Inside My Closet: Erin Hemmerling

Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingWe are excited to be starting a new series where we visit the homes and closets of some seriously stylish and interesting people. Erin has been one of our beloved sales associates for a few years now, and just by looking at her you can tell she’s a cool and noteworthy gal. She let me snap some pictures of her bedroom and told me a bit about her favourite clothing pieces she has found over the years.

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Having literally just thought about it, my style is basically an accumulation of influences from all the female figures I’ve looked up to in life. My mom, my Barbies, the early 2000’s pop divas who’d make me late to school cuz I’d be waiting for their videos to come up on the Countdown, and my younger, purer self who dreamed someday of being a fashion designer (my million dollar design was a ¾ length baseball shirt with a heart in the middle) AND a DJ (I’m selling my DJ controller if anyone’s interested!!!)

My truest self comes out when the sun goes down – something feels weird about taking the TTC in broad daylight wearing my rainbow jumpsuit and 5-inch platforms, I guess. I’m a huge clothing collector and I’m not crazy about wearing the same thing twice which is why I’m so lucky to be a part of Common Sort. The funny thing is, a bunch of us CS gals live together and we NEVER share our wardrobes. I often end up coming home with Amalia or Meghan’s old clothes which had been sitting in their closets the night before. It’ll always comes back to the ladies in my life.

Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis is the dress I’m being buried in. It’s also one of the first pieces I ever collected when I started working in second-hand clothing. Missoni is one of my favourite brands, but you gotta admit they’re kinda hit-or-miss. Obviously the story of this dress had to do with a fancy grandma passing it down a few generations. I’ve only ever worn it once when working the Vintage Crawl and I distinctly remember wearing nothing underneath (Ou La La!) and later finding out from my co-worker that it was completely see-through (C’est La Vie!)Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI am OBSESSED with hoops earrings. I have a monthly allowance for at least 2 multi-packs from Claire’s. They just compliment every outfit I own. I got my Erin earrings custom-made at the CNE on my birthday, cuz how could I not?Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI attach memories to EVERYTHING I wear, and the last time I wore this cloud print shirt in 2015 I knocked over a lava lamp on stage at Double Double Land deeming myself “The Girl Who Broke The Lava Lamp On Stage At Double Double Land”. I am still not proud of this moment and I haven’t been able to wear this shirt since, but it’s still the best shirt I own and it’ll forever have a special spot in my second drawer.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI made these 8 ball earrings out of keychains. I have a growing keychain AND earring collection so it made sense to combine them. I think jewellery design is my next pursuit in life – but don’t hold me to it!!! Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingI don’t shop fast fashion stores often, but If I do, I’ll check out the sale section. The crazy thing about this two-piece is I found the top at Forever 21 and the bottoms at Zara. This has happened to me on a few occasions working in second-hand where I’ll buy something one season and have a totally matching piece come in the next, and every time it feels like it was meant to be. I once called this outfit “I just auditioned for ABBA Mania” and it makes its way out on special occasions. I’ll NEVER get over the fact that it cost me less than $20.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingOk, these are a story. Whatever the internet says – listen to it. There is NO way to successfully apply glitter to Crocs.

I love to add a comedic element to my outfits when I can, and my friends know this. When my best friend Ashlyn got married this past May, she let us choose our own shoes to wear with our bridesmaid dresses. She was apparently going to let us choose our own bridesmaid dresses until she remembered she’d picked me to be in her wedding party.

I spent 3 nights decking out these Dollarama Crocs in $40 of fine glitter. I thought cheap foam would work better than the special plastic. We all grew up in small towns where Crocs became classic but I’d also had a weird feeling that they were about to make a comeback. There’s still glitter on our kitchen floor and apparently it’s forever embedded in Ash’s living room carpet.

As I was walking down the aisle, I felt the layer of glitter snag on the bottom of my dress and COMPLETELY lift up from the shoe. I thought I was going to trip up the altar and I think my heart sank further than hers. Luckily, I was holding her brother’s arm and made it up alive, but obviously my shoes did not. The photographer was just as sad as I was, but hey, at least my feet were comfortable!!!Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingMy method of thrifting has always been this: I walk into the store and pick up whatever (literally) catches my eye first. I’ve always been attracted to bright colours and crazy patterns, and this Custo Barcelona jacket was sticking out like a sore thumb – I HAD to take it home – so badly that I think I still owe my friend shopping with me $100 for buying it… (Sorry Pete)Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis jacket was the first thing I ever bought at Common Sort! Straight off of the repairs rack! I still haven’t fixed the giant hole in the shoulder but WHO CARES when you have an Ace Of Spades as a zipper pull. I dress thematically whenever I can and one of my biggest style regrets was not wearing this to the casino in Niagara Falls – my friends and I dressed up in wigs and fur coats instead. It probably wouldn’t have been worth it anyways considering we almost got kicked out for taking a picture of the Britney Spears slot machine.Inside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingInside My Closet: Erin HemmerlingThis is one of the first things I bought at our Common Sort in the Annex. I’d been feeling really down on myself for most of the summer, and when I found this jacket embroidered with “One Of The Elite” on the back, I couldn’t help but cheer up. I never thought a children’s dance jacket could make me feel such a cute confidence!!!

