Toronto Burlesque Festival

Girls, get your garters ready! The Toronto Burlesque Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 23 and is filled with four days of shimmying, shaking and more ways of seductive undressing than you can imagine. The “Tassels Without Borders”-themed festival promises burlesque performers from Toronto, including the Skin Tight Outta Sight troupe, and around the world.

What’s really got my knickers in a knot, and I’m talking in a good way, is this year’s first Burlesque University, which is a line-up of workshops to learn from the pros on how to shimmy, tease, fan dance and even how to pose for your own pin-up girl photo shoot. The festival will also feature a burlesque retrospective art show, photography and costume exhibit, bra auction and a marketplace with burlesque-themed goodies.

Toronto Burlesque Festival

For additional info, including schedules and ticket prices go to the Toronto Burlesque Festival website.

And here’s my pick for the perfect sailor-inspired dress to wear during the festivities. This gorgeous number is available at Hells Belles on Queen Street West and was once worn by Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf while en route to Paris.

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

— Jodi Goulart

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