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Featured in the Toronto Star: Gotstyle now offers made-to-measure suits for women with curves

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Photo by Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star

One Toronto shop is on a mission to stop women’s bodies from being compared to fruit.

Melissa Austria, the owner of GotStyle, saw a gap in the market: made-to-measure suiting for women whose curves do not fit neatly into off-the-rack seams and darts.

GotStyle began life as a fashion-forward men’s boutique on lower Bathurst St., a hip empire since expanded to include a second shop at the Distillery also with women’s offerings. But up until now, the custom stuff had been guy-only.

“We had so many requests for women’s made-to-measure that we decided we had to do something,” she says. “Men, are more straightforward to fit, as the suit pattern sizes go pretty predictably up and down the grading from a standard fit model,” says Austria.

“Women, of course, have curves to dress around. And we don’t want to be labeled an apple or a pear because of that. Or compared to the ‘ideal’ classic hourglass. Or the modern myth of ‘size zero,’ perpetuated by designer sizing.”

At the lower Bathurst St. flagship of the 11-year-old local business, made-to-measure manager Konstantine Malishevski has a chic little alcove, bathed in sunlight, to measure both men and women for his custom suiting.

After 28 years in the business, the Ukrainian-born and-trained fourth-generation master tailor turned his attention to the challenge Austria threw down, and puzzled out how to solve the problem of fitting women’s suits for curves. He developed a system of 30 measurements and created patterns for nine women’s body types that correspond to celebrity inspirations instead of fruit or geometric figures. “Women have busts, curves and butts,” Malishevski says, “which cannot be catered to by simply altering a menswear pattern.”

His inspirations “role models” range from Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to Céline Dion to Adele, Ellen Page to Serena Williams: the nine shapes are paired with celebrity icons admired for their individuality and diversity of style.

After all, fruit is meant for a display bowl, inert and fungible. The perils of objectification have long been at the beating heart of feminist theory, yet the Internet — as stacks of fashion magazines before it — insists on doling out cheerful advice as to how to hide the bits seen as less desirable. “How-to” dressing guides make some fruits seem better than others.

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Photo by Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star

Malishevski keeps a deconstructed men’s suit jacket on hand to show clients (and style writers) what is under the hood, so to speak: the hand-basted versus glued lapels, the shoulder padding, the rise of an armhole, the place a shirt cuff should fall when the arm is raised.

Breasts sit at entirely different places on every woman, says Malishevki. Most women, he says, aren’t wearing the right bra in the right size, and the process of measuring chest, bust and rib cage size is woefully misunderstood and poorly practiced. “Women have three different chest measurements, whereas men have only one. Each one affects the length and the lie of the lapel.”

Also, he says, “women stand differently from men.” Thus posture is something else a made-to-measure tailor can accommodate for, as well as the difference between the waist and the “natural waist,” which affects how the back of a jacket is fitted.

The GotStyle made-to-measure service fills a niche between the extreme luxury of a bespoke suit (approximately $2,000 to $3,000, created to a completely new customized pattern and all completed on-site by hand) and made-to-measure where a tailor adjusts existing patterns and some work may be done off-site. In the case of the women’s service, Malishevski has created his own new set of base patterns, with more shapes emerging as they come into his studio.

The made-to-measure price point of GotStyle hits a sweet spot of $1,300 for a woman’s two-piece suit. Top local options in bespoke that also serve female clientele include Trend Custom Tailors at Sherbourne St. and Gerrard St. E., which does custom couture (generally meaning dresses) for women since 1972 and it now does bespoke women’s suits starting at $2,500; Isaac Ely Bespoke in North York, which has a significant business in women’s suiting starting at $1,800; and Walter Beauchamp Tailors, now located in Holt Renfrew Men, which has always done tailored items for women, with two pieces starting at $2,000.

Malishevski’s new MTM female clients are effusive in their praise. Graphic designer Rachel Ott, 48, is having her first custom jacket made.