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Get This Look / 3

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The outfits that have been calling to us lately are the simple ones; ones that are undeniably cool by hitting that “effortless style” nail on the head. Fall is around the corner and we are constantly pinning looks that inspire us so that we may call to mind when picking pieces for the shop. For our next Get The Look, we pulled pieces from our shop to recreate this overall/trench coat look, one of the many looks that have been catching our eye lately.

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2017/18 Fall-Winter Trends at Common Sort

Common Sort | Fall/Winter 2017-18 TrendsWe are coming into a new season, so our buyers are keeping their eyes peeled for any pieces coming into our shops that are on trend for this Fall/Winter. While being on trend isn’t everything, we like to make sure we have something for everyone when they walk into our stores, keeping in mind some people love to be trendy, while others seek something more eccentric or something timeless.

We have pulled 6 of our favourite Fall/Winter trends from around the web, and then pulled some pieces from our shops to help you find potential favourite looks for this coming season.

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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

Our Annex Location: Before & After

baa (2 of 8)A lot of love and hard work went into opening up our new store in the Annex. We got the space a lot sooner than expected and it felt a bit like a race against the clock to get it ready and opened. A lot of the staff helped, but a big portion of everything coming together was thanks to Dan who was an all around handy/everythingman, Jess who helped plan and design the space, Meg who put together our beautiful window display, and of course Nicole and her partner Stefan, who worked tirelessly late into the night way too many days in a row to get this store open.

I didn’t have a chance to get to the store when it was just an empty space, but hopefully you can gather from our before and after shots the work and effort that went into making our new, beautiful store!

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March Staff Picks

Common Sort | March Staff PicksSave for a few people, the staff here picked their fav pieces last month and shared a few thoughts on why they love them. Each one of us has pretty different styles, so it was fun to guess who picked what, which is usually pretty obvious, tbh. Without further adieu…a few words from the lovely humans that make this place go round.Common Sort | March Staff PicksTea: “Tis my fave because it reminds me of a 1980s Fassbinder film.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksJessy: “I love this double-sided silk kimono as a layering piece because you can wear it over/or under a denim/leather jacket, and it dresses up a plain t-shirt/high waisted jeans kind of outfit. AND IT’S WARM! But, let’s be real…a vintage silk kimono makes you look expensive.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksSarah: “Be the queen of the Bellwoods picnic scene with this adorable handbag. It’s just large enough for the essentials, a snack and a tall can.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksElizabeth: “leather jackets are always a solid staple for any wardrobe. I really love this piece because it is still a classic cut, but a little different than others because of the sick clasps on the front.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksMeghan: “This Topshop Japanese-inspired varsity jacket is what dreams are made of. I mean, c’mon! It’s reversible and embroidered! It’s hard to imagine any outfit that wouldn’t be made better by putting this on.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksErin: “In this coat i am serving you ‘Jenny From The Block on Payday’ REALNESS! Denim jackets are my #1 classic Canadian spring staple and I’m always on the look for ones that stand out from the crowd”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksCaroline: “I’d wear this baby with a tank and red lips ;)”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksRoxy: “I’m a big fan of the twee look and this dress reminds me of Little Orphan Annie, which is a good thing, as far as I’m concerned. If I was feeling super cutesy I’d style it with saddle shoes or Mary Janes, but I also think it could look good with Doc Martens or creepers for more of a grunge type of look.”

AMALIA'S PICK (2)Alex: “I’d pair this linen gem with a pair of high waisted cropped white trousers, white turtleneck and suede olive green slides. It’s the perfect slightly oversized jacket that looks great unbuttoned and tied at the waist to give it a bit of interest.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksAmalia: “I feel like this is the kind of dress I imagine someone wearing while walking through a meadow picking wild flowers or foraging for berries. Best accessorized with bare feet and a wicker basket.”

Common Sort | March Staff PicksDan: “I like it bc I’m a fab bitch pastel princess and I can never find dresses that fit my man shoulders lol.”

Get This Look

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There is so much style inspiration floating around the internet. When I am feeling uninspired in the morning I’ll flip through my Pinterest and Instagram saves to help me come up with some outfit ideas. Because we have such a wide range of pieces in store, it’s very likely you could find every piece you needed to put together an entire outfit inspired by one of your favs from the web. Today we thought we’d recreate a street style look with pieces from the shop to show you how easy it can be.Common Sort | Get This LookCommon Sort | Get This LookCommon Sort | Get This Look

Five Under Twenty

Common Sort | 5 Pieces Under $20 From high-end to low-end, we get quite a mix of pieces coming in daily. Our higher end pieces get a lot of the lime-light…I mean ACNE for under $100…hello! but we also understand some people shop with us not for brand names, but because it’s significantly cheaper than buying new (and not unethical). Today we are giving a bit of the lime-light to our inexpensive pieces, 5 pieces under $20, a new series we will be sharing here.Common Sort | 5 under $20H&M trousers size XS – $16

Common Sort | 5 under $20Cooperative purse – $13

Common Sort | 5 under $20vintage turtleneck size S – $12

Common Sort | 5 under $20Silence & Noise sandals size 8 – $13

Common Sort | 5 under $20Talula kimono size XS – $19

Common Sort Late Winter Lookbook Pt. 2

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As promised, here is part 2 and the final set for our Late Winter Lookbook! We hope you love both and don’t be shy to let us know in the comments below ❤ And if you missed the previous one, here it is.

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Stylist: Meghan Torrado
Model: Ruby Tuesday