When you're little, it's all about dressing for fun. It's about your favourite colour and rocking it from your headband to your socks. And it's about sparkle. It is definitely about the sparkle. Suddenly you grow up, and before you know it, you catch yourself saying words like 'practical' and 'sturdy'. Ugh.
With summer right around the corner, it's time to get back in touch with your inner kid. It's time to shop with nothing but joy in mind. It's time to recapture some of those carefree feels of your youth. And of course it's about buying new shoes not because you need them but because you NEEEEED them. Read on for 15 super fun finds to help get your summer off to a fresh start. Happy shopping!
STYLIST TIP | Classic cardis and basic hoodies get the job done, but why settle for basic when you can be a layering rockstar? For early mornings, cool evenings or any random days when the weather isn't on your side, this star-emblazoned denim jacket will add just the right amount of star power to any outfit. If you're looking for something even more attention-grabbing, look for a bomber or jean jacket with fun patches or simply add your own.
OUR PICK | Star Sleeve Jean Jacket, $71, American Eagle
STYLIST TIP | Sunglasses don't have to be so serious! Have some fun and opt for pink over your go-to black to show you're totes ready for summer. In other words, put those rose-coloured glasses on and party on ;)
STYLIST TIP | Live in your button-ups? Whether you're 25 or 65, you'll love what a tiny embroidered palm-tree print can do for your shirt game. We'd wear this beauty with everything from a navy suit at work to jean shorts or white jeans on the weekend. We'd even rock it over our bathing suit poolside to put all of those other cover-ups to shame.
STYLIST TIP | You've been told your whole life that horizontal stripes are a bad idea, right? Ok, time to forget all of that. Seriously, you need this fun dress in your life, if only because it's so much more fun than the black one you always wear. Add white sneakers, tie a sweater or denim shirt around your waist to help break up the lines (great tip - try it) and you'll be ready for any patio you stumble across this summer.
OUR PICK | Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $54.90, Reitmans
STYLIST TIP | Looking to update your Stan Smiths or Superstars? This season is all about the bow sneaker - as wearable as your other white kicks, only now with a pretty, feminine detail. You'll be able to wear these with literally everything you own this summer.
OUR PICK | Leather Bow Sneakers, $85, ALDO
STYLIST TIP | Desperate for a vacay? Dying for a taste of the tropical? Try these leaf stud earrings on and you'll be in a summer state of mind in no time. These pair particularly well with a little white dress and a mojito by the way.
OUR PICK | Tropical Leaf Stud Earrings, $12, ALDO
STYLIST TIP | This beauty might be solid white but its lace and crochet details make it extra interesting. Add a pair of statement earrings or long fringed pendant and easy metallic sandals for a look you'll live in this summer.
OUR PICK | Kismet Crochet Lace Dress, $69, Bootlegger
STYLIST TIP | From the market to the playa, a straw bag is so necessary this time of year. While classic woven totes are always in style, we're especially smitten with the bright fringed and pom-pom versions in stores now, including this multi-coloured stunner from Vince Camuto.
OUR PICK | Vince Camuto Straw Tote, $128, Hudson's Bay
STYLIST TIP | Say what you will about Jessica Simpson but girl makes a killer bather, non? This scalloped version comes in pink, white or green and is just as cute as any 'kini.
STYLIST TIP | Summer is the perfect time to get your pom-pom on and we can't think of a better way than with this fun fiesta top. Pair it with white or blue jeans, lace-up sandals and a smile.
OUR PICK | Highline Collective Pom-Pom Cold Shoulder Top, $69, Hudson's Bay
STYLIST TIP | I've said it before and I'll say it again: now is the perfect time to swap out your skinnies for wide-leg jeans. These cropped jeans are the perfect way to ease your way into summer. Simply add a cute tank or cold-shoulder shirt and block heel sandals and your weekend wardrobe game will reap the benefits.
STYLIST TIP | Look at any of your favourite style-setters and you'll see a common theme: whimsy. Since you probably (thankfully) missed that era where people skateboarded with actual boomboxes on their shoulders (seriously), you'll be happy to know that it's not too late to get in on the action, hands-free. This boombox crossbody is so super fun that you just have to have it. Your black jeans and white tee uniform will never be the same.
OUR PICK | Boombox Crossbody, $60, ALDO
STYLIST TIP | Looking to switch up your 9-to-5 style for the summer? This botanical print suit (aka The Power Suit 2.0) is fun enough to wear for drinks after work yet still profesh enough for the office. Um, and did we mention it's as comfy as wearing your jammies all day? Win-win.
STYLIST TIP | These furry little sandals are like having cute little stuffed animals stuck to your feet, in the most stylish way of course. Imagine them on a night out with your squad with a black tank and waxed black jeans. Imagine them at a wedding. Imagine them with your silk robe, charcoal face mask a glass of pinot and Netflix because this is my fantasy and in my fantasy I'm wearing these around my house instead of slippers. Need. Okay, don't really need but waaaant.
OUR PICK | Furry Ankle-Strap Sandals, $95, ALDO