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Summer 16! The Official OV Guide To Summer Fashion

From pride to the beach, we've got you (un) covered!

Summer 16! The Official OV Guide To Summer Fashion

Summer is officially here! Be sure to take advantage of all the festive Pride celebrations, those long lazy afternoons on the dock at the cottage, warm sunny days at the beach and some amazing music at your favorite summer concert. Before you know it we’ll be back to our all too familiar routine, shoveling ourselves out of 5 feet of snow in search of freedom. The joys of life in Canada!

In the meantime, we’re here to help make sure that you’re getting the absolute most out of summer. So say yes to fun and fill your schedule up with the very best that the season has to offer. What better way to start than with some essential summer gear? We’ve scoured the shops and surfed the web to bring you the very best apparel as you prepare to tackle the sweltering summer heat in style.

Partying From Pride To Patios

There are so many amazing reasons to spend your free time outdoors this summer and it all kicks into high gear with Pride! From the packed streets and green spaces to an unforgettable parade, there were so many great opportunities to showcase your true colors and celebrate.

This year, there were fantastic options for great apparel courtesy of Pride Toronto. We’re really digging this easy breezy tank. It’s the perfect accessory to take you from day to night and it will also serve as a great memento from the amazing celebrations. If you’re more tees than tanks, there are some super cool choices including this great black and white floral option from Reiss. Its not only totally on trend but is also easy to match with almost anything. Dress it up with chinos and some fresh ‘Damn Daniel’ worthy white kicks like these incredible Adidas ultra-boost shoes. Or, keep it simple by pairing the tee with some distressed denim cut-off shorts and converse sneakers. 

Beach Chic

What better way to spend a warm summer day than at the beach? Whether you’re working on your tan or possibly recovering from the night before, a great beach is the perfect spot for some much needed rest and relaxation. 

If you’re focused on recharging your battery, let your towel do the talking! This bright option from Bando paired with its bold message is the perfect accessory. So even if your head is stuck in the sand, everyone will still know you’re ready to party! If you can’t make it to the beach, you can always bring it with you wherever you go when you’re rocking these Orlebar Brown swim trunks featuring the perfect summer print. Don’t forget that no matter where you find yourself, you can keep the celebrations going all season long with the help of a great portable Bluetooth speaker. Simply pair with your phone and you’ll have all your favorite summer jams right at your fingertips. 

Concert Cool

One of the absolute best things about the summer is taking advantage of all the great outdoor concerts and festivals. There’s nothing better than hearing your favorite song, from your favorite artist or band under the stars with the bright lights of the city serving as your beautiful backdrop. Concert and festival wear has truly become an art form over the last few years with everyone looking to put their own unique spin on the ultra cool Coachella theme. A vintage inspired tank can help you pay homage to your favorite blast from the past band. You can find the perfect and effortlessly grungy option like this Black Sabbath one from H&M. Pair it with some great wayfarers like these Warby Parkers and a few of your favorite bracelets and go bust a move.

No matter what your plans are, avoid heavy fabrics and bulky items that will likely cause you to overheat. Instead, stick to lighter, breathable fabrics such as linens and cottons. Take advantage of the warm weather and sunshine and let this be reflected in your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to try bright colors and showcase bold summer prints. Even if summer can’t be endless, great style surely can be!

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