The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and cumbersome winter coats have officially been stored away. All of this can only mean one thing: Summer is almost here. With warm-weather cheer comes a renewed social life that has us out and about at various events that call for festival style, wedding outfits and trend-forward looks for everything in between. And, of course, a sense of playfulness returns to our wardrobes courtesy of spring/summer fashion that has us leaning into bright colors, florals (groundbreaking, we know), and the carefree joy that crackles in warm air as anticipation for vacation season sets in.
More places to go to and things to do also means that, in April, our editors were keeping their sharp eyes out for the best fashion finds available to anyone with an internet connection. Among some of our favorite picks are a spring-ready bucket hat, effortlessly chic sunnies, a pull-it-all-together bag, and so much more. Ahead some of the best fashion items our team loved this month.
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Kate Spade Packable Sam Icon Hat
“I’ve never been a bucket hat person until I saw this green one inspired by Kate Spade’s Sam bag, which celebrates its 30th year anniversary this year. Also available in Barbiecore-approved pink and black, its foldable design has made it a must-pack addition for my upcoming trip to Japan in case of any unexpectedly rainy days.” — Irina Grechko, fashion director
Kate Spade New York Packable Sam Icon Bucket Hat, $, available at Zappos
Reformation Amir Linen Two Piece
“Spring is taking its sweet time to arrive in Toronto, where I live, but this two-piece set is helping me to think warm vibes. While I paired it with white heels and a linen blazer for a seasonal feel, it will also work with my brown cowboy boots and a matching leather jacket. I’m all in!” — Carli Whitwell, senior director of editorial
Reformation Amir Linen Two Piece, $, available at Reformation— PAID CONTENT —
Consider these the ultimate spring jeans. The sage green hue will lend a pop of color to all of your warm-weather ensembles, while the mid-rise, straight-leg fit nails the baggy ‘90s look that’s so on-trend right now.
Levi’s 501® 90s Colored Denim Jeans, $, available at Levi’s
Luar Ana Bag
“I’ve been hunting for a Luar Ana bag for months now, so when the brand announced it was having a 50% off sale, I knew it was my moment. I picked the espresso shade to divert from my usual roster of black handbags (I know, risqué), and so far have found the color surprisingly versatile. The bag is also more spacious than it seems and easy to carry on busy days given it comes with a crossbody strap. Plus, it’s one of the most buzzed handbags out there, so I feel like a total It girl.” — Frances Solá-Santiago, fashion writer
Luar Ana Large Croc-Embossed Top-Handle Bag, $, available at Bergdorf Goodman
Le Specs Outta Love Sunglasses
“We’ve hit true sunglasses season, and this style from Le Specs may be my favorite pair I own. The price point is pretty reasonable at $65, so I haven’t felt too precious about them (I’m always nervous to scratch or bend true designer shades). They’re also light on my face, don’t give me a headache after wearing them all afternoon, and provide that minimal ’90s fashion vibe I always seem to be drawn to.” — Kate Spacer, senior affiliate strategist
Le Specs Outta Love, $, available at Le Specs
Rellery Flower Ring
“I’ve been a fan of Rellery’s checker rings for a few years now, which is why I am thrilled about the launch of the Bloomscape collection which sees the familiar chunky dome setting made fresh with the addition of blooms.” — Irina Grechko, fashion director
Rellery Flower Ring – Blue, $, available at Rellery
Zara Crop Poplin Shirt
“Confession: I collect white blouses. Oversized and casual cotton ones for home or the beach. Crisp satin ones for peak 9 to 5 vibes. This new Zara version is my absolute favorite. It’s a party in the front and very much the back. Plus, it’s on sale!” — Carli Whitwell, senior director of editorial
Zara Crop Poplin Shirt, $, available at Zara
Polène Cyme Bag
“The black tote bag has been one of my signature pieces since college. But I had never tried one quite like this model from Polène. Featuring tote and shoulder straps, as well as magnets that adjust the size to the items you put in (including a 13-inch laptop), this handbag is the ludicrously capacious bag we all need for office days. ” — Frances Solá-Santiago, fashion writer
Polène Cyme Bag, $, available at Polène
Aritzia Sail Poplin 3″ Short
“I love a co-ord set. They are so easy to pull together but look like you spent a ton of time on your outfit. This one from Artizia is going to be in heavy rotation this summer, especially after I apply some much-needed self-tanner.” — Carli Whitwell, senior director of editorial
Wilfred Free Sail Poplin 3″ Short, $, available at Aritzia
Space Eyewear London Sunglasses
“I own more pairs of sunglasses than I care to admit, which makes this one — that I’ve worn on repeat since February — that much more noteworthy. The green hue gives just enough of a pop without overpowering the look, thanks to the fairly neutral lens color and silhouette.” — Irina Grechko, fashion director
Space Eyewear London sunglasses, $, available at Space Eyewear
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