What does an outfit put together by a neighbourhood look like? We started with a plain, white t-shirt and went store-to-store, asking Toronto retailers to add something to the look. The resulting ensembles were surprisingly cohesive and totally wearable.
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› Oliver Spencer
962 Queen St. W., 647-348-7673.
Pilot jacket, $545.
“The colour of the jacket is pretty easy to build off of, while the tweed means you can dress it up or down.”—Chris Naidu, social-media manager
› Fred Perry
964 Queen St. W., 416-538-3733.
“This cardigan is a really great staple that you can use for many different looks. It builds on the preppy look of the white tee and the varsity jacket.”—Natasha Cook, manager
682 Queen St. W., 416-603-3369.
United Stock Dry Goods jeans, $135.
“Dark denim goes with everything. A well-made pair of jeans can dress up a white tee instantly. Along with that varsity jacket, you just need to roll up the denim and put a pack of cigarettes in the sleeve cuff and you’re ready!”—Sandra Kim, manager
› Joe Fresh
585 Queen St. W., 416 361-6342.
Circle scarf, $16.
“The scarf adds depth to the outfit. It’s pretty neutral, so the grey gives you a platform to build on. It’s the raw city look—it’s more Tribeca now, less varsity.”—Raymond Deslandes, manager
349 Queen St. W., 416-340-9882.
“These shoes dress the outfit up with their sharp, clean lines.”—Liz Nolan, sales lead
› Klaxon Howl
706 Queen St. W., 647-436-6628.
Palmer trading satchel, $295.
“The bag matches the ruggedness of the final outfit. It’s not precious.”—Lena Kim, manager
Our model says: “I really like the final outfit. The jacket is definitely something I would wear on my own, and I quite like the thickness of the denim—they seem like they would only get better with age. I personally wouldn’t wear the shoes—I’m not keen on rubber soles—and I wouldn’t wear an infinity scarf.”—Mike Dell, 32, pianist with the band Suzana d’Amour