Dressed to Travel: Helene Clarkson Design
True confession time: Pants are not my friend.
It’s not that I don’t love them, it’s that often – be it the cut, the shape or the styling – they don’t love me.
Over the years, I’ve risked frostbitten legs over ill-fitting slacks for exactly that reason. Who wants to be on TV and uncomfortable?
So, to say I was unconvinced when I tried on these Helene Clarkson Design Andorra pants in her Royal York location the other day, is a massive understatement. But guess what? They were amazing!
They feel like a jogging pant but look stylish enough for me to already imagine a million places I could wear them.
And the pants are only the beginning of what is an incredibly versatile collection. We paired the pants with the Andorra top (REVERSIBLE!!!) for my latest CHCH Morning Live segment.
Spoiler alert: No regrets.
Dressed to Travel |The Outfit:
For this appearance I chose the Andorra Pant (Long) – ($189) there is also a cropped version ($149) and the Sabi Reversible Halter ($104) (I wore the “oasis” print but it comes in a variety of colours).
Dressed to Travel | The Designer:
Designer Helene Clarkson may look familiar. The Genie-nominated actress appeared in the movie “Blood & Donuts” and on shows like The X-Files. And despite having no professional fashion experience, she has designed a collection of clothing that hits all the points women on the go crave: “Versatile clothing that is reversible, wrinkle resistant and machine washable.” Plus, it’s all made in Canada!
Her Spring collection launches soon so keep an eye out.
Dressed to Travel | The Story:
Here’s why these worked for me. Helene’s designs all do really well with the shape and cut. For us ladies with ample hips, the flares happen at exactly the right places. Plus, the versatility that comes with having pieces that can be worn in a few different ways means not only cost savings but extra space in my luggage. When you’re a carry-on only fanatic, that matters too.
Dressed to Travel | Travel Rating:
You could roll up this entire outfit, chuck it in a carry-on and still look like a million bucks at your destination. 5/5
Dressed to Travel | The Accessories:
The high collar on the top meant there was no need for a necklace. Had I worn it the other way, I’d have skipped it too as the tie sits in the perfect spot. Plus, the print was a statement all its own. Simple silver drop earrings and black heels completed the look.
Dressed to Travel | Get It
The outfit is available for purchase at Helene Clarkson Design. The main shop is on the lower level promenade of The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Come prepared to try things on. Rather order online? There’s free shipping to Canada and the USA on items over $100. To learn more about the Dressed to Travel series visit here.