If you told an American you were putting on your “toque”, they’d probably give you a mighty confused raised eyebrow.

Well, we’d kind of like to keep it that way. Since Toronto Fashion Week begins this week, we wanted to give a nod to some of the iconic fashion items we have so lovingly kept distinctly Canadian.

From toques to the Roots sweaters, Canada has truly earned its unique place in the world of fashion. We hate to admit that sometimes our European friends often overshadow us but we have certainly made our mark with at least 10 iconic clothing and accessories straight from the Great White North.

You may own a piece or two so we encourage you to style it with your favourite designer pieces if you plan on attending one of the many exciting runway shows during Toronto Fashion Week. Tweet us your iconic Canadian pieces at @HuffPostCaStyle.

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  • Canadian Olympic Mittens

  • The Toque

  • Plaid

  • Lululemon Pants

  • Moccasins

  • Mukluks

  • Canada Goose Parka

  • The Bay + Smythe Blanket Coat

  • Roots Sweater

  • Roots Leather Backpack

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  • Capes

    A model walks the runway at the Valentino Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 5, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

  • Academically-Inspired

    A model walks the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger Women's Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on February 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

  • Over-The-Thigh Boots

    Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during 'The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour' at the Barclays Center on August 3, 2013 in New York, New York. Beyonce wears a blue dress and boots by Pucci and hosiery by Capezio. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)

  • ‘60s Mod

    A model walks during the Temperley London’s RTW collection.

  • Pleated Skirts

    A model walks the runway at the Calvin Klein Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 14, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

  • Hats

    A model walks the runway at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 7, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

  • Menswear Fabrics

    Model Erin Wasson walks the runway during Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)

  • Emerald Green

    Actress Sofia Vergara attends 2013 CFDA FASHION AWARDS underwritten by Swarovski at Lincoln Center on June 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Swarovski)

  • Oversized Coats

    A model walks the runway at the Michael Kors Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

  • Leather

    A model walks the runway during the Mulberry Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2013-2014 show as part of the London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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  • Amber Heard

    Amber Heard arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Amanda Seyfried

    Amanda Seyfried sighted leaving her hotel in London on August 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/FilmMagic)

  • Shaun Robinson

    TV personality Shaun Robinson attends LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER Los Angeles premiere, hosted by TWC, Budweiser and FIJI Water, Purity Vodka and Stack Wines, held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TWC)

  • Bella Thorne

    Actress Bella Thorne attends the premiere of Screen Gems & Constantin Films' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on August 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

  • Kimbra

    Recording artist Kimbra attends the 1st Annual Founders Party for the Invisible Children's 4th Estate Leadership Summit at Royce Hall, UCLA on August 10, 2013 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

  • Christina Hendricks

    Actress Christina Hendricks of 'The Pirate Fairy' attends 'Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios' presentation at Disney's D23 Expo held at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

  • Rochelle Humes

    Rochelle Humes seen shopping at Lipsy on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)

  • Tiya Sircar

    Actress Tiya Sircar attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences's Sneak Preview Screening Of 'Short Term 12' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on August 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

  • Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery, a cast member in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," poses at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

  • Lily Collins

    Actress Lily Collins attends Apple Store Soho Presents: Meet The Filmmakers - 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' at Apple Store Soho on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

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  • Selena Gomez

    Actress-singer Selena Gomez attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Miley Cyrus

    Singer/Actress Miley Cyrus, winner of Choice Summer Song for We Cant Stop, Choice Female TV Scene Stealer for The Big Bang Theory , and Candies Fashion Trendsetter Award attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Lily Collins

    Lily Collins attends Lily Collins Seventeen Magazine September Cover Issue Celebration at Barnes & Noble Union Square on August 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

  • Abigail Breslin

    Actress Abigail Breslin attends Variety's Power of Youth presented by Hasbro, Inc. and generationOn at Universal Studios Backlot on July 27, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)

  • Zosia Mamet

    Zosia Mamet attends The Hollywood Reporter & Samsung with The Cinema Society screening of A24's 'The Spectacular Now' at The Crow's Nest on July 26, 2013 in Montauk, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)

  • Amber Rose

    Amber Rose arrives for the 2013 BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California June 30, 2013. The awards ceremony recognize Americans in music, movies, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ke$ha

    Singer Ke$ha arrives at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Hotel Des Invalides on July 1, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Ginnifer Goodwin

    Actress Ginnifer Goodwin attends Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Celebration at FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in San Diego. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Entertainment Weekly/AP Images)

  • Lady Gaga

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  • Diane von Furstenberg

    The Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Diane von Furstenberg

    The Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Diane von Furstenberg

    The Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Kenneth Cole

    Models walk the runway at the presentation of the Kenneth Cole Fall 2013 fashion collection during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Kenneth Cole

    A model walks the runway at the presentation of the Kenneth Cole Fall 2013 fashion collection during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Kenneth Cole

    A model walks the runway at the presentation of the Kenneth Cole Fall 2013 fashion collection during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Tracy Reese

    The Tracy Reese Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)

The Toque

It keeps you toasty warm and is equally stylish. The toque, known to Americans as a “beanie” is a knitted winter hat that comes in endless styles, colours and embellishments.

