Travel in style: Fashionable AND practical packing tips!

Trip booked? Passports ready? Excellent! You won’t need to compromise style for comfort with our top travel tips for being prepared, practical and polished.

It’s all about balance
Pack your heaviest items closest to your suitcase’s wheels as it will make your case balanced and roll more easily.

Bring the bling
Securely pack your jewelry to avoid it getting tangled, or worse, lost!

  • Individually thread your necklaces through straws to prevent them getting knots.
  • Keep your rings linked together using a bangle with a clasp, giant safety pin or D-shaped key ring.

Wear something floaty for when you get bloaty
Flying? Choose a loose top, tunic or dress to travel in. Bloating is common on flights due to dehydration, swelling and poor circulation, so avoid garments with tightly fitted waistlines.

Phones away!
Always keep a printed itinerary with your passport if you’re crossing international borders. Most countries require you to have a departing flight if you’re on a tourist visa and you typically aren’t allowed to use electronic devices in customs halls. So, pack a hard copy in your carry on!

Avoid the iron
Nobody wants to be looking for an ironing board on their holidays so choose fabrics that don’t crease… you’ll thank yourself later! Fabrics with a light stretch, such as ponte, are perfect for this.

Keep clothes clean
Pack your clean clothes inside out in your suitcase so they don’t get dirty.

Mini bags = maximised security
Take a small cross-body bag while you’re in transit, as well as your larger bag. This way you can keep your essentials (tickets, wallet, phone etc) in sight and at the ready at all times.

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Pack the staples
Take at least one pair of leggings, even if you’re going somewhere warm. They’re perfect for flying, great for cool nights and can be styled with a variety of tops, jackets and dresses.

If you’re going somewhere cold these leggings are perfect for you! They’re slightly thicker and warmer than your average pair and are also available in navy.
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These ones have the look of leather, but are as stretchy and comfortable as regular leggings!
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Contrast leggings are stylish twist on the classic style. Available in mauve, black and grey (pictured).
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A relaxed-fit blazer or princess cut jacket is an excellent choice for travel as you’ll always look polished while wearing them. They can be worn casually with leggings, jeans or a swing dress, and with a cocktail dress in the evenings.

These ones are made from fabrics with a light stretch, making them really comfortable to wear open or closed.

Remember the less you pack the more you can shop! Do you have any packing or travel hacks of your own? We would love to hear them! Just leave them in the comments below.

Safe travels!

Christmas style guide

Feeling fabulous this festive season

Christmas time offers a magic that can’t be replicated at any other time of year. Trends this season are demonstrating the perfect balance between glam and comfort. Accessories are bringing the bling, while clothing is keeping you effortlessly comfortable and chic.

A white Christmas

Our biggest tip this Christmas? Have a balance of the traditional Christmas reds and greens with white, neutral tones, silver or gold.

White is one of our favourite shades to wear at Christmas time because it’s crisp and angelic, providing a clean canvas to add in colourful accessories.

 

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We recommend colour pops and block colours for when you want to wear something a bit brighter!
Bling it on!

Move over marble, this Christmas is set to be a glamourous one. Metallic and pearl accessories are out in full-force. Wearing statement jewellery means you can wear more comfortable garments and still achieve a dressy look (without looking like you’re the Christmas tree!). Key accessory trends this season include:

  • Anything with pearls (rings, shoes, clutches… it all goes!)
  • Tassel or chandelier earrings
  • Chunky gold necklaces
  • Metallic top-handle mini handbags or clutches
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    All wrapped up

    Wraps and ponchos are a great way to stay warm, look classy and are easy to wear (particularly after a long Christmas lunch… need we say more?). Go for a warm basic under layer, such as a turtle neck or long sleeve sweater.

    We love this long sleeve choker top as the neckline adds a fashion-forward twist:
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    With accessories being the statement this season we’re recommending to choose natural or gold shades for your makeup this Christmas. Shine brightly with your favourite illuminator on your cheeks and remember a red lipstick never goes astray this time of year!

    Who said sweaters need to be ugly?
    We would love to see your Christmas style! Share your snaps with us using #PicadillyCanada on Instagram and tagging us on Facebook.
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    Off-duty celebrity style

    Life isn’t all red carpets and award shows for these celebrities, though even in their down-time they still have impeccable style! Here’s some of our favourite outfits and how you can achieve the off-duty celebrity look.

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    Casual on the bottom, corporate on the top. Nicole Kidman looks like she’s ready to take on the world.

    Why we love this look: This outfit is made entirely from staple pieces so you would definitely get your money’s worth with each of these garments. Nicole has opted for minimal accessories and her hair up, allowing the details on her blouse to stand out.

    How to get Nicole Kidman’s style

    Kerry Washington street fashion

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    Stylish on and off the screen, Kerry Washington is known for her block colours and patterns.

    Keeping warm with long sleeves, Kerry has toned down the vibrancy of her dress with a lighter jacket.

    Why we love this look: The matching length of Kerry’s dress and jacket draw attention to her lean legs while the pattern and bright colours show off her creative personality.

