I was so in love with this top I took it home right as it came into the shop! I knew right away I needed to see how many different ways I could wear it and how many different things I have already to wear it with! So here is my week of outfits in the Shaman top!
100% Cotton – wide tank – fit and flare silhouette – Zip up back for easy dressing and undressing – the pattern sits differently on each top, so you really get that unique item.
There are so many other outfits I can think of as well, but this is what I wore this week! For more ideas, be sure to check out the style blog (already posted) about the Barcelona top in 100% Viscose.
Let us know how you like to wear it too in the comments or post pics on FB or Instagram with the hashtags #devilmaywear #shamantop #barcelonatop
This seasons weather can be so unpredictable. To be prepared to move from season to season, we have the perfect top! The Barcelona top is made with 100% Viscose (plant base fibre to emulate silk) in a wide tank, fit and flare style. The zipper up the back makes dressing and undressing very easy as there is minimal stretch in the material. Light, breathable and beautifully draping, this top can go from casual to formal with a few easy steps! Also made perfectly functional for traveling to hot climates with minimal wrinkling. The black and white print throws me back to the time when we dressed for the occasion, whatever it may be, in a Casablanca-esque feel. So classic!
I have put a few top halves of outfits together for your idea generating pleasure, and I’m sure there are many more ideas on how to wear it and what to wear it with to come! Take a look;
Tails, partially open zip
Tied back with Key hole, Open zip
Tied back, closed zip
Belted with a Necklace
Back view belted
Bowen Vest with Flower Broach accessory
Bowen vest back view with Top partially open to echo “V” cut out on Vest.
Tied Back with Pin Up Girl Circle Scarf
Silk Sari Hand Knit Scarf
Hand Knit Shrug with Flower broach
Hand Knit Sweater with Necklace
Not into the black and white thing and need a punch of colour for the season?
The same style of top comes in a psychedelic colour explosion of amazingness in the Shaman top, in 100% cotton.
Stay tuned for our next blog to see how our Lead Stylist Erin has worn it for 4 days!
Once Upon A Time, in a land just north of here, there lived a princess named Stephanie. She loved bunnies and rock ‘n’ roll and had magical colour-changing hair. Above all, though, she liked to make things with her hands and she loved to make people feel good about themselves. When Princess Stephanie was still quite young, she happened upon a magical sewing machine. Being naturally inquisitive and talented, she soon picked up the craft of sewing. The garments she made with the magical sewing machine made people smile and feel good about themselves. Sometimes a prince would try to save her, or people would tell her she needed to be a princess in another kingdom for a while before starting her own, but nothing was as fun and interesting as making things with the magical sewing machine in her own realm. In that time, however, there was a shadow in the land. Many kingdoms had come under an evil spell called Fast Fashion. Princess Stephanie was upset to see how this spell made some kings and queens treat their subjects. Many owed their prosperity to practices which hurt the people and wilderness in other lands. Some even gave their subjects things to wear which were unhealthy or made them unhappy! “This will not stand!” said Princess Stephanie. “I must find out how to break this evil spell!” Princess Stephanie went on a quest throughout the land, and spoke to many people from far and wide. She met a sorceress who gave her a pair of magical knitting needles and taught her to cast spells of warmth and softness with them.
“This is great!” said Princess Stephanie, “But it still isn’t the answer.” She met a prince who was also a smith, and instead of trying to save her he joined her quest. He made beautiful jewellery out of the finest metals instead of the harmful metals the Fast Fashion curse made some smiths use. “I definitely need allies like you.” said Princess Stephanie. “But this still isn’t the answer.” She continued to travel the lands, asking questions and speaking to many learned sages about textile magic. She learned the secrets of bamboo and the lore of hemp and linen. Silk and wool and recycled fibers were also of great interest to her. At last, she felt she had found her answer. “I have a plan!” said Princess Stephanie. And she packed up her magic sewing machine and took it to the port city of Vancouver.
She set up a small kingdom on the Main Street and became Queen Stephanie the First. She sent for the finest sustainable fibers and encouraged other kingdoms to give her materials they would not use instead of throwing them out. This intimidated some of the other rulers. “It will never work, it’s too hard!” They said. But Queen Stephanie had her magical sewing machine and she was determined. Queen Stephanie and her sewing machine made many comfortable and healthy things for the people of Vancouver, but the spell of Fast Fashion was still over the land. “I’m only one ruler! This spell is too strong for me to break all on my own!” she sighed, discouraged. “If only there were more rulers helping to break it.” Then Queen Stephanie had another idea. She started inviting other princesses to come visit her kingdom for a while. They came from far and wide and from all walks of life. One was a fairy princess who liked to write stories, but who had such a love of people that she became a herald to show and tell them all of Queen Stephanie’s creations to help them feel happy. One was from across the oceans and eventually returned there as a queen herself, but while she stayed was Queen Stephanie’s second in command. There was an elf from the Forests of the Half Moon who had come to Vancouver to learn to tell stories through clothing.
There were all these and more. Queen Stehphanie taught them all a lot, and they taught her in turn. Some stayed for a while, then took their new knowledge and skills elsewhere to continue combatting the evil spell. Others stayed to help Queen Stephanie train more princesses. Once the kingdom was strong enough, they established a stronghold on the Isle of Granville, where people from all over the world came to see the crafts and fashion of Vancouver. This stronghold was entrusted to a warrior-queen from Caledonia, a city far to the east, and her good friend, a good witch who wove beautiful things.
They built another stronghold across the water in Victoria, a city on the Isle of Vancouver. The princess who held this stronghold could spin love right into the very yarn she used with her own pair of magical knitting needles. She also found and trained many princesses who then took her lessons out into the world.
