Finally! Both the calendar and the weather are indicating that Summer is here! I don't know about you, I have just about switched by wardrobe from winter to summer wear, and started feeding my family lighter meals and snacks.
The folks at McDonald's have been thinking along the same lines, with the launch of their new salad entrees - not only perfect for us moms when we stop by our local restaurant with our kids, but also as inspiration for our summer style.
Yes - salad and style! There is a connection. Used to be that both salads and style were the same combination every time. Our salads were the iceberg lettuce/French dressing standard. Our closets were full of "outfits". Today's salads and closets are more eclectic, founded on crisp basics with variety of items tossed-in and and accented with exotic accessories and dressings. See - am I talking about salads or closets here? Who knew that one day jeans, heels and bling would be acceptable party attire or that far east flavours would spice up our salads?
Let me explain further. To get this year's boho style, for example, you need an unexpected mix of colours, patterns and textures that somehow all work together, just like this look from Esprit, and, just like the ingredients of a Mediterranean salad where cubes of feta cheese, work with olives, cucumbers and more to create a light, bright and surprisingly satisfying combination.
Love the Boho look, but don't want it head to toe? Simply add a Mediterranean accessory or two. These Old Navy thong sandals would add a little Mediterranean zest to denim, whites and shorts. Or, add some large, beaded hoops for a hint of hippie style.
Just like in a salad, spicy far east flavours and colours can turn the everyday into something special. Most maxi dresses this season are in Mediterranean mode, as reviewed above. But Asian inspiration adds a twist to this summer's must-have, in this sarong style maxi from Suzy Shier.
Asian inspiration does not have to be quite so bold and bright. The beading on this Guess top takes a basic colour and design from ok to interesting. Wear it with jeans or even under a jacket!
Of course, you can always add your Asian accent with accessories. These gold earrings from Banana Republic remind me of far east gongs and add a glint of glamour, day or night.
Tropical patterns and prints are superb for making a summer statement. Take this tote from Payless, for example, which can go from office to the outdoors effortlessly.
Even the classics have received a personality pick-me-up. Just as the much-loved garden salad has received a make-over with delicious new dressings, so have floral fashions. Yes, floral fabrics are back big time this summer, but have become much more flirtatious than the Laura Ashley look of the 80s. Take a look at this cute combination from Suzy Shier - not your mother's peachy pink! and awesome adaptability - wear the top with white jeans or jeans skirt, and team the skirt with plain T's or tanks in white, green or brown for a more casual look.
Or, how about a little garden-party glamour? This dress is ummm... all dressed up, but could be worn more casually with flip flops or espadrilles.
Still think all this flower power is a little overwhelming? Get the fresh look of the garden from accessories. Select two-tone florals for a toned down choice. This tote is from Old Navy.
Sometimes, however, the tried and true simply works. There's no need to mess with the appeal of the classic Caesar Salad. Just like timeless Summer whites. Here's a perfect cotton dress from Esprit - purchase this item and it will be in your closet for ever!.
Or how about this khaki classic from the Gap - it will go with just about everything. Just like Caesar Salad!
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Also, check out www.fashionflavour.ca for more tips and tricks on dressing and accessorizing this Summer. It's hosted by style expert Lisa Rogers and Canadian designers Kavi Kavi and Luicain Matis. Meet them and me at a Style Luncheon on Tuesday, June 23 at 12 noon and 12:40 p.m. at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto. In addition to style advice, you'll get a taste of McDonald's new salads.
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