Spring is in bloom, cherry blossoms are blowing in the wind, and bright marigolds are dotting the grounds of home gardens. Which means it’s time for a wardrobe update.
Here are some delightful ideas to update your Spring wardrobe for summertime. Key trends: colourful headbands, prints, maxi dresses, and bright or pastel colour. Just a few of our favourite things.
Blair Waldorf made the headband a must-have accessory four years ago when she debuted her dark mane on Gossip Girl. Update her signature look of yesteryear with a bejeweled or knit headband. Our pick: This headband from New York designer, Deepa Gurnani (whose headbands Blair Waldorf herself has worn on Gossip Girl), brings a jolt of colour to brighten your wardrobe for summer. Available for $55 at Ishara Boutique. [Photograph: Ishara Boutique]
Neon doesn’t need to scream cheezy motel. Instead, we love the softer iterations of neon (like the jacket above), or in the form of accessories like necklaces or bags. Our pick: What says, “summer love” better than mesh? Maybe flowers and the sun, but this light moto jacket in neon comes close. Throw over a cotton tank in coral and skinny jeans and head off to park. $68 at NastyGal.com
3. Bright colour
Summer makes us think of citrus fruits, mangos and watermelons. Translate these bright fruit colours into your wardrobe for a fresh, summer update. If you feel that a bright coloured top or jeans is too much for your all-black closet, consider adding a colourful belt, necklace or purse into the mix. Our pick: The Rebecca Minkoff Mac (above) in tangerine or neon green is a fun way to incorporate bright colour into an outfit. Available at Ishara Boutique in store (Vancouver) and online (everywhere). [Photograph: Ishara Boutique]
4. Maxi skirts and dresses
We love maxis! And we’re not talking pads either. Maxi dresses and skirts bring a certain elegance that the mini just can’t compete with. Spagetti strap and halter maxi dresses are versatile enough to take from spring to summer to fall, with simple accessories like a cardigan, blazer or leather jacket, and changing up your shoes from flats to sandals, and then boots in the fall. Our pick: The Maurie + Eve Halter dress (above) brings the maxi, thigh slit and print trend together. $190 at Ishara Boutique. [Photograph: Ishara Boutique]
5. Pastel and prints
Leave your grey shift in the closet for next winter, it’s time to invest in some pretty pastels and vibrant prints. Incorporate both trends in a bold way by picking up a new print dress or trench coat in pastel, or opt for a softer look with a pastel top or printing headband. Our pick: the pajama chic trend is still strong, and this pastel print top in silk georgette (above left) from Le Fou by Wilfred is so sexy and comfortable, and perfect paired with jeans for a drink date (mojitos!) with friends. The Anatta Blouse in Ganpi yarn print from Le Fou by Wilfred is available for $165 at Aritzia stores across North America.
Our second pick: we love this stunning, psychedelic print dress (above right) from McQ by Alexander McQueen. It’s a bit of an investment at $1135 CDN, but the strong shoulders and just above the knee-length will carry it on into fall. Available online at here.