‘Grace: A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington
‘How to Dress for Success’ by Edith Head
‘The Little Dictionary of Fashion: a Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman’
by Christian Dior
‘The Glass of Fashion’ by Cecil Beaton
‘D.V.’ by Diana Vreeland
‘Elsa Schiaparelli: a Biography’ by Meryle Secrest
‘A.L.T’ by Andre Leon Talley
‘The Glitter Plan’
by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, Booth Moore
‘In My Shoes’ by Tamara Mellon
‘The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever’
by Teri Agins
‘It’ by Alexa Chung
‘Parisian Chic: a Style Guide’ by Ines de la Fressange
‘The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Glamorous Woman’
by Karen Karbo
‘Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & and Everything Glamour ‘
by Rachel Zoe
‘Front Row: The Cool Life and Hot Times of Vogue’s Editor in Chief’
by Jerry Oppenheimer
‘The Sartorialist’ by Scott Schuman
Since this spring weather is getting MUCH nicer *hello, 30 degrees (Celsius) this weekend*, and summer is around the corner *six more weeks, huzzah!*, I decided why not post outfit ideas for this lovely weather we’re having by picking items from my personal “wish list” and “must have” list. So…ta da! Here you have the first of many must have lists and outfit ideas to come this season, for your spring/summer style inspiration.
You’ll also find info on where to purchase these items, and their price points. The great part is that all the items on this list are under $200 (Canadian $). Yay!
Next must have/outfit idea post will contain only items under $100!
1. TOPSHOP “Lace Top” Sundress
Let’s start with this super cute sundress, PERFECT for those hot and humid summer days. You can definitely accessorize a-plenty with this dress, because although the lace detail does fancy it up a bit (and the white and green dip dye adds a cool touch), it’s not too embellished or over the top, leaving room for creativity. This is why I started off with this particular piece, because the rest of the items on this list are a pair of shoes and lots of accessories (my favourite part of an outfit!) to add to this dress to form a complete spring/summer look.
Price: $60.00 CAD
2. Goorin Bros. “Abel Abraham” Fedora
A summer outfit just isn’t right without a hat, and this fedora is a-a-amazing. It’s obvious why it’s on my wish list for this season. Plus, it’s Goorin Bros! Enough said.
Available at: Goorin Bros.
Price: $140.00 USD
3. ALDO “Veloveronese” Bag
I’m going through a pink phase as of late, and am in love with this light pink shade. The pearls add an classy touch to the already feminine bag and dress up the outfit a bit more, and who can say no to a quilted design?! To top it all off, it’s a bucket bag…so in at the moment!
Available at: ALDO
Price: $40.00 CAD
4. ASOS “FUNDER” Leather Sandals
I was SO excited when I found these on ASOS. My style typically isn’t this girly, but recently I’ve been having a thing for bows and feminine pieces, along with my renewed fondness for all shades of pink *shrugs*. These sandals go so well with the bucket bag – aah, pearl embellishment overload!
Available at: ASOS
Price: $52.54 CAD/$45.00 USD
5. Anthropologie ett:twa “Franang” Sunglasses
As a sunglass-aholic, I approve of these and highly recommend them. They have such a summer/festival season vibe to them, yet are classy at the same time. Available exclusively at Anthropologie, these sunglasses come in a whole range of colours (but I prefer the peach shade below!).
Available (exclusively) at: Anthropologie
Price: $128.00 USD
6. The Horse “Vegetable Tan Rose Gold Index” Watch
I can’t even begin to talk about how much I’m obsessed with this watch/watch brand. Apparently plenty of others are just as obsessed as me, if not more, because these watches tend to sell out A LOT. They go in and out of stock in a flash, not just on the actual store/website, but on other online retail sites and physical stores that carry the brand. So, if you want one, you better be fast!
Available at: The Horse, Beginning Boutique + check out their website for a complete list of stockists, including other online retailers (I’m biased towards Beginning Boutique because I LOVE their Instagram account, which is why they get a mention above, FYI).
Price: $133.62 CAD
7. Forever 21 “Darling Twisted Bangle” Set
For affordable accessories, Forever 21 is usually my go-to. I saw these the other day, but refrained from purchasing them for the time being (go will power!), because I already have too many bracelets and haven’t been wearing any lately. Although, these are so inexpensive…
PS. they would look great stacked together with the The Horse watch!
Price: $6.80 CAD (bargain!)
8. 14k Gold Filled “Woven Pineapple” Ring by SALTYturquoise on ETSY
I stumbled upon this ETSY shop the other day and fell in love with these awesome gold pineapple rings. I love anything to do with pineapples or palm trees, so this is definitely on my list of current faves. Plus, it has that tropical/beachy/island feel to it – perfect for summer, and a cute addition to this whole ensemble.
Price: $86.48+ CAD (since each ring is individually hand-crafted, and they come in gold, silver, etc., pricing may vary, so contact the shop owner for specific pricing questions!).
9. Boutique 1861 “Selkie Printemps” Ring
I love this online shop and HAD to include this ring on this list because it’s so dainty and adorable. It’s such a contrast to the casual/cool beachy feel of the pineapple ring, that I think adding this one to another finger balances it out. The more rings the merrier!
PS. I discovered this shop via their website not too long ago, and became an instant fan. It’s also a Canadian shop (Montreal-based to be exact), so I couldn’t resist giving them a shout out on this list!
Available at: Boutique 1861
Price: $15.00 CAD/$12.32 USD
10. NASTY GAL “Tropicalia Pineapple” Necklace & “Raise the Bar” Necklace
I included not one but TWO NASTY GAL necklaces, because why not?? Here we have a smaller necklace with a pineapple pendant (can you see a theme developing here?) that not only goes with the pineapple ring, but with the whole summer look we are trying to achieve. I also threw in a longer chain necklace with a gold bar pendant, for the option of layering both pieces. The TOPSHOP dress does have a lace detail, so both aren’t necessary. The smaller one is cute and dainty, and adds a cute touch, but if you feel like adding something extra, the layering option is always there and you can throw in the longer chain necklace.
Price: $21.67 CAD/$18.00 USD for the pineapple & $24.08 CAD/$20.00 USD for the gold bar chain
11. BaubleBar “Howlite Janeiro” Studs
These studs are both modern and classic, so you can pair them with basically any look; dressy, casual, whatever you please. I love the marble look to them, and the different shades of the little stones. I thought it would be perfect for this outfit because it’s not too overpowering. Because of the lace detail of the dress, along with the hat, big sunglasses and the rest of the accessories, you wouldn’t want overdo it by throwing in a huge pair of earrings and risk the look overpowering you.
Available at: BaubleBar
Price: $28.00 USD
12. Charming Charlie “Lovely Macaron” iPhone Case
Last but certainly not least, your outfit just wouldn’t be complete without a cute iPhone (ah! apologies to the non-iPhone users) case. Come on, your phone deserves a cool accessory as well, right?! This macaron one is so sweet *pun definitely intended* and whimsical. Such a great finishing touch to an overall awesome summer look!
Available at: Charming Charlie
Price: $7.00 USD
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala, also known as the “Oscars of the fashion world” has come and gone once again. This year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass” – the exhibition of the same name (curated and organized by longtime MET curator Andrew Bolton) looks at China’s influence on western fashion and opens this month.
There was glamour, there was edginess, and there was (of course) ridiculousness on the red carpet. All courtesy of celebrities, models, designers and anyone else who was either a guest or paid the hefty sum of $25,000 for a ticket!
(Click on any of the photos below for the slideshow).