We’re no longer leaving home or the office in complete darkness these days: the sun is back! We suggest celebrating by rocking a hot new pair of sunnies while sipping a drink on a patio. Here are our picks for this season, inspired by some of our favourite fashion icons.
Sexy Marilyn Monroe
Take a cue from Marilyn and turn heads with these classic and sexy cat eye sunnies from Tom Ford ($390), available online from Dealuxe. A little retro, a little sexy, this vintage shape is making a huge comeback. We’re into it.
Trendy Mary Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen
|Stylish sisters at Fashion Week in New York.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s style inspires blogs, Tumblrs, the paparazzi and us. Dark sunglasses are a must for the sisters, who are always photographed wearing the style of the moment. If you want to be on trend but don’t have their budget (because really, who does?), order a pair for $29.99 from StyleMint, designed by the sisters in partnership with BeachMint. Our pick? The Waverly in White.
|Lovely, and at $29.99, you can even afford to lose them.
Classic Jackie O
Oversized sunglasses are synonymous with Jackie O., as is timeless style in general. Copy Jackie’s style with a pair of oversize glasses this summer. We like the Nicole model ($125) from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow.
Posh Victoria Beckham
She wasn’t known as Posh Spice for nothing, the girl has style and is backing it up some killer pieces in her Victoria Beckham clothing and accessory lines. If you want to go all out, try these 18-karat rose gold-coated sunglasses from Victoria’s line.
|A mere $745 will allow you to wear gold on your face. Worth it? You decide.
Elegant Audrey Hepburn
|Most famous on-screen sunglasses of all time? Possibly.
Audrey Hepburn actually wasn’t wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but her Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses are close enough to be commonly mistaken for them. While Goldsmith re-released the style in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the movie, we think you’ll be able to channel Audrey in a pair of classic Wayfarers ($190), available online at Dealuxe.
See you on the patio!
It started with twinsie moments, as members of our office kept showing up in outfits adorned with stripes. Then Joe Fresh hit, New York Fashion Week began and it turned out that we were right on the trendy ball. Stripes are running rampant all over Toronto and beyond.
A dress by Victoria Beckham, NYFW F/W 2012
The style is a clean segue from the colour blocking trend. It’s suitable for both men and women, and frankly, we feel the more stripes, the better.
A jacket on the Rag & Bone runway at NYFW F/W 2012
If you are curious how to incorporate stripes into your everyday wear, we’re here to help.
1. Try a striped tee under a blazer with a mini or cigarette/skinny pants. Think leather leggings. Add an arm party ,or a ton of chunky, funky rings, and you’re set.
2. Go one step further and tuck a striped tee or sweater into a high-waisted skirt. People can be wary of stripes, especially when horizontal. Tucking the stripes in will highlight your shape.
3. For a pared-down striped look, striped flats or wedges can add pop to a neutral outfit.
They say what goes around comes around and fashion is no exception. Here is some style inspiration from some style icons. We’re not the first to love stripes of all sorts.
The return of the stripes is one trend to embrace. Combine that with a marine-inspired look (stay tuned for our next trend alert post) and you’re nautical by nature.