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:

Floral

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.

Jool

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!

PuddyCat

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!

Simone

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.

FringeBag

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!

Mullet & Mermaid

TOGA - Asymmetrical Skirt Spring 2015

TOGA – Asymmetrical Skirt Spring 2015

Fashion has been a little off-kilter lately, filled with weirdo clothes for weirder people which is an absolute joy.

Peter Pilotto - Printed Wrap Skirt

Peter Pilotto – Printed Wrap Skirt

Tis the time to ditch traditional hemlines and put off balance twists on wardrobe staples.

Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia

The trend is romantic and feminine, but totally weird and awkward.

Anthony Vaccarello

Anthony Vaccarello

Is your unfinished ensemble an oversight?  Nah, its a style choice.

Lisa Perry Dress

Lisa Perry Dress

Asymmetries find their balance and personalize a look with a light heart and naïve touch.

Amelie Pichard Velvet Shoes

Amelie Pichard Velvet Shoes

Quite frankly, we think these hems are an absolute delight to wear and see.  What hemline will you be adding a mullet or mermaid to this season?  Let us know in the comments below!

Printed Midi Dress

1If any trend was made to be a work-to-play crossover, it’s the modest midi-length dress. This unexpected office-to-cocktails staple looks great on its own.  Wear it at night with some killer heels.  For the day, pop on a blazer and demure shoes.  This trend has been all over at both spring and fall fashion shows, so buy one and you’ll be set for the entire year!  Filthy Rebena’s vintage shop is bursting at the seams with a fantastic range of midi dresses.  You can take your pick from the classic black midi, romantic floral prints and cami silhouettes – there’s a stunning new style for every occasion.

 

Make My Heart Sing Toronto

Show your love by shopping local this Valentine’s Day or Toronto might just break up with you.  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.  So take a short peruse through these charming Valentine’s gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

Handcrafted Seed Card – $6.84 CAD

Let’s start with the most timeless and most treasured Valentine gift – the classic love letter.  This love letter from Okkudesign is a little different as it is the gift that keeps on giving.  The card is actually made from an all-natural, seed paper.  Being made from seed paper, the love letter will make its most meaningful impact when planted in your garden.  Your lover will see his or her card in the garden year after year.  100% sweet. 

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Handcrafted BFF Keychain – $23.93 CAD

Oh yes, the ultimate best friend gift is coming to you from DreamWillowStudio.  This gives me so many fond memories of my childhood.  Recess wouldn’t be complete without me and my best friend clinking our half hears together.  Now as adults, we can still clink our BFF hearts together with our key rings.  A big bonus is that DreamWillowStudio offers personalization on their items.  100% cute.

Handpainted Acrylic Nails - $20.51 CAD

Handpainted Acrylic Nails – $20.51 CAD

Regardless of hot that lil’ red dress you plan on wearing for V-Day is – you just can’t nail the picture-perfect look without a killer manicure.  Can you think of another major holiday that revolves so much around hand holding?  Kate, a Toronto nail artist, from NailKandy has your paws cover with her handpainted acrylic nails.  They are matte black nails with sexy shimmering red heart tips.  100% hot.

Rose Life Print - $39.89 CAD

Australia Rose Life Print – $39.89 CAD

Roses have come to symbolise love and romance – there’s no question about it.  How about a local alternative to the usual bouquet of roses this Valentines?  This rose print comes from a curious, traveling photographer named Anca.  This limited edition photographic print is inspired from one of her trips to Brisbane, Australia.  This print is guaranteed to inject a fusion of colors and lavish shades into your home.  100% beautiful. 

Appliquéd Pillow - $25.00 CAD

Appliquéd Pillow – $25.00 CAD

Are you absolutely in love with your bed and sofa?  Me too.  This “love” appliquéd pillow is perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.  All of Kelsey’s items are handmade with love in Toronto, Ontario.  Her shop is full of textile goods for a warm heart and a beautiful home.  100% quirky.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the sweet, the cute, the hot, the beautiful and even the quirky.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Valentine’s gifts.  Nothing is sexier that buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!