Spring/Summer Essentials for 2009

This season should be exciting and despite the “recession” there are still a lot of people, myself included, that still consider style, fashion, and beautiful things at the top of their priority list. The most important part of looking effortlessly chic this season, however, is about stepping back and looking at what we truly need. Being inspired by the world around us and investing in pieces that truly encompass that “wow” factor. For myself, each season means sitting down and going through a stock pile of magazines, taking a day or two out of my schedule to look around, source out some great vintage, and take some snap shots of people who inspire me and simultaneously calculate what I know I will love for this season and countless ones to come. 


Big chunky in your face jewelry- the prime example of this trend was seen on the Lucian Matis runway, where antlers, tree trunks, horns, and sea shells were incorporated as overplayed accessories. However throwing antlers in your trussled locks may not be ideally wearable for the office or the class room. So opt for a great cuff, a ring, or a glitzy necklace. It should ooze glamour, should be a conversation piece, and should make you giddy and excited every time that you put it on.

Great options include Alexis Bittar cuffs available at EKO. Kenneth Jay Lane costume necklaces and earrings in gold, and turquoise. Also look for great vintage or vintage inspired pieces at consignment stores throughout the city such as Extoggery, and Apt 909.

Great finds at Aldo accessories, Coach, Michael Michael Kors, and Corbo

michael kors patent leather buckle clutch

michael kors patent leather buckle clutch

A great hold everything clutch

prada square-framed glasses

prada square-framed glasses

Large Squared frame sunglasses, or sunnies as I call them
Extoggery, Sole Mio, Ilori, LF Optical, Apt 909


Reliable flats to get you around the city
Favourites include the Tory Burch jelly Flat (Holt Renfrew), Ferragamo for always being timeless and classic, and Givenchy which did a great rubberized edition of their classic gladiator sandal (Davids), and JOE FRESH for keeping you on a tight purse string budget, but always looking fun flirty, and oh so cute

Wide legged denim – 18th Amendment (UPC), Hudson (Over the Rainbow) Citizens of Humanity (Holt Renfrew)

Wrap dresses- the quintessential classic that can be dressed up with pearls, black pumps, and a structured bag, or toned right down for a coffee run with some cute flats, big gold costume jewelry, and a deconstructed tote.;
Diane Von Furstenberg which always wows me (Holt Renfrew), Tory Burch for that effortlessly polished look that is very uptown (Holt Renfrew), and of course vintage Missoni (available on, Extoggery, and D’elegante)

Low cut V-neck sweaters- wear them big and slouchy in soft breathable cashmeres, lightweight cottons, or heavier wools for an evening out on the town. Nothing oozes more sex appeal then a low V paired with a seductive bra, and nothing but your painted on skinnies, sky high heels, and a massive cocktail ring. American Apparel is always a great choice.

Linen Linen, Linen and More Linen- keep this trend classic, and never let this beautiful fabric get lost under heavy knits, or painted on makeup. Go totally suttle, to look crisp, fresh, and as if you just finished lunching with your BF’s on your favourite outdoor patio. However, the number one rule for keeping this look truly luxurious insist on beige or white undergarments, the whole world doesn’t want to see your vibrant lingerie, no matter how great it is. Being such a light and gentle fabric, and questionably disposable look for options at major chain stores like H&M, Zara, and Club Monaco.

The WOW factor- Whatever your budget is, if there is one thing that you absolutely love, be it the new Sperry inspired Christian Louboutin, Sophia coppolla for Louis Vuitton clutch, or Chanel chain necklace, if you see the value, and more importantly the longevity in it, buy it. Never spend more then half your season’s budget, however blowing just about half seems reasonable in my eyes. Quality over quantity ladies. For me those season must-haves include Stella McCartney structural blazers, Roger Vivier sunglasses, all things Balenciaga, and some more Missoni, Vintage or New.

Buy into colour- As much as I am a firm believer in sticking to the classics of beige brown, black and navy, its always fun to encompass that pop of colour into your outfit. Feeling fearful of the thought? Look for a bright bag, a neon cami under a blazer, or a coloured shoe to brighten up a solid black head to toe look.

Rebecca Beeson for great tights (holts), Sonia Rykiel for great sweaters and cardigans (UPC)

Tory Burch for polos, tunics and compact bags (Holts), M Misonni for scarves (TNT) and vibrant shoes (The Paper Bag Princess) Trying to stick to a budget? Check out the Mendocino outlet (Yorkdale) for tanks, camis, and blouses, and Forever 21 for impactful accessories.
Always remember that fashion is about having fun,  taking risks, and knowing what makes you feel like a million bucks. These are my essentials; however we all have our own. My name is Dag Larsen and I’m a stylist in the city, and to me every girl at any age and on any budget can look ravishing!

A very special thank you goes out to Lawrence Ephriam at Davids on 66 Bloor St. West, for showing Women On Top some really beautiful options for Spring, as well UPC Boutique at 128 ½ Cumberland St. for showing us great pieces that are so hard to come across throughout the city.

Telling you to always put your best stilettoed foot forward,
Dag Larsen,                          

Apt 909–  416-916-7599

Corbo–  416-928-0954

Davids-  416-920-1000

D’Elegante– 416-923-3220

Eko–   416-593-0776

Extoggery-  416-781-0734

Ilori –   416-928-9385

Joe Fresh – 416-665-3209

TNT Blu- 416-972-1593

UPC-  416-929-9209

2 Responses to “Style”

  1. 1 Anna Lepietuszko

    Amazing! You have an intuitive eye that seems to work for all ages! Can’t wait for the next article!
    -V-necks to the Excess

  2. 2 evie

    wonderfully written article. very inspirational. lots of good tips.

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