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!

90’s Comeback

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Jelly Shoes & Smokin’ Ciggys

There was a time when you wouldn’t be caught dead in jelly shoes, Doc Martens or fanny packs but fashion trends change fast. You may have looked back on your elementary or middle school pictures and cringe at the sight of your overalls and the brightly-colored scrunchy in your hair. Now, if you have a bold sense of fashion, you are probably hitting thrift shops to find the clothes you once mocked and gave away, or maybe you are raiding your mother’s or even grandmother’s closets to try and stay ahead of the fashion trends.

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Tough girls and their fanny packs

 

Fanny packs recently took a slingshot ride back to modern day attire. What was once thought of as borderline nerdy in the early 2000s is now a standard way to accessorize an outfit. Fanny packs are especially popular with music festival-goers and concert fanatics because they are a convenient way to carry your things without losing them.

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Tattoo Chokers & Oversized Sweats

One of the fondest memories for ’90s children was taking a smooth, shiny quarter, sticking it in a machine and claiming your 25-cent treasure with a quick twist. The holiest of prizes was a stretchy, black tattoo-style choker, which symbolized the best of the ’90s generation.

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Showin’ off your bellies since 1990

If you watch any ’90s sitcom, you will discover those characters made crop tops “fetch” before the modern generations. This trends appears in ’90s hit movie “Clueless,” while movies like “Mean Girls” reinforced its influence to the modern generations. Although the style was the same, the delivery has changed a bit. There is a fine line between looking fashionable and exposing your abdomen to the whole world.

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Skyy Stratosphere modeling Filthy Rebena‘s line of Flannel

A fashion trend that may never die is flannel — the ultimate grunge symbol. Perhaps it will always be associated with the best of the ’80s and ’90s, but this style has survived generations. Today it can still be used to assemble a grunge look, but its influence has expanded. Flannel is also associated with the country scene as a very prominent fashion trend. It is a versatile look that everyone can enjoy.

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We are well into 2015, but the ’90s influence is hotter than ever

So here is a moment of silence to the overalls you regret donating to Goodwill, the infinite stretchy chokers you lost or broke and the chunky jewelry you refused from your grandmother because you thought it was dorky. One can only hope that fashion trends such as frosted tips, platform Rocketdogs and light up sneakers stay tucked beneath the surface forever.

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70’s Suede Skirts

Seventies style has been the biggest influence on trends this spring and the suede button-front skirt is no exception. This flirty silhouette has already been spotted on celebrities and street style mavens alike.

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Taylor Swift goes to the Kelsey Edwards Photography Studio – FameFlynet Pictures

Taylor Swift was photographed out and about in West Hollywood dressed like a “daydream”.  The color and material of her skirt make it quintessentially 1970’s but the signature red lip and matching bag are classic Swift.

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A-line Suede Skirt – 26″ Waist – $34.00 – FilthyRebena

And with its flattering A-line shape and vintage sensibility what’s not to love?

 

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Purple Suede Pencil Skirt – 26″ Waist – $28.00 – FilthyRebena

Suede skirts can be paired with a crop top for a weekend jaunt or with a demure blouse for a day in the office.  These skirts are simple yet fashion-forward garments that are perfect for spring’s transitional weather.

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Suede Chevron Waist Skirt – 30″ Waist – $34.00 – FilthyRebena

Rebena is definitely super-sonic stoked to revive the suede skirt this season.  Let Rebena know what vintage garments and style you plan on sporting this season.