“I’m tall — six-foot-three — and I’m plus-sized, so shopping is really hard for me and I avoid it,” she says. Off-the-rack, she says, “The waist doesn’t land where my waist is. The placement of the shoulder is off. The buttons are in the wrong place. The little darts, supposed to be above or below the breast, are in all the wrong spots.”

So she decided to splurge on a made-to-measure jacket she could dress up with a skirt or down with jeans, with a flirty little peplum. And she added in something fun, a customized lining with a skull pattern on it. “Professional on the outside, with this little hidden secret.”

They are currently at the muslin stage, as this piece is an intricate enough fit that Malishevski wanted to add in a mock-up stage to the process to get it just right. “I was nervous,” says Ott, “he takes so many measurements. And I had trouble really imagining the piece until the muslin try-on. And then there were even more little tweaks he wanted to make. I’m now really excited to see my piece. I have a fantasy that if I were really rich I’d never buy off-the-rack again.”

Another client landed in Malishevski’s hands for her wedding suit, after a series of less than satisfactory visits to menswear shops around town.

“I’m typically more comfortable in what society deems as male clothing,” says Jodi McGeown, who married her wife this past September in a custom pant, vest and shirt ensemble by Malishevski. “Even just the looks from people working and shopping in those other spots, it wasn’t a comfortable experience on so many levels, which was a great frustration.”

At GotStyle, “Konstantine was a delight to work with. He made it so easy, in that comfortable little space he has carved out. We expressed what we generally wanted in terms of colour and possible style. He began showing us different colours and patterns and words I’ve just learned.”

But the real revelation was in wearing something that fit so well, she says. “Something made exactly for me, it was surprising how well it felt and how good it looked.” Malishevski worked with the wedding colour scheme, right down to McGeown’s purple bow tie. “We are a pretty matchy couple,” she says. “The guys matched with me, and my wife’s wedding party, and it all flowed with the theme down to the parting gifts. Konstantine has a real skill in reading people.”

The main difference between men and women under his measuring tapes, says Malishevski, comes down to perception. “Men look in the mirror and they see the suit and how it fits. Women are looking at their own insecurities: does the skirt make my butt look fat, or does the jacket make my breasts look big. It’s a very different psychology, getting women to look at how a garment fits without layering in all those preconceived notions about who they are, and what it says about them.”

By putting the fruit back in the bowl, and instead focusing on proper fit, Austria and Malishevski are working to change women’s minds, one lapel at a time.

GotStyle’s celebrity body patterns for women’s

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Céline Dion (5’7, 117 lbs.) — narrow, slender, boxy figure

Malishevski says he would “Tailor to give her a waist,” meaning a more pronounced shoulder that comes down narrow from the top of the jacket to the waist. He would “lower the button position to open up the chest, and make the jacket slightly short and flared at the seat.”

Serena Williams (5’9, 154 lbs.) — athletic, shapely, tall

For Williams, he would keep the shoulder natural (no pad), and focus on an ‘expressive waist,’ with a double or single-breasted jacket of standard length.

Sophie Trudeau (5’5”) — broad, curvy, soft

For Trudeau, “a double breasted jacket would be best, with regular shoulder (with padding). Malishevski would lengthen the jacket by 3 inches to cover the seat.

Mindy Kaling (5’5”, 165 lbs.) — curvy, soft, short, natural shoulder

Malishevsi suggests a one-button jacket in a shorter cut to create a shorter torso and more open chest in the jacket. He would drop the button lower.

Michelle Obama (5’11”, 170 lbs.) — tall, curvy, toned

For the former First Lady, Malishevski would prescribe a more pronounced, “expressive” shoulder (achieved with more padding), and a two-button jacket of a longer length to create more torso area. He would finish with a large cutaway at the front of the jacket.

