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Street Style: King West

By Jean Grant| Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

King West in the summertime is in perpetual party mode, with patio-hoppers flooding the neighbourhood and local employees taking advantage of summer hours (or playing hooky). Come 5 p.m., workers transition almost immediately from crisp business attire to carefree outfits that can easily take them straight to the park (or nearest bar). Here, a collection of the coolest looks spotted near King and Spadina on a Thursday afternoon, from chic crop tops to torn-up denim.

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Mallika Viegas

27, Editor “I like having unique pieces made in places I travel to. My shirt was made in India and these shoes were made in Costa Rica. My necklace is from Easy Tiger on Dundas. I’m obsessed with their jewellery.”

 

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Lynn Jiang

26, Accountant “My brother bought this dress for me in Japan.”

 

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Sim Gray

19, Barista “I distressed these pants myself. I used a razor blade on the knee and pockets. I think they turned out okay.”

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Danielle Stringer

26, Account manager “I like to be casual with a bit of flare. I’m loving the off-the-shoulder look these days.”

 

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Ugbad Warsame

22, Support worker “My style is a mix of street and retro. I love Adidas because I’m a big Stormzy fan.”

 

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Kelsea Knowles

27, Executive assistant “My style is confused. I never know what to wear in the summer, so my outfits are always different. This skirt is from Value Village.”

 

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Sabrina Giacometti

33, Interior designer “I try to look polished every day because you never know who you’re going to run into.”

 

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Carlena de Guzman

19, Student “My look consists mainly of throwback pieces from the ‘90s. Most of my outfits are thrifted.”

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Polina Snitkova

21, Bartender “There are actually 13 wolves on my shirt. Can you find them? The 13th is kinda sketchy.”

 

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Heather Wonder

29, Office lead “I’m dressed like I’m going to a retro-chic summer picnic.”

 

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Antonio Cash

26, Customer service rep “I like to go with the flow. This necklace was a birthday gift—from myself.”

 

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Alanna Cardona

27, Video producer “I have five friends whose style I try and emulate. Today I’m dressed like Madeline.”

 

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Kwame Hills

33, Studio manager “My look is comfortable but still edgy—hopefully! That’s what I’m going for.”

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Caitlin Gladney-Hatcher

26, Campaign manager “I wanted to wear something bright today. This dress is from Winners. I bought these Salt Water Sandals years ago and they’re still a summer staple.”

 

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Christina Ma

23, Ministry of Health employee “My style is functional and decently minimal. The necklace is from a Montreal designer.”

 

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Marc Anthony

17, Clothing designer “I wear a bit of everything, but today is all vintage.”

 

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Neil Singson

38, Consultant “I have to be very formal at work, but I’d be much more comfortable in a tank and shorts in this weather.”

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