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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


FASHION TO-DO | Get a Jump On Spring With These 15 Pieces

via Atlantic-Pacific @blaireadiebee on Instagram

If you're getting tired of your winter wardrobe, we feel you. With so many stunning spring pieces flooding into stores, we say, why wait? Get a jump on the new season with these 15 pretty finds...


HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Now that we're well into February (yay!), it's time to put aside your plaid scarf and switch it up for something more springy. We love how a breezy scarf instantly breathes new life into your winter coat since you're probably super sick of it by now. Just us? 

OUR PICK | Kismet Frayed Striped Scarf, $26.90, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Forget distressed and cool for now - the new denim shirt is clean and tailored, making it super easy to dress up or down. For now we'll be wearing this shirt under our chunky knits, with our long cardis and, since we are Canadian, with our jeans of course.

OUR PICK | Lyocell Button-Front Tunic Shirt, $69.95, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR THEM NOW | While we appreciate that our winter boots keep our feet warm and dry, some days call for something just a little less clunky. These blue suede ankle boots are practical enough to wear with your jeans yet perfectly pretty enough for the spring and summer dresses you'll be busting out once the snow melts. 

OUR PICK | Suede Tassel Ankle Boots, $150, ALDO

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Okay, come on - how fun is this bag? Just don't show this pic to that black bag you've been toting around for the past 4 months - it might turn green w envy. 

OUR PICK | Printed Satchel, $60, ALDO


HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | You might live in Sudbury and you might think I'm crazy but trust - a little white dress might be your favourite new winter piece. Follow the lead of your fave A-listers and simply pair this up with a black (ideally velvet) blazer, black opaque tights and little ankle boots, and you'll slay your next party, guaranteed. 

OUR PICK | Lace Inset Dress, $84, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM NOW | The runways were rife with big, beautiful earrings for Spring '16 but there's no need to hold out until March. Big bold earrings are perfect for peeking out under your toque since, let's face it, your lobes are pretty much the only things you're showing off right now. Wear these metallic stunners together or rock one solo if you really want to look on point. 

OUR PICK | Metallic Statement Earrings, $12, ALDO

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | An off-the-shoulder top might feel all 'festival' but we love it for everyday, too. For right now, we'd wear this super pretty grey top with distressed jeans and ankle boots. Just be sure to wear an oversized scarf to add an extra layer of warmth for those sprints from your house to the car. 

OUR PICK | Off-the-Shoulder Tassel Shirt, $63, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | If you work in an office, are heading to a weekend brunch, or just want to impress on date night, we love the look of a great white coat. Wear this stunner to brighten up your winter blacks and greys right now, then rock it this spring as an update to your classic trench. 

OUR PICK | Double Weave Notch Collar Wrap Coat, $225, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR THEM NOW | One look at these red Ghillie tie pumps and we're feeling all hot and bothered. Can't think of a better way to warm up on a freezing cold day, can you? Since we don't want anyone to hurt themselves, wear your flats outside, then change into these at the office to look like a total girl #boss.

OUR PICK | Leather-Like Ghillie Tie Pump, $69.95, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR THEM NOW | Not sure how to wear spring's hottest denim trend right now? Surprisingly, flared cropped jeans look especially cool in the winter months if you wear them the right way. Follow the lead of style girls like Alexa Chung and Emmanuelle Alt and pair up your crops with a turtleneck and black mid-calf boots. So easy, so chic.  

OUR PICK | Kick Crop Jean, $56, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR THEM NOW | If you've been living in your black or brown sunglasses all winter, now's the perfect time to change them up for something more fun. Since pink is the big colour for 2016, we're opting for cheap and cheerful pink mirrored shades to make all of our winter looks just a little more rosy. 

OUR PICK | Pink Mirrored Sunglasses, $23, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | If you're feeling bored of your 9-to-5 wardrobe, don't despair. Sometimes, all it takes is one key piece to take your look to another level. A long black vest looks amazing with everything from a basic black sweater to a classic white button-down now, then with your summer dresses and tanks when the mercury rises. 

OUR PICK | Woven Inverted-Collar Long Vest, $129.95, Le Château

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Since you might be waiting awhile for your yacht to come in, you might as well get nautical right now. Stripes are an easy way to incorporate pattern into your look and will add loads of interest to your cardis and blazers. 

OUR PICK | Guess Striped Tunic, $49, Bootlegger

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Though we can't all be Kendall & Gigi, we can still dress like them, right? Chokers are an easy (& inexpensive) way to add some '90s fun to your winter outfits. Gold will let you play with the trend in a subtle way, while black faux leather will help you find your edge. 

OUR PICKS | Faux Leather Choker, $12, ALDO; Gold Bar Choker, $12, ALDO

HOW TO WEAR IT NOW | Certain floral prints can only really be worn in the summer, which is why we're so in love with this floral dress. Since these bold and bright flowers are grounded by black, you can easily rock it now with black tights, ankle boots and a little black leather bomber jacket. Simply add bare legs and strappy sandals this summer.  

OUR PICK | Guess Fit & Flare Floral Dress, $118, Bootlegger



SEASONLESS STYLE: Our Buy Now/Wear All Year Guide

Love this seasonless look from the InWear Summer '14 Campaign. via InWear

Smack dab in the middle of summer, we're often faced with the toughest of dilemmas: to buy, or not to buy? I mean, should you pick up that cute sundress right now, even if it's on mega sale? How about sandals, or bathing suits or super trendy pieces that might be SO last year once next summer arrives. Yet looking at all of the chunky knits and fall boots making their way into stores just doesn't feel right when it's a balmy 25 degree day.

The idea of seasonless dressing has always made sense but it's especially relevant to our generation. We live in a climate-controlled world where it can often be as freezing in your air-conditioned cubicle as on a cold December day. And in the winter, we're usually hot-flashy, whether melting in front of our gas fireplaces or driving to work on bum-burning seat warmers. 

Want to know the trick to shopping smart this month? Make this mental note to self: Can I wear this all year? From denim to dresses, scroll through the slideshow below for 40 seasonless pieces that'll get you through the entire year without having to make a full wardrobe switch. And when it gets really cold again, just add a parka. Ooops....did I say that out loud? Sigh...you can go back to your air-conditioning now...

Hope you're having the best summer!