1. COLOUR BLOCK
Colour Block Knit Top, $79 at United Colors of Benetton
Thanks to Prada and Jil Sander, everyone is going colour crazy this spring. As expected, United Colours of Benetton is always colour-crazy! Instead of a boring old tee, opt for a fun and cheerful one. It is spring, afterall.
2. OVERSIZED CLUTCH
Urban Expressions Faux Ostrich Clutch, $19.99 at Winners
In the spring and summer, try and keep it light. There is no need to lug a giant handbag on your nights out on the town. An oversized clutch can still fit all our things and fit neatly in our hand. This dark teal faux ostrich one from Winners just demands warm weather!
3. TRIBAL MAXI
RACHEL Rachel Roy Maxi, $129 at The Bay
The summer maxi is always a must and this season it is getting a tribal treatment. Think early 70s with this gorgeous Rachel Roy number. Notice the leather straps? It’s one stellar dress! A true steal.
4. TEXTURE PUMP
BCBG ‘Brenna’ Pump, $234 at BCBG
Shoes are getting a major texture treatment this season (wood, cork, rope, animal) and this one has two: the snake and the perforation. Also, the sculptural shape of the heel further separates it from being a regular old pump. It’s bound to get attention anywhere it goes!
5. FLOPPY HAT
Wicker Hat, $24.50 at American Eagle Outfitters
Big floppy hats are in trend every summer. Not only are they stylish, but they protect us from the sun. Whether strolling the city or heading out to the beach, this hat would compliment almost any casual summer outfit.
6. THE SUMMER SWEATER
Left On Houston Open Knit Sweater, $130 at Moule
Most of us have packed away our winter sweaters by now, but still yearn for something soft and cozy. An open knit sweater is a great light alternative. It can be worn over tank tops with jeans or shorts or over your favourite summer dress. Very casual and chic!
7. SLIM JEAN (MEN’S)
GAP Skinny Jeans, $69.50 at GAP
Most men are still pretty hesitant to embrace the slim jean. No worries: GAP’s version is slim but not unnervingly so. And they come in array of washes and colours, from indigo, steel, pale blue, off-white and, a definite spring favourite, mustard. It looks smart and polished, so start embracing them.
Sarah Bancroft, VitaminDaily.com for Park Royal
Sarah Bancroft is one of Western Canada’s foremost trend experts on matters of style and shopping. She has appeared on programs such as Canada’s Next Top Model and Fashion File, and was previously the western editor of FASHION Magazine before co-founding VitaminDaily.com. Follow her sartorial musings at www.twitter.com/sarah__bancroft.