Isabel Wornette


When I was 16 and going to high school in the fashion wasteland of Belleville, Ontario I started a blog called Hipster Musings, where I could sound off about the weird stuff I found in thrift stores on the weekend and rag on the uninspired Aberzombie outfits of my peers. Now I’m 22, and I still like blogging about the stuff I find at thrift stores, the only difference is I try to be a nicer person not to make fun of people as much as I used to.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with the internet and at any given moment you can find me with my eyes glazed over after spending too many hours on Tumblr, Twitter and good old fashion blogs. This is strange, considering I was raised on a farm and my parents still refuse to pay for anything more than standard dial-up internet. As you can probably guess, I don’t go home too often.

I like to dress like an amalgamation of every single character that Winona Ryder has ever played and if it looks weird, then I know I’m doing something right. Most of my outfits feature baggy mom jeans, sequins and/or leopard print. My outfits tend to have a soundtrack, and I like listening to bands with “Black” in the name: Black Keys, Big Black, Black Lips, and Black Flag. I just moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the magazine publishing industry after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies, so wish me luck! And while you’re at it, read the coverage of Toronto Fashion Week shows I did for WORN last October.

Current Inspirations:
Mother Elisa Goodkind and daughter Lily Mandelbaum sought to celebrate people with unique personal style and have documented over 700+ tastemakers so far. I love that you are truly able to get the sense of each subject’s personality as well as a 360 degree view of their outfit in each video.

The Working Girl Esq.
Preetma Singh dresses like a total boss, which she is because she’s an attorney-turned-fashion assistant at Vogue. Her style is clean and professional but wickedly fun. And she’s originally Canadian!

Under Urooba’s Umbrella
Urooba is an awesome feminist from British Columbia. Her musings are always profound and I adore her thrift-star, maximalist fashion sense.

Alexis Rockman
Alexis Rockman is an artist who paints these hyper-surreal images of a future in environmental crisis. His work is like reading Adbusters magazine while eating an ice cream cone—terrifying with a sense of humour.

Très Click: Stripes and Star Wars Edition

Stylikeu: Ilona Royce Smithkin’s Closet
You probably already know all about Stylelikeu and their amazing voyeuristic peeks into the closets of various stylish personalities. This interview with artist Ilona Royce Smithkin came out last year, but I’ve recently revisited it for some colourful spring inspiration.

U.S. Lawmaker Wears Hoodie on House Floor in Protest over Shooting
Following the spirit of last week’s Million Hoodie March (showing solidarity with Trayvon Martin, the African American teenager who was unjustly murdered), Bobby Rush wore a hoodie in the House of Representatives to protest racial profiling. While using clothing as a means of protesting oppression isn’t new, these recent demonstrations have been especially powerful—particularly when contrasted with some pretty gross victim blaming that’s taken place.

Do This Don’t: Be A Fatty in Horizontal Stripes
Over at Xo Jane, the kickass Lesley Kinzel gives a middle finger to style rules that build themselves around fat-shaming. As she puts it, “I don’t want to suggest you can counteract some rules by the application of other rules. I’m rather suggesting that we consider not giving a crap.” Amen.

Uniform Project: Florists
This instalment in the Toronto Standard’s series on clothing worn by various professionals around the city is all flower power. If this doesn’t get you excited about the upcoming April showers (and subsequent May flowers), I don’t know what will. To quote The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” (Er, without the sarcasm).

Star Wars Characters in High Fashion
Buzzfeed compiled this list of prints from Etsy artist John Woo. Once again, Chewbacca proves that he is the best.

text by Anna Fitzpatrick
photo via Stylelikeu