How to stay warm and stylish while supporting Canadian fashion

I’m not a huge fan of Old Man Winter, but I am a supporter of local fashion and I’m rather against looking like a walking burrito when it comes to dressing for the colder spectrum of our Canadian climes. When I walk out the door, I want to feel warm, but I also want to stand out from the crowds of monotonous puffer coats with faux-fur edged hoods. There’s no reason not to look and feel fab in any season!

When I worked for Holt Renfrew, I had a great discount which helped when I bought this wool Brando coat by Canadian brand Smythe at Ogilvy in 2015. I can’t believe I’ve had it for three years already. It still looks great because it’s such a classic and well-made coat. Meghan Markle was spotted wearing the same model last year! That’s probably why it’s now sold out, but you can still shop Smythe for their iconic tailored blazers and coats. I actually have my eye on this neon pink blazer.

I was given these Jen boots by La Canadienne in early December but I had another pair of stylish black winter boots from the brand for over seven years. I only gave them away last spring because I thought I would invest in a new pair this winter. Not only are La Canadienne winter boots stylish, but they are also warm, waterproof and handmade right here in Montreal! This particular style comes in grey, nite grey and black.

My beret is a souvenir from Paris, but I recently bought two more berets by the brand Canadian Hat at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts boutique. They were only $20 so I bought one each in black and gray. You can also shop Canadian Hat here.

When the weather is too cold to wear my coat open, I add a wool scarf or shawl over the shoulders and tuck the ends into a belt to keep the look layered and stylish.

If it gets too cold to wear this coat, I wear a long vintage fur mink that belonged to my boyfriend’s mother. It blocks the icy wind, keeps me cozy and yet, it still looks glam!

If you like the vintage look, then my favourite places to find second hand furs are: (I purchased a vintage mink exclusive to Holt Renfrew during an online auction just before the holidays), RUSE boutique and Citizen Vintage – both on The Main.

And if you have an old fur coat from your mother or grandmother that you would like to have remodeled, ELAMA is a modern Montreal fur company owned by two sisters. They can help turn your vintage coat into a contemporary showstopper!

Here’s to getting through winter in style!

Outfit details : coat : Smythe, dress : Zara, scarf : Holt Renfrew, gloves : Rudsak (gift from the company), boots : La Canadienne (gift from the company), béret : Gab & Jo

Dapper is wearing a sweater from Winners.

Many thanks to Maison Pepin for letting us take these photos in their lovely courtyard.


La Maison Ogilvy
1307 Saint-Catherine St W

La Canadienne
1400 Sherbrooke St West, Corner Bishop

Canadian Hat
Harricana by Mariouche
416 McGill Street

5141 St Laurent Blvd

Citizen Vintage
5330 St Laurent Blvd

By appointment or at Rockland Centre’s Espace de Marque