Sometimes-pharmacist and always-stylish Christina in Toronto loves minimal, effortless every-day style. She's on a mission to create the perfect wardrobe by shopping less.
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Will our warm shearling winter boots work check the boxes she needs to fit in her wardrobe?
You have a time machine. What time and place do you travel to just for the clothes?
These days, probably the 90s. I love the high waisted mom jeans, oversized blazers, giant t-shirts, bike shorts, big socks, moto jackets and combat boot style of the 90s. Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, Princess Diana, Courtney Cox and Johnny Depp all circa the 1990s are huge style inspos for me lately.
If not the 90s, then the 60s – the Beatles always looked great, and so did Mick.
“I love that Cougar is grass-roots Canadian and have been around for over 50 years. It means they love what they do and are experts in creating a good shoe that we'll will need in our day-to-day lives—think -30°C winters, rainy autumns, long walks to work, and hikes to Lake Louise.”
What’s the biggest mistake people make when shopping for clothes?
Buying because it’s on sale.
Don’t spend the money on an item because it was a “good deal”. If you love it, then bonus, but I think a lot of people sometimes focus on the fact that they can buy more for less when there’s a good sale on, but really all you did was still spend money. Think about if you love the item and will get wear out of it, or if you just loved the idea that you got something pretty for less than full price. If you love it, then bonus. Otherwise, it might just be clutter.
It’s why I really stop to think for a while before buying anything new these days.
What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Low rise jeans. And butterfly clips.
What’s the biggest change in the way you’ve shopped for clothes?
I’m really focusing on shopping LESS and using what I already have.
I will still fill in the gaps of my wardrobe with items here and there, but I am focusing on a few things: quality over quantity, ethics and sustainability factors of how the product is made/who makes them, if the item will actually be worn (i.e. does it REALLY fit my style), if I can buy it secondhand, and finally really stopping to reflect to see if I feel like I “need” an item, or if I just saw it and liked it on impulse.
I’m taking pause in my shopping habits and really thinking about every item I choose to buy, instead of just chasing trends in order to stay relevant if that makes sense.
Who is your current style icon?
Anine Bing. She has been for years now and I feel like I really resonated with her style and found that in myself.
She looks very LA rock n’ roll with graphic tees and moto jackets (and she used to be in a band), but at the same time classic, effortless and chic which she takes from her Scandinavian roots. Her style is built around a core set of wardrobe basics which I really love.
“These Dylan Suede Shearling Boots are cute, fun, and most of all useful. I can’t wait to test these babies out for the wintertime. I anticipate very warm toes.”
Tell us something about yourself that people are usually surprised to hear.
Most people don’t know I’m a pharmacist, despite the “apotheca” part (think “apothecary”) of my social media handles. I started my socials wanting to take the angle of being a pharmacist and talk about the evidence behind beauty products etc. but I sort of never ran with that and focused on fashion instead.
What’s the most important style item to invest in?
A blazer, a good pair of boots and a leather (or vegan leather) jacket that you love. A blazer always dresses up and outfit. A pair of black booties can make a look either more elegant or more rock n’ roll. And a moto jacket simply goes with EVERYTHING.
Check out Christina's YouTube channel to get guides and advice on clothing, shoes, hauls, make-up, skin care, haircare, pizza, and the occasional puppy.
Christina is wearing the Dylan Suede Shearling Boot.
Photos courtesy of Christina Mychaskiw.
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