Style Spotlight: Glam Rebel

In August it’s all about letting your inner glam rock chick out. It’s time to embrace metallics, crushed velvet, glitter, studded accents and graphic tees. The key to nailing glam rock is combining pieces that normally don’t “go” together (like a graphic tee with a pleated skirt or a gold metallic slip dress with silver glittery boots) to create of an eye-catching look that is defiantly feminine. This time around, think more ’70s glam than ’80s metal and dress to impress you #GlamRebel you.

Here are my top 5 tips for achieving epic glam rock style:

  • 1.  Go bold or go home. Bold metallic pieces, bold accessories , bold colour/pattern combinations…help you stand out on the dancefloor.
  • 2. Layer your jewelry. Mix your metals. Gravitate towards big stones (opals, marble, onyx…stay away from diamonds).
  • 3. Mix high and low. Pair cheap and cheerful pants with structured handbags with luxe details, or a graphic tee shirt with a fitted blazer.
  • 4. Embrace your curves and choose at least one bodycon or structured piece. Pair rocker tees with skinny pants, short denim shorts, leather pencil skirts, bodycon dresses with oversized faux-fur jackets…
  • 5. Own it. No matter what you end up wearing, channel your inner Mick, Bowie or Freddie and strut around like it’s your show.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Cindy Yu rocks her Glam Rebel looks.

Perfect For: Heading Out to See Your Favourite Headliner

"I love the simple, chic effect of the waterfall vest that gives a bit of layering and visual interest to a tank and denim short look. I love the Steve Madden studded bag that gives the outfit that 'edge' and really ties the elements together. I'm normally a stiletto and pointy heel person but I fell in love with these strappy sandals that are perfect for the heat of summer and goes so perfectly with the crushed velvet tank!" - Cindy Yu

Waterfall Vest available at Le Chateau $129.95*; Steve Madden Fae Studded Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $88*; Crushed Velvet Tank available at H&M $19.99*; One Teaspoon Distressed Denim Shorts available at Below the Belt $108*; Tassel Necklace available at RW&CO. $39*; Palazoo Strappy Sandals available at GUESS $199*.

Perfect For: Outdoor Summer Party

"I attend a fair number of events - sometimes several in a single day - so I'm constantly on the lookout for great outfits that can transition from day to evening. And because I'm running from event to event, my outfits need to be comfortable. I'm a huge fan of Vero Moda - both for their styles and accessible price point. This 'Miranda' jumpsuit is super versatile and so comfortable; I can really move in it. Jumpsuits are also such a sophisticated option to a dress - I've often worn them with sneakers! That magenta colour in the 'Paola' slingback is divine and a great way to add a pop of colour with a more muted outfit palette. Finally, you can never go wrong with Karl Lagerfeld - his Quilted Clutch is the perfect, elegant complement to complete this look." - Cindy Yu

Vero Moda Miranda Jumpsuit available at Privilege $75*; Belt available at H&M $7.99*; Karl Lagerfeld Charlotte Quilted Clutch available at Hudson's Bay $208*; Bangle available at Plenty $24*; Paola Slingbacks available at Town Shoes $120*; Choker available at Le Chateau $18*.

Perfect For: An Art Gallery Opening

"This look combines three of my favourite things - the graphic tee, the leather jacket and the pleated skirt. The graphic tee is such a simple way of making a statement and you can very simply dress it down or up (in this case). The leather jacket is a staple in everyone's closet but this one is very special. I love that it's white and is constructed very well - and is such a versatile alternative to black. The pleated skirt elevates this look from rocker to chic rebel, with that je ne sais quoi. It also allows you to move freely and sashay from canvas to canvas with ease." - Cindy Yu

Graphic T-Shirt available at H&M $14.99*; Vergo Moto Leather Jacket available at GUESS $148*; Pleated Skirt available at Le Chateau $49.95*; Necklace available at Aldo $18*; Stacked Rings available at Plenty $15* each; Nine West Adelina Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $90*; Angilia Metallic Sandals available at Aldo $50*.

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.