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photo via The Zoe Report

We absolutely fell for this chic, relaxed, grunge-esque look, so of course we had to recreate it with pieces from the store. It calls to mind what someone might wear on a day at home and then elevated with a mix of statement and minimalist accessories . It’s a thoughtful look that gives the appearance of effortlessness.

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Each day – even several times a day – new things make it out onto the floor of our stores; no two days are the same. The vast selection of styles and pieces we receive make it the ideal place to find everything you need to recreate your favourite looks from around the internet. Today we are recreating this Parisian inspired, masculine look. It’s simple, classic and easy to put your own spin on if totally recreating another’s look is not your thing.

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Holiday Inspired Pieces

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Sparkly maxi skirt – size L $18

With the holidays around the corner, we felt it appropriate to share some holiday inspired pieces we currently have in store to help you figure out what you will be wearing for the holiday this year. This time of year we have our eyes peeled for those pieces that would be perfect for easy days and evenings in with family or for that special party you may be attending. These are some of the pieces that caught our eye, for those who love being festive all month long, or those that just want something special for an evening sipping egg nog and eating a ton of gingerbread.

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage a-line mini skirt – size S $25

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage plaid mini skirt – size S $26

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Jenni Button sequin dress – Size M $98

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Dex gold dress – size M $22

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Elizabeth & James trousers – size S $63

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Banana Republic red trousers – size 2 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Steve Madden velvet sandals – size 6 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Topshop velvet heeled sandals – size 37 $30

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Banana Republic blouse – Size S $29

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Vintage scrunch top – size S $18

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Marciano sparkly purse – $38

Common Sort | Holiday Inspired Pieces
Box purse with floating sequins – $24

Personal Style: Dan Tonner

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerNext up on our personal style feature is Dan Tonner. Let’s get to know this lil’ gem!

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Dan. My favourite emojis are: diamond, cigarette, nails & the blue heart. I use they/them pronouns. I’m from the East Coast. I smoke like a chimney, drink too much coffee and comic books are my best friends. My elbows are dangerously pointy and I flail them when I dance, so be careful. It literally took me a week to answer this question.

How long have you worked for Common Sort and what’s your favourite part of the job?

I’ve been at Common Sort for about 8 months. I’ve gotta agree with Meg, the strong femme energy brings a magical touch to the business. It’s also lovely not having to work in soul-sucking corporate retail. Something I really appreciate as well is how accessible we make fashion. Being genderqueer, walking into a store and trying on “women’s” clothing is often a frustrating & discouraging experience. I’ve been able to explore my style and identity through being exposed to clothing from so many varying brands, decades and styles, and it creates a beautiful opportunity for self-expression. I think Common Sort extends those possibilities to everyone.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerHow would you describe your style?

Equal parts pleather daddy, self-proclaimed pastel princess, rave queen, boy next door, trailer trash, badass boxer & a little bit of Molson Canadian promoter girl, with just a touch of Jackie Kennedy on my classy days. 

Some tips on how to style an outfit.

My general rule is that you’re only well dressed if you’re embodying a minimum of two Spice Girls. My go to is Scary/Posh. Scary was the best… that NASA look she pulls in Spice World is lit.

What’s your favourite piece you own?

I have this crazy monogram denim zip-up Christian Dior hooded vest from some runway show in the 90’s. This adorable, little 82 year old Scottish woman who used to work for Vogue sold it to the store and I nearly wept when I saw it. Dior was my first love. I also have this ancient Roots knit turtleneck that used to belong to my brother. He and I had matching ones when I was 5 or so. Its been so worn that the threads around the neck are coming loose making this cool distressed look. I have to hand wash it because I’m afraid it will literally disintegrate if I put it in a machine at this point.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerFavourite trend at the moment?

I’m trying to learn how to power pattern clash. People look so bold and colourful and I respect the sense of being able to find two things that shouldn’t go together but work together perfectly. I used to always wear simple strong colour palettes and never any patterns or prints, but now that I’m addicted to dying my hair weird colours my wardrobe is getting a little bolder. I love pulling big looks and I live for making the Judgemental Judy’s of the world uncomfortable and also when little kids think I’m cool.

Favourite designer(s)?

I love Thom Browne; his shows are always really compelling, conceptual, and weird. His most recent show was this crazy deconstruction of the idea of a grey suit which sounds boring now that I’m describing it, but I swear it’s great. I also have a weakness for Daizy Shely’s marabou feather jackets. Yves Saint Laurent goes without saying, he was a visionary & a progressive .

Favourite season for dressing?

Spring, minus the florals. You still get all the layering from Fall and Winter but with all the light and airiness of Summer. Plus, it’s exciting to slowly break out all the great pieces you’ve been dying to wear since Fall. Did I mention my fondness for pastels?Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerThink of your style 10 years ago…are you embarrassed by it now? 