    How to get Kerry Washington's style: You can achieve this look with our royal asymmetrical dress and zip front long jacket. Add a simple pair of pumps, a solid clutch and you’re good to go!

    Jessica Alba casual fashion

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    Mother of two, business owner and actress, Jessica Alba is a woman who never stops!

    Why we love this look: Contrasting her feminine print dress with an edgy black jacket, Jessica shows she may be sweet but she’s certainly not someone to push around!

    How to achieve Jessica Alba's look:

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    Teaming all black clothes and accessories has given Nicole Richie a mysterious, confident and chic look.

    Why we love this look: Nicole has mixed fabrics, textures and cuts to ensure her black-on-black outfit is far from boring. The ruffled top and loose jacket stand out against her everyday skinny leg jeans. We always love waterfall jackets as they are one of the most flattering cuts you can find.

    How to get Nicole Richie's look look:

    Straight Off The Runway

    Fall is officially here, which means we're rolling out the rest of our Fall / Winter 2017 collections, including Culture Club & Into The Wild which feature some of our favourite designs from the F/W '17 Collection we debuted at last Winter's Toronto Women's Fashion Week! Finally we are able to offer these amazing runway pieces to you through our website! Take a look at some of our absolute faves.

    Color blocking, gorgeous

    patterns, and bold colors

    - our Long Jacket is the

    perfect piece to keep you

    warm & stylish this Fall.

    The Long Jacket is available

    online now for $160.

    Add a touch of Summer to

    your Fall wardrobe with

    the Pleated Skirt. This

    beautiful piece has colorful

    embroidered flowers that

    will catch everyone's eye!

    This skirt is available now

    for $105.

    It's time to retire your boring

    old little black dress and

    add some excitement! The

    Chiffon Overlay Sleeveless

    Dress gives the classic stylish

    feel of a simple LBD, but

    the front keyhole, and colorful

    chiffon overlay adds a

    edgy feel! This dress is

    now online for $140.

    Stepping Into Fall – Blue Streak Collection

    We're ushering in fall which means colder weather, leaves changing, and hot new Fall styles. With the launch of our newest collection, Blue Streak, we're embracing the Fall weather with perfect transition pieces to ease you into Autumn. This collection offer gorgeous sweaters, comfortable long sleeves and structured jackets that will make your wardrobe Fall-ready.

    The V-Neck Zip Front Jacket is one of

    our athleisure inspired pieces from this

    collection. Sweater knit arms, and a structured

    waist band make this jacket modern and

    stylish, while the front panel quilting adds a

    comfortable athletic feel.

     

    TheV-Neck Zip Front Jacket is

     available online now for $99.00.

    The Faux Pockets Ankle Pants 

    are perfect for going out on the town,

    a day at work, or even just staying in!

    The stretch knit fabric is comfortable enough

    think you're wearing leggings, but the

    cut and shape of the pants are stylish

    and sharp. Wear them with any top from

    our collection, or with the matching

    Fringe Trimmed Short Bolero.

     

    The Faux Pocket Ankle Pants are

    available online now for $90.00.

    MIX &

    MATCH

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    The Lace Trim Zip Front Hoodie Jacket can be paired with the matching Lace Trim Top with Side Slits, and the Lace Trimmed Pull On Pant. Both come in Grey & Navy so mix and match pieces for different combinations of this comfy & trendy set!

    Red Hot Arrivals – The Well Red Collection

    Summers in full effect and we want to make it even hotter! Our new collection, Well Red, offers a number of pieces with bold prints, and bright colors to help liven up your wardrobe. This collection includes some great basics in rich, warm colors that you can wear any day, with any outfit. There's also several statement pieces to make you stand out from the crowd!

    The Open Front Poncho is a great staple,

    and a perfect Summer to Fall transition piece.

    Wear it over any outfit on those cool Summer

    nights or when you're out and about on a

    crisp Fall day.

     

    The Open Front Poncho is

     available online now for $95.00.

    The Lace Sleeve Dress is the perfect

    dress to make you stand out from the crowd!

    Feel daring and confident in this gorgeous

    piece. Long sleeves in a beautiful lace offers

    some coverage while still being adventurous,

    and the eye-catching pattern makes any night

    out more exciting!

     

    The Lace Sleeve Dress is

    available online now for $140.00.

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    Dress it up or down! The

    Mesh Sleeve Asymmetrical Hem Top

    be worn with a skirt for a night

    out on the town, or any day with

    jeans like how @emptyneststyle 

    wears it here!

    Summer Trends – Cropped Pants

    One of our favourite trends this Summer is the cropped pant! If you're looking for a great, cooler alternative to full-length pants,  but not interested in sporting shorts all season (we're not always in the mood to show off our legs!), the cropped pant is the perfect fit.  With this trend taking off, there's so many different styles available, and so many ways to wear them.

    Our Embellished Pull-On Gaucho Pant is

    a perfect example of how to wear

    the crop trend in the office,

    or to a more formal event.