Erin Gravelle, Astrid Jackson
Between the Kingdom and two strongholds, Queen Stephanie and her magical sewing machine were able to help many people in Vancouver and all over the world. The evil spell of Fast Fashion started to weaken, but it was not yet defeated. They continue to work to this very day.
Legend has it, if you visit their kingdom they will teach you how to help yourself and others until the spell is finally broken and we can all live happily ever after. The End ~ To Be Continued…
It is that fabulous time of year again to stock up on your favourite DMW undies at our 2 for 1 sale! When you buy 1 pair of undies, you get a second pair free!!! There is nothing better than having a new pair of undies to feel great about yourself coming up to Valentines Day!
Here is a little review of the current styles we offer;
Eco Brief – low rise, full bum brief. Made with production extras, so colours and patterns are unique to each pair.
Men’s Brief – low rise comfort fit. Made with production extras, so colours will be unique to every pair.
French Cut Lace – low rise nylon lace. Sweetheart back with a bamboo blend crotch gusset. Available in Black, White, Tangerine, Pink and Water Spirit.
Hot Shorts – low rise, boy cut, Bamboo blend fabric. Available in Black, Cobalt, Petrol, Flame, Magenta, Mocha, Flint, Cream, and Navy.
Bikini Cut – low rise, full bum coverage. Available in White, Black, Heather Grey, LT Grey Mix, Mocha, Cotton Candy, Coral, Cobalt, and Seafoam.
Lola Sheer Back – low rise, bamboo blend front and soft mesh back. Available in Cream/Cream and Cream/Coral.
Make sure you come out early to stock up because it is only while supplies last on the 11th and 12 of February!! See you all for the V-Day Weekend!
I’m continually struck by the amount of information about the fashion industry’s negative impact on the world. As an advocate of both social and environmental justice, I love working at Devil May Wear because it fits with my values. Just like any business, local retailers need the support of like-minded consumers so we can continue to provide you with the ethical and beautiful objects that keep your body, mind, and heart warm. In addition, there is peace of mind when you spend your money on items that have a positive effect on the world around you — and that’s not necessarily a common experience! Whether you care about the environment, the economy, or fashion (or all three), buying local is the way to go!
Local businesses have a lower carbon footprint, because they usually work with local producers, manufacturers, and distributers. This means fewer things are shipped across the globe, which burns a lot of fossil fuels. Local businesses can also make decisions about environmentally-friendly practices which are easier to implement on a small scale and can be devised to fit with the business’ location. At Devil May Wear, we are committed to sourcing textiles that are eco-friendly, including deadstock fabrics for our dresses, bamboo from family businesses in China, polyester made from recycled plastic, and Canadian-milled wool. We also deliver our products around the lower mainland using car-share programs and hybrid vehicles, greatly reducing our carbon footprint.
Local businesses are more likely to spend their money locally as well. According to www.bcbuylocal.com, for every $100 spent at a local business, $46 recirculates in the
community, compared with only $18 for multinational corporations. This leads to betterwages, more local jobs, and stronger communities around the local business. All of our fabulous stylists and saleswomen are locals! All of DMW’s operations take place in the Lower Mainland of BC, which means that our taxes go to improving BC services like transit, parks, and community centres. We bank with a local credit union, which in turn contributes to other local businesses, non-profits, and community groups. Your choice to buy local directly improves our whole city’s stability now and in the future!
Local retailers work hard to provide customers with the best quality goods. Here at DMW, our goal is to provide long-lasting garments that are uncompromising in fit, fashion, and
while remaining affordable. Our clothing is made from eco-friendly materials and because we are putting so much care into your garments, we want you to have a high quality item that will last for a long time! That’s why we put careful care instructions on all our garments, and we’re happy to talk with you about how to help your clothing last longer. You can feel good about yourself knowing you are supporting a local designer, and our stylists are happy to talk to you about how to show off your shape.
So this holiday season, as you’re wondering where to find the perfect scarf, necklace, or lingerie set for your loved one — remember to support local business!
A few weeks ago, Astrid and I attended the opening of the Layers of Influence Exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology. It turned out to be a sensational stimulus of inspiration for us both as it became very clear early into our wandering of the exhibition that we would leave in a sensory overload of all the amazing textiles that were displayed so beautifully!!
Here are a few photos of what we found the most inspiring and beautiful. We both highly suggest that if you have even the slightest love of history of fashion/textiles, that you attend this exhibition!
After the exhibition, we explored another part of the museum, and found many more amazing textile items from the far north and south of the world!
Christmas is going to be here before we know it and we’re here to help! Our incredible staff got creative with our gift guides with some recommendations to make gift giving easy. Come by and visit for more ideas, suggestions, tips and gift giving tricks!
If you could start a country, what would you name it and why?
Stephanie Ostler- Hyperglobalmeganet and it would go real fast.
Erin Gravelle – Freefrommoneyland, there would be no money and people who lived there would do things for the betterment of their neighbour and themselves. It’s all about love people!
Bea Edilston – CASCADIA4ever. Also political boundaries make no sense and can we just rearrange all the country borders so that people can live in their traditional lands and it’s divided by landmarks like watersheds, mountain ranges, eco-zones etc.
Carly Young – Wooltopia. Everything made out of wool. Sheep, goats, llama, yak and alpaca everywhere! It would have a theme park called Sewing machine land! Looms and spinning wheels are altars of creativity!
Amanda Lee-Rose – Yourheartsdesires. A place where people could live out their desires/creative dreams without judgement or fear of failure. Trading goods and services would be encouraged. There would be copious amounts of dance offs instead of fighting.
Astrid – Dragonheim, a self governing directly-democratic social-minded colony in the mountains where dragons and humans work together for mutual benefit
Let Us Know what kind of Country you would create!