Outfit details: Jumpsuit — Babaton (similar // similar) | Gold belt — Love Culture (similar) | Leopard clutch — Express | Heels — Steve Madden | Minimalist rings — H&M
Makeup details: Lipstick — Sephora Cream Lipstain in “01 Always Red” | Nails: Sally Hansen — Complete Salon Manicure in “Red My Lips
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by all things French-Canadian, so it’s always a special treat when I get to visit Quebec. It’s probably because French was always my best subject in school (though I’m way too shy to attempt testing that knowledge in the real world today). Or because I was a closet fan of their hockey team for a few fun seasons and will always have a certain level of respect for their storied franchise, despite where rivalry dictates my blue, white and Leaf-y allegiances should lie.
So when Jason invited me to pay another visit to his home province of Quebec, I was grateful for the opportunity to experience more of the culture. It was a dream come true to have my photos taken on the cobbled streets of Old Montréal, surrounded by beautiful, historic architecture. Every time we visit, I fall in love with those streets.
There was a light drizzle on our morning drive downtown, but as soon as we started shooting, the rain seemed to just stop. Don’t you love when that happens? Though the precipitation did give the roads that nice reflective glisten for our photos. Thanks for the solid, Mother Nature ✌
In this look I’m debuting my first venture into jumpsuits. This one is a delicate and classy style by Babaton. I didn’t hesitate when I found it hanging on one of Aritzia’s back walls for 50 per cent off during their last winter sale — total score! The jumpsuit is made of that fluid silk crepe de chine that I love and wear in a few of my favourite dresses. It just has such a lightweight and luxurious feel, which gives the tailoring both an elegant drape and a sophisticated structure where needed.
One bonus I like about this wrap-front jumpsuit is that it has a tiny little snap to keep it all concealed. As an addict of wrap-front blouses and dresses, this is key. Often these kinds of styles like to go rogue and slip open, and you spend most of your time pulling it all back over your bust only for it to slip away from you again. In short, most wrap-front styles are annoying, but this one holds itself together in a low-maintenance and modest way.
The jumpsuit also comes with a self-tie belt, in the same fabric, that works well for everyday wear, especially at the office. But for this look I wanted to up the drama with a mirrored gold belt, perfect for a night out in the city.
However, even with the statement the jumpsuit makes, I’d have to say the centrepiece of this look is the leopard bag from Express. I picked it up last week, just days before I left for Montréal. I can’t describe enough how clutch Express is (no pun intended) when I need things now. It’s tough to find leopard print anything in the middle of spring, let alone such a versatile clutch like this with a really high quality haircalf panel. It’s a convertible design with a detachable gold chain shoulder strap that I’m sure I’ll be hooking back on for future outfits.
All in all, a look like this makes me feel very European-street-chic, and I’m glad I was able to capture that setting in la belle province.
Is there a city you just can’t get enough of? Is it a city that really inspires you to dress your best? Let me know in the comments section below!
Have a good one, my friends :)
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