Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Swap Last Spring's Styles for Fresh Seasonal Fashions: 10 Trends to Try

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Swap Last Spring's Styles for Fresh Seasonal Fashions: 10 Trends to Try

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Swap last spring's styles for these 10 looks


TORONTO - Your closet might not require a full spring makeover, but you may be ready to refresh warm-weather wear with updated apparel or accessories.

Fashion experts share their picks for 10 stylish substitutes.

LOVE: Boyfriend jeans

TRY: Girlfriend jeans

For women seeking a slimmed-down update to the typically relaxed boyfriend jean, the girlfriend may be the way to go.

"It's more of a slouchy slim," said Nigel Seebaran, menswear buyer at Over the Rainbow, a premium denim boutique in Toronto.

"(It's) taking that idea of the boyfriend jean, trimming it down and also going with a little bit more distressing ... just where it has a really nice kind of lived-in, worked-in look."

LOVE: Coloured denim

TRY: Lighter washes and white denim

Seebaran said they typically see a spike in lighter washes from denim brands for spring and summer, and noted that paler blues team well with white tees or grey shirts.

An antidote to the vibrant denim hues of seasons past will be white denim, which is being seen in flared styles which Seebaran said complements espadrilles or open-toe mules.

LOVE: Denim shorts

TRY: Denim skirt

"I think you want to look for something that is a little bit longer, that hits either at the knee or just below," said Winners fashion expert Sarah Smithers of denim skirts.

"In terms of styles, there's a lot of button-front skirts with cool distressed details to look out for as well."

Smithers said the skirt can easily be dressed up with separates, like a crisp white shirt, or a denim one to complete the Canadian tuxedo.

LOVE: Jumpsuits

TRY: Maxi dresses

"I think one-piece dressing is always such a great trend because it's easy to wear. And the maxi dress is definitely going to be a key player this season," said Smithers, pointing to both minimalist and bold '70s-inspired prints.

LOVE: Bikinis

TRY: One-piece swimsuit

"I think the great thing about a one-piece is you can show what you want to show and conceal other things, so it can be incredibly flattering -- much more so than a bikini," said Julia McEwen, fashion and beauty director at Canadian Living.

McEwen said she thinks it's more fashionable when a one-piece is more modern, and suggested looking for styles with lower necklines. …

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