Megan Wornette

Our latest editorial intern loves her some internet

I’m a recent graduate of Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing program, and currently the Lifestyle and Science and Technology editor of Paper Droids, a geek culture site for and by women that I created with classmates from the program. I love TV, history, video games, and fashion, as well as the style that lurks within all of these things. I would describe my style as somewhere between Zooey Deschanel and Liz Lemon. That is, a girly tomboy. I’m a huge fan of WORN and super excited to be part of the Wornette Army!

Current Inspirations

The Hairpin
I’m a pretty active member of The Hairpin community, and while this is not just a style site, Jane Marie’s How to Be a Girl posts are amazing, and they recently started a series about the style of historical figures, complete with modern clothing picks. There may also be a (not very) secret Google Group where we all talk about and show each other our outfits, and it is probably my current greatest inspiration on what I’m wearing right now. So many stylish ‘Pinners!

This vintage-focused blog was one of the first style blogs that I followed regularly, and is a pretty good representation of the clothes I like to wear. I even took a picture of Erin’s pixie cut from a few years in to the hairdresser when I cut my hair short a little while ago. Which is not creepy at all, right? >.>

Japanese Streets
Asia, but especially Japan, has some of the coolest street fashion in the world, and Japanese Streets is hands down the best English language Japanese street style site on the web.

Console to Closet
I am a huge gamer, so of course I’m in love with this Tumblr that is full of outfits inspired by my favourite video game characters.

Old Rags
I can, and have, spent entire afternoons looking through this Tumblr of the clothing collections of museums around the world. The elaborate Russian gowns are probably my favourite. And the flapper dresses. And anything from the Renaissance. Okay, so everything is my favourite.

photography // Chayonika Chandra

Chayonika Wornette

Our newest high school co-op student name talks macarons and name drops Willy Wonka

Most people can’t pronounce my name to save their lives. Phonetically, it’s ‘Shy-a-nee-kah’ but my friends usually call my ‘Shy.’ Although at first, you might think my nickname suits me, don’t let my youthful innocence deceive you. I’m a 17 year old Indian-Canadian from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School and I want to pursue my passions of writing and fashion. I love photography and Audrey Hepburn movies; I want to live the life of Holly Golightly.

Growing up with strict, overbearing South Asian parents wasn’t an easy task. They had my medical career planned out before I even left the womb. My nutty but loving mother has seen me go through all kinds of stages since my pre-pubescent years. But one of the most prominent phases is here to stay: my love for everything fashionable. I used to spend all my time hosting fashion shows and doing interviews with my teenybopper girlfriends, obsessing over which pair of chunky boots to match with which style of skirt, writing casual anecdotes in my fluffy, pink diary, and collecting magazine excerpts from Teen Vogue. My folks know that the love of fashion and writing coursed naturally through my veins, so it didn’t come as much of a shock to them when I revealed a couple of years ago that my dream was to be a fashion journalist. Being an average, run-of-the-mill doctor prescribing expensive medicine with illegible handwriting is not my ideal career choice. Even though disappointment ensued, my parents respected my decision and are letting me follow my dreams.

After four years of fantasizing about interning for a fashion magazine and dreading the clichéd coffee run, I’ve finally acquired a highly desired placement at the one and only WORN Fashion Journal. After reading all of the issues, I’ve started noticing intricate details in random peoples’ street styles. I’ve finally realized that hopping on the bandwagon of the latest fashion trends doesn’t do my personality justice. I’m that outlandishly dressed and outspoken girl and I think WORN is where I’ll fit in.

Current Inspirations

Kendall Donaldson
This is one of my favourite fashion blogs on the World Wide Web. Kendall is my biggest online vintage fashion inspirations because her style is so vibrant and trendy, and she always manages to stand out from the crowd. Her fashion sense is refreshing and witty, and I think she can be the go-to fashion guru for teenage girls like myself.

I could spend countless hours every day on this mind-numbing thing we call the Internet, just putting together different kinds of outfits on all the various models. There’s a galore of ingenious creativity happening in my brain every time I use this site. I feel like I’m inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but better.

To Be Fashion
Being a teenager in the 21st Century means staying connected with all types of social media. Hence, drooling over my Tumblr dashboard every night comes naturally to me. One of my most favourite blogs on Tumblr (other than food porn of course) belongs to a very close friend of mine, Daviena. She and I share mutual interests and I adore everything on her blog. It’s exciting, unique, and beautiful; just like her. I visit her blog every time I need to be inspired; Daviena is my soul sister!

