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Whether you went through a hippie phase or dabbled in making your own patterns, we all have a memory or two of rocking a tie-dye t-shirt. Well, get ready, because tie-dye is BACK in a big way. There are so many options this season to wear the trend that are way outside of the (DIY) tie-dye box. Even to work.

Start with a neutral tie-dye like this black and white knotted crop, since it will be easier to mix and match into your existing wardrobe. These high-rise, wide leg white pants are a closet staple for the summer and keep the look elevated. The overall neutral vibe means you can have fun with accessories.

Tie-dye for work? It is possible! This blouse has a subtle yet stunning pattern, and the silky material keeps it looking chic. The silhouette of this tailored powder blue suit keeps the look current, but why not add a nod to the ’70s with a pair of oversized shades.

This treatment is a more subdued version, and it almost masquerades as a stripe! A classic silhouette in earth tones (another one of the seasons hottest trends) means this look can get a lot of mileage.

Can’t decide on one colour? Why not have it all. This look could not be any louder if it tried (and it’s trying). Certainly not for the faint of heart, this look is an absolute scene stealer. Of course, you can wear the pieces separately, pairing the pants with a crisp white blouse or the jacket with your favourite jeans to turn the volume down, just a little.

Images from Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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While we should be celebrating the Earth every single day, Earth Month is a great reminder that there are so many amazing and sustainable fashion choices; from fairtrade fashion brands and  organic materials, to vintage pieces and renting the runway. Another option? Investing only in pieces that you genuinely love (and wear over, and over, and over). Reducing your carbon footprint has never looked so good with these eco-friendly fashion options.

Outland denim isn’t only committed to organic fabrics but sustainable employment practices and training opportunities for women who were rescued from human trafficking. The ultimate essential, KOTN‘s t-shirts are made from best long-staple cotton in the world – and the company is socially conscious, dedicated funds to build schools in the region of Egypt where the cotton is grown. Even the sunnies by brand Dresden are made from 100% recycled nylon.

These fabulous floral separates by TAMGA are made from Tencel, a sustainable fabric created from wood pulp. Other fabrics to keep your eyes peeled for include hemp, linen, and organic cotton.

Another great way to reduce your footprint is vintage or consignment clothing. Not only is it friendly for the environment, but friendly on your wallet and you can source designer goods at 70-80% off retail prices.

This matching set is from H&M’s conscious collection and is one giant step towards the companies goal: by 2030 to have 100% of their products be sustainable. Bonus if you take your unwanted clothing to any H&M across Canada, they will give you a $5 coupon towards your purchase.

Images by Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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Erica Wark by Erica Wark - 2M ago

It’s officially Spring according to the calendar, but at this time of year it’s still risky to leave the house without an extra layer, and your winter jacket leaves you sweltering in milder temps.  So the Spring season doesn’t really start until you’ve secured a Spring jacket (or two).  Luckily, there are so many options that cater to all shapes, sizes, trends and budgets.

Muted Tones 

Muted tones are the palate of the season. But this trend isn’t only about chocolates and caramels.  Pastels are included too, like this stunning pink coat with a cheeky peek of leopard print.  Denim is also a great neutral! Rather than your traditional jean jacket, this one is in a classic trench silhouette and the patch work makes it extra glam with a 70’s vibe.

Bright Colours

There is no better time to inject some serious colour into your wardrobe than Spring, and no better way than great outerwear.  While this raincoat might not look vibrant at first glance, the waterproof fabric is iridescent, subtly displaying all the colour of the rainbow.  Surprise! A flash of light actually reveals a stunning silver colour.  Add some Spring cheer to any outfit with a cropped denim jacket in one of the season’s hottest colours: neon green.

Animal Print

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, snakeskin is the hottest print of the season.  Done in neutrals it’s easily incorporated into your wardrobe.  And you can never talk about animal print without talking about the classic leopard print.  Think outside the box too, like this floral print jacket which just screams garden party.

Embellishments

This trend is perfect for those with a more is more mentality.  Think grommets and sequins!  Wear these as an extra layer in chillier temps, and as outerwear when the mercury rises.

Images from Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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Spring is synonymous with bold prints and bright colours, but this year’s coolest trend is wearing earth tones from head-to-toe.   Neutrals were all over the runways and now it’s time to show the world how exciting these muted tones can really be.

