It’s due time the staff here got a bit of the light shown on them and their styles. Everyone has such distinct and different tastes, we thought it would be nice to share some of them and help you get to know the faces you see at our locations a little better. First up, let’s meet Meghan!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi I’m Meghan, I work part time at CS as a senior buyer/ merchandiser and part time in the film industry working in the costume department. I am a total clothes hoarder with an emotional attachment to almost everything I own, and I love to dress thematically.
How long have you worked for Common Sort and what’s your favorite part of the job?
I’ve worked at Common Sort for about two and half years now, and I think I can safely say that about 90% of my wardrobe comes from the store, cause like hello first dibs on all the best things! I started working at CS when I first moved back to Toronto after finishing University in Montreal and I feel like I really lucked out getting to work in such a positive femme run business. CS is such a special work place where I have been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite people, best friends and two of my roommates. I think my favorite part of the job is just being able to work in a space where everyone’s individuality is celebrated and creativity is fostered, where you can be whoever, dress however and express yourself.
How would you describe your style?
I feel that my style is a bit all over the place; there are definitely similar things that I’m consistently drawn to, but depending on the season or even the day, they can come across completely different. Just yesterday I started off the day wearing a black and yellow Adidas track suit, and by the evening I had changed into a oversize blouse with giant ribbon ties around the wrist, wide leg pants and a pair of raw silk block heels.
Putting together an outfit can be a different and personal process for each person, how do you go about putting together a look?
I feel like a different person almost every morning getting dressed, and I normally dress in whatever personality or character I feel akin to in that moment. I take most of my inspiration from films I’ve watched or a photo that I’ve come across or some character I’ve made up in my mind that morning, but normally I start with one piece that I’m feeling directly pulled to and work from there. I keep all of my clothes and accessories out in the open on rolling racks around my room or hanging up on my walls, I’ve always felt most inspired being surrounded by my clothes and I have never been a firm believer in closets. Being able to see my clothes at all times gives me a better sense of what I own and it helps me to be more creative when choosing my outfits.
What’s your favourite piece you own?
This is very silly, but I am such a clothes hoarder/ so emotionally attached to all my clothes that having to choose just one piece is a little difficult. Although, I definitely have a couple of pieces that stand out a bit more. A couple of years ago a man whose mother had sadly passed away brought us a bunch of her clothes. He told us his mother used to be a model and all of her pieces were crazy vintage designer that looked like they had come off the runway in 1996. Out of her pieces I got this beautiful Dolce and Gabbana long sleeve shirt with these crazy patches all over it and it looked like it had been worn religiously. The fabric was super thin with lots of little holes everywhere, and it had been stitched in several places in attempt to keep the shirt together. It looked like it had lived such a life and I was immediately drawn to it. To this day it has remained one of my favorite pieces.
Favourite trend at the moment?
Hands down my favorite trend for summer 2017 is cowgirl/ farm princess; think everything pastoral with a modern twist, gingham pieces, denim, ruffles, eyelet, off-the-shoulder, corsets, leather, bell sleeves, ribbon accents etc.
There’s a lot of smaller designers I’ve been really into recently. To name a few, Staud, Paloma Wool, Oats the Label, Lykke Wullf, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh for their dreamy shoes. But, I have to say, two of my absolute favorites that are killing it right now is the Australian label Daisy, and New York label C.F Goldman. They are serving up all the gingham, farm girl, country looks that my dreams are made of.
Favourite season for dressing?
Although I’m definitely a Summer baby, I wouldn’t say that it’s my fave season to dress for. I’ve never been a fan of any kind of weather that feels like it constricts an outfit, either because its too hot or too cold. I always like the option of wearing layers, sleeves, pants, bare legs, a jacket, or even mules, even in – 15 weather.
Think of your style 10 years ago…are you embarrassed by it now?
Well, ten years ago I was 15, soooo…I am definitely embarrassed. But to be fair, I was a teenager in the mid 2000s, probably the worst fashion decade ever, with exception of the 80s. It wouldn’t be weird to find me wearing a headband around my forehead (gross), layering no less than three different colored tank tops, boot cut jeans from American Eagle, some horrible lamé something or other from American Apparel and ballet flats all at once. When your biggest style inspo is Nicole Richie circa The Simple Life, un-ironically, you just don’t stand a chance.
WHAT SHE WORE // vintage overalls, Ralph Lauren button down and Aldo boots