I would describe my style ten years ago as “I’m Here, I’m Queer and you don’t have to get used to it but PLEASE pay attention to me”. Picture a young awkward Danny, fresh out of the closet, braces, every possible colour paired with every possible pattern. I had these Converse shoes that were made out of the same material as tennis balls. Not cute. I try not to think about high school…

WHAT THEY WORE // vintage Everlast pants via CS, secondhand jacket via CS, Seductions fishnet bodysuit and Underground platform creepers via CS

*photos by Alex Spence

 

Spring/Summer Style Inspiration

Common Sort | Spring/Summer Style InspirationCommon Sort | Spring/Summer Style InspirationCommon Sort | Spring/Summer Style InspirationWe’ve been little pinning monsters over here, getting tons of inspiration from around the web. Today we thought we’d share some of the Spring/Summer style pins we are loving at the moment.

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What Would …

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There are so many styles out there to be appreciated. Some people just really know how to put together a great outfit that works for them. Whether it’s over the top eccentric or subtle Parisian chic, there is inspiration all over the place. We thought it would be fun to imagine what some of the most revered style icons would choose from our store.

Incase you aren’t familiar with Iris Apfel – which I’m sure you are, at the very least, you’ve probably seen her picture – she is an interior designer. In 1950, she and her husband launched a textile firm called Old World Weavers until they retired in 1992. During this time they worked on several design projects, among them, design restorations of the White House for 9 different Presidents. Along their many travels Iris started buying non-western, artisanal pieces that she would wear to her meetings. It’s easy to see how she got noticed and quickly became the face of ‘you can wear whatever you damn well please at any age!’

Heres what we think she would pick…

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?vintage jacket size S $24

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?furry shoulder bag $20

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?assorted rings and bangles

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?Weekday button up size XS $32

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?Danier leather pants size S $26

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?vintage dress size M $26

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?Miista pumps size 40 $75

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?H&M Studio furry coat size M $45

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?$10 sunnies

March Staff Picks

Common Sort | March Staff PicksSave for a few people, the staff here picked their fav pieces last month and shared a few thoughts on why they love them. Each one of us has pretty different styles, so it was fun to guess who picked what, which is usually pretty obvious, tbh. Without further adieu…a few words from the lovely humans that make this place go round.Common Sort | March Staff PicksTea: “Tis my fave because it reminds me of a 1980s Fassbinder film.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksJessy: “I love this double-sided silk kimono as a layering piece because you can wear it over/or under a denim/leather jacket, and it dresses up a plain t-shirt/high waisted jeans kind of outfit. AND IT’S WARM! But, let’s be real…a vintage silk kimono makes you look expensive.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksSarah: “Be the queen of the Bellwoods picnic scene with this adorable handbag. It’s just large enough for the essentials, a snack and a tall can.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksElizabeth: “leather jackets are always a solid staple for any wardrobe. I really love this piece because it is still a classic cut, but a little different than others because of the sick clasps on the front.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksMeghan: “This Topshop Japanese-inspired varsity jacket is what dreams are made of. I mean, c’mon! It’s reversible and embroidered! It’s hard to imagine any outfit that wouldn’t be made better by putting this on.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksErin: “In this coat i am serving you ‘Jenny From The Block on Payday’ REALNESS! Denim jackets are my #1 classic Canadian spring staple and I’m always on the look for ones that stand out from the crowd”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksCaroline: “I’d wear this baby with a tank and red lips ;)”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksRoxy: “I’m a big fan of the twee look and this dress reminds me of Little Orphan Annie, which is a good thing, as far as I’m concerned. If I was feeling super cutesy I’d style it with saddle shoes or Mary Janes, but I also think it could look good with Doc Martens or creepers for more of a grunge type of look.”

AMALIA'S PICK (2)Alex: “I’d pair this linen gem with a pair of high waisted cropped white trousers, white turtleneck and suede olive green slides. It’s the perfect slightly oversized jacket that looks great unbuttoned and tied at the waist to give it a bit of interest.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksAmalia: “I feel like this is the kind of dress I imagine someone wearing while walking through a meadow picking wild flowers or foraging for berries. Best accessorized with bare feet and a wicker basket.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksDan: “I like it bc I’m a fab bitch pastel princess and I can never find dresses that fit my man shoulders lol.”

Get This Look

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photo: Fashion Me Now

There is so much style inspiration floating around the internet. When I am feeling uninspired in the morning I’ll flip through my Pinterest and Instagram saves to help me come up with some outfit ideas. Because we have such a wide range of pieces in store, it’s very likely you could find every piece you needed to put together an entire outfit inspired by one of your favs from the web. Today we thought we’d recreate a street style look with pieces from the shop to show you how easy it can be.Common Sort | Get This LookCommon Sort | Get This LookCommon Sort | Get This Look