THE BUY: Our favourite fall boots

Strutting into fall with Joe Fresh Style ($159, joe.ca). Story by Caitlin Agnew.

Full length, half length,
Fully fashion calf length,
Brown boots, black boots,
Patent leather jackboots,
Low boots, high boots,
Lovely lanky thigh boot,
We all dig those boots.

—Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman, “Kinky Boots”

We’re digging these boots, an eclectic selection featuring fall’s hottest trends: shearling lining, military embellishments, and ’90s throw-backs (hello, Doc). This week on The Buy, we travel the world over, from Kathmandu to Munich, to bring you 12 of our favourite fall boots, all available in Toronto. In the words of Nancy Sinatra, “Start walking!”

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THE BUY: Best of back to school

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Jacket ($49.50, at Dynamite), inspired by a certain Clueless character.

After a summer of sandals, sundresses, and socializing, September is the perfect time to reset and get serious.

This week on The Buy, we’re going all the way back to school. Whether you’re starting your year at university, college, high school (or you just like to look smart), fall’s best fashion is collegiate chic with a grungy twist. (Think cardigans paired with combat boots.)

We checked in with our favourite students of all time, from Blair Waldorf to A.C. Slater, to bring you their best back-to-school styles, with all items available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Our favourite necklaces

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Gold Plated Pen Nib Necklace ($65, at the Drake General Stores).

“It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.” —Oscar Wilde

It’s no secret that designers use history as inspiration for the latest trends, with shapes and styles cycling endlessly though collections. You can never really move forward without looking back. This week on The Buy we take a look back at old-fashioned necklaces, using literature as our guide. With whimsical detailing like coins, compasses, and mirrors, what better way to add some olde world charm to your outfit than with a classic necklace?

Here are some of our favourites, inspired by everything from pirates to adultery to a suicidal young man in love, all available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Military chic

Story by Caitlin Agnew.

For Fall 2010, designers sent their troops marching down the runway—literally—in military-inspired getups. From Balmain to Burberry, never has there been an army so stylish. Crisp details and muted colours are perfect for back-to-school fall chic and also lend some much-needed structure after a summer of lace and free-flowing maxi-dresses.

Military style also allows for versatile fashion strategies. Channeling your inner Napoleon?  It’s brass buttons all the way. Take back the uniform and make it your own, mixing pieces from all eras of combat and fashion.

Here are our favourite military-inspired pieces, from $8 to $4,900, and all available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Top leopard prints

Story by Caitlin Agnew.

“My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.” — Jackie Collins

Why not take a style cue from the grand dame of racy print and animal instincts? If there’s one surefire way to add some grrr to your look this fall, it’s by adding a leopard-print piece or two. Keep it classic—there’s no such thing as a hot-pink cheetah—and pair with neutrals and solids so as not to overwhelm.

From undies to belts to bags (including the amazing Banana Republic one, above), here are our favourite jungle-cat inspired pieces, all available in Toronto.

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THE BUY: Top concert clothes

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustration by Cleo Kendall.

Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin’ sea
When summer’s gone
Where will we be?

—The Doors, “Summer’s Almost Gone”

With only one month left of summer, it’s time to make the most of it.  Our favourite way to enjoy the fairest season is by going to outdoor concerts. Friends, music, and sun—what more could a girl want?  Oh yeah, a great outfit.

You can thank Kate Moss for this one.  The queen of casual concert cool has inspired legions of music-lovers to look their best while in the audience, be it at Coachella or on the Toronto Island. Here are our favourite items to wear to an outdoor show, from hats to sunglasses to band tees.

First up: Fidelity Lourdes Shorts ($164, at Over the Rainbow)

Think: “Cherry Pie” by Warrant

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THE BUY: Toronto’s top summer dresses

Caitlin Agnew picks 12 of her favourite summer dresses, and where to wear them in Toronto, from Lobby to Camp 4.

If there’s anything more fun than going to a party, it’s getting ready for one. And what’s more important to the preparation process than choosing that perfect party dress? From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Pretty in Pink to Sex and the City, your dress can make or break your evening. (Remember what happened when Carrie Bradshaw wore her naked dress?)

This week on The Buy, we’ve selected Toronto’s best festive frocks. All you need is a pair of heels, your favourite accessories (see last week’s Buy), your BFFs or your beau, and you’ll be ready for anything, anywhere.

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THE BUY: Toronto’s top jewellery

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustrator Cleo Kendall was inspired by a sexy pic of Faye Dunaway cloaked in jewels.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but The Buy loves jewellery in all shapes, sizes, colours, and prices. Of all the clothing and accessories we wear, our jewellery is the most personal, saying the most about who we are. We all have those tried-and-true signature pieces we can’t live without, but every season (and event) necessitates a few new updates.

Summer is the perfect time of year to show off a little sparkle under the sun, be it with gold bangles, a bronze ring, or a lucky charm. Here are some of our favourite pieces to add some splash to your look, all available in Toronto.

First up, the Lillian Crowe Pyramid Ring ($90, at Robber, 863 Queen St. W.)

Think: Liz Taylor in Cleopatra
Wear it with: A tie-dyed tank and denim shorts

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THE BUY: Toronto’s top swimsuits

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustration by Cleo Kendall.

It’s shaping up to be a hot summer, Toronto, and there are only a few ways to keep your cool.  Sure, you could hide under a cardigan in the bone-chilling air conditioning at your office—or you could put on your smallest swimsuit and high-tail it to the nearest body of water.

With the arrival of the Thompson Hotel and its rooftop pool at King and Bathurst, we finally have a chic backdrop against which to showcase our tiniest maillots-de-bains.  Lest we forget, Toronto is indeed a waterfront city (once you get past that pesky Gardiner Expressway) with plenty of beach property to while away the hours in your two-piece.

Summer in our city is brief and fleeting so here are our picks of the best swimwear for the season, all available in Toronto.  Get it while it’s hot.

First up, the Minnow Bathers Floral Print Bikini ($150, at Penny Arcade, 1177 Dundas St. W.)

Best for: Hipster beauties

Think: Chloë Sevigny, Alexa Chung, Whitney Port

THE BUY: White riot

OUR INSPIRATION For her 1971 wedding to Mick, Bianca Jagger famously wore a crisp, cool white suit. Illustration by Cleo Kendall. Story by Caitlin Agnew.

From weddings to Wimbledon, white rules the summer months. You don’t need to be a bride or a tennis star to make an all-white ensemble work  (but a tan helps). If you’re going for a monochromatic outfit, use white as a canvas to draw attention to other elements of your look—a poppy turquoise necklace, a perfect red lip.

Or use white hot accessories—a pump, belt, pair of earrings—to add a welcome dash of cool. (A word of advice: Skip the white sunglasses. That trend should have stayed in 2006.)

We’ve chosen our 12 favourite white pieces, from $10 to $859, all available in Toronto.

First up: A lacy take on classic white courtesy of Christian Louboutin. (Guess which piece is $859?)

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