Secret Creature Prints

Karen Wornette discovers there are hidden cats on her tie

What inspired this outfit?
It’s all quite practical, really. I’d been trying to stretch the wardrobe that I brought to Toronto, so I took my single white shirt and paired it with the tie from another. I tried to remember how to tie a tie properly, but couldn’t (when I’ve worn one before, my dad has been there to help me along, his hands working the strip of fabric into the familiar half-Windsor knot), so I pretended and ended up with the shorter strip hanging in front.

Tell me about one of the items you are wearing.
If you look very closely at the tie, you’ll notice it has a cat pattern. It’s one of those things that tricks the eye—for the first few months that I wore the shirt, I didn’t notice the felines. After my discovery, I started seeing patterns all over the place. I had New Year’s dinner with a family friend in Vancouver one year, and, to my delight, she wore a button-down printed with birds. We said “cheers” over new beginnings and creature print clothing.

What is the best book to read in this outfit?
I’ve been staying at Jenna Wornette’s apartment, and she’s got a killer book collection in her room. Every time I glance up, I find a new title that I want to flip through. At the moment, I’ve been reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Angry Women, a collection of essays written by 16 pioneering female performance artists.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Greta Garbo, with her classic ’30s sportswear.

outfit credits // Blouse by Diane von Furstenberg, shorts by CiCi, from Two of Hearts Boutique in Vancouver, tie from the Junque Cellar in Edmonton, shoes by Zeha Berlin, sunglasses from Alex Wornette, and earrings from my mom.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo and Alex Chronopoulos

Everyday She’s Garden’in

Alyssa Wornette comes to the office dressed like she's trying to attract honeybees

What inspired this outfit?
The flowers blooming all around the city. Every time I walk out my front door the sweet smell of lilacs and dogwood floating through the air pumps me up with glittery spring energy. I’ve also been working in my garden nonstop, and the tiny green leaves sprouting and forming into beautiful blooms is almost enough to burst my still-thawing-from-winter heart.

Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
Well my dog Honey is… just kidding I don’t consider her an accessory, just my bestie. I’m really very excited about my new Karen Walker sunglasses. I’ve had the same dark Ray-ban wayfarers since I turned sixteen, and although I still agree they’re a classic, I got to a point where I needed a little more glamour. I quit my job to indulge in my fantasy of writing for a living, and splurged on these big tortoiseshell babies. They make every outfit feel a little more important.


What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
I’d have to say In the Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (NOT the same as Karen Walker). This novel talks a lot about the loss of seasons, of fresh fruit and flowers diminishing as the world decays sometime in the not-so-far off future. It reminded me not to take these simple pleasures for granted when I read it about a month ago, and since I’ve felt like the details of the world are a little more vivid and exciting than they used to be.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Oh maybe Alice in Wonderland if she was trying to pass as a flower instead of a weed in the garden of discriminatory blooms. Or a grown up, modern mini-moon? OH, I KNOW! Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom from Adventure Time. I think she loves pink and sweets almost as much as me. Almost.

outfit credits //
Dress by Topshop, jacket from Levis, sandals by a store in Scotland I can’t quite remember, tote bag made by Caitlin Shearer, glasses by Karen Walker, and Honey the dog from a Kentucky shelter.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo

Zoë Vos is Just Kid-ding Around Town

Zoë Wornette keeps her look comfy and kick-ass with the help of Patti Smith and Betty Boop

What inspired this outfit?
The weather (finally warm-ish enough to wear my beloved leather jacket), the music I was indulging in that day (The Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors, Amy Winehouse, and some good ol’ Red Hot Chili Peppers) and my funky grandmother’s love for Betty Boop.


Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
The Betty Boop shirt is Oma’s (being Dutch, it’s custom to call our grandmothers ‘Oma’). Oma dresses mostly in her favourite/signature colour, orange, and never leaves the house without the perfect arrangement of necklaces, earrings and a sparkly brooch. This shirt was a treasure I found one day in her museum-esque house. She was shocked and thrilled to see me taking Betty out for the day.


What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
Just Kids (one of my favorites) is always the book for me. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about one thing or another that Patti talks about in this sweet memoir about her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s beginning in NYC. She speaks so honestly about love, youth, struggle, and discovering new potential. I love the rawness when she describes the two of them creating art together, and of course the thought and time put into creating the outfits they sported on the streets of the city.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
I would definitely credit Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s trademark styles mashed together as inspiration for my attire. Patti’s effortless, comfy-cool style mixed with Robert’s love of trinkets and jewels that possess sentimental value come together perfectly for me. Those two combined with my love of quality over quantity in dressing (besides the number of layers that are needed to keep a southern girl comfortable in Canada) makes for an outfit that’s ready to rock a city sidewalk and feel like the comfort of home simultaneously.

Outfit Credits //
T-shirt from Oma’s closet, cashmere sweater from Saks, cashmere scarf from Bungalow, leather jacket from a flea market in Elmvale, H&M pants, Joe Fresh trouser socks, thrift store sunglasses, hat sewn by (wornette) Angela Leung), shoes by Zara from MTL Salvation Army, lizard brooch Marc by Marc Jacobs, (Mom’s) rings, necklace and silver bracelet from Mexico, (Dad’s) copper bracelet.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo

Silent Movie

Megan Wornette rocks a look a mime would love



What inspired this outfit?
Well, I’ve been looking for an excuse to wear this beret for a while now, and this is pretty much the perfect dress for it. It wasn’t a particularly cerebral decision.

Tell me about one of the items you are wearing.
This dress is the first thing I bought from Target last month! $25! And it breaks like all the fat lady rules – peplums, stripes, body con – so of course I love it. SUCK IT FAT LADY RULES.

What is the best book to read in this outfit?
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
If Marcel Marceau were a lady, he’d be all over it.

outfit credits // dress by Mossimo, beret vintage, sunglasses from Smart Set, shoes by Aetrex, earrings unknown but probably somewhere like Zellers cuz that’s how I roll.