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A look for every occasion

by Linda Cvetanovic

It looks like summer has finally arrived and fashionistas that want a look for every occasion are in luck, Mapleview Centre has your style needs covered.  Last week I headed out to meet some of the style experts at Mapleview Centre and find the latest looks for summertime.

A look for every occasion – Festival Fun!

We all agree that Burlington is known for it’s awesome summer waterfront festivals and great patio dining where you can see and be seen.  We wanted to find a look that was casual but still stylish so we headed to Banana Republic and met up with Avril who styled this fun and funky look that’s perfect for hitting up the Sound of Music Festival or a local patio!  For cooler days, add a distressed denim jacket for a look that’s on point.

a look for every occasion Banana Republic

The look:  White denim skinnies (so fresh and crisp) with a sun-ready tiered floral tank are the perfect mix of free-spirit and summer fun. Top with a straw hat (flirty & sun safe), comfy espadrilles and add a chic metallic chain bag for a look that goes from day to night.

a look for every occasion - white house black market 2

We also love this look above from White House Black Market

A look for every occasion – Garden Parties

The challenge…how to look carelessly elegant when attending events that call for a more chic look.  The answer…White House Black Market.  I was looking forward to browsing through the racks to find a party worthy look (and maybe put a few things on hold for later)  but when we arrived at the store, the perfect look walked out to greet us.  Ashley had on this amazing ensemble that would be perfect to wear at Lakeside a la Carte or to enjoy a girls afternoon sipping tea and eating gourmet sandwiches at the Royal Botanical Gardens (high teas coming soon!)

a look for every occasion - white house black market

The look:  The layered halter maxi dress is Greek goddess mixed with a bo-ho vibe that pairs perfectly with these strappy heels to give it a more polished look (for a more casual look try some gladiator sandals).  We love the addition of lots of bracelets for glamour and a simple necklace works great with this neckline.   

a look for every occasion - banana republic 2

We also love this look above from Banana Republic

A look for every occasion – Active Living

Just because you’re active doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish.  We all want to stay active in the summer, whether it is hiking local trails, cycling the waterfront, enjoying yoga/fitness on the beach or joining in the weekly outdoor “Fit in the Core” class in downtown Burlington.  Bob at Mountain Warehouse can help you get the perfect sporty look.   I am the first to admit that my yoga pants get worn for a lot more than yoga so when Bob introduced me to the new exclusive line by Zakti (you can only get it at Mountain Warehouse) I was pretty excited.  This fashion forward fitness wear line is not only super cute but also very affordable. If you are actually using it for fitness then I should also mention that it is made with sweat wicking fabric and is antibacterial – awesome right?

a look for every occasion - mountain outfitters


The look:  The slim layered top with short sleeves has a fun crossover back (stop by the store to see for yourself) and is paired with capri length leggings that have a handy zip pocket.  We added a colourful pair of lightweight trainers with memory foam and a water bottle for hydration to complete the look.  

A look for every occasion – Accessories are key

My shopping philosophy has always been when I can’t find anything that fits, accessories are always the right size! If you haven’t yet been to Spareparts, you are in for a treat.  This accessories shop is sure to please with a wide range of familiar names like Ray Ban up as well as high end designer brands like Prada and Tom Ford.  We chatted with MacKenzie who knows a thing or two about style while she pulled together some great looks for the ladies.  We  would be remiss if we didn’t have at least a little something for the guys in this post so here you go….

a look for every occasion - spareparts watch

The look:  I think  a great watch can really complete a look especially for guys (like mine) that don’t like to wear jewellery and to be honest sometimes I’ll rock a men’s watch for an edgier look.  We picked out designs by Kate Spade,Farm Fresh and Daniel Wellington to inspire you but there are literally hundreds of pieces to choose from. 

a look for every occasion - spareparts sunglasses

The look:  For the ladies, it’s all about the shades.  Classic Styles from Ray Ban and something more “Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ from Prada.  I know we all struggle finding the perfect sunglasses but seriously, this store has something for everyone.  You won’t leave empty handed. 

I’d like to thank Nicole from Mapleview for hanging out and encouraging my slight shopping addiction. We hope you find some inspiration in this post, to find your own look for every occasion, visit the fashionistas favourite shopping centre in Burlington – Mapleview Centre!  Be sure to share your fav summer looks with us, we can’t wait to see your fashion finds.


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