Melissa McCarthy (5’2”, 245 lbs.) — short, shapely, full-figured

The American funny lady would get a regular-length jacket, but Malishevski would lower the button position and finish with a soft shoulder (which means a small amount of padding). To avoid boxiness, he would also add a wide cutaway at the front.

Ellen Page (5’1”, 106 lbs.) — thin, petite, narrow figure

For the Canadian actress’s shape, Malishevski would offer a double-breasted jacket with wide peaks to make the shoulders appear bigger. The jacket would be regular length, with a very tailored “pinched” waist.

Adele (5’9”, 181 lbs.) — short torso, tall, large frame

The British chanteuse, notes Malishevski, does not generally wear a jacket, but he suggests someone with her curves try a three-quarter length, double-breasted jacket that lands lower than the hips. The shoulder would be left normal, but the buttonhole dropped for a longer chest opening to elongate the torso.

Kim Kardashian (5’2”, 124 lbs.) — short, voluptuous, narrow waist

Kardashian-West has what Malishevski considers the most challenging body type to tailor. Her aggressive curvature means a large difference between chest, waist and set. Thus he says, the jacket needs to be tailored to go in at the waist, and then out: the whole bottom of the jacket needs to be a separate piece to play with the curves.


See the full article on the Toronto Star website // Visit Gotstyle Custom for more information

Our list of the best celebrity style over 40.

These guys are proof that being 40+ doesn’t mean you can’t have great style! Here are their secrets to looking stylish after 40.


Patrick Dempsey – Age 51

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Stick to what you know, you can tell that a great pair of pants and a great pair of boots is key for Patrick’s look.  Try the: Buckson Slacks and this Geox Chelsea Boot.

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Daniel Craig is a classic man. He works essential menswear pieces, like the brown shoe and true blue denim into his look for clean and easy outfits.

For more on essential menswear pieces watch this video.

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Robert Downey JR – 51

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Robert Downey has fun and that’s what we love about him. For his look try incorporating one punchy item. It shows you’re confident, and at 51 you better be.

Ryan Reynolds – 40

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Ryan is definitely not a suit and tie guy, he wears jeans and is almost always wearing a great outerwear piece.

If you’re a t-shirt guy, invest in jackets to pull everything together. For Ryan approved denim try the Lean Dean by Nudie.

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Sting – 65 years

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After 50+ years you’ve developed your signature style. Sting, a clear lover of silver, knits, tight jeans and skinny scarves.

Try This: If you like Sting’s style try brands like John Varvatos. The brand is worn by almost every artist from your youth, with tight– but not ball-crushingly tight, jeans.

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Idris Elba – 44

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If you’re the kind of guy who has always loved fashion you don’t have to lose it because you’re getting older. The secret is to stay in great shape, invest in quality fashion pieces. You’ve gotta avoid fast fashion like Zara altogether.

We like Hardy Amies for luxe overcoats and Paradigma for funky, well made shoes.

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Who do you think has best celebrity style over 40? Did we miss anyone? Follow @shopgotstyle on Instagram for daily style inspiration.

Mens Light Weight Jackets 35+

February 14, 2017

When shopping for men’s lightweight jackets look for one that is not too puffy (like your Canada Goose), and not like your overcoat.

Need a lightweight jacket for when the weather is hovering around  -1 and +5? A jacket that will keep you warm but not overheated when you’re indoors.  You also don’t want to look silly wearing a Canada Goose jacket in above 0 weather. Here are some men’s lightweight jacket options we like for right now (in Toronto).

The Dirlon Coat

For a sharp accompaniment to your outfit whatever the occasion, choose the Dirlon coat from Van Gils. Deftly tailored, the brushed fine herringbone design is the epitome of refinement. Fitted with smart lapels, the blind closing results in a polished finish.

Wear this over a suit or with your work wear.

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Shop the Dirlon Light Weight Overcoat Here.

