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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!


EASY DOES IT | How to Dress Like You're Super Chill

via Dynamite

Like Clark Kent or Wonder Woman changing into their superhero suits, there's something about clothing that has the power to transform us. Put me in a business suit, glasses and heels, and I can act as profesh as the next bawse babe. Throw a sparkly dinosaur tee on me and suddenly, I'm quirky and hilarious. Or at least I think I'm hilarious. 

Whether you're the most laid-back person you know or a wound-up ball of worry, summer is the perfect time to dress like you're super chill. It's the time of year where you can brush those stresses off your shoulders and remember what it's like to breathe. It's time for loungy pants and breezy dresses that are as comfy as they are cute. Even summer accessories are designed to let you forget about your probz, from hats that help you let go of a bad hair day to easy slides that don't require any work at all. Basically it's about being as lazy as possible so you can spend your energy doing stuff that really matters. Namely, mojitos and patios. 

Happy Fri! Anyone else SO glad it's the weekend again?

1. Cold Shoulder Gingham Blouse, $43, Reitmans | 2. Soft & Sexy Mesh Bra Bodysuit, $31, American Eagle | 3. V-Neck Cami with Lace, $29.95, Dynamite | 4. Cold Shoulder Blouse, $49.95, Le Château

1. Sleeveless Maxi Dress, $46, Reitmans | 2. Denim Midi Dress, $35, Reitmans | 3. Chiffon Pleated Skirt, $49.95, Le Château | 4. Ruffle Maxi Skirt, $41, American Eagle | 5. Floral Maxi, $59.95, Dynamite.

1. Gaucho Jumpsuit, $48, Suzy Shier | 2. Sacha Jogger, $44.95, Dynamite | 3. High-Rise Palazzo Pant, $49.95, Dynamite | 4. Viscose Slit Wide Leg Pant, $59.95, Le Château | 5. Kismet Printed Romper, $49, Bootlegger.

1. Ray-Ban Blaze Collection, $245, Sunglass Hut | 2. Gold Star Earrings, $7.99, Call It Spring | 3. Fringe Earrings, $8, Reitmans | 4. Wide Brim Panama Hat, $26, American Eagle | 5. Sheer Contrast Ankle Sock, $4.95, Garage | 6. Two-Tone Baseball Cap, $14.95, Garage.

1. Puma Fenty Jelly Slide, $89.99, Champs Sports | 2. Striped Slides, $29.98, Call It Spring | 3. Silver Leather Slides, $59.95, Le Château | 4. Knot Slide Sandal, $39.95, Le Château | 5. Steve Madden Silky Bow Slide, $39.99, Journeys | 6. Slide Flatform Espadrille, $51. American Eagle


FASHION CLASS | Score Effortless Summer Style in Seconds

via Sincerely Jules on Instagram

The middle of July is one of my favourite times of summer. The stresses of end-of-school have subsided, work has resumed but at a much less frantic pace, and I haven't even started to think about fall yet. Oops, just did. My wardrobe has relaxed a bit, too. While I always like to look polished and put together, it just doesn't feel right to spend lots of time putting together outfits this time of year. 

My summer fashion philosophy? If you can throw it on and go, it's good. I mean, I don't even want to see an ironing board until September. Luckily, there are loads of stylish options for women like me who want to be lazy but don't want to sacrifice their style in the process, from easy, breezy summer dresses to chic basics that you'll rely on summer after summer. 

Want to look like your favourite Instagrammers? I've rounded up the pieces you need to score effortless summer style in seconds. After all, I'm sure you have more important things to do than worry about your outfit, like, um, sangria? Yup, thought so. Happy Friday!

WHY YOU NEED ONE | Think black dresses are only for formal fêtes? Think again. An easy, lightweight black maxi looks breezy and beautiful on a hot summer day with a pair of cute flat sandals and a chic little fedora. And, if you want to dress it up for an after-dark party, simply add heels, a bright lip, and you're good to go. 

OUR PICK | Side Slit Goddess Dress, $39.99, Ricki's

WHY YOU NEED THEM | Nobody loves wearing heels like I do but summer calls for sandals that can handle a lot of strolling. Our solution? The city sandal with its chunky block heel offers loads of support and street style cuteness all in one perfect summer shoe. 

OUR PICK | Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal, $89.95, Le Château

WHY YOU NEED THEM | The summer's most-coveted sunglass shape is without a doubt round. While I'd always suggest investing in a good pair of classic shades, it makes more sense to go cheap and cheerful for a summer sunglass fling. If you're going to go round, might as well go for mirrored lenses with gold arms while you're at it - um, hello summer selfies?

