Dress, Winners.


Rock and frock

This Saturday, local fashion line Damzels — known for their flirty frocks — and indie music label Six Shooter Records are co-hosting a funky backyard BBQ to celebrate summer and the NXNE music festival. Expect an informal fashion show at 2 p.m., live bands from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., plus yummy edibles and a cash bar.

WHEN: Sat., June 9, 1 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: DollFactory By Damzels, 1122 Queen St. E. (between Pape and Jones)

INFO: or call 416-598-0509.

Giant Tiger

For hardcore frugalistas it’s worth the trek to Scarborough (682 Kennedy Rd.) or Mississauga (3200 Erin Mills Parkway) to check out bargain hub Giant Tiger, FF had heard legendary tales of this discount clothing and housewares source, but the reality was even better.

Indeed, style savvy shoppers must comb through piles of fashion crimes, but there are dizzying deals on very cute garments — especially tops (most $3 to $14), on-trend sundresses and bathing suits (under $15), beach towels ($2), cheapie gardening supplies, shrugs ($5), as well as hair accessories, discounted quality baby wear (onesies, bibs, booties), fab shoes (most under $15) including $6 faux-Crocs ($6) and metallic ballet flats ($14).

Though the store carries juniors through plus-sizes, the cuts are a bit small, so opt for a size bigger than you normally wear.

Droves of dresses

It’s definitely time to invest in a dress or two, and so many styles and patterns are yours for a song this season at Winners. Many of these lovelies are priced under $30, so there’s really no excuse not to treat yourself to a spunky tunic, halter, babydoll sundress or even a full-length boho goddess gown. Visit for a sneak peek.

Shop at home

Everyone loves to shop for new pieces each season, but it’s also fun and frugal to reinvent old faves from past seasons. Comb through your closet for a skirt that needs tweaking — the most versatile styles have elastic or drawstring waists — then try it on as a top. Many skirts look as good or better reborn as babydoll or empire-waist tops. If your skirt looks too poofy, just tie on a silk scarf, wide ribbon or belt right under your bust or around your waist. Another option is T-shirt surgery: Turn an over-sized concert tee into a halter. For inspiration, flip through how-to books or visit the tutorial section at