The Devon Blazer

Successfully bridging style and practicality, this Devon jacket from Van Gils is ideal for off-duty dressing. Designed with a water-repellent finish, this short style closes with 2 buttons and has been made in a flattering tailored fit. Fitted with a notch lapel, it features 2 patch pockets and a chest pocket for added convenience. A versatile piece, it is perfect for layering over both smart and casual looks.

Great for weekends or work (without a suit) and flying.

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Shop The Devon Patch Blazer  Here.

Watch how our stylist Mallory styled these two jackets IRL (in real life). For outfit details and sizing chat with us.

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Shop these jackets on our online store or visit us in store. Follow @shopgotstyle on Instagram for more style tips. 


If you don’t wear a white dress shirt everyday you might want to start after reading this.

Ever wonder why Don Draper kept a drawer full of them?  (among other reasons) they’re essential. With so many to choose from, and ways to wear them we’ve summed up 10 reasons you need more.

Shop Our Selection Here

10. They’re ageless.

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9. They always let your accessories shine.

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8. When perfectly fitted and pressed, you won’t be needing accessories.

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7. They always look great with a simple tie and leather jacket.

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6. They look great with those red pants you never wear and a brown moto leather jacket.

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5. They’re the perfect partner in crime for hot summer weddings.

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4. They’ll work as an unexpected inner fall layer.

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3. Add length under a cropped bomber jacket.

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2. They can look less preppy too. Tucked in and buttoned aaaaaall the way up.

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1. They will give you shape under those oversized bomber jackets but not hurt ya street cred.

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…and they’re on sale! Shop GOTSTYLE french cuff, basic cuff, and tuxedo shirts in store or online during our white dress shirt sale.


Follow @shopgotstyle on Instagram for more Gotstyle.

Tonic Blooms is a Toronto florist we really like.

We polled the office and while many of us “don’t want anything” for valentines day, we still expect something. Human Nature, am-i-right?

BUT wait. Don’t rush to your local grocery store for 12 dozen roses and a plush teddy bear just yet. Those grab and go floral arrangements look last minute, they’re not fresh, and they come in plastic. Your S/O will appreciate the effort of using a local florist.

Tonic Blooms is a Toronto based company. They’re fairly new but already changing the way we think about flower delivery.

Valentines Day arrangements come wrapped in their signature denim (a vase option is also available) and are bundled with Squish candies, Chocolates  by Brandon Olsen or CXBO (Hand made in Toronto), or body balm by Toronto’s The Chic Canuck.

Their arrangements are well priced and tiered, ensuring an arrangement for any budget. Their blooms are delivered on demand at no extra cost, and shipping is always free.

Valentines Day Packages: The XO, The Bella, The Rosie

Valentines Day Packages: The XO, The Bella, The Rosie

The whole package is Instagram heaven, and you’ll be the one to thank.


 Get 10% off with the code GOTBLOOMS.

This code expires Feb 11/17


About Tonic Blooms

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Follow @TonicBlooms on Instagram

We founded Tonic Blooms with the simple goal of
bringing joyfulness back to sending flowers.

Although sending flowers has been around since as long as we can remember, whenever we needed flowers delivered, and fast, we were consistently disappointed and often frustrated. We felt that the entire gifting experience was broken, which was a shame since sending and receiving flowers should be nothing but sunshine and lollipops.

By rethinking the flower delivery business model and launching Tonic Blooms, we are devoting all our energy to ensure that those who send and those who receive Tonic Blooms are delighted from start to finish.

We start with selecting locally sourced blooms of the highest quality and freshness, so that your Tonic Blooms last as long as they should. Then, we curate and offer a selection of seasonal designs that are sure to impress and delight.

What you see is what we send.

We offer what you want, when you want it, at a price that can’t be beat. That’s why Tonic Blooms are delivered on demand at no extra cost. Two-hour delivery is free within their on-demand zone, and same-day shipping in the rest of the GTA is available for an additional fee.

Order your blooms today.