Growing up in the Midwest, I am accustomed to cold weather and snow for the holidays. It wasn’t Christmas unless I had shoveled the driveway in below freezing weather all the while silently cursing my parents for being too cheap to buy a snow blower. Bone-chilling cold, corrosive salt stains on my shoes and second-guessing if I had frostbite were the hallmarks of a Lake Family Christmas. Needless to say when it came time to leave the nest, this birdie flew South ….well West to California.
However, while my feet are firmly planted in California, my head (and my heart) tend to find they drifting over the border to our snowy northern neighbors. Over the last few years, I have found myself becoming more infatuated with Canada. Maybe, because many of my design mentors are Canadian and thanks to this great thing called social media have cobbled together a merry band of amazing design oriented friends who support and inspire this little ole’ American.
Looking through my Canadian friends Instagram shots made me a touch nostalgic. My Canadian friends embrace the cold weather, rather than run from it. They pull out fashion-forward coats, cute hats and functional but stylish boots. They mix pattern and materials with abandon for a look that is undeniable chic. For this next installment of Men’s Style: Holiday Edition, I channeled two of the most fashionable Canadians I know, Erica and Jonathan to create a look that I am calling …
Inspired by one of Jonathan’s outfits from a photo shoot and Erica’s always spot on mix of high-and-low fashion, this outfit is pure whimsy. It’s for that day when you go dog sledding to cut down your Christmas tree in the snowy Canadian Rockies and happen upon a group of sexy lumberjacks. Think of this as inspiration more than reality, but then isn’t that what Christmas is all about….creating those moments that suspend reality and make you believe all your wishes can come true?
[Faux Leather Pants: Zara // Sweater Vest: Club Monaco // Flannel Shirt: Uniqlo
Henley Shirt: Zara // Boots: Frye // Hat: Vintage]
For those of you wishing to embark on your own Canadian odyssey here is how you could woo a Canadian Mountie ……
[photo credit: aubrie pick//styling: courtney lake]