Now that Jody, Christina, Ronnie, Mary and Reiko have successfully earned Canada a spot on the world cat-fighting map, let’s see what tips we can glean about the fashion and style of The Real Housewives of Vancouver. Remember: You can’t say “looking for trouble” without saying “look”!
Without further ado, here are 9 can’t-fail frissons from Canada’s first ladies of fashion. Assuming the budget permits, do try this at home!
1. Luxe Leather Jacket
A fabulous leather jacket is a wardrobe “must” on the West Coast. Correctly layered, a motorcycle jacket can often double as your winter coat, particularly in a temperate climate like Vancouver. The soft buttery color of the leather jacket pictured here will equally look great paired with neutral or bright pieces for spring, and, weather-dependent, possibly even summer.
2. Body Conscious Dress
“Real Housewives” can’t live without their body-hugging cocktail attire. Whether it’s a neutral color or a hot neon, make sure you choose something that hugs all your curves — all of them, no exceptions! — and is likely to make your teenage son’s friends blush. Accessorize with a glass of the finest champagne.
3. Dramatic Bling
No outfit is complete without a bold and eye-catching piece like this diamond-studded python ring. Wear it solo or pair it with glittering bracelets and earrings to make others even more jealous. With all the backstabbing that’s sure to go down this season, diamonds may be your only true friend.
4. Fur Vest
A nod to rustic Canadiana, a fur vest is a luxurious and versatile piece. Throw it on with jeans and riding boots for running errands around town or pair it with a maxi skirt to get that glamorous boho look perfect for your weekend getaway to Whistler with the girls.
5. Distressed Denim
To be a real housewife, it’s feasible that distressed genes are an asset. Certainly, a great pair of distressed jeans is. Wear these skinnies while relaxing at home or pair them with some sky-high wedges for brunch with the girlfriends.
6. Chic Cuff
Not feeling the diamonds today? Try rocking a cuff bracelet or three, to bring a polished and fashion-forward touch to a casual ensemble. Try a subdued snakeskin design like the Michael Kors cuff pictured above, or go for something in bright orange or pink to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit (surely, the only thing about you that is even close to neutral).
7. Sequined Jacket
When in doubt, throw on something glamorous that seems completely out of place in your otherwise laid back surroundings. This Dolce and Gabbana gold zippered blazer fits the bill perfectly and would look amazing as you speed down the streets of West Vancouver in your Ferrari. If you can’t get your hands on some sequins, try throwing on an eccentric purple shawl or a fur cossack hat with diamond chandelier earrings. Remember: It’s always better to be gawked at than to be ignored.
8. Light colored platform sandals
True West Coasters know that it’s always “open-toe” season. A pair of light-coloured platform sandals look perfect with a pair of skinny jeans or a maxi skirt. Heel height is everything — choose a pair that allows you to tower over and look down on your friends. And don’t forget a pedicure!
9. White Maxi Skirt
A light-coloured maxi skirt exudes boho glamour. It’s a versatile piece that can be easily dressed up for a night of champagne with the girls. It can also be worn to make a dramatic entrance for your weekly trip to the Sunrise grocery store. Never has ordering around “commoners” in questionable Cantonese ever looked so hippie-chic.
Simone Paget is a freelance writer and the author of Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about love, sex, relationships and everything in between. When she’s not writing her heart out, she loves wandering around her city, large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story.