Spring has always been one of my favourite seasons for many reasons. My April birthday aside, I adore the optimism of spring as winter gives way to blooming buds and chirping birds. Everything is anew again in spring, making it a perfect time to evaluate – and adjust – those personal goals I kicked off at New Year’s. (One of my goals is to train for the Nike Women’s 15K taking place on Toronto Island on June 14th, so expect more about my training and goal-setting in general soon.)
This season is also fashion’s collective return to colour, so I’ve picked a few of my favourite things for whatever comes, be it rain or shine. Except snow, I’m done with that now. Seriously, Mother Nature. Done.
Canadian-made Trout Rainwear is the brainchild of sisters Ashley McDonald and Jenn Lancefield, who understand the importance of being prepared for extreme weather conditions while not sacrificing style for function. The designed in Toronto, made in Vancouver label sports some classic styles, fun colours and feels refreshingly breathable.
Did you think Hunter Boots were only for models and music festivals? You thought wrong. Fun fact about this brand – the iconic British company was founded in Scotland by an American entrepreneur. Beyond the original Hunter boot – which come in a dazzling array of colours and finishes – you can choose also from shorter styles and even platform sandals. Think about it, a puddle can’t touch you if you’re four inches off the ground!
I’ve talked about Icebreaker before, mostly about their well-constructed brand story. Their Merino wool apparel combines traditional wool, synthetics and cotton for a blend that keeps you warm in the cold, cool in the heat and defies sweat and stink, making it a great option for activewear (hello, 15K) and travel. It’s designed with layering in mind, perfect for bi-coastal trips. In spring and summer, I love a comfy dress that can take me from my home office – er, I mean patio – to an evening event. That’s why I particularly like the Aria tank dress (96% Merino wool, 4% LYCRA). It has just enough detail to give it feminine structure while remaining relaxed and easy. The grapefruit colour is a perfect pop for day while the black would work with evening accessories and heels.
What’s spring without shades? Like most accessories, sunglasses fall into the category of “You Can Never Have Too Many.” And you don’t need to spend a fortune to get unforgettable face. I recently discovered a true gem, G Fox & Co. in Miami of all places, which is odd only because they also hailed from Toronto. This lifestyle brand aims to bring the beach and cottage style together with a variety of accessories, but their sunglasses are the real winner. The Jetsetter collection is made from mixed-layered woods, each features polarized lenses and a frame that floats in the water. Prices start at $100.
If you’re looking for something more Euro-style check out Le Specs. This 1980’s brand had a design resurgence in 2006 and has since become a cult favorite of Bae, Gaga and Rihanna. The styles are bold and cheeky, inspired by 70’s and 80’s glam. Prices range depending on style from $59.95 to $120.