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Sarah Francis is a fashion addict with a serious shoe fetish and a penchant for shiny things.  She's the Director of Real Life Runway and Official Stylist of Vaughan Mills. Her work has appeared in some of the country's top magazines, newspapers and TV shows.  Oh, and she loooves to shop. Obviously.

 

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Friday
Jul282017

WEEKEND WARRIORS | These 30 Finds Will Take Your Off-Duty Wardrobe From Meh to Amazing

via Roots

I love my job. I really do. But if I'm honest...I mean, if I had to choose between the work week and the weekend, the weekend always wins. I'm not talking Selena Gomez's The Weekend. I'm talking those blissful few days at the tail end of a long week that involve chilling. 

I like to keep my weekends chilled in every respect: chilled out vibes that include as few plans as possible, chilled wine or beer (rosé all day, Corona por favor), and a maximally chill wardrobe. I cannot possibly do the weekend to my fullest potential if any of those 3 boxes are left unchecked. And so, I make it my mission every Friday to Sunday to cross off each of those to-do's to chill as productively as possible. 

When it comes to your weekend wardrobe, these late July days might have you feeling some wardrobe fatigue. Perhaps your shorts are too short. Perhaps your tees feel just a little too loved. Or maybe, just maybe, you just feel like shopping because in my mind, getting new clothes release dopamine, which results in an overall feeling of yup, you guessed it: chill. Goals = met. 

Scroll through the thumbnails below to check out 30 finds that will take your off-duty wardrobe from meh to amazeballs. Oh, and speaking of the weekend...yay! Happy Friday!

 
Thursday
Mar242016

STYLE CLASS | How to Do Cool Girl Casual Without Breaking the Bank

via Style.com

Full disclosure: I'm on a seriously strict spring shopping budget. My husband's working on a start-up venture so that means that I have to be a little more resourceful than usual these days. I can't just drop mad bills at Aritzia. I can't go on an All Saints spending spree. COS, The Row and Kit & Ace will have to wait.

Since I've never let limited funds stop me before (and don't intend to start now), I've mined the stores at New Sudbury Centre to achieve that sporty, minimalist look all the cool girls are wearing right now. The best part? Almost every piece I found is well under $100. Who's cool now? See my picks below and get ready to own the weekend. Happy extra-long weekend, bunnies!

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | From its oversized front pocket to its well-placed back seam, this luxe-looking t-shirt dress is a stellar buy. Once summer rolls around, this dress will be weekend-ready with a pair of cute kicks. But since we're still facing snow, sleet and who-knows-what-else, wear it now with a pair of black basic or leather leggings. 

OUR PICK | Kismet T-Shirt Dress, $45, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Ditch your winter joggers for a cotton pair that's perfect for spring. We love the relaxed yet structured cut of these casual pants for pairing up with everything from a plain white tee to an easy minimalist crewneck. 

OUR PICK | Utility Jogger, $45, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Cool girls don't usually wear a ton of accessories - after all, they never want to look like they've tried too hard. One well-picked piece is all it takes to make a major style statement, whether you're heading to an impromptu brunch or book club. From a silver aztec necklace to a small stack of textured arm-party bracelets, pick one eclectic extra and get back to that stacked social calendar.

OUR PICKS | Silver Statement Necklace, $35, ALDO; Arm Party Bracelets, $16, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Look at any coveted fashion brand right now and you'll see every model wearing white sneakers. While we're still in love with our low-tops, we're giving ourselves a spring upgrade with a pair of white hi-top VANS, ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to cotton joggers.

OUR PICK | VANS Sk8 Hi Skate Shoe, $79.99, Journeys

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Don't get stuck in a sunglasses style rut - on-fleek shades are an easy way to look on point without having to wreck your shopping budget. 

OUR PICK | Round Sunglasses, $16, ALDO

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Whether you're still in school or way past graduation day, a fringed backpack is a must for any aspiring cool girl (ahem, woman). This fringed black pack looks grown-up enough to work for any age, and we're loving the under-$50 pricepoint. 

OUR PICK | YDE Vegan Leather Fringe Backpack, $49.99, Jean Machine

HOW TO WEAR THEM | How sick are these city sandals? Ankle-wrap, sexy vamp and a block heel that lets you strut, not stumble? Oh, I'm down. See? I'm already talking cooler. 

OUR PICK | Double Slingback Sandal, $110, ALDO

HOW TO WEAR IT | Don't let all those hot yoga classes and planks go to waste - a knit tank will let you show off those toned arms, whether you're chilling inside or going coat-less once the warm weather hits. A long tank looks amazing with leather leggings or white jeans, while a cropped tank looks perfect with high-waisted culottes or a black maxi skirt. 

OUR PICKS | Sleeveless Sweater, $32, Reitmans; Wrap Sweater Crop Tank, $25, American Eagle

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Your first order of business this weekend (after you've bought your Easter eggs, of course) is to either track down your long-lost bandana or go get a new one. Pick navy, black or pale blue, then wear it around your neck with literally everything you own this season. Seriously. Instant cool-girl status. 

OUR PICK | Black Paisley Bandana, $9.50, Claire's

HOW TO WEAR IT | We can wait to bring back the seventies this spring in an easy suede dress. Wear it now with over-the-knee boots and in the spring with a pair of easy sandals. 

OUR PICK | Kismet Suede Swing Dress, $65, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR IT | The must-know mantra of the cool girl? Always wear your tees oversized. We love this bold take on the classic striped tee and plan on wearing it all spring with our long cardis, cropped jeans and joggers.  

OUR PICK | Guess Stripe Tunic, $49, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR THEM | I've pushed these jeans before, and I'll push them again. Put away your skinnies, get ready for the floods, then rock these cropped kick jeans for spring to get instantly up-to-date. Since your feet are on full display, make sure you make your shoes a priority. In other words, you get to go shoe shopping. #yay

OUR PICK | Kick Crop Jean, $40, American Eagle

 

HOW TO WEAR IT | Wear this perfect military-inspired button-down with blue jeans or black ripped jeans, closed or open over a white tank, in place of a spring jacket or tied around your waist. No matter how you spin it, I only have two words for you: Must. Have. 

OUR PICK | Military Button-Down Shirt, $45, American Eagle