By Diana Condolo
You have to hand it to Fresh Collective for creating a fabulous shopping experience! I’ve been to all three of their beautifully curated Toronto boutiques that carry fashions from independent Canadian designers. Each store has a fantastic collection which enables the building of a versatile wardrobe with clothes that are designed for a woman’s body. If you’re a woman who is always on the go and looking for casual or professional clothes that work for your life and body type, then Fresh Collective is for you.
I’ve always noted that Fresh Collective has very friendly staff and Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective, tells me they are hired for their very social personalities. The people who work here want to interact with you and have fun with your shopping, but are happy to leave you on your own, if that’s what you need. True to experience, I was greeted cheerfully by Sarah at the Roncy store. We chatted pleasantly as she pulled out clothes that she thought would look good on me. Some clothing looks so much better on a person than on the hanger and it is sooooo helpful to have someone in the know give you tips.
I enjoy playing with clothes and I love having versatile pieces that I can mix. I always keep an eye out for something that works with pieces I already have – so I visited the store wearing a skirt that I bought at Fresh Collective some time ago in the hopes that I could find a suitable top. With all the beautiful jewel colours in the skirt, it isn’t an issue finding something that works well with it. Sarah found several tops that complement the skirt and also look good on me in colours that I LOVE!
This Chameleon shirt fits tight on top and widens on the bottom which is quite flattering – it’s forgiving of the figure or can give the illusion of curves on a slight figure. Made of 95% Rayon Bamboo and 5% Spandex, it caresses the skin…so lovely and soft.
I already saw two tops that I liked and I thought this one would work well in many ways. Could I really limit myself to one new top?
I really have to emphasize how comfortable the clothes are. If you’ve seen my style profile, you’ve seen that I’m very active. I even tend to my workplace garden during lunch and I want to be able to do that in my office wear…and I do!
This head-turning print dress with a round neck collar on one side and tip of the other is reversible. Seriously?! Yes, reversible! This dress has a bamboo contrasting band at the bottom of the skirt, collar and waist. It is a two-for-one deal. Looks great worn either way.
Fascinated by this designer, I found out that Cherry Bobin is a Quebec company that specializes in comfortable ready-to-wear for women, mainly made of high-quality eco fabrics.
Seeing so many beautiful dresses at Fresh Collective was fabulous and I knew it was time to get a new dress. I had to try on this printed dress with contrasting sleeves reminiscent of a bolero. This dress also focuses on comfort with a delicate feminine touch.
Style Coach Elf Sarah guided me through choices that looked like very nice possibilities for my wardrobe.
With so many great choices, it was hard to narrow my purchases down to a few. I left that day with the Robe Boléro and the Chameleon shirt. I’m thinking madly about the reversible Robe Audrey.
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The experience at Fresh Collective is exceptionally inspiring. Because the items are one- (or very few) of-a-kind, the selection is different each time you go in, you’ll find it worthwhile to make frequent trips. This is THE place to visit for wardrobe building; finding those unique pieces that you’ll LOVE that will last you through various seasons, events and situations.