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Show your Canuck Pride

Holidays and events give us an opportunity to be playful with fashion that we don’t get in our everyday lives.

This Monday, it’s all about putting your Canadian pride on full display.

Of course, the most obvious go-to outfit is wearing red and white. But feel free to get creative with this combo. 

For example, don all white with red earrings, lips, hat and shoes for a sophisticated take on the flag. 

Get crafty. Paint a maple leaf on a plain white shirt. If you don’t want to permanently alter your shirt, cut out leaves and stripes and hand-sew them on so they can be removed later. Or cover your shirt with a ton of Canadiana pins.

If you’re taking in the day’s festivities with a group, you can each wear a letter spelling out “CANADA” or “NORTH” or “EH” depending on the number in your party.

Do you have a Canadian flag? Depending on its size, use it as you would any large scarf. It can go around your neck, wrap around your waist as a skirt, or even be a halter dress.

Skin can be part of your canvas too. Face paint and temporary tattoos are a fun and easy way to show your Canada Day spirit.

Check out YouTube for inspiring Canada Day makeup tutorials. I especially love the look by MagTag519 found here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-P8HDjM0w8U

Not a fan of the red and white? There are tons of other ways to show your national joy.

Wear a jersey from your favourite Canadian sports team. Don a Mountie hat. Add a beaver tail to your bottoms. Wear Hudson’s Bay stripes.

Though these ideas play on stereotypical Canuck imagery, they are most certainly fun.

While I wouldn’t recommend buying clothes just for one day, if you are thinking of adding to your wardrobe, a great option is getting something from Roots Canada collection.

All pieces feature our iconic colours, are made in Canada, and look great any day of the year. Shop in-person in Orchard Park Mall or online at: https://www.roots.com/ca/en/women/collections/canada-collection-by-roots/

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About the Author

Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

In 2014, she was named one of nine Style Ambassadors for a year-long marketing campaign at Orchard Park Mall. Her motto is “Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."

If you have a style question or topic you’d like Marla to cover in this column, contact her at [email protected]



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