Style Inspiration: Patio Season


When summer rolls around, our favourite thing to do is hang out on a patio and sip mojitos with our girlfriends. And since it’s almost inevitable that you’ll end up in your BFF’s Instagram Story, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your fashion chops. To help you hit the patio in style, we’ve put together three looks featuring some of summer’s hottest fashion trends.

Patio: Daytime drinks at Earls St. Vital

When we’re meeting our girlfriends for casual cocktails, we like to use the opportunity to take flex our fashion muscles. Mixing and matching patterns is a huge trend right now, and we’ll take any excuse to show off our favourite floral pieces. There are plenty of matchy-matchy sets in stores this season, but by choosing the top from one set and the bottom from another, you’ll get a look that’s a little more unexpected and fun, for a high-impact, personalized effect. 

Patio: Night out at Tavern United Rooftop

Wearing a t-shirt under a slip dress is a ‘90s reboot trend that doesn’t seem to be going away again anytime soon. For a night out on a downtown rooftop, we’re looking to turn some heads – so why not go bold? A velvet slip dress is a statement-making piece on its own, but it really shines when worn overtop of a printed tee. This outfit is fun and youthful, so don’t be afraid to be daring with your accessories. Bright blue heels and a chunky necklace make this look even more eye-catching.

Patio 3: Business lunch at Beachcomber

Printed pants are one of our favourite trends to wear to the office right now that feels dressy enough for work but still playful enough for summer. Paired with a chic white button-up, these high-waisted pants are a comfortable and sophisticated option for lunch on a patio with co-workers or a client. Fun yellow wedges are the perfect compliment to a wide-leg style, for that mile-long effect.

Did something catch your eye? Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks (check stores for availability):

Look #1 - Florals

Red floral off-the-shoulder top: American Eagle Outfitters, $39.95
Black floral high-waisted skirt: American Eagle Outfitters, $44.95
Cognac sandals: Blackwell (Steve Madden), $70
Gold hoop earrings: Le Chateau, $12.95
Gold flower ring: Le Chateau, $12.95

Look #2 - Slip dress

Ralph's Chop Shop graphic t-shirt: Hudson's Bay, $49.50
Velvet slip dress: Bluenotes, $19.99
Blue strappy heels: Le Chateau, $69.95
Chunky beaded necklace: Reitmans, $18.90
Grey bag: Aldo, $55.00

Look #3 - Printed pants

White button-up: Reitmans, $36.50
Striped high-waisted pants: Dynamite, $49.95
Yellow sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, $59.95
White handbag: Call It Spring, $39.99

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