In case you haven’t noticed, it has been smokin’ hot in Vancouver lately. Beat the heat by wearing a short skirt (or, if you prefer, short shorts–we don’t judge). Here are our six top picks–most are from companies owned by women, and they are in all different shapes and sizes. By the way, if you have never seen it and need more than a little inspiration, watch the Vagina Monologue “My Short Skirt,” like, now. You can see Amber Tamblyn, Ali Larter, and Stephanie Bataille perform it together, here.
Hot outside? Then get out your short shorts, you don’t want to get heatstroke wearing jeans or whatever. Show off them legs. Wear sunscreen to be safe. Wear heels if you feel like it– you know we do what we want around here.
Here in Vancouver we are more than familiar with the old saying “April showers bring forth May flowers,” living in a rain forest on the West Coast….here are a few beautiful floral dresses perfect for those of you who wear ‘plus’ sizes to look sunny and bright even when it’s pouring outside.
Above: Kimmy Floral Illusion Midi Dress, found here.
This dress is SO perfect as the long sleeves will keep you wearing it into cooler seasons, and for now is perfect for warmer days and cooler nights–you can go out and not have to worry about quite so many layers. The dress is great with a nude heel as shown, and the many different colours give you so many options of which colour to bring out when you wear it.
Above: Joe Browns ‘Days Gone By’ Dress. Found here.
Love the painterly quality of this floral print. It looks like a watercolour masterpiece that should be on display in a museum!
One thing about florals is that more often than not they err on the side of sweet, dainty, and slightly more on the youthful side. The Shania Painterly Print Dress above dashes all those common floral pitfalls–you’re ready for a night out of fun with this bright, curve-hugging number.
Above: Joe Browns “Vintage Flower” dress, found here.
The muted colours on the black background is so polished, and so versatile! With a wicker hand bag and flats it’s good enough for a weekend brunch, with patent pumps and bright accessories you could be ready for a wedding. We also love the nod to vintage with this neckline-very Sophia Loren.
Above: Floral scuba knit dress by Forever 21, found here.
For those of you who loathe vintage, this pick is for you. The scuba fabric, the subtle overlay of the geometric shapes, and zipper keep this flowery dress in modern territory.
You’ve read our Editor’s Wish Lists for Spring 2014, here are a few more finds we think are worthy for spring. As a bonus, all of these items are Canadian!
1. Strathcona stockings
Image above found here.
Cult favourite, lady-run label, and Vancouver-based designer Strathcona Stockings (the stockings are named after a Vancouver neighbourhood for readers who aren’t local)–what’s not to love?
2. The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear
3. Mod Style Blossom Voile Infinity Scarf by Veespoke
Above: Image found here.
Another Vancouver line, Veespoke, makes beautiful infinity scarves for folks who aren’t sure how to wear scarves! We love the bright selection (like the one above) and the very West Coast feel of this stylish local label.