Summer is officially in! As are my earth-shattering inspirations to blog. Better recognised as the end of my shameless laziness.
Today was so hot that even a desert girl like me will admit that air conditioning wouldn’t have been the worst idea. With all the fabulous things that come with summer (read: fun, flip flops, freezies and fudge icecream), I been scouring the stores for some sassy summer shirts and skirts.Vintage is my new favorite flavour of the season. Tout Toronto will soon be tooting with posts about my escapades to find the perfect vintage finds. Soon as I manage to get off my lazy ass and tout away that is.
Anyway, the very reliable Torontonian weather forecasters have prediced a hot summer this year and with that segway, I will get on with the actual point of this post. Some old trends with a new twist for a hot summer. All of these reflect my own personal style and opinion. I am not a fashion guru. Please do not send me angry emails and crazed wall pasts on facebook telling me of how you wore your grandma’s 70’s flower-power-polka-dotted, obnoxiously large shoulder-padded blouse with a bedsheet-like hippie skirt you rescued from Kensington Market to a hot date who ran away from you with fear and trembling (and lets face it, a little awe) at the sight of you. If you do however, send me a photo and I will post it on my what-not-to-wear segment. Just kidding. I’m sure you looked lovely. That been said, here are a few trends that having been catching my fancy lately.
Shoulder pads: I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to wear your mother’s 80’s power shirts while trying to flirt with that hottie in the ice-cream aisle. Understandable and even sensible. I do however, truly believe there is a way of dressing up shoulder padded garbs without becoming your mother. For example, a shoulder padded blazer. Granted, blazers are not the best idea for 28 degree C weather. Neither are they the best idea for bigger girls who have no need of a cure for droopy shoulders. But they’re hot. As in trendy. And not as in emitting heat rays.
As cool as this looks, please do not wear this unless you are a runway model, have an overflowing cup of confidence and cool, a meatless petite Korean girl, or Rhianna
If you are one of the above four, I’m already jealous that you can rock that without looking like an idiot.
Scarves: Scarves are not new fashion discoveries. They are ageless. However, I newly discovered the genius of scarves when I bought one for a dollar at some random scarf stand on the street. Scarves are an inexpensive way (I say inexpensive only if you do not buy your scarves at Prada) to brighten up one of those bland colour shirts you bought at Bluenotes on sale for $5.00. Vintage stores have tons of these, and if you’re willing to shop around, you will find some beautiful scarves for even less. Once again, scarves in the sweltering heat, not the greatest idea. But they are oh so pretty…and perfect for those summer days at work.
Patterns and polka dots: I love patterned blouses. Although, I’ve been told patterns are not for everybody and their grandmother. Or maybe they’re just for their grandmother. But to me, nothing welcomes in the season of sunshine like a summery cotton print. As for polka dots, they’ve always been in style whether you would like to admit it or not. Use discretion with this one though. If prints scare you, try testing out pieces that are not overwhelmingly patterny. However, if prints, patterns or polka dots are really not your glass of iced tea, move on to the purses.
Vintage purses: I have nothing more to say. Its a purse. You should invest in them whether vintage or otherwise.
Vintage shopping is a bit of a pain in the butt. (Literally, all that walking takes its toll) It’s a lot of searching and bargaining. Not to mention, you’re not always lucky to find stuff in your size, appropriateness of shoulder pad size and design. But those are the best parts too. Hours of walking looking for that perfect scarf to go with a perfect shoulder padded blazer to be rewarded with a bargain deal of a fabulous purse instead. Or bear with me here…actually having your mind opened up to possibilties of wearing something or at least trying out something you wouldn’t normally wear. That’s the amazing thing about bargain shopping. Its the thrill of finding cute little shirts and trying to create outfits in your head that makes vintage shopping the flavor of the summer. So go ahead. Shop. Create. And have fun putting together cool outfits this summer.
Also, I would like to add: Combining all of your outfits created by your artistic genius with a cute pair of flats and a tall green tea ice tea from Starbucks is optional. (although very much recommended.)
Happy Shopping! And stay tuned to Tout Toronto for some cool vintage stores I discovered!