8 Big Fashion Trends That Started in Canada
When it comes to fashion, Canadians have a lot to be proud of. From homegrown designers like Erdem to Mackage, the great North has been making waves and setting industry trends for a long time now. We’re sticking to our roots and taking a look back at eight of the biggest homegrown trends that started in Canada!
The "Canadian Tuxedo"Denim on denim. Need we say more? This farm-fashion trend is having a major resurgence in popularity as of late, and it’s not hard to see why. When it comes to mastering that model-off-duty style, nothing says easy chic more than a denim button down and some distressed straight-leg jeans.
Forever21 Denim Jacket, $39.
FlannelLike most of our homegrown trends, this one probably came about as we struggled to balance the need for warmth during our long winters with the desire to hang onto some semblance of style at the same time. Now a staple, the flannel top has become one of those basics that just work with everything.
HM Flannel Shirt, $7.
Parka ChicUnlike our US neighbours, the trend in outerwear has always leaned towards a longer-fit parka here in Canada. While Americans tend to prefer the cropped styles, Canadians have ultimately learned (the hard way) that more coverage is a necessity in below-freezing temperatures. High-end outerwear brands like Mackage have re-defined the parka in new and runway-worthy ways; almost making us look forward to winter with their on-trend and luxurious pieces… almost.
Mackage Winter Down Coat, $850.
Boots with Exposed SocksOnce upon a time, thick-knit wool socks were reserved for two places: construction sites and arctic dwellings. No longer the case, Canadians have taken to the trend of pairing their winter boots with exposed wool socks in a bid to add a little style to the art of staying warm.
Roots Park Socks, $18.
Heritage Stripe StyleHudson’s Bay has about as much Canadian history rooted in their brand as you can get, and in spite of the fact that they were first founded in 1670, their grasp on fashion is anything but outdated. Recently, their famous “Heritage Stripe” line has come back on the style scene, with their much-coveted striped coat taking centre stage, being seen not only on local fans but also the style-savvy masses across the border as well.
The Bay Wrap Cardigan, $189.
Toque TrendsWhether you call it a toque, beanie or cap, there’s no denying that the North has mastered this trend. An all-season accessory, we’re taking credit for this one too.
Roots Pom Pom Toque, $38.
Peace Collective ClothingIt may be a little on the nose, but this brand is behind one of the most popular recent style trends from the North. Serving up T’s and sweats, outerwear and accessories with slogans boasting love for hometown cities; this brand is all about showing your local pride in trendy basics.
Peace Collective “Home is” Sweater, $64.
The Oversized Sweater-CoatMake no mistake, the concept of an oversized boxy sweater that could work under a parka or on its own is as Canadian as it gets. With transitional weather that takes you from below zero one day to well above that the next, our country is all about the layers. Top that off with some plaid print, like the one from Canadian brand Aritzia, and you’ve got a little something we like to call lumberjack chic!
Aritzia Neelam Jacket, $199.