Splurge vs. Steal: 5 essential pieces you need this summer
By Ashley Kowalewski
Summer time is in full swing, and with that in mind, we’ve identified some key pieces that you need in your closet this season—whatever your budget. Whether you’re heading out to a pool party or just to the office, these summer essentials will get you through the season in style and won’t break your oh-so-chic wallet.
- Chic Bag: Bags are essential for carting your entire life around with you. And if this essential can come in a pretty punchy coloured version, then who are we to argue with what’s necessity or not?
Steal: Gap Crossbody Bag, $29, http://www.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=34740&vid=1&pid=453701003
Splurge: Kate Spade West Valley Valentine Shoulder Bag, $378, http://www.katespade.com/west-valley-valentine/PXRU4356,en_US,pd.html?dwvar_PXRU4356_color=243#cm_sp=home062013-_-homepage-_-handbags&start=1&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all
- Maxi Dress: Summer just isn’t summer without a cute, flirty dress. Maxi dresses are perfect because you can dress them up for an evening cocktail party, or dress them down for lunch on the patio with your girlfriends. With prints and colours of every kind, you’re sure to find one (or a few) that you love. Tip: Switch it up with different belts, jewellery and shoes to keep your look fresh throughout the season!
Steal: Old Navy Tube Maxi Dress, $33, http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=91343&vid=1&pid=524205073
Splurge: Anthropologie Condesa Maxi Dress, $228, http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-floorskimmers/28036226.jsp
- Wedges: You can rock them with a cute pair of shorts or a crisp white pair of jeans. A maxi skirt for the boho look or a nice sundress for a more feminine take—whatever your pleasure these wedges will take you right into the cooler season and let you show off your bright pedi.
Steal: Call it Spring Wedges, $50, http://www.callitspring.com/ca-eng/women/sandals/wedges/93522480-stolarik/53
Splurge: Marc by Marc Jacobs Neon Wedges, available at Holt Renfrew, $248 http://www.holtrenfrew.com/shop/en/holt/shoes/shoes/pretty-knot-neon-canvas-wedge-sandal-7641-18069-9787-700
- Summer Spritz: Summer is the time to experiment with your signature scent since all of the fruity floral spritzes are in full bloom. Opt for lighter toilettes that will last though the workday into the night and will make you feel bouncy, girly and energetic.
Steal: Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day EDT, $30 (75 ml), http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=18275026&cp=12586965.12587147.19721986
Splurge: Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Edition, $75 (50 ml), http://www.marcjacobs.com/marc-jacobs/fragrance/sunshneedt17/daisy-sunshine-eau-de-toilette-1-7-oz?sort=
- Statement Necklace: Normally you want to steer clear of big, bulky jewellery in the hot summer months, but sometimes you just need a bold look-at-me statement necklace. A nice bib necklace can make a plain dress, top or blouse instantly more vibrant—and your friends will be lusting after your fashionable find and looking to you for where to shop.
Steal: Forever 21 Bib Necklace, $11, http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=F21&Category=acc_necklace_bib_collar&ProductID=1031602548&VariantID=
Splurge: Carolee Bib Necklace, available at The Bay, $130 http://www.thebay.com/eng/handbagsjewellery-jewellery-necklaces-trendnecklaces-Candy_Colors_Dramatic_Frontal_Bib_Necklace-thebay/302491