Get Pride Ready

SHOW YOUR.jpgAside from Pride being about acceptance and love (the best and most important thing), it’s also an opportunity to really go over the top with your look. To celebrate Pride Month and the Toronto Pride Parade that is right around the corner, we pulled some Pride inspired pieces incase you are still milling over what you could wear this weekend to celebrate. Happy Pride everyone!

Common Sort | Get Pride Readybeaded straw bag – $30

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysparkly red top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyHayley Elsaesser jacket, size L ($73)

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyasos pompom sandals, size 9 – $36

Common Sort | Get Pride Readystar embroidered denim skirt, size XS – $22

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyvintage dress, size S ($22)

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyTie dye sheer top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysequin heart bag – $12

Get This Look / 2

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photo via @maria_bernad

Another round of Get This Look; a series where we find a look from the internet we love and recreate it with pieces we have in the shop. Today we were inspired by Maria Bernad’s super simple, chic masculine look. Outfits don’t have to complicated to be interesting, often the right accessories can make all the difference.

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4 Ethical Clothing Brands To Know

We have come so accustomed to clothes being cheap and thus disposable that we often forget to look at the reasons why that is. Clothing was once something you invested in, looking for pieces that would be timeless and worn over and over. But now we are able to buy clothes weekly, wear them once or twice and forget about them because they barely cost us a thing and new seems to always be better. Certainly we can’t all afford to buy designer pieces or shop independent all the time, but I think it is important to start taking note of the brands who have very questionable ethics and look to brands that pay fair wages, focus on sustainability, make an effort to be transparent and create really well-made pieces that will last. Looking at clothes the way we look at investing in good furniture may help us to see that our view of clothing and the whole industry has become a little skewed. Of course our first thought is buy secondhand, but if you want to support independent businesses and brands that are doing it right, these are the ones we think you should lookout for.

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Everlane is known for doing immense research on the factories they work with and visiting them often to ensure the factory’s integrity. It is important to them to remain transparent so you know exactly what you are paying for and why.

Common Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 5 Ethical Clothing BrandsELIZABETH SUZANN

Focusing on careful consumption, Elizabeth Suzann creates timeless pieces that can be worn several ways. All their clothes are manufactured in their studio located in Nashville and they strive to create as little waste as possible.

Common Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsMAISON CLEO

Maison Cléo is a mother-daughter brand based out of the North of France, creating pieces that are easy to wear and making French girl style accessible to everyone. Every single piece is handmade in their studio by mother of the duo, Cléo. They are extremely transparent when it comes to breaking down cost of materials and hours put into making each piece so you know exactly what you are paying for.

Common Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsÖHLIN/D

Based in NYC, Ö/D focuses on effortless style while putting forth effort into being a brand that supports social and environmental consciousness. They source high-quality fibres from vendors that adhere to a “do no harm” policy, which is to say they do not harm the environment or animals.

 

Five Under Twenty / 2

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Another round of low cost pieces for those that don’t want to spend too much while shopping for new clothes; it’s easy to put together an outfit for under $100!

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vintage skirt size M – $16

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Leather fanny pack – $16

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Forever21 romper size L – $12

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Zara camisole size M – $14

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H&M velvet mules size 37 – $17

New Mannequins

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We recently got new mannequins at all three stores, and we are pretty darn excited about them! We are now better able to put together some really interesting and eye-catching outfits, and while they may be a little more complicated than our previous ones, it is well worth the struggles because they look fricken good! Our visual merchandiser Meghan always does a really great job with our mannequins (we are so lucky to have her), so we wanted to share the outfits she put together on our new babies in Riverside.Common Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New Mannequins

Annex Opening Party

Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCELEBRATING OUR THIRD LOCATION

Having an opening party for our newest location in the Annex was really important to us. We wanted to thank all our long time customers for our continued success in Toronto, introduce some new customers to our stores and have a night of music, food, drinks and shopping to celebrate. Opening up a third location was something Nicole and Stefan had wanted for awhile and we feel so happy to now be a part of the Annex community. Thank You Kindly put together an amazing event that was filled with gingham and Parisian picnic styled foods; we had baguettes and strawberries hanging from the ceiling, an epic food installation, and a dreamy photobooth set up. We want to thank DJs Kim Sum and Nino Brown for providing us with amazing tunes to dance to all night,  Carmen Mac for the seriously delicious snacks, Rebecca Ramsdale for taking beautiful analogue portraits, Beau’s for their always tasty beer, and of course, Ariella and the whole Thank You Kindly team for making this event possible. openingparty (6 of 13)openingparty (8 of 13)Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening Partyopeningparty (9 of 13)Common Sort | Annex Opening Partyopeningparty (1 of 1)Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyAnd now all the awesome photobooth shots!

