TEST Summer Staples

The smell of bonfires, Coppertone and margaritas are in the air.  This could only mean one thing – that the glorious season of Summer has turned up the heat (and our hemlines) in Toronto.  With a new season here, we bring you some trendy wardrobe inspiration brought to you by our favorite TEST shops.

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Pastel Shoes – 17.50 USD – TheGoodJujuShop

LOW FOOTWEAR
While sky high sandals are sultry when the sun goes down, hot summer days call for keeping it chic and easy with more practical footwear.  Browse the TEST Team vintage shops to get the “low” down on Summer gladiators and bright espadrilles.  Your tootises will thank you for the low footwear – especially during long walks scouring seashells at Woodbine beach.

 
Floral Crop Tank – $30.00 USD – Honey Bliss Clothing

THE CROP TOP
The days are heating up so don’t be afraid to show a little skin.  The crop-top trend is wonderful for summer as we can dare to bare a little more midriff than usual.  Don’t fret, we aren’t asking you to show too much tummy.  We’d pair this Floral Crop Tank with a favorite high-waisted skirt and cardigan for work.  We wouldn’t just save this beauty for work — for a weekend look, it would be great with vintage high-waisted cut-offs.  Which brings us to our next Summer wardrobe staple…

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Vintage Jean Shorts – $52.00 USD – Aiseirigh

DENIM SHORTS
Denim shorts are one of our favorite warm-weather mainstays, if not for their longevity but their sheer ease.  You can find some good twists on the classic, like neon lace appliqués.  We’ve spotted some structured versions around the big smoke to take to the office on summer Fridays.  Toronto-based Etsy shop Aiseirigh has got a few good ones in stock – florals, fringed and even baggy ones.

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Bustier Sundress – $27.26 USD – QueenWestVintage

SUNDRESS
The season’s key piece takes on many chic forms, from the airy boho white dress to the rockabilly polka-dotted halter. Shop the best of them, in flirty and feminine iterations.  The sundress is great for brunch dates, barbecues and lawn parties.

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Photography Print – $30.00 USD – CharlenePrecious

STRAW HAT
Whether you’re on the beach, being a lounge lizard at the pool or lunching al fresco, a straw topper is a breathable accessory to add to your outfit.  We personally like the wide brimmed floppy ones that are basically like a SPF of their own!

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Summer Bag – $160.00 USD – GraceDesign

SUMMER BAG
So you’ve picked out the perfect crop top and snapped up this season’s must-have sandal – but what about a stylish bag to pack all your seaside necessities?  We are head over heels for Grace Design’s Summer Bag pictured above.  It’s gorgeous woven summer bag that is roomy to stow away an entire days worth of essentials.  We could easily see this taking us from the beach to sunset cocktails.

Show your fellow TEST Members some love by admiring, favoriting and shopping local this Summer.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  Here’s to happy shopping, long Summer nights and playful wardrobes!

Toronto Etsy Trends

New season?  New wardrobe inspiration!  Spring is on its way and it’s that time of the year when we can indulge in color, break out of the routine dark monochromes and experiment with interesting silhouettes.  Spring 2015 is bringing an array of fabulous possibilities.  Keep your eyes peeled for light yet rich fabrics, new colors and interesting prints.  Here are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get playful with your wardrobe this Spring:

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Floral Crop Top – $40.00 USD – BetterStayTogether

Flowers
Flowers have definitely blossomed as a spring essential. This season they adorned catwalks both boldly and subtly. Be on the look out for special embroideries and appliques that will create a rich botanical experience.  No layers or further embellishments are needed when sporting floral prints as flowers add major boost of panache to an outfit and simply make you feel more into the season.  As an ever joyful and spring print, the flower trend might have just turned into a classic that everyone needs.

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Upcycled Denim Jacket – $68.00 USD – Jool

Denim
Ahh, the resilient denim!  Denim has made a full force comeback this spring, adding rustic and urban character to ensembles.  It’s all about mixing, matching and revamping your style with new and old denim pieces.  Pick what makes you comfortable, washes that work with your skin-tones and have fun with it!

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Gingham Cat Collar – $20.00 USD – TheRoverBoutique

Gingham
These tiny checks, once considered a vintage print, are certainly one of the biggest buzzes for spring 2015. Seen everywhere, (even on cats) gingham is the statement of the season!  Impeccable giant pastel checks can show a soft, preppy look. If you’re looking for a daring style, enhance your checks with pops of color.  For a sophisticated look – wear the print on a easy, light dress.

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Gingham Mini Dress – $45.00 USD – BetterStayTogether

This new energy given to gingham has gone positively stylish. Redesigned into crop tops, pencil skirts, relaxed button-down dresses and even charmingly feminine fitted blazers makes it one of the most covetable prints this season. The ladylike print has never looked better!

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Custom Bohemian Wrap Dress – $649.00 USD – SimonesRoseBoutique

Romantic Bohemian
Romantic prints on an airy maxi dresses are so hot this season.  We love this look from Simones Rose Boutique – a sheer, busy-patterned, deep v-neck, with major bohemian flavor.  Earthy tones, intricate appliques and feminine shaped dresses are super trendy and perfect for this time of year.  If you’re looking to steal gazes and inspire deep sighs, bring this trend to your wardrobe.

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Leather Fringe Bag – $209.00 USD – karenkalashnik

Fringe
This season’s fringe is all about standing out.  Fringe can powerfully embellish your wardrobe as it adds amazing texture and movement to garments.  Fringe can be small, medium or long strands – whatever you’re most comfortable with.  While often thought of as bohemian, fringe shows sophistication and elegance.  We’d love to go dancing with Karen’s leather fringe bag pictured above!

Show your local Etsy shops some love by shopping local this Spring.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  Happy shopping and happy playful Spring wardrobes!