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Notes from an Ottawa Fashion Blogger

Marilou Moles is the founder and creative director of Twenty York Street, a local fashion and lifestyle blog. Here, we get her thoughts on Ottawa’s style scene.

Marilou Moles from Twenty York Street. Photo credit: Jose Perez-Alvarez.

What role does fashion have in shaping a city?
It inspires creativity and self-expression! Fashion is global; when you take home pieces from different parts of the world — whether through travels or local stores — it enhances that city’s identity, if only through the medium of fashion.

What are your favourite places to shop?
I’m a huge fan of Banana Republic and the Rideau Centre. I also love local brands Kania and Miikali, and accessories from frAsh by Isobel Walker!

What’s your favourite neighbourhood for shopping?
I love the ByWard Market. It has everything, including clothes, shoes, gourmet food, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and — when you get hungry after shopping — lots of cafés and restaurants to choose from. Though the Glebe also houses fantastic spas and stores like Thann.

What Ottawa store is a hidden gem?
Everyone is gushing about Roadtrip right now because it has a fantastic selection and most items are under $100!

How would you describe Ottawa’s style to someone who’s not from here?
Evolving. The city’s style is definitely a superb representation of its multicultural and multi-disciplinary citizens. Though the weather — especially in the winter — is a huge factor, Ottawa has its own unique style identity. You’ve got the classic dressers, preppy, sexy glam, hip-hop, eclectic street style, and the downright wacky!

Read more from Marilou at www.twentyyork.com.

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