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!

Shark Week Fashion

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Espadrilles and checked shorts find new life at Dolce & Gabbana.

The Fourth of July. Memorial Day. Shark Week.  Some holidays just bring out one’s inner patriot.

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Tiger of Sweden sets sail with a take on the Greek fisherman’s cap.

In honor of Discovery’s celebration of the ocean’s most fearsome fellow, which kicks off today, we’re looking back at the best seafaring fare from the latest round of men’s shows.

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Among Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s tide turn at No. 21 was this anchor intarsia knit.

Get into the drink with these looks above!  Repeat viewings of Jaws optional, though heartily encouraged.
shark-week-nautical-fashion-resort-2016-14For more great nautical and resort menswear, check out our source: Style.com

Were the tentacles seen on Antonio Marras' blazer those of an octopus, or something more mythical from 20,000 leagues under the sea?

Were the tentacles seen on Antonio Marras’ blazer those of an octopus, or something more mythical from 20,000 leagues under the sea?

5 Trends From Dad

Your dad inspired the store that millions of you find your basics at.

American Apparel – Your dad inspired the store that millions of you find your basics at.

Your dad was into American Apparel before you and he’s got the plain shirts to prove it. He was a monochromatic madman who didn’t rep any brand other than his own. He knew all the Pantone numbers and looking into his dresser drawers was like looking into a kaleidoscope of fashion sense.

Hair

Unkempt Hair – Dad’s hair was so gnar that people assumed he’d killed a man and gotten away with it.

Your dad had unkempt hair before you did and he has the snarled strands to prove it. Long before looking like you just rolled out of bed became fashion-able, your dad’s locks were just as out of control as he was. He didn’t spend hours meticulously disheveling his hair with $40 product, he earned his look. His lengths were styled with motorcycle joyrides, fistfights and a touch of “I don’t give a fuck.”

Sweater

Art Attack Sweaters – Dad’s coolness poured into that sweater first.  Those fibers once touched greatness.

Your dad wore Art Attack sweaters before you did and he’s got the weavings to prove it. Since before Cosby was a prefix for it and parties were themed around it, your dad was rocking these glorious machine-knit pieces. His collection of knit Pollocks and wearable Warhols were the mullets of clothing, formal enough for work, yet wild enough to party in.

Jorts - Your dad wore them because he was helping to save the environment before saving the environment was cool.

Jorts – Your dad probably wore them because he was helping to save the environment.

You dad wore jorts before you did and he’s got the short frayed denim to prove it. Living the three Rs, he Reused his life-wrecked jeans by Reducing their leg length and Recycling them back into his wardrobe as stylish Danny Dukes. Now every pair of faded favorites could have a second life as his favorite pair of shorts.

Raybans

Colored Knockoff Ray-Bans – Dad once hated on the sun with lime green ray blockers.

Your dad wore neon sunglasses before you did and he’s got the $10 knockoff Ray-Bans to prove it. Like a highlighter hugging his eye sockets, his shades were the awesome accent that made him stick out in a crowd. He was a life salmon that swam downstream when everyone else was trying to go up.

For more great trends from Dad, check out the source we used: Huffington Post.  You can find the article here: Hipster Trends Your Dad Started.