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: 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: Oxford circus

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustrator Cleo Kendall was inspired by Blair Waldorf, the modern arbiter of preppy chic.

If you’ve been paying attention to what women are wearing on their feet lately, you’ll have noticed a major shift away from the ubiquitous ballet flat to a pointier, manlier, and more practical shoe. Yes, oxfords and brogues (brogues being the ones with the detailing and “W” shape at the top) are the current shoe of choice for Toronto’s fashion-conscious pedestrians.

The running shoe for grown-ups, oxfords and brogues are as versatile and practical as they are fashionable.  Wear them with jeans, wear them with a dress, wear them to go shopping or out to brunch; they’re the perfect daytime shoe, offering comfort, support, and a polished finish to any outfit.

Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf loves them, and with the great selection available in Toronto, you’re sure to find a pair (or four) that you’ll love too. Here are 10+ of our favourites.

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THE BUY: May flowers

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Illustration of the Reality Bites cast (sans Ben Stiller) by Cleo Kendall.

The Buy is celebrating the arrival of May flowers with a look back to our favourite ’90s flower child: Winona Ryder as Lelaina Pierce in Reality Bites. A hopelessly romantic Gen X-er, Lelaina chooses passion and poetry over Porsches and prosperity, all in the name of love and good conversation. (Who could forget “You, me, and five bucks?”)

This spring’s floral-print craze is a welcome throwback to mid-’90s hippie-chic, with delicate blossoms sprouting everywhere from Prada to Betsey Johnson. A patterned dress, an embellished shoe, even a lipstick case—adding a floral piece is an easy way to inject seasonal colour, femininity, and trendiness into your wardrobe.

We’ve chosen our top 10 floral pieces, all of which are blooming right here in Toronto.

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