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Personal Style: Dan Tonner

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerNext up on our personal style feature is Dan Tonner. Let’s get to know this lil’ gem!

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerTell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Dan. My favourite emojis are: diamond, cigarette, nails & the blue heart. I use they/them pronouns. I’m from the East Coast. I smoke like a chimney, drink too much coffee and comic books are my best friends. My elbows are dangerously pointy and I flail them when I dance, so be careful. It literally took me a week to answer this question.

How long have you worked for Common Sort and what’s your favourite part of the job?

I’ve been at Common Sort for about 8 months. I’ve gotta agree with Meg, the strong femme energy brings a magical touch to the business. It’s also lovely not having to work in soul-sucking corporate retail. Something I really appreciate as well is how accessible we make fashion. Being genderqueer, walking into a store and trying on “women’s” clothing is often a frustrating & discouraging experience. I’ve been able to explore my style and identity through being exposed to clothing from so many varying brands, decades and styles, and it creates a beautiful opportunity for self-expression. I think Common Sort extends those possibilities to everyone.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerHow would you describe your style?

Equal parts pleather daddy, self-proclaimed pastel princess, rave queen, boy next door, trailer trash, badass boxer & a little bit of Molson Canadian promoter girl, with just a touch of Jackie Kennedy on my classy days. 

Some tips on how to style an outfit.

My general rule is that you’re only well dressed if you’re embodying a minimum of two Spice Girls. My go to is Scary/Posh. Scary was the best… that NASA look she pulls in Spice World is lit.

What’s your favourite piece you own?

I have this crazy monogram denim zip-up Christian Dior hooded vest from some runway show in the 90’s. This adorable, little 82 year old Scottish woman who used to work for Vogue sold it to the store and I nearly wept when I saw it. Dior was my first love. I also have this ancient Roots knit turtleneck that used to belong to my brother. He and I had matching ones when I was 5 or so. Its been so worn that the threads around the neck are coming loose making this cool distressed look. I have to hand wash it because I’m afraid it will literally disintegrate if I put it in a machine at this point.

Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerFavourite trend at the moment?

I’m trying to learn how to power pattern clash. People look so bold and colourful and I respect the sense of being able to find two things that shouldn’t go together but work together perfectly. I used to always wear simple strong colour palettes and never any patterns or prints, but now that I’m addicted to dying my hair weird colours my wardrobe is getting a little bolder. I love pulling big looks and I live for making the Judgemental Judy’s of the world uncomfortable and also when little kids think I’m cool.

Favourite designer(s)?

I love Thom Browne; his shows are always really compelling, conceptual, and weird. His most recent show was this crazy deconstruction of the idea of a grey suit which sounds boring now that I’m describing it, but I swear it’s great. I also have a weakness for Daizy Shely’s marabou feather jackets. Yves Saint Laurent goes without saying, he was a visionary & a progressive .

Favourite season for dressing?

Spring, minus the florals. You still get all the layering from Fall and Winter but with all the light and airiness of Summer. Plus, it’s exciting to slowly break out all the great pieces you’ve been dying to wear since Fall. Did I mention my fondness for pastels?Common Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerCommon Sort | Personal Style: Dan TonnerThink of your style 10 years ago…are you embarrassed by it now? 

I would describe my style ten years ago as “I’m Here, I’m Queer and you don’t have to get used to it but PLEASE pay attention to me”. Picture a young awkward Danny, fresh out of the closet, braces, every possible colour paired with every possible pattern. I had these Converse shoes that were made out of the same material as tennis balls. Not cute. I try not to think about high school…

WHAT THEY WORE // vintage Everlast pants via CS, secondhand jacket via CS, Seductions fishnet bodysuit and Underground platform creepers via CS

*photos by Alex Spence