Brogues Gallery

The at-one-time humble brogue — a traditional low-heeled and narrow men’s leather dress shoe that originated from Ireland and Scotland — is getting its groove back. A great option for women who want a dapper alternative to flats you can wear them with skinny jeans, legging pants and even with a skirt if you’re courageous. With so many options in stores now — two-tone oxford, suede, velvet, perforated, patent — it’s tough to pick just one style that says, “I’m fine and dandy.”

Dolce & Gabbana brogue

Dolce & Gabbana's velvet brogue on the Spring 2010 runway

Here are some of my favourite brogues:

Melissa Joy

Melissa Joy in Purple Flock, $115 at Balisi and JacFlash in Toronto

Spring Surwillo

Surwillo, $49.99 at Spring

Mod Cloth Get 2 The Point Spectators

Get To The Point Spectators, $39.99 U.S. at ModCloth.com

Urban Outfitters Suede Oxfords

Suede Oxfords, $48 U.S. at Urban Outfitters

— Jodi Goulart

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It’s A Mad Men World

With the premiere of the third season of Mad Men this week on AMC, it’s easy to get worked-up again over the escapades of the dashing Don Draper. And it’s not only the plot lines that command attention but the costumes that have a fervent fanbase of their own due to the meticulous work of costume designer Janie Bryant. Right now you can get your hands on Mad Men-inspired collections from both Banana Republic and Mod Cloth.com that evoke the show’s sigh-worthy retro fashions.

So whether your personal style mimics Peggy Olson’s smart skirt suits for the big leagues, Joan Holloway’s tight-in-all-the-right places colourful dresses or Betty Draper’s perfectly prim gowns and pearls there are many ways for you to dress the part.

Printed Tie Blouse $85, Hourglass Pencil Skirt $95, C-Buckle Belt $62, Flatiron Zip Wallet $95, Tassel Bracelet $50Above: Banana Republic Printed Tie Blouse $85, Hourglass Pencil Skirt $95, C-Buckle Belt $62, Flatiron Zip Wallet $95, Tassel Bracelet $50

Banana Republic Jacquard Sheath Dress $175, Elayne Sunglasses $98, Gradient Scarf $62, C-Buckle Belt $62, Pleated Clutch $95, Above: Banana Republic Jacquard Sheath Dress $175, Elayne Sunglasses $98, Gradient Scarf $62, C-Buckle Belt $62, Pleated Clutch $95

The Kenley Dress, $199.99 at Mod Cloth.com

Above: The Kenley Dress, $199.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

Hold My Calls Dress, $84.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

Above: Hold My Calls Dress, $84.99 U.S. at Mod Cloth.com

— Jodi Goulart

Miss American Pie

This season, one of my favourite collections is Michael Kors‘ patriotic nod to all things Americana. The crisp, chic and oh-so red, white & blue collection features polka-dot bikinis, big nautical stripes and ’50s-style full skirts and gingham dresses. Mod Cloth.com currently has a wide selection of retro one- and two-pieces that you’ll want to wear both in and out of the water.

Backstage At Michael Kors Spring 2009

Backstage At Michael Kors Spring 2009

Mod Cloth Veronica Bikini $129.99 US

Mod Cloth Veronica Bikini $129.99 US

The make-up on the runway was also sweet as pie. The models wore rich red lips — a welcome change during the summer days of numerous soft pink lip glosses — and sun-kissed cheeks. I would suggest Rimmel‘s Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer for a healthy looking sun-kissed glow. The gold shimmer in the powder leaves a touch of sparkle. Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Diva Red” looks just like the cherry shade on Michael Kors’ runway. It’s a great lipstick for warm temps as it conditions and has a shiny, not matte, finish. Happy picnicking!

Rimmel Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer, $8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart

Rimmel Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer, $8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart

— Jodi Goulart