This is it. My favourite time of year, without question. The warmer weather, the longer days, the CUTE clothes! Summer is really just the best, for every single reason. Even the kids are happier. It is just all round good vibes! While I could go on and on about the millions of reasons I love summer, I’m going to try and reign in my excitement just slightly and focus on one of the things I love most – fashion! More specifically, summer fashion and more specifically than that even… summer trends at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
Mayfair Shopping Centre has a special place in my heart for a few reasons: 1) It’s located in Victoria where I lived for 5 years while attending the University of Victoria. 2) It was ‘my mall’ at a time in life where a lot of time was spent at the mall! 3) It has some of my favourite clothing, beauty and accessory stores all in one place.
Photography: idlewild photography co.
So, when my lovely friend Samantha Dempster (The Family Jewels) and I had the opportunity to go spend a couple of days in Victoria to work with Mayfair Shopping Centre, I was over-the-moon excited (with waves of nostalgia thrown in there too). Our mission was to style some great summer outfits from the stores at Mayfair to show YOU what you shouldn’t miss out on if you live in Victoria or if you’ll be visiting this summer.
Our first stop was Aritzia, as we are both huge Aritzia lovers. We had a lot of fun trying on their summer collection, and, as per usual, we ended up with a lot of the same pieces in our dressing rooms.
We chose our favourites and then went on to explore what else Mayfair had to offer.
Outfit details: Sunglasses from Banana Republic at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
What were we looking for while we wandered the mall? We were watching out for all our favourite summer trends, of course!
Top Summer Trends 2018
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I’m not going to be jumping on board with EVERYTHING that is trending every season. I most likely won’t even be jumping on board with MOST of the trends of the season. Plastic OTK boots? Definitely interesting but not really my thing. The fashion trends that I DO like to delve into all tend to follow the lines of classic and classy but fresh. As I am sure you probably do as well, I know what I love and feel great in and I push the envelope slightly from there. Mayfair had some great options when we were choosing our outfits for the day. Below are 5 of my favourite summer trends that we found at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
Linens and cottons are in! I’m in love with all these natural fabrics, not only because they look so great, but because they feel so great too. An added bonus with these materials is that there is no compromise on quality. These pieces are in it for the long haul, with proper care of course. They are breathable making them a summer staple (and great pieces to bring with you on your next winter beach holiday).
Think creams and beiges and… nutmeg. (Throw in some cinnamon even, if you like!). Earthy tones are everywhere this summer and I am loving it. I think such a gorgeous look is to wear cream on cream with a pop of colour or not even.
Outfit details: Top and Skirt from the Gap at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
Outfit details: Wilfred Boscono Camisole + Babaton Conan Pants from Artizia and Steve Madden Dylann heels from The Bay at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
Truth be known, I could easily live in nothing but jumpsuits. There’s something about putting on ONE item and it being an entire outfit that just really appeals to me. Literally the only downfall is that you need to take it all off to go to the washroom but, other than that, jumpsuits are my jam and I can’t wait to acquire some more this summer.
Outfit details: Wilfred Brax Jumpsuit from Artizia + Vince Camuto Leera Leather Espadrilles from The Bay at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
You really can’t go wrong with espadrilles. They’re casual, they’re dressy, they’re comfortable. They make any outfit look complete and they can also do a great job of giving a little boost to your height. 😉 Especially trendy are the braided heels on either wedges or flatforms (aka. a shorter platform).
Outfit details: Circle Signet Ring from Pandora at Mayfair Shopping Centre.
Culottes/ Flared pants
While I will never turn down a good skinny jean, the pant trend is definitely leaning more heavily on the loose-in-the-leg look this summer. I will admit, the flared hem is definitely growing on me and can be quite flattering on all body types! Invest in some of these this summer for sure as they can be worn anywhere from a family BBQ to date night.
Victoria is the perfect weekend trip as a girls’ getaway (like ours) or for the whole family. It is truly a beautiful city with so much to see and do for kids and adults alike. The fact that you can hit up Mayfair right away means you can grab an outfit for a day of adventure or a night out on the town. And if you can’t stop thinking about that _______ (romper, blazer, pair of espadrilles) that you *should* have bought, you can always swing by Mayfair on your way back to the ferry terminal to avoid the shoulda-woulda feeling you just know you’ll have later. Whatever it is you are looking for, Mayfair has you covered for your summer needs and wants.
Summer essentials: Tank and Shorts from Aritzia, Bikini from Swim Co., Hand cream from L’Occitane, Lip gloss from MAC, Design Lab slides and sunglasses from The Bay, Bracelet from Pandora
Sam and I had such a fun couple of days wandering around Mayfair. They will be revealing almost 20 new stores when their renovation is done in the fall, so there is lots of anticipation around this big reveal. We checked out the amazing selection of stores that are currently there and we also drank our quota of coffee for probably the year. If you missed the #adventuresofjessandsam on our Instagram stories, check out my highlights called Mayfair. It was so much fun!
Make sure you head over to Sam’s blog post to get the down-low on all her outfit details as well!
I hope this post has helped you to find some summer fashion inspiration! Have fun with your outfits this summer because there are so many great styles out there this season!
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Thank you to Mayfair Shopping Centre for partnering with us to create these great summer looks.