Even celebs such as Justin Bieber have been known to embrace their Canadian roots by sporting a toque or two. But Canadian celebrities aren’t the only ones who love some good toque action. British model Cara Delevingne has become the patron saint of toques, wearing one almost everyday of her life.

Roots Leather Backpack

We’re really glad backpacks are back in vogue so we can go out and pick up another iconic Canadian accessory, the Roots leather backpack. The high quality, 100 per cent leather backpack has been part of Canada’s fashion history for as long as we can remember (it’s made entirely in Canada too) and we can’t think of a better way to support a brand so near and dear to our hearts.

Roots Crew Sweatshirt (The One With The Beaver On It)

We remember wanting a Roots sweater so bad it hurt. It was the ultimate in cool and guess what? It still is! The classic Roots staple with the beaver icon will forever endure in Canada’s fashion consciousness. It’s one piece we’ll be able to hand down happily to the next generation without a sneer and a big “ew” from our children.

Hey, Rihanna wore it and she’s the ultimate in cool.

The Hudson Bay + Smythe Blanket Coat

“The O.C.” actress Rachel Bilson and Canadian fashion icon, Jeanne Beker wore it, therefore, the Bay’s blanket coat, designed by Canadian label Smythe, is iconic. The feminine silhouette paired with the Bay’s classic stripes make this coat a memorable and enduring piece for all closets.

Canadian Olympic Mittens

The Canadian Olympic team’s signature red mittens are always a hot commodity. The latest edition of the mitts for 2014 was just revealed, featuring a white maple leaf in the palm and a big declaration of Canadian pride with the word “CAN” on the other side.

The ever-popular red mittens, which debuted in 2010, even spawned a column in The Vancouver Sun aptly titled, “The Red Mitten Diary,” which featured various important people and celebs wearing the mittens. Look! It’s NBC’s Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer showing some love to Canada with their red mitts.

Canada Goose Parka

The Canada Goose parka made a huge splash in Canada and the U.S right off the bat. (Maybe it was because it looked so darn good on dreamy actor Paul Walker in his movie, “Eight Below.")

As a result, we can now legitimately place the Canada Goose parka in Canadian fashion icon territory. It’s been featured on an almost nude Kate Upton for the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition and a wealth of celebrities like Blake Lively, Emma Stone and her boyfriend Andrew Garfield have flocked to wear the Canadian export.

Mukluks

When you see mukluks, it’s hard not to immediately think: Canada. The iconic boot was recently given as a gift to one celebrity who doesn’t even know he’s a celebrity yet, Kate Middleton's son Prince George.

The mukluk boot, traditionally made from hide by the First Nations community, is designed for warmth and flexibility which are key features for braving cold Canadian winters.

Moccasins

Similar in style to mukluks, moccasins were traditionally made of tanned leather by the indigenous people of North America.

Although moccasins didn’t originate strictly in Canada, it’s another item that is strongly associated with our history. We’re happy to see the moccasin is alive and well, having been reincarnated into modern versions and sold in many of our favourite stores.

Plaid/Tartan

Plaid is probably one of the biggest trends on the runway this fall but its roots are kind of murky, having strong ties in Canada, Scotland and America.

Regardless of where plaid was born, the popular criss-cross pattern somehow became strongly associated with Canadiana. In fact, there are a whole bunch of registered Canadian tartan/plaid patterns.

Pop your head into any store and you’ll see that there’s definitely no shortage of plaid shirts kicking around. So, we encourage you to sport your plaid/tartan duds this fall for that unmistakable Canadian je ne sais quoi.

Lululemon Yoga Pants

Okay, perhaps Lululemon’s form fitting yoga pants haven’t quite reached icon status but we just couldn’t leave the Canuck company off the list.

The Vancouver-based yoga empire has virtually taken over the world when it comes to yoga attire. Although the comfy (but sheer) Luon pants have recently been recalled, we’re confident this won’t stop our Canadian juggernaut from hugging more hips all over the world.

We don’t suggest wearing yoga pants to Toronto Fashion Week events but kudos to you if you can make them look runway worthy. Let the challenge begin!

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