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TRANSITIONAL DRESSING 101 | How to Look Spring-Ready Right Now

via Telegraph.co.uk

Each year, Canadians can always count on certain sure signs that winter's on its way out. Whether it's that first crocus popping out of your garden or that dude who rocks shorts and sandals on the first warm day of the year, it's easy to tell when the warm weather's almost here. Emphasis on the almost. Spring likes to tease us with its flashes of sun and double digits one day, then wallop us with snow the next. Sure, dressing is a little tricky this time of year, but that shouldn't stop you from wearing your spring things now. I'm not going to wait for the weather to make up its mind - after all, my mind's already made up. I'm in love with all of the brights and florals and whites that signal the start of the warm season. Luckily, we don't have to wait any longer to wear this season's freshest finds - simply mix your winter and spring pieces to make transitional dressing a total breeze. Read on for how to look spring-ready right now. Happy weekend! 


Runway image via Tibi 

1. Willow & Thread Linen Blazer, $119.90, Reitmans | 2. Palazzo Pants, $49.95, Dynamite | 3. Knit Off-the-Shoulder Bodysuit, $49.95, Le Château | 4. Floral Ankle-Strap Sandal, $79.95, Le Château | 5. Quay Harper Sunglasses, $74.99, Jean Machine  

Michael Kors Spring '17 image. Credit: JP Yim - Getty Images.

1. Ray-Ban Aviators, $220, Sunglass Hut | 2. Cotton-Blend Belted Trench, $99.95, Le Château | 3. Vero Moda Off-Shoulder Striped Top, $39.99, Jean Machine | 4. A-Line Jean, $54, American Eagle | 5. Block Heel, $59.99, Call It Spring | 6. Green Blazer, $79.90, Reitmans.

image via Erdem

1. Fringe Pendant Earrings, $9.95, Dynamite | 2. Faux Leather Backpack. $49.95, Le Château | 3. Willow & Thread Sweater, $32.99, Reitmans | 4. Over-the-Knee Boots, $109.99, Call It Spring | 5. Button-Front Floral Maxi, $54, American Eagle


BLURRED LINES: How to Pull Off Black & White Stripes

A model on the runway at the Michael Kors Spring '13 Show. Photo via Fairchild Photo.

I have a blind spot when it comes to stripes. I see them, I want them, I buy them, and now, after years of hard work, I've managed to amass dozens of striped tops. When I see a perfect stripe, it's like my brain momentarily lapses, ignoring the impressive collection I already own, forgetting that the last thing I need is another striped shirt.  I add it to my closet and wonder how I ever ended up with so many. It's a problem.

And so, I was thrilled that summer's biggest print trend is black & white stripes. After all, I own lots of navy with white and white with navy breton striped shirts (there's a difference, I swear) plus a few sporty red & white bateau necks thrown in for good measure. But mod black & white? I definitely (maybe?) don't own any of those. I'm sensing that this is one of those blind spot moments but true to its name I'm just going to ignore that voice in my head. After all, a girl can never have too many...

If you worry about the whole 'horizontal stripes make you look fat' thing, fret not. Read on for some style tips on how to pull off stripes. I think they meant to say 'fab' instead of 'fat' anyway. Let's just chalk that up to a typo. General rule of thumb: Wide stripes add curves and narrow stripes make you look slimmer. See? Easy.

CURVY: Stripes are most flattering on the top half if you want to look slimmer. Opt for vertical stripes to elongate rather than horizontal ones. If you decide to wear horizontal stripes, stick with narrow stripes instead of wide stripes for the most flattering effect.

BOYISH: Opt for wider stripes to give yourself some curves where you need them. Beware of overly loose, tented styles and instead, opt for form-fitting silhouettes.

HIPPY: Wear a striped blazer or shirt with solid bottoms to draw the eye up and balance out your lower half.

PETITE: Look for wide, horizontal stripes and short A-line skirts to accentuate your curves. Vertical striped pants will help lengthen your gams. 


Vans Seacoast Striped Dress, $44.99, SportChek

Kismet Striped Arm Wayfarer Sunglasses, $12, Bootlegger

Black & White Striped Leggings, 2 for $10, Ardene

Striped Barrel Bag, $60, ALDO

Striped Flare Maxi Dress, $49.90, Dynamite

Charles Albert Striped Smoking Flat, $16.50, Aeropostale

Collarless Black & White Striped Blazer, $45, Smart Set

Carlye Striped Dress, $68, Roots

Stripe Patent Foldover Clutch, $29.99, Le Château

Stripe Bikini Top and Bottom, $24.90 and $19.90, Dynamite

Cotton Sateen Flare Mini, $29.90, Dynamite

Word Stripe Graphic Tee, $13.65, Aeropostale


Striped Thin Sandal, 3 for $10, Ardene 

Distillery Alex Crew, $9.99, Bootlegger

Adidas Striped Tank Dress, $29.99, SportChek