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Street Style: Toronto Flower Market on Queen West

By Jean Grant| Photography by Giordano Ciampini

Toronto’s west-end flower market, which takes over Shaw Park once a month from May through October, is where the city’s aspiring horticulturalists go to pick out fresh floral arrangements from more than a dozen local vendors. We stopped by the market on a sweltering Saturday and spotted fashionably laid-back shoppers browsing spiky succulents, perfect bouquets and lots of peonies. Here, our favourite garden-appropriate attire.

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Becky Caulford

36, Designer “This is the most comfortable thing I own. I also wore it yesterday. I’m getting peonies and little baby lilacs for the house.”

 

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Jordan Cleland

24, Unemployed “My look is comfortable and unique. I’m shopping for succulents because they’re less work and they last.”

 

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Dylan O’Leary

26, Student “I got this backpack from Klaxon Howl a few years ago. They only made a few of them. My buddy just restored the leather. I’m going to visit my grandma later, so I’m going to get some flowers, too.”

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Rosalie Villanueva

33, Production assistant “I’m putting together my own bouquet with a bunch of samples.”

 

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Lauren Sellen

31, Floral designer “I love linen and things with movement—I got this dress at Meg. This is a dinner plate dahlia that kind of matches my dress.”

 

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Nancy Yen

35, Sales coordinator “I got a bear claw—I love it because it’s so furry!”

 

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Kathryn Papas

27, Teacher “I was wondering if this shirt was a bit too on-theme. I bought some tulips and irises for my mom.”

 

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AJ Manuel

29, Sales manager “I got some flowers for my girlfriend and the house.”

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Gabriella Pacifico

24, Conference planner/blogger “I was going for a summery, easy breezy look today. It’s nice to be able to finally shed some layers.”

 

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Adrienne Lau

25, Administrator “I wanted to keep it cool today. These peonies are for me and my mom.”

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