Nadège Patisserie
When it comes to pastries, I like them extra sweet and mouth-watering, and Nadège Patisserie is the place to go. Conveniently located a block from Summerhill Station, this quaint but chic shop has filled my soul with happiness. After years of being fixated upon eating macarons (a sandwich-like pastry, easily confused with macaroons), my Blair Waldorf fantasy phase has become a reality. I opened myself to new opportunities (namely, more pastries) after trying Nadège’s French macarons. This is my new go-to place if I’m ever craving sweet delicacies.

Joe Santagto
I cannot accurately describe this channel with appropriate words to describe my true feelings. All I can say is this New Yorker will make your eyes water and cause side-splitting laughter with his impressions and his infamous grey wig.

photography // Zoe Vos

Zoe Wornette

Our new high school co-op student talks genes and jeans

I grew up in the small town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and I learned quickly that most of the population strive to dress the same—mainly in overrated, overpriced jeans and T-shirts. My love of fashion became apparent when I was just a young lady, wearing my favorite dress-up clothes (AKA my white crinoline skirt and princess tiara) to church every Sunday morn’…a true southern belle. Thankfully, being raised by a clan of colourful people from all across the globe, I appreciated the outcasts’ courage to dress the way they felt and soon became a fashion outcast myself.

Luckily I relocated to Toronto during my prime teenage years (lots of angst and self expression waiting to be converted into outfits) and began attending a glorious high school for the arts as a dance major, and it seemed every student exuded their own personal style with a carefree spirit. Madly in love with the school, I couldn’t leave without going back for a ‘victory lap’ (a brilliant concept that American schools would frown upon). So here I am, transitioning from one amazing creative and inspirational support system to another. I can’t verbalize how excited I am to be part of the WORN family, so maybe I’ll explain through interpretive dance…

Current Inspirations
Art Nouveau
This entire era of art holds a special place in my heart. One artist above all can be blamed for my complete obsession with ethereal, pre-Raphaelite women and soft colored lighting: Alphonse Mucha. The women Mucha painted represent angelic and ageless beauty at its purest form. His art moves me in a special way that no other art can. Ever.

My heritage
One half of my family is Dutch and the other is Turkish. This makes for a beautiful contrast of cultures that I’ve admired my whole life. The bonus: I get to travel all over the world and live as a local with these delightfully crazy people.

The Idler Wheel
Every time I listen to this album by Fiona Apple I feel a cocktail of emotions run through my body and I have to sing/shout along with her. It satisfies my soul.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
I’ve attended every year of my life, and plan on keeping it that way. This is more than a music festival for me—it’s a tradition that brings a group of people from all over the country together for two weekends of music, dancing, and delicious food. Christmas doesn’t hold a candle to Jazz Fest.

Badass female musicians
Gwen Stefani > Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you just how in love with her I am. Funkiest sense of style and divine dancer. I <3 U Gwen!
Patti Smith > Read her book Just Kids or watch her documentary Dream of Life. She’s an intelligent and intriguing poet, artist, philosopher, and musician.
Mickey Skin of The Curse > Lead singer of first all-girl punk band in Toronto back in the day. She is 100% badass and doesn’t give a fuck. She also happens to be my mama, literally, and oddly enough she’s an incredible mom.

photography // Chayonika Chandra

Landon Wornette

Our newest graphic designer explains why the best things in life are free

After graduating from Durham College’s Graphic Design program I was able to turn my love of making art into a career. I have been designing professionally for three years at Reactor studio, were I work in branding, editorial design, print advertising, digital design, and in many other aspects of the modern art world.

My style has a wide range but I feel most comfortable being simple, smart, and clean—with both design and fashion. My interest in fashion crept up on me shortly after moving to the city. Soon I found myself taking pride in my closet’s collection rather than sniffing clothing off my bedroom floor and picking the least aromatic pieces to sport for the day. I’m a huge penny-pincher and will only look at sale racks and second-hand stores. My favorite accessory for the summer has been a free pair of sunglasses that came with a 6-pack of Growers Apple Cider.

Community is very important to me, and the WORN Journal community may be one of the best I have found!

current inspirations // Stefan Sagmeister, Parra, and this song.

further reading // check out Landon in our issue 13 article “Unbinding Bianaries: using clothing to unlock the door of gender identity

photography // Brianne Burnell