Posts tagged #accessories

Beret Weather: How To Wear This Winter's Top Accessory


Megan and I have devoted a number of blogs this season to the latest fashion trends. While it is important to acknowledge that some trends do not fall into everyone's style playbook, keeping up on what is happening will ensure that your style stays relevant. What's that, you don't have time to read up, watch runway shows, and navigate endless stores? That is why we are here and blogging for you!

Every once and a while a trend will cycle through that you hope lasts forever.  I'll admit it, I am a longtime beret lover.  I love their simplicity, power, and functionality.  I have been waiting for YEARS for this accessory to come back into vogue. Thanks to a former presidential intern, the beret has had some lonely seasons. So, how do you wear a beret in 2017 and not look like a wayward Halloween costume or American girl doll? Read on to find out.

Stay Stylish,


Pick a Color That Matches Your Personality

  • Black: You're a classic--part romantic, part mysterious bohemian
  • Ivory: Soft and romantic, you prefer a feminine touch to your style
  • Red: Bold, lively and powerful you are not afraid to take a fashion risk
  • Green: Perhaps you love nature, but you could have political leanings
  • Blue: Calm, cool, and wise, you are steady in your fashion sense


How To Wear Your Beret

At Canvas we prefer sporting our berets slouched to the back with the brim at our brow. To avoid looking like a pop-over, keep your hat weighted and sitting to the side at an angle. While everyone is entitled to their own take, we find this combination classic, chic, and flattering on most face shapes. If you have sharper features, soften the angle and opt for a lighter color or printed beret.

Keep It An Accessory And Not A Focal Point

While some accessories can make an outfit we recommend keeping your beret a quieter statement. Channel your inner French gal and own it! I love pairing a beret with a statement jacket like my look here or an oversized sweater and coated denim to add a textured edge. If you want to add a little more softness, wear your beret with a flowy dress.

Outfit Details: ba&sh Clock Coat $695, Joe's Coated Black Denim $79.97 (sale) , Gap Green Turtleneck (similar), Dolce Vita Hilary Booties (similar), Beret Uniqlo $29 (SOLD OUT) (Similar or alt. here)

Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Style Stories.

Fall Fashion: Taking on the Leather Trend

Leather - Fall's Must-Have Piece

From small accents to full pieces, leather is everywhere this fall. Where it once felt like a masculine style dedicated to moto jackets, it's taken a feminine twist with detailing on dresses, A-line skirts and trim on sweaters. We decided to take this trend and make it our own by each picking out our favorite leather piece of the season and showcasing how we would wear it.

Make The Trend Your Own

Megan has been coveting Jigsaw's leather wrap mini and couldn't wait to pair it with a deep blue turtleneck sweater by Joie. Once considered a fashion no-no, black and blue make great color companions and add an easy look of sophistication to your outfit. To add a bit of East Coast sass, acessorized with Banana Republic gold-tipped heels (similar)and a Halston cross body chain bag (similar).

Don't Be Afraid to Push the Limits

It's no secret that Kimberly loves a good sheath dress. There is nothing like the ease of slipping into a dress and feeling complete. This leather patch dress by T Alexander Wang is a fun step away from from the classic sheath and packs one powerful punch.  Kimberly paired it with a black oxford from Banana Republic to keep it appropriate for crisp autumn days. You can coordinate it with animal print flats and denim jacket for a softer day time look or sleek pumps (similar)  for a fierce office to evening look.

Go Faux or Keep It Real

Faux leather has come a long way over the years (the term pleather has been replaced with vegan leather). So, if you are vegan or don't want to splurge on a real leather item, look for similar faux options.

When buying any new leather pieces, always take into consideration that leather stretches quite a bit. If you try something on and it fits perfectly, try the size down because it will stretch.

A special thanks to Kelsey Johnson for capturing our story so beautifully!


Breaking the (Fashion) Rules - 5 Fashion Myths Debunked

People often say that rules are made to be broken. While we do like to consider ourselves law abiding citizens here at Canvas, there is one place where we love to break the rules - in fashion! We have no problem wearing white after Labor Day, mixing brown and black together or clashing prints. In fact, we kind of love it!

Here are 5 Common Fashion Myths that we think men and women should throw right out the door. Trust us...

This 20th century fashion rule just doesn't apply in the game of fashion anymore. For proof, just look at all the gorgeous white items that designers are sending down F/W runways including white pants, skirts and even shoes. Plus, there is something very refreshing about a crisp white sweater or jacket with dark pants in the middle of winter.

For the first time last week we heard the term power clashing patterns and it's stuck. It's the perfect way to describe taking two bold patterns and wearing them together (check out our Instagram from last Friday for a great example on Kimberly). Thanks to designers like Dries Van Noten, mixing patterns has become popular again. If you're not sure how to wear it, remember to always keep the scale in mind. Mix a small scale pattern with a larger print to create visual interest. Go for thin stripes and a bold floral or small checks and a large plaid. 

Whether it's navy and black or black and brown, they can all be worn together. Think of it as combining two neturals together. For men, trying wear a navy suit with a white shirt and black dress shoes. For women, we love a navy blazer with black pants or a deep blue dress with classic black pumps.

We get asked about this a lot. And despite popular belief, horizontal stripes look good on most body types. The trick is picking the right scale of the stripe to match your body type. If you tend to be slimmer, a smaller stripe on a fitted item will tend to give the illusion of curves. If you have more of an hourglass shape, opt for a thicker stripe in a relaxed fit.

For ages, the myth that your bag, belt and shoes all need to match has been floating around. We are here to clear this up. If you have a black bag, your shoes and belt do not need to be black as well. A playful mix of accessories is an easy way to elevate any look.