Of course, we all want to recreate the outfits worn by our favorite fashion bloggers—after all, we’re going to their sites expressly for style inspiration.
But sometimes you come across an image of a blogger clad in a cropped moto-jacket and tulle ballerina skirt, teetering in sky-high stilettos on the bumpy brick streets of the Meatpacking District. Yes, her look is spot on. You scroll down and read the caption, “A day of meetings and running errands!”
Pause. What? “Running errands?”
When you run errands, you reach for your cross body and well-worn riding boots. You look cute and pulled together, but, hey, you have to lug groceries upstairs, drop off the dry cleaning, and walk the dog. Mincing about in high heels with an over-sized clutch is not exactly an option when you need to tackle your Saturday to-do list.
Now, your simple look—cashmere sweater and skinny jeans tucked into boots—feels like a dud. Before you stop believing an outfit can be practical and snapshot worthy, turn to Alexandra Grant of To Vogue or Bust.
Vancouver-based Alexandra wears outfits that can brave the wet Canada winters without skimping on fashion-forward flair. Bundling up is a must in the Great White North and Alexandra has a serious knack for layering without adding bulk. She plays with different hemlines: a cropped jacket over a sweeping ribbed cardigan; a mini-dress under a belted car coat; a tweed jacket with ¾ sleeves to show off a striped long-sleeve shirt underneath. To top off her looks, she adds warm weather accessories—over-sized scarves and floppy boho hats—that are a calculated part of her look, not an afterthought, plopped on after she checked the outside temperature. Alexandra’s has made these sharp real world outfits her signature and each look feels accessible, original and functional.
We caught up with Alexandra to learn more about life in Vancouver and how the elements influence her everyday style.
When did you start your blog?
I started To Vogue or Bust in 2010. I was planning on going to law school but just knew it wouldn't be right for me, so as a way of recommitting to my true passions (writing, lifestyle and fashion) I set out on a mission to get to Vogue or bust, hence the name. Since then, the blog's evolved into my personal style diary where I can also share my other passions in life, including fitness, travel, well-being and more!
Does living in Vancouver influence your style choices?
Definitely! There's a real fusion of urban edginess plus an outdoorsy influence here. I definitely have a West Coast vibe to my look, but, since we're in the Pacific Northwest, we really spend a lot of time in the forests and mountains as well as the ocean. Lots of layering, coats, scarves, boots!
Who are your style icons?
I loved the casual, effortless femininity of '60s and '70s icons like Françoise Hardy or Catherine Deneuve. I definitely like tomboy-inspired styles but I really admire the way these timeless beauties always had a femme vibe to their looks regardless.
What is the best style advice you’ve ever received?
Wear what makes you feel most comfortable and confident.
What advice can you share with other aspiring bloggers?
Stay authentic! No one else in the world is you. There are so many fashion bloggers out there so, rather than trying to replicate someone else's formula, stick to what makes you you and you'll always stand out.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What are your must-see landmarks and cultural institutions in Vancouver?
Historical Gastown is a must. Granville Island is one of my favourite places in the world and it's well worth making a trip to the North Shore (where I'm from originally) to take in the Lynn Valley Headwaters, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and to walk through the Lynn Canyon trails in the ancient rain forests. Also, making a trip to the beaches around the city, particularly those dotted along Stanley Park. So beautiful!
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Hose or bare legs in winter?
Both! For parties, I always opt for bare legs. For day-to-day, gotta layer up here in Canada!
Body-con or boyfriend?
Again, both! I like to take things up a notch with body-con pieces during the evening but prefer relaxed silhouettes during the day.
Skinnies or flares?
As much as I'm drawn to a '70s aesthetic, I love skinnies for their ease and elegance.
Wine or cocktail?
Wine, I especially love a good Malbec or Bordeaux.
Night out or in?
Both but if you had asked me a few years ago, I would say out, and probably in another two years' time, I'll say in!
Sweet or savory indulgence food?
I love chocolate more than anything so sweet!
Why did you choose this Vince Camuto Fit and Flare Neck Detail Dress?
I love leather paneling or detailing in unexpected pieces! The blend of leather plus a femme silhouette is so fresh and edgy. I love the idea of wearing this dress with an A-line skirt as well, maybe in a jewel tone - the neckline is such a great piece, it can function as a standout top on its own!