This week, I popped into Gastown’s boutiques for some transitional pieces to get me through the rest of Vancouver’s dark and stormy season.
ONE OF A FEW
Check out this Rachel Comey crocheted tank at One of a Few. Inspired by ‘70s Kingston, it’s square neckline, cropped length and crisp colour palette are the right amount of pick-me-up on a cloudy day. Sure, wear it as is and you’re risking hypothermia, but layer it up and you’re cooking with gas.
NEIGHBOUR / WOMAN
The shop will celebrate its first anniversary this March and shares much of the same sensibilities of the men’s shop down the street. From clothing and jewelry to fragrance and unisex objects, Neighbour / Woman is an experience just to step through the door. There are still some winter pieces on sale, but Pre-Spring lines are on their way, starting with Acne, which is in store now. Out of Stockholm, the brand delivers luxury basics, shoes and outerwear.
I’m addicted to words on shirts. It’s a problem and LYNNsteven keeps feeding it. Between Province of Canada and Brunette is the New Black, I can’t stay out of this store. Add in monochromatic staples, pretty underthings and great denim, and my wallet’s not getting out alive.
OAK & FORT
A stroll through Oak & Fort confirmed one thing. Ankles are going to be huge this year. Their new collection offers up a variety of cropped pants and shin-brushing skirts. I’m totally into it. I’m also into their neutral palette. You won’t find bright colours or busy prints here. It’s white, black, camel and gray with the occasional pop of navy.
If New Year’s Eve involved anything tight and sparkly, this is the antidote. Nicole Bridger is well known for comfortable, easy pieces and the Compassion Dress might be the queen of them all. It’s silk, so you know it will feel great on, but for something that makes allowances for any over indulging you did over the holiday, it’s so freaking chic!
Don’t know about you, but I usually hit the shoe wall first. Jennifer at The Block has one of the best selections and right now there are new pairs from A Detacher, Loeffler Randall, H by Hudson and A.P.C. There aren’t any open toed items yet, but let’s be honest about the weather in Vancouver. Boots are a year-round necessity. One more reason to stop in… on Friday’s, they serve bubbly.
Best eye-candy in the neighbourhood…the windows at Secret Location. If you’ve got a few coins in your pocket, there’s nothing quite like a private appointment with one of Carey’s best stylists. The boutique offers a curated collection of international brands and the opportunity to make the store into your own personal closet to shop at leisure. Trust me, bring a friend and have the champagne.