Beige + Brown

This stunning snakeskin print suit pack a serious punch when worn together with a clay coloured coat! But like I’ve said before, the best this thing about a suit like this is you can also wear it separately, so you can subtly infuse the trend into your outfits, all season long.

Moss + Leaves

I can’t help but fall in love with this aviator-inspired jumpsuit.  It’s incredibly soft, breathable and amaaaazing for travel.  Here it’s paired with Spring’s must-have jacket silhouette – the trench – in a gorgeous olive green.

Dark Brown

This chocolate knit tunic from Massimo Dutti is so versatile.  The tie can be worn in the front, in the back, or skip the matching culottes and wear it as a dress.  The best thing about dark brown is that it acts almost like a black – so you can easily pair it with other colours like pink, orange and blue.

Taupe + Pink

When I said snakeskin was going to be everywhere this season, I meant it.  And in this stunning blush pink tone, it just begs to be taken to Sedona on vacation.

Images from Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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We all have a go-to uniform that we rely on, especially on days (like the Monday after Daylight Savings) when we push the snooze button one too many times and find ourselves running out the door.  For many of us this uniform includes one particular wardrobe staple – the skinny jean.  But if you think skinny jeans are only for white tees or running errands, think again.  It’s time to makeover your skinny jean uniform with these fab looks.

Casual

Casual can still be elevated with a few fashionable details.  A shoe is a great way to transform your jeans, and in this case we want to highlight this stunning cream ankle boot so we’ve rolled up the cuff.  Lots and lots of layers are always a great way to mix it up,  a striped shirt layered over a cream turtleneck is chic, and the jacket has an oversized check pattern with beautiful pops of colour, invigorating the whole look.

Work

If you’re off to work, there is no need to leave you favourite skinny jean behind.  They pair perfectly with a gorgeous statement blazer!  Adding accessories is also a great way to elevate the look for work,  a pop of colour in the bag, as well as a snakeskin (the new neutral) belt and slings is an easy solution to mixing prints without it being overwhelming.

Weekend

This look is all about this stunning pair of over-the-knee boots.  By pairing a lighter wash denim (typically associated with warmer weather) with rich neutrals and a teddy coat, this outfit is ready to wear. Now!

Glamourous

A pair of black skinny jeans is perfect for a night out or special occasion. For those who might not feel totally confident in a skinny jean, this vest is a great way to maintain the upscale look without compromising on comfort.

Images by Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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If you’re anything like me, you absolutely CAN NOT wait a moment longer for Spring.  But no matter what the weather, it’s never too early to take a sneak peek at the fabulous spring outfits that are just around the corner.

Chambray Shirt

A denim shirt is a wardrobe staple and looks instantly chic when paired with white pants.  Layer over a turtleneck makes the shirt extra longevity in colder months  – like right now.

Striped Dress

Add some serious oomph to this look with one of my favourite colours of the season: citron yellow.  If you’re new to brighter hues, adding accessories like this gorgeous purse is a great way to test the waters.

Matching Sweatsuit

This sweatsuit is the ultimate in athleisure!  With a tweed-like pattern in the fabric and paired with a pair of heels, this look is quite elevated.   Could this be the perfect airport outfit?

Jumpsuit

Is Spring even Spring without a floral jumpsuit? Swapping out the matching belt for a belt bag is a simple way to infuse your personality into the look.

Images from Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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We all tend to gravitate towards darker hues in the winter, even though a mood enhancing pop of colour is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.  When it comes to choosing your colour look for something that could read “Summer” and make the piece transitional with winter-centric accessories (like boots) or winter-focused textures (like wool or cashmere).  Don’t believe me?  Check out the 4 looks below for some rainbow-infused outfit inspiration.

Neon Yellow

This neon yellow satin skirt is perfect for spring, but the addition of a knit sweater in a similar hue makes this look winter ready.  I’ve neutralized the yellow with a stunning snake print jacket and off-white booties, but it would also look great with taupes or greys.  When the warmer weather comes transition these pieces to spring by pairing them with other brights like blue and orange, or pastels.

Pink

This look is a subtle way to add a pop of colour.  A neon pink turtleneck just peeks out underneath a traditional houndstooth suit giving the whole outfit a modern aesthetic.  Another easy way to add colour? Don’t forget about lipstick.

Red

Colour blocking is one of my favourite trends, and the combination of red and turquoise is rich and unexpected.  Other colours combinations that would keep this look fresh when paired with red are orange, yellow and magenta.

