How do you express yourself?
While walking the streets of the GTA you will see an array of styles that individuals use to express themselves. This photo essay is a collection of photos taken over the course of two weeks. Each photo, different from the rest, explores each individual’s aesthetic and how they differ from each other. The purpose of this photo essay is to acknowledge the various ways people choose to express themselves through fashion while appreciating it at the same time.
Ebbie expresses his love for fashion with his African print jacket. The jacket was made by Jennifer S. Henry, a local designer in Brampton. The brown beanie matching his brown sweater complements his puffer jacket. Ebbie was in the midst of setting up his shop when this photo was taken. You may have seen him in Kensington Market selling North Side Of The Map apparel. “My brand kinda started as a hobby then grew from there. It was really all about a new perspective of the Canadian experience.”
Maddie Dean is seen sporting a vintage 8-ball jacket, a bold statement piece with bright colours. This photo was taken in Kensington market where you will find an abundance of vintage clothing.
Kevin Vu caught my eye from a mile away with his vibrant red hair. Despite red having the usual association of being loud and eccentric, Kevin was calm and patient. I learned that he has a creative side as well. Kevin is a dancer and photographer, who as you can see, uses his hair to portray his self-expression.
Mahdi Shami and his pup Stitch were walking the streets of Toronto after grabbing a quick lunch to go. Both Shami and Stitch show off their street style with Stitch in his grey and black tracksuit while Shami sports a black marble style Supreme jacket with black and yellow baroque printed pants. Tying the outfit together are his black Nike Air Forces.
Michael Fraser was browsing through his Instagram feed when I stopped him. Fraser’s style was effortless with his use of an earthy brown palette to create the perfect one-tone outfit. He is dressed comfy yet fashionable. His clothing is simple and minimalistic, showing that we do not need to have branding or fancy patterns on our clothing to make us look stylish.
Tyler Mitchell often expresses himself through his upcycled thrifted clothing which he adds his own touches to. Elbee (the yellow heart) is a character Mitchell created. Keeping in mind how much clothing ends up in landfills, he often buys his clothing from second-hand stores and transforms his pieces by adding his signature Elbee character to cover up a stain or hole.
Heather Mclean knew she was going to go walk a trail so she decided to put on a practical yet cute outfit and sport her favourite colour with her purple sweater. When Mclean isn’t on a walk, her outfit will most likely include some sort of fashion piece that allows her to express her love for Disney.
About the author
Nicole is a freelance journalist who can often be found in the middle of a protest trying to make a difference with her stories. If she is not at a protest you can find her in her home office writing about moon cycles and retrogrades. Nicole loves to spend her free time in nature, at home cuddling her cats and of course maintaining her animal crossing island.