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From serious fringe to embroidered leather, there's no denying that '70s rock-star style influenced all things fashionable this fall. Whether you embraced the trends the first time around or it's all-new territory, here's how to interpret these retro styles in a modern way.
Photography by Raina + Wilson | Hair and makeup by Olivia Colacci/Benefit/JudyInc.com | Shot on location at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre in Calgary
With the band
Dip your feet into rock-star style with a moto jacket. This season's update comes in anything but black (we adore this rich midnight blue), with plenty of embroidered detailing. Pull our all the stops with a hint of lace and a dose of red, the colour of rock royalty.
Faux-leather jacket, $158, shop.guess.ca. Lace tank top, $40, and earrings, hm.com/ca. Blouse, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca.
Twist and shout
Move and shake your way into the fringe trend with a playful swishy skirt. Think less Zelda Fitzgerald doing the Charleston and more Tina Turner performing—like a boss—in something glittering. FOr a modern touch, pair it with a simple T-shirt and a denim jacket, then top the look off with a wide-brimmed hat with an eye-catching accent, such as a leather band or a velvet strip.
Denim jacket, $196, and hat, esprit.com. Bodysuit, $25, dynamite.ca. Sequinned skirt, $834, jcrew.com. Necklace, bracelet and ring, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
She's got the moves like...
You can thank Mick Jagger for the popularity of dandy-esque cravats and wildly printed scarves. Add a flamboyant flair to your everyday jacket-and-blouse combo by donning a patterned scarf. Intensify the rock-star edge with a vivid velvet blazer and slacks in a windowpane plaid.
Velvet blazer, $215, and brooch, bananarepublic.ca. Button-down blouse, $70, hm.com/ca. Pants, $175, scotch-soda.com. Drake's London for J. Crew scarf, $85, jcrew.com.
This season, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona—in all its colourful and sparkling glory—inspired scored of designers, resulting in unique trouser silhouettes, chunky-soled boots and sequins galore. Rather than going full-on glam rock, try elements like a star-speckled blouse with a pair of leather culottes.
Sheer blouse, $145, scotch-soda.com. Faux-leather culottes, $79, shop.guess.ca. Earrings and rings, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
Pretty in punk
This ensemble tempers the roughness of punk with the prettiness of the ballet. Embrace mixing and matching prints and replace classic metal studs with pearls and cutouts with a tulle-covered skirt. The clashing motifs are a cohesive duo because the colours are the same: black and white—and chic all over!
Sweater, $60, gapcanada.ca. Skirt, $510, marc-cain.com. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Michael Michael Kors shoes, michaelkors.ca.
After a brief hiatus, leopard has returned, prowling across countless catwalks this season. In its latest incarnation, the dimensions have gone from micro to macro and come in every hue imaginable, from realistic to our-of-this-world colour combinations.
Sweater, $39, and skirt, $34, joefresh.com. Headphones, wearefrends.com. Necklaces, bananarepublic.ca.
Worn casually with jeans or a fanciful frock, a shag coat (or, in out shoot, cardigan) truly embodies the rock-star esthetic. For a modern update, pair this fuzzy topper with an elegant blouse and skinny trousers—steer clear of flared bottoms or it will look costumey.
Cardigan, $199, winners.ca. Satin blouse, $85, earrings and ring, bananrepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca. Boots, calitspring.com.
Instead of reaching for the phone, try these takeout recipes you can make at home.
Always check packaged food labels for gluten, including ketchup (Heinz is gluten-free), sriracha, fish sauce and broth (homemade stock is best – and safest).
Everyone needs a fried rice recipe in his or her repertoire, because it's great for using up leftovers.
Serve these burgers to people who don't like lentils and they'll soon be converted!
Sub in different vegetables depending on what you have in your crisper to make unique brown rice sushi.
East meets West in these tasty little bites. We've doubled up on the spring roll wrappers, which provides extra crunch and prevents the filling from bursting out.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken.
Roasting all but one of the garlic cloves pumps up flavour to the max without having the overpowering taste of raw cloves.
No need for messy, greasy deep-frying with these crunchy baked wings. They make a fun meal for two – just add some sliced baby cukes, carrots and cherry tomatoes for a crunchy, fresh side.
Put down that takeout menu! This healthy spin on beef and broccoli will leave you feeling full and guilt-free.
This Vietnamese favourite is easy to make and is just as suitable for a main course as it is for an appetizer.
The essence of this Vietnamese pho lies in the long-cooking, rich beef broth which forms the base of the soup - the slow cooker is the ultimate tool for the task.
Our foolproof dough delivers the most amazing pizza crust you'll ever taste. The long rising time results in a lovely texture and extra-rich flavour.
This twist on a takeout favourite is made with sautéed chicken instead of greasy fried beef.
There's no need to dial up dinner when you can make this takeout classic – better, cheaper and faster – at home.
Even kids who hate fish with devour these fish fingers, and our Sweet Potato Oven Fries provide enormous amounts of vitamins A and C.
Cardamom Rice Pudding With Ginger Mango Salad</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson Credits: Cardamom Rice Pudding With Ginger Mango Salad</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson
Our experts answer reader questions about dropping the last 10 pounds—or more.
Question: I've heard that lifting weights helps the body burn calories even when you're not active. True or false? — Reiko
Answer: That's true. A lot of women prioritize cardio because they want to lose fat, but that burns calories only while you're exercising; as soon as you stop, you're no longer burning as much. Instead, lifting weights revs up your metabolism, so you'll continue burning calories for a few hours after your workout. And don't worry about bulking up; women don't have enough testosterone for that. But you will get leaner!
— Trudie German, certified personal trainer and owner of bodyenvy.ca, Toronto
Question: Is it possible I'm meant to be this big? I've been about the same size all my adult life, give or take a dress size. My mom and my sister are both size 14, and so were my grandmas. Maybe it's genetics? — Anne
Answer: Your genes do play a role, but it's more important to remember that size isn't really a good measure of health. If you're active, feeling good and sleeping and eating well, you probably don't have to worry. According to the World Health Organization, obesity is defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health." Of course, as you get heavier, there's a greater likelihood your health could be negatively impacted. But it's impossible for me to tell just by having you step on a scale; I have to do all sorts of tests to see if your weight really is affecting your health.
— Dr. Arya Sharma, founder of the Canadian Obesity Network and professor at the University of Alberta
Question: I'm injured and I can't work out. Is it still possible to lose weight? (Even if I'm eating my feelings about not being able to exercise?) — Katie
Answer: It's certainly possible! In fact, what you eat has more of an impact on your weight than exercise. You won't be able to work off extra calories, so be particularly mindful of other factors that influence weight, too, by getting enough sleep, finding ways to manage stress and choosing healthy whole foods in appropriate portions. And try these tricks: Serve vegetables family-style so they're within easy reach, but keep richer foods on the stovetop; use a smaller plate; and focus on your food—you're more likely to overindulge if you're distracted, so try not to eat in front of the TV, in the car or at your desk at work. Lastly, don't deny your hunger; eventually, it will backfire and you'll find yourself overeating or grabbing a convenient but unhealthy snack. People often think they have to cut back on food if they're going to lose weight, but I counsel my clients to eat more during the day. The idea isn't to willpower your way to weight loss; it's to make sustainable changes.
— Casey Berglund, registered dietitian and owner of worthyandwell.com, Calgary