Get This Look / 5

Common Sort | Get This Look
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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Get This Look / 4

photo via Pinterest

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 Windows

Common Sort | Holiday WindowI don’t know about you, but a good holiday window is something we always look forward to this time of year. Lucky for us, we have three windows to dress up and help our customers (and passerbys) get into the festive spirit. Incase you weren’t able to make it out to all our stores this season, we thought it would be nice to share our holiday windows – created by Meghan (our amazing visual merchandiser) – right here, so you can see them from the comfort of your own (hopefully cozy and warm) home.

Happy Holidays to all you amazing customers!


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What Would…

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While Audrey Hepburn may have passed 24 years ago, her style is one we still look to for inspiration, whether we are aware of it or not. Audrey had a knack for mixing masculine with feminine, creating a look that was classic, accessible and wearable. Her timeless style is what made her an icon and will continue to inspire us for years to come. We’d like to imagine that if she were still alive today and walked in one of our stores these would be some pieces she would choose.

Common Sort | What Would...Zara skirt size S – $18

Common Sort | What Would...vintage dress size L – $11

Common Sort | What Would...vintage straw hat – $19

Common Sort | What Would...Joe Fresh button down size L – $10

Common Sort | What Would...Jil Sander trousers size S – $88

Common Sort | What Would...Jones New York shorts size 12 – $28

Common Sort | What Would...Escada flats size 40.5 – $85

Common Sort | What Would...Talbots shirt size M – $8

Common Sort | What Would...vintage skirt size S – $18

Common Sort | What Would...vintage dress size S – $26

Common Sort | What Would...Jones New York shirt size S – $28

Common Sort | What Would...Gingham trousers size S – $14

Common Sort | What Would...Carlo Pazolini slingbacks size 37 – $42

Get This Look / 2

Common Sort | Get This Look / 2
photo via @maria_bernad

Another round of Get This Look; a series where we find a look from the internet we love and recreate it with pieces we have in the shop. Today we were inspired by Maria Bernad’s super simple, chic masculine look. Outfits don’t have to complicated to be interesting, often the right accessories can make all the difference.

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Designer Pieces

Common Sort | Affordable Designer PiecesOne of the great things about thrifting is you can often find really amazing designer pieces at a significantly reduced price. While we aren’t known for high-end clothing, we definitely get high-end pieces frequently. If you have a love for thrifting designer, then be sure to scour our racks, you are bound to find something that was once pretty darn expensive for, often times, less than 1/4 of the original price. Today we wanted to share some designer pieces we have in store at the moment.

Common Sort | Affordable Designer PiecesSee by Chloe blouse size S – $56

Common Sort | Affordable Designer PiecesMiu Miu heels size 34.5 – $51

Common Sort | Affordable Designer Pieces3.1 Philip Lim size XS – $60

Common Sort | Affordable Designer PiecesBurberry London bikini size L – $65

Common Sort | Affordable Designer PiecesRebecca Minkoff bag – $40

Personal Style: Meghan Torrado

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoIt’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!

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoCommon Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoTell 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.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoCommon Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoHow 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.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoCommon Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoWhat’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.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoCommon Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoFavourite 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.

Favourite designer(s)?

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.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Meghan TorradoThink 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


What Would …

Common Sort | What Would Iris Apfel Choose?Iris Apfel choose?

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.”