Our favourite spring fashion picks
We all have our favourite stores or brands we know will have the clothes that fit us just right’whether we’re looking to boost our bust, define our waist or lengthen our legs. Here are the Best Health team’s favourites for spring shopping
Jacob is my shopping destination of choice for dresses for work. My hips aren’t that wide, so I try to define my waist by wearing dresses that sit on my waist and then flare out in the skirt. I always find figure-flattering options at Jacob. This striped number with a swingy skirt scores bonus points with its waist-cinching sash.
-Bonnie Munday, Editor-in-Chief
Jacob polyester dress ($100, jacob.ca)
Colourful silk blouses
Joe Fresh makes flattering and affordable silk dress shirts. The tailored-yet-loose cut drapes nicely on my slight frame, and with many colours on offer, I always find one or two (or three!) to complement my fair complexion. This short-sleeved style is new this spring. ?I practically live in my roots leather jacket, so I’m excited to see more ?made-in-Canada leather garments in their collection. This sleek, clean-lined pencil skirt is at the top of my wish list. The length may look short, but I’m petite, so it hits just a couple of inches above the knee-perfect for both office and evening wear.
-Jennifer Masseau, Associate Beauty & Fashion Editor
Joe Fresh silk blouses ($39 each, joefresh.ca); Roots leather skirt ($218, roots.ca)
J.Crew, one of my favourite stores, has a fantastic selection of striped options this season, and I do love a clean line. My wardrobe is packed with striped tops, from blouses to T-shirts to sweaters. I like their simplicity: so sleek and perfect, not a hair out of place-everything I’m not, so I guess that’s why I feel good in them! Up top, I’m on the small side, so I also find they visually balance out my figure by creating width across the chest.
-Josephine Woertman, Acting Art Director
J.Crew cotton/linen blazer ($230, jcrew.com); Smart Set cotton/spandex tank top ($16, smartset.ca)
Second Denim’s yoga jeans are a new favourite of mine. I don’t like pants to sit too low on my waist; I prefer a mid to high rise so my bum is well covered, and this brand has plenty of options in both. The fabric’s stretch allows for the perfect amount of room in the hips and thighs while still being fitted and flattering. This season’s ice-cream hues are really fun.
-Melissa Greer, Content Producer
Second Denim cotton/polyester/spandex jeans ($120 each, secondclothing.com)
I have several Rachel Rachel Roy blouses, purchased at the Bay. I find the colours and patterns flattering, and the feminine cuts are usually just the right length for my torso-they’re not too long. Gap is my go-to for dress pants-particularly their “Slim Cropped” style. They come in various lengths, so I don’t have to shorten them as I do with most pants. I buy them in “Regular” length to wear with heels, and “Ankle” to wear with flats. This season, they come in bright new colours.
-Joana Lourenço, Associate Editor
Rachel Rachel Roy polyester blouse ($89, thebay.com); Gap cotton/spandex pants ($60, gapcanada.ca)
Comfortable work pants
Banana Republic is my go-to for dress pants. I’m particularly partial to the “Martin” fit, as I find the straight cut slims my mid-section, and they always feel comfortable throughout a long workday. I’m also a big fan ?of the store’s shorts. I have a “Heritage” collection pair that ?I feel so good in. The slanted pockets in front are flattering and the slit back pockets give a clean line for my backside, with no lumps or bumps.
-Jennifer Walker, Deputy Editor
Banana Republic “Heritage” cotton/spandex shorts ($55); Banana Republic “Martin” cotton/spandex trousers ($110, bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca)
I like to buy eco-friendly clothing, but it can be expensive. The sustainable collections at H&M are affordable. It’s a one-stop-shop for every occasion, and I love that they’re part of the Better Cotton Initiative, which aims to reduce water and chemical use on cotton farms. I’m eyeing this floral maxi dress made from recycled polyester for my Hawaiian honeymoon this summer. The V-neckline and blouson bodice would be flattering to my C-cup bust.
-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor
H&M recycled polyester dress ($20, hm.com/ca)
Energizing tangerine orange
Gap is my source for warm-weather staples. I like the ribbed tanks that come out each spring/summer in a variety of colours-the armholes aren’t too low, so the bra doesn’t sneak out. And the neckline is perfect: I wear them under a cardie, and I can always count on Gap for a hot new shade. Their classic boot-cut jeans in “Regular” length are good for me because I don’t have to shorten them, and the cut never goes out of style.
-Rhonda Rovan, Beauty & Fashion Editor
Gap nylon/silk cardigan ($40) and cotton-blend tank top ($17); Gap cotton/spandex jeans ($80, gapcanada.ca)
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