1. THE BRIGHT BAG
Valentina Leather Bucket Bag, $80 at Winners
This season, there is a strong emphasis on bright colours. Having a sunny bag is a great way to give it a kick start. This Valentina soft Italian leather bucket bag from Winners is a steal for only $80! It also comes in red and green.
2. CLASSIC TRENCH COAT
Double-Breasted Trench Coat, $159.99 at United Colors of Benetton
Always in trend, a double-breasted trench coat is a must for spring. While any colour is great, one can’t go wrong with classic tan. It can be worn with pretty much anything and one will always look extremely polished in it.
3. WRAP DRESS
Watercolour Wrap Dress, $160 at Banana Republic
As the weather gets hotter and hotter, there is nothing quite as comfortable and breezy as a wrap dress. Banana Republic is known for their great and affordable dresses, and this one is right on trend with the watercolour floral print. Perfect for the office when paired with a blazer or a cardigan, or in the evening on its own (with very high heels, of course).
4. THE WEDGE
Nine West Vintage America ‘Jolyn’ Wedge, $130 at Nine West
For once, the hottest shoe of the season is not a painful 5” stiletto but something we can actually wear pain-free: the wedge. Whether it’s rubber, wood, cork or espadrilles, you will see the wedge everywhere. Nine West has a great selection, but this vintage-inspired peep-toe wedge takes the cake for versatility. Wear it with, well, anything!
5. THE SAILOR
Stripe Blazer, $49.95 at H&M
Sailor chic is in every single spring. It’s a classic look: think Brigitte Bardot frolicking somewhere in the French Riviera. Pair with a solid maxi dress, a simple t-shirt and shorts or trousers. If you can, add a little scarf to the mix (in case it gets windy on the boat).
6. THE TROUSER JEAN
Trouser Jeans, $89.50 at GAP
Wide-leg jeans are finally enjoying a comeback after years of the skinny style. Do I hear a sign of relief? They are actually really versatile and can be worn with a pretty silk blouse for a dressier look or with a t-shirt or a tank if you want to look more casual. One thing is for sure: they look their best when worn with heels (even just 2” ones).
7. THE ANORAK (MEN’S)
Chambray Anorak, $59.95 at H&M
Spring usually means that most men revert to their old faithful hoodie. Well, it’s time to ditch the boring and ubiquitous, and get a bit more sophisticated with a light anorak. This chambray one from H&M is just perfect for the put-together-yet-casual look. Wear with jeans (yes, denim on denim is okay), chinos or, later in the summer, shorts.
Anya Georgijevic, VitaminDaily.com for Park Royal
Anya Georgijevic is the resident jewellery aficionado of the group. A couple of decades of a serious fashion obsession and a very overstuffed closet led her to found her much loved blog, I'm the It Girl. She is also a contributing writer for The Block magazine. Her favourite pastime is enjoying long walks on the Vancouver seawall with her dog Bun.