I quite like doing round-up posts of my style favourites for the season, so today I’m back with another one. Although it took FOREVER for it to warm up in Toronto, we finally have some nice Spring/Summer weather and I'm SO ready for more of it over the next few months. Occasionally you still need a jacket when you leave the house, but for the most part it’s bare-legs weather (aka my favourite!) and I finally feel like I can dress like myself again, which I’m absolutely elated about!
I mentioned that I did a big clear-out of my wardrobe and donated a bunch of clothes that weren’t working for me anymore. Along with that, I’ve also been really picky about what I add in. I’ve decided unless something is perfect and goes with lots of other things in my wardrobe then I don’t really need it, and I’d rather hold out for the right version of that thing to come along. My wardrobe is currently the smallest it’s ever been, but I love and wear everything I have in there, so I really can’t complain.
My style for several years has been very 50s-leaning, but these days I’m feeling the 60s vibe more and more. Not so much the rainbow tie-dye thing, but more of a 60s work-wear vibe. Think A-line skirts, dresses with high necks and long sleeves, cigarette pants with a tight turtleneck – that sort of thing. I don’t stick to a particular style every day, and I haven’t gotten rid of everything I own that’s got a 50s vibe by any means, but it’s just something I’ve been enjoying playing around with lately. Of course I was pretty much forced into jeans and jumpers all winter long, so I’m having so much fun playing around with all my options again now that the weather allows it.
Just a little disclaimer, because online shopping in Canada is, for lack of a better expression, kind of shit, I feel like most of what I buy is from the same handful of stores. If you want to buy from an international retailer (like ASOS) you have to worry about being hit with non-refundable duties & taxes on top of your order, which really puts me off. And even some stores that have physical locations in Canada don’t offer free shipping & returns on online orders (Urban Outfitters, H&M), and some don’t even have a Canada-facing online store at all (Anthropologie, Nordstrom) which is super frustrating. Obviously there are far bigger problems to have in life, but if it looks like I basically only shop at Topshop & Zara it’s because that’s what I feel like I’m limited to because I’m such an online shopping kind of person (over going into a store). But anyway, I’ve managed to find some clothes that I absolutely love, so let’s talk about them!
A-Line Skirts & Pinafores
A-line skirts have been a staple for me for about the past two years. I used to be a strict skater-skirt kind of girl, but the A-line silhouette has completely taken over. I honestly don’t even reach for my faithful black skater skirts anymore, and I donated all but one of them in my recently declutter. I’m still wearing the same ones I first bought, but I’ve added a few more into the mix and they all get a lot of wear. Along with the pastel pink faux-leather skirt I mentioned in this post, I’ve since bought it in black because it goes with just about anything – plain white tees, pretty white blouses, tight knit turtlenecks (I love the ones from Uniqlo), like I said, anything!
I feel like I’ve spent at least 10 years endlessly searching for the perfect white blouse because I think they’re so pretty and timeless and they’re something I always find myself reaching for. As a ~larger-chested lady~ I’ve always had trouble finding ones that fit right and aren’t too tight or too loose in the wrong places, but I’m very happy to say I’ve finally found a few and I know they’re going to be in my wardrobe for years to come. The first one I bought is this absolutely beautiful long-sleeved, high necked number that perfectly fits that 60s vibe I’ve been going for. It looks beautiful paired with an a-line skirt and loafers, or worn under a pinafore with the collar poking out. I’m SO glad this one fits me properly because I absolutely love it.
I’m also a long-time denim pinafore wearer, but last year I bought an a-line navy one from ASOS (sold out) and although I couldn’t wear it through winter because it was far too cold, I have finally been able to crack it out and I love how it looks with a white collared blouse underneath. I’ve been pairing that combination with tights and my & Other Stories loafers for that 60s vibe. I also picked up this patterned skirt from Topshop with a ruffled waist and buttons down the front. I find the ruffles really flattering, and although it’s on the short side I’ve been wearing it with tights to work and I absolutely love it.
I also bought this pretty ruffley one with fluted sleeves, and although it can definitely look a bit too busy if it’s not paired with the right lower half, I personally love it with something that’s tighter, like an a-line skirt or jeans. I ordered quite a few other white blouses from Zara but ended up returning all of them, and instead I bought this t-shirt style one with floaty sleeves from Massimo Dutti. It’s quite simple but it still has enough pretty details to keep it from feeling boring (to me) and I can see it becoming a real workhorse in my wardrobe.
Now that I can finally get away with bare legs, I’m SO happy to bring my midi skirts and dresses back into rotation, and I’ve even added a couple more skirts into my wardrobe. This lovely striped linen one with a tie waist has been getting a lot of wear, and I love the fact that it has pockets too. I don’t know why but I’m obsessed with skirts that have a slit in them, or buttons down the front so I can unbutton the bottom few. Unfortunately the buttons on this one are down the side (and you can’t move the skirt around because of the pockets) but I like leaving the bottom few unbuttoned just so there’s a bit more visual movement when you’re walking around.
I also picked up this beautiful spotty one from Topshop (sold out) with a floating handkerchief hem. I’m not typically a fan of a handkerchief hem but there’s something about this skirt that I just love. The hem is super flowy and gives it a lot of movement when you walk, which is what I’m all about in a midi skirt these days. I really want to pick up a light coloured skirt with buttons down the front with no pattern on it so I can wear it with patterned tops (I don’t do the pattern clashing thing) so hopefully I come across the right one soon.
I’m also absolutely obsessed with these black & white gingham pants – they have a super flattering cut and lots of stretch in the material so they’re really comfortable to wear. I love them with the cuffs rolled up slightly, paired with my loafers and a black knit – think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face vibes. The last pair I just bought recently is this looser, checked pair with a ruffled waist. Like the skirt I mentioned earlier, I find the waist detail really flattering, and I’d been thinking about getting a pair of checked pants for a while so I’m glad I finally found some that I like. Again, these look great with the cuffs roll up slightly, paired with flats or loafers and any kind of tighter top for that 60s feel.
Pants & Jeans
I suppose you could say I’ve finally been converted into a pants wearer. Skirts & dresses will always be my go-to, but after being forced to live in jeans all winter, I’m finally able to work pants into my regular rotation even when I don’t need to. I bought the Topshop Raw Hem Straight Leg jeans in a light wash with a shorter leg length and love how fresh this shade looks paired with white and/or red. I had a deeper blue pair that I’d bought at the start of winter that was one of the things that got donated. The wash, leg length and the size were all wrong for me, but I’m very glad I invested in this pair because everything about them is a much better fit, and I feel really comfortable wearing these.
In terms of accessories, I’m generally pretty low-key. I don’t really wear any jewellery and tend to keep my hair pretty simple, but lately I’ve been obsessed with wearing a scarf or a large bow in my hair. I’ll put it in a high ponytail or a topknot and have been adding this black bow that I found at Urban Outfitters. I’d like to get maybe one more colour if I find something else I love, but for now the black one is definitely doing it for me. I also picked up this beautiful pair of pink bow slides that are super cute and comfortable – there was no wear-in period, which is something I loathe about new shoes, and I know I’m going to get a tonne of wear out of these this summer.