    A wider leg dress pant keeps

    this look classy, while the side

    embellishments and crop

    add a stylish flare.

    The Embellished Pull-On Gaucho Pant

    available online now for $90.

    Our Zip Trim Denim Capris are casual,

    cool,and the perfect Summer pant!

    These pants are super trendy

    with a higher crop, and a

    zip-trim detail on the hem.

    Dress them up or down for

    Summer nights out, or

    for a relaxed Summer day!

     

    The Zip Trim Denim Capris

    are available

    online now for $85.

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    WEAR IT!

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    This trend can be worn with

    almost anything! A blazer

    or blouse for work time,

    a simple t-shirt, or a flowing

    tank like @fabulousafter40

    is wearing here! She is

    wearing our Petite Zip

    Trimmed Jeans in white with

    our Chiffon Overlay Long Tank.

    Shop Local With Picadilly Canada

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    Canadian fashion is on the rise and has been for years; with upcoming designers and unique fashions it’s hard to resist. Shopping local isn’t just cool but it’s good for the community too. From improving the economy to helping the environment, every little bit counts.

    HELP CREATE JOBS

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    When shopping local you help provide a chain of jobs throughout the community. Not only are you helping to create in-house employees, but local companies often source their materials from nearby vendors, independent shops, and even local farms.

     KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE COMMUNITY

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    Shopping local ensures your dollar goes back into the cities economy and other small businesses. While franchises may save you a couple bucks, it’s at the cost of economic displacement. Shifting sales from one city to another, much of your money spent leaves the community immediately.

    UNIQUE STYLES

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    We know you’re tired of spending money on clothes everyone already owns. Shopping one-of-a-kind businesses is an essential part of making your community different. Whenever you are shopping from local businesses, you get to enjoy the “unique-factor.” The places you visit and the stores you shop all define your city and yourself, as a distinct character

    KNOW WHERE YOUR PRODUCTS ARE COMING FROM

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    Believe it or not, local businesses assist in environmental sustainability, by recycling their earnings back into other local companies; they indirectly reduce pollutants, air and water toxins. More importantly, big corporations are at the forefront of sourcing their products overseas, it’s time to keep the jobs at home.

    Be sure to shop & think local – find Picadilly throughout a number of retailers Canada-wide.
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    How To Dress For The Holidays

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    It’s that time of year again! The joyous occasion of gift giving and family tradition is here. We know it can sometimes get stressful… even before figuring out what to wear! But not to worry, we here at Picadilly have you covered. With our quick and easy guide to dressing for the holidays, be the talk of the party.

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    Bold Designs

    Whether your a guest or the hostess, it’s time to dress with mostest. Embrace your inner glam by building your outfit around a bold, dramatic piece. Whether it be a geometric dress, statement furs or a little bit of glitter. It’s the time to let your holiday style shine.

    Loose Fabrics 

    Our favourite thing about the holidays? FOOD! Our least favourite thing? the inevitable food baby. This year dress smart, it’s all about looking good and keeping comfortable. Stick with flowy dresses or loose fabrics to remain polished throughout the numerous holiday dinners…. Even when bloating! We at Picadilly offer a range of sizes and flexible fabrics for any type of women!

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    Statement Accessories 

    The holidays are a time for fun, friends and family.. so dress up your outfit up with bold fun accessories. If you’re the kind of girl that likes to keep her outfit low key, focus on adding a bit of sparkle through accessorizing. Try layering necklaces, glittery clutches, fur scarves, pom pom earrings and more. Anything that has a little bit of pizzazz will do!

    Comfortable Shoes

    Having the perfect holiday dinner lies in having the perfect shoes. While colour, glitz and glam are all important… comfort takes the cake on this one. Avoid foot fatigue this year by shopping smart; With oxfords & cute sneakers all in season, look for something with a little of sparkle and lots of padding… Insist on wearing heels? Try something a tad shorter or take a walk around the store before purchasing! With all the running around you’ll be doing this month, you’ll need it!

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    Photos by Deborah Boland – Fabulous After 40

    Shop our exclusive pieces to complete your holiday look – on sale throughout the holidays, shop fast before the festivities are done!

    Milk N’ Heels With Tracy Moore

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    This past week trendy mom magazine, Milk N’ Heels Magazine released their latest issue: Winter ’16 #3

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    A fashion playground for mini’s and their moms, we weren’t surprised to see Tracy Moore on the cover.

    From chatting up her Cityline audience to being a mom of two, she still has the time to be known as a fashion guru. With years of experience, endless features and designing a clothing line of her own; Tracy Moore has gained the trust and respect of viewers all around.

    Being a renowned fashion icon, you can only imagine how happy we were to see Tracy wearing our White Wide Leg Pant. Styling the pair with a matching white coat and patterned blouse of her own (Tracy Moore by Fredas); we’ve never seen them look better.

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    “I don’t necessarily want to look like a mother of two; I want to look funky but not have my butt crack showing”
    And we’d say she’s done a pretty good job at both…
    Check out the full article on Milk n’ Heels to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a working, successful mom – with style of course.