OUR PICK | Mirrored Round Sunglasses, $12, Call It Spring

WHY YOU NEED ONE | You can wear this tank for your early(ish) morning runs and hot yoga classes, then out for drinks with your workout buddies afterwards. It's been decided - plastering the old school Nike swoosh all over your body is a Summer 2015 thing. 

OUR PICK | Nike Signal Women's Tank, $41.99, Sport Chek

WHY YOU NEED THEM | With more free time than usual, you're probably going to spend a respectable amount of time in your joggers this summer. Toss aside your basic pajama pants and baggy-bum bottoms and slip into something a little more cool - namely, distressed slim sweatpants. So cute, right?

OUR PICK | Distress Lodge Slim Sweatpant, $68, Roots

WHY YOU NEED THEM | Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not, cute kicks are essential for running around town this summer, from winning your Ultimate Frisbee game to picking up a cartful of party supplies. 

OUR PICKS | Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Running Shoes, $139.99, Sport ChekNike Free 5.0 Running Shoes, $129.99, Sport Chek

WHY YOU NEED IT | If you read last week's post, you'll know that the fashion world's currently crushing on silver. This fringey necklace is worth a separate mention because it is SO stunning. Add it to any plain tee, tank or dress and you'll score street style high-fives everywhere you turn. 

OUR PICK | Silver Bars Fringe Necklace, $28, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED ONE | If you don't already own a perfect pale blue button-down, it's not too late to get in the game. A shirt like this will always be in style with it's borrowed-from-the-boys ease and wear-with-everything awesomeness. Picture it with a pair of white jean shorts. Tucked in and belted under a skirt. Worn open over your bikini. Yup, it's that good. 

OUR PICK | Printed Button-Down Shirt, $49, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED ONE | A perforated leather belt is one of my favourite wardrobe helpers no matter what the season. The genius behind it? It's endlessly wearable thanks to its perforations - you can cinch it super tight around your waist with a dress or wear it wide and low over your hips with a pair of distressed jeans. 

OUR PICK | Perforated Leather Belt, $37, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED THEM | Wear them long or roll them up - a pair of olive twill shorts will become your new favourite summer short. Sure, they're inherently casual enough to wear at the campground but you could also dress them up with a white tank, black blazer and sandals for a lunch date. 

OUR PICK | Twill Midi Shorts, $25, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED ONE | Every woman (I repeat, EVERY woman) needs a perfect white tee. I love that this tee's soft and oversized and longer in the back but take the time to find the tee that's perfect for you. In my mind, nothing looks more instantly chic in summer than a classic white tee. Worried about dirt and double scoop ice-cream spills? Might want to pick up a bleach stick while you're at it. 

OUR PICK | Soft & Sexy Jegging Tee, $31, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED ONE | Reusable totes and beach bags have their place for certain occasions but if you love to look pulled together, remember that the bag you carry plays an important role in your overall look. Yes, I take this stuff seriously. I'm thrilled with this reversible tote - black on one side and the perfect cognac on the other - perfect for bringing to the mall or market and filling with all of your fab finds. 

OUR PICK | Reversible Tote, $62, American Eagle

WHY YOU NEED THEM | Nothing ruins a perfectly cute summer look like limp, lacklustre locks. Enter sea-salt spray, a surfer-girl go-to for years and now available to those of us who don't live anywhere near the ocean. If you don't feel like bothering with a blow-out on a super hot day, this spray will give you volume and texture and, of course, those perfect beachy waves. 

OUR PICK | John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea-Salt Spray, Shoppers Drug Mart

WHY YOU NEED THEM | Black gladiator sandals are one of the easiest ways to look cool during the summer months. Wear them with everything from shorts to minis to maxis and, I'm not going to lie - you'll feel like a total goddess. I particularly love this pair since they're so sleek and unadorned - not always the easiest thing to find in an inexpensive sandal. 

OUR PICK | Black Nubuck Gladiators, $49.99, Spring

WHY YOU NEED ONE | Want to give them the cold shoulder on a hot day? We're loving this summer's flirty off-the-shoulder pieces, perfect for those of us looking for something fun and new. Simply toss on this dress with a pair of flat sandals or slip-on sneakers and you'll look effortlessly chic all day long. What, this old thing?

OUR PICK | Patterned Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $56, American Eagle