nice and basic and is something that all men should look into for this summer’s wear…it’s a perfect palette if you are ever having trouble deciding what to rock on a weekend or a night out.


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These Kids are Alright!!!

Posted in Fashion by upc boutique on May 14, 2009

It’s come to my attention that with the advent of social media it has become a lot easier to communicate ones own personal fashion philosophy no matter where you are living around the globe. These days more often than not, I come across a blog created by an individual to express their day to day ideas on fashion and document their looks and advice to would be fashion insiders. A lot of these blogs are creative, fun and even budget friendly and suggest individuality and self expression rather than mass appeal. Even though fashion is still inspired and trickles down through the many designers and couturiers who are very much setting the trends in the mainstream (namely, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Kris Van Assche, Rick Owens, Nicolas Ghesquiere’s ….), it is this new collective of talent that may well be inspiring us in the future.

Betty and her Look of the Day

Betty and her Look of the Day

Case in point:Le Blog de Betty . This young Parisian girl has managed to dedicate her blog and probably most of her free time to documenting her style endevours and chic affordable ensembles, in order to inspire others to likely do the same. There are many sites similar to Betty’s all around the world and I encourage you to explore the net and seek out your favourites. Hel-looks reports on the youth of Helsinki and their many quirky, vintage inspired looks often put together with some key pieces by Scandinavian designers such as A.P.C, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and Rodebjer.  Finally, the more mainstream and often familiar fashion photographer, The Sartorialist seeks out trends and inspiration in the streets of fashion capitals such as Milan, Paris, New York, with the occasional Designer and Celebrity thrown in. Beware, as these looks are often high end and designer laden, so if you plan on breaking the bank to buy some Marni and Balenciaga you too may be documented on The Sartorialist.

 This said, upc boutique has been intrigued by these documentarians of life and fashion. So be on the look out for inspired ensembles and photos of some of our favourite friends, customers and fashion insiders wearing some of upc’s finest.

Spring into Fashion with upc’s key essentials

Posted in Fashion by upc boutique on April 8, 2009
Bohemian with a touch of 80s Revival

Mary Meyer - Bohemian with a touch of 80's Revival

Spring is quickly approaching, though for some of us patio lovers not fast enough.  Regardless, any day now, patios across the country will be busting out umbrella’s to shade us from the hot rays of the sun.  It is this image alone that drives us fashion insiders to start thinking about our spring summer wardrobe and what style we want to carry through these outdoor festivites. 

One of us personally is all about Neo Bohemian Chic – yes the curly hair one!  The other counterpart (with the retro bangs) is thinking more along the lines of Post Punk Eighties Revival.  We’ll certainly be sharing the same cocktails or even mock cocks, while rocking our respective styles.   Other looks you can easily pull off (and if you do so well, you’re more than welcome to join our patio partio) is the Preppy Ethnic Safari and Grungy Plaid looks. 

To better describe these styles we’d like to offer our humble opinion and suggest key items to help sail you through these essential summer trends.  Forget Balenciaga, Gucci or Lanvin – more original looks can be achieved with edgier and more obscure labels such as Complex Geometries, Velour, Mary Meyer and Chronicles of Never. 

Neo Bohemian Chic – think Nicole Ritchie but less Hollywood.  Picture Velour‘s fluid blouses, billowy dresses  by Masayuki Marukawa styled with chunky necklaces cuffs and of course killer shoes.

Post Punk Eighties Revival – think ripped up acid wash jeans, complex geometric tees (conviently offered by Complex Geometries and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair), blazers, drop crotch pants by Juma and flats since bangs doesn’t like to do heels.  For accessoies throw in a studded cuff and Neon necklaces.  Curly hair is liking this style and may dabble in it a little

Preppy Ethnic Safari – think Erotokritos Khaki chino’s rolled up, printed tees and tops by Mary Meyer styled with a fedora (please please please do not wear these slanted, we’re not going for K Fed!)  We would not over accessorize this look, less is more for this style.  

Grungy Plaids – think Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s linen plaid blazer over top a basic tee.   A slouchy boyfriend jean is essential for any look this season, but especially with the above mentioned top, it could look great accessorized with high tops.  Add a scarf and you can’t go wrong.   Picture an updated version of Annie Hall.

So you’ve got you respective looks down, stop thinking style and start pondering what cocktail to simmer down with!