Kelly Green

This look goes to show you just how fun wearing a bright in the winter can be.  Keep the look winterized by layering a lavender (!!!!)  turtleneck under a jumpsuit with matching boots and let the compliments keep you warm.

Images by Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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Just as with any fashion trend, wedding trends also come and go so it’s important to keep an open mind and take your time to make the big decision.  But more than any other fashion decision you make, it’s important to trust your gut.  Need a great place to start?  Here are some of the top wedding trends for 2019!

  1.  Romantic

This wonderful, 3 piece suit is made from lightweight wool blend making it breathable for spring or summer weddings.  Don’t be afraid to invest in a great suit because it’s something men can wear over and over again.  When it comes to suiting it’s all about FIT FIT FIT. So having an extra couple eyes at your fitting never hurts (especially your friends have no problems being honest).  When it comes to bridal this romantic dress boasts lace, chiffon in a figure-flattering sheath silhouette.  It’s perfect for an ethereal outdoor wedding.

2. Suit Up

This classic navy suit gets a modern makeover with satin lapels and a slight print.  Or if you’re dream is to channel James Bond a white tux is elegant, fashion-forward and you’ll still be able to look back 25 years from now and think daaaaamn.  Add a little personality with fun, patterned socks (which also make great gifts for the groomsmen.)

3.  Lace

This illusion neckline is pure magic!  And this particular dress is customizable so if you want to add a sleeve, have a shorter (or loooonger) train.  A wedding dress is made in the details. A bow adds instant glam while a lace back peekaboo is perfect for those who want to add drama in the dress instead of the reception.

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If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to get off the couch and into the gym look no further than these outfits which provide enough functionality that you can hit your favourite spin class, and enough fashion that you can go directly to drinks after.

1. Gym to Brunch

The nylon edges and mesh details in a menswear inspired silhouette elevate this athletic jacket to edgy outerwear.  Tying a knot at the waist can add definition to a looser fitting gym top while a key hole adds an unexpected surprise.   These leggings boast not only a subtle star pattern that would pair wonderfully with your favourite moto, but compression panels mean you can reach for the second mimosa.

2.  Outdoor Adventure

Winter arrives every year, no matter how much we protest.  So it’s definitely worth investing in pieces that can protect you from the elements!  This jacket is made from Gortex – a high-functioning fabric that’s breathable, waterproof and windproof – and comes in a variety of colour ways.  A headband is a must, for keeping ears warm and hair at bay on a windy day.

3.  Hot Yoga

For those looking to turn up the heat on their gym look, this yoga outfit features sheer paneling so you can nama-slay all day.

4.  Athleisure

You don’t need a gym membership to enjoy all of the perks of the athleisure trend.    Nothing says athleisure quite like a bomber layered over a graphic tee featuring an empowering quote.  These fleecy joggers are the ultimate in chic comfort, especially in lavender – one of Spring 2019’s hottest colours.

Images from Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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One of the season’s hottest trends is mixing bold prints! Instead of dipping your toe in the trend, how about a whole leg.  Not only are there an infinite number of patterns and colours in hosiery, they are the perfect way to add layers without adding bulk.  And even better, there are so many options at an affordable price point you can give all your favourite outfits a leg up.

1. Coloured Stocking

The number one rule to picking out a colour stocking is to choose a colour you gravitate towards.  Whether that be power red, mustard or a neutral like navy.  That way you’re more likely not only to wear them, but wear them often.  I choose a stunning blue from the oversized animal print sweater to keep the look going from head to toe, and since this outfit is already making a bold statement with patterns, layering a pair of black fishnets makes the look extra fashion forward.

2. Printed Tights

From stars to leopard print, sheer to opaque patterned stockings are a fabulous way to up the glam factor.  Option 1:  Choose a colour from your outfit.  Option 2: Opt for a neutral outfit and go wild with the printed tight.

3.  Fishnets

A fishnet sock is so much fun! And it also created the illusion of a boot when paired with your favourite pump.  A gold glitter fishnet instantly updates your LBD while they could also be layered over a coloured stocking for more versatility.  While fashion lore might say stockings with sandals are a big no-no, I’m here to tell you that there ARE ways to pull it off.  Firstly choose a matching neutral colour for shoes and for tights (black or burgundy work well), and then make sure your toe nail polish is in the same family of colours.

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