I'm a firm believer in the concept of stocking your closet full of simple basics and then investing in a select few uber-fashionable pieces each season. Like Coco Chanel once famously quipped, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same," trends are disposable and should be backed by timeless classics.
Broken Doll Clothing’s collection embodies this notion. While the trends move at lightning speed, true style lives beyond the latest and greatest, and is apparent when you return to the same tried and true pieces in your wardrobe. Designer Leah Bohnet may have embraced muted pastels and soft neutrals, navy and black combinations, incorporated some lace details, and made many of her tops in an oversized fashion as a nod to this season's styling; but this collection is something that can be kept season after season.
"I was thinking mod when I created the collection," says Leah. "But I was also gearing the collection to working women who need multi-purpose clothing that simply by changing the shoes or jewellery can take an office look into the night or the other way around."
Slip into the black Rainger dress and you're work appropriate, but beware you might feel sexy enough to flirt with the boss. For the weekend the Baxter top with mesh sleeve is so hot you might melt the falling snow, while the Badu cardigan will come to the rescue should the snow prove too resilient on those particularly chilly days.
My personal favourite, the Ever versatile maxi dress ($138), can be tied and wrapped in a number of different ways, literally taking you from beach to gala to lazy Sunday afternoon.
For Broken Doll Clothing, the attention is in the details. Contrast colour piping, pleats, tucks, folds, ruffled sleeves, cowl necks, and cocoon hems play a starring role in fabric choices like bamboo, modal, lace, and wool. But the best aspect of the Alberta based brand? Their pieces are all 100% Canadian designed, manufactured, and stocked at boutiques in BC, AB, SK, ON, QC, and NS. The pieces range from $68 to $140.