On November 20th the Ottawa School of Art and Carolynn Lacasse are teaming up with St. Laurent Centre and H&M to host the 2nd annual Closet Collective, a curated shop of donated items from some of Ottawa's finest closets. For $30, your ticket includes a glass of bubbly and a bag to fill with as many fashionable items that will fit. Proceeds to St. Joe's Women's Centre and Dress for Success, artottawa.ca/closetcollective.
WHO: Carolynn, marketer and digital strategist
WHERE: North Dalhousie
WEARING: shoes from Zara / pants from Aritzia / vintage Harry Rosen blazer / shirt from Joe Fresh
"I love pairing Joe Fresh with higher end pieces and this shirt has helped me to make some really great outfits. It's perfect for business meetings or a night out and I always get so many compliments on the pattern and bright colour."
WHO: Julie, software engineer
WHERE: Little Italy
WEARING: boots from ASOS / vintage fur vest / hat from a flea market in Turkey / necklace from Happiness Boutique / dress from Hudson's Bay
"I got this dress three years ago and was immediately drawn to the colour and fabric. It's so versatile and makes a really great outfit for fall. I actually wore it on my first date with my boyfriend because I was looking for something classy but also a little bit sexy."
WHO: Asha, wardrobe stylist
WHERE: Byward Market
WEARING: boots from Aldo / blazer from Zara / ?dress by Pink Tartan
"I was looking for a cocktail dress for an evening event and I instantly fell in love with the way this dress hugged my body so perfectly. This was my very first wrap dress, my first Pink Tartan piece and now I work for them. I'm ready to pass it on."
WHO: Maxine, ad agency account executive
WHERE: Sussex Drive
WEARING: shoes by Jeffrey Campbell / tights from H&M / shirt from Brandy Melville / necklace from Victoire / vintage jumper / jacket from Gap
"I found this jumper squeezed between hundreds of items in a thrift shop. The big buttons and cute cut caught my eye right away. This is a perfect example that you don't have to spend a bundle to get a classic item that will last through several seasons."
WHO: Ashley, community manager at Makers Space
WHERE: Dundonald Park
WEARING: Vans shoes from Antique Skate / pants from Urban Outfitters / tee from American Apparel / necklace from Victoire / coat from Mary-Ann Harris Vintage
"Once a man walked up to me and gave me $100 while I was wearing this coat. He wasn't trying to buy it or be a creep, he simply was encouraging young women to keep dressing smart, at least those were his words. This coat always brings a little bit of luck wherever it goes."
WHO: Whitney, photographer
WEARING: Franco Sarto boots / ?J Brand jeans / thrifted faux-fur coat / rings by Lissa Bowie and The Hunt NYC
"Nice black denim is the perfect jumping off point to contrast great accessories or a fun coat without being over the top for everyday. I'm donating this pair that have been a staple for my last two years of work travel through Latin America and Spain. They get better and better."