Toronto Style Radar: pool parties, costume contests, summer sales and more

Every week, we round up the best events from the city’s fashion scene. This edition includes a pool party, a costume contest and a summer sale (with complimentary cocktails).

Three Years of Style at the Thompson Hotel Rooftop

Where: Thompson Hotel rooftop lounge, 550 Wellington St. W.
When: Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
Details: three of the city’s top style blogs are coming together on top of the Thompson Hotel to celebrate three years of style. Cheers to them, and for your chance to win some of the $1,200 in prize giveaways from Roots, eLUXE, Danier Leather and more. The three best-dressed ladies (and one best dressed gentlemen) will also be awarded with prizes, so dress to impress!

Get Fresh Sale

Where: Lavish & Squalor
When: Aug. 8, 6-9 p.m.
Details: what's better than a summer sale? A summer sale party that involves 50 per cent off summer wear, 20 per cent off new fall items AND complimentary cocktails. If only every happy hour was this good.

Walk-In Closet with Rachel Hale

Where: Miracle Thieves, 249 Crawford St.
When: Aug. 9-12
Details: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure — and this is most certainly true when your stylish friends decide to clear out their closets. Toronto it-girl and style maven Rachel Hale is opening up the doors of her closet (via Miracle Thieves) so that everyone can get in on the hunt.

90s Party $100 Costume Contest

Where: The Annex WreckRoom, 794 Bathurst St.
When: Friday, August 10, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Details: if, to you, Halloween can’t come soon enough, here’s your chance live it up a lot sooner. Hopefully, you just so happen to have nostalgia for the ’90s. This Friday, bust out your best scrunchies, plaid shirts and neon anything for your chance to win best costume at this monthly ’90s party.

Birdbath | 05

Where: Polson Pier, 11 Polson St.
When: Aug. 11, 2-8 p.m.
Details: is the scene at your condo pool a little lackluster? Fear not, the Birdbath is here. Enjoy a Saturday pool party that involves DJs, snacks, drinks, ping-pong, pool tables, massages and loads more poolside fun. And if you really feel like going all out, you can rent a day bed or booth to impress the bikini babes.

Chop Up Shop

Where: 109 Ossington Ave.
When: August 11, 3-9 p.m.
Details: sometimes shopping is made easier by simply buying things from those who have better taste than you. The Chop Up Shop is a market where you can pick through some of the city’s most creative closets and living rooms. While doing so, enjoy food provided by Shinaki-Co and music by Sean Brown.

Gracie Carroll is a Toronto-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in ELLE UK,, Plaid magazine and FILLER magazine. Keep up with her daily blog at

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