Style Spotlight: Casually Speaking

With spring on the horizon, it’s time shed those layers, toques, parkas…and streamline your look with a new seasonally-transitional wardrobe. Focus on laid-back yet polished and put-together styles that revolve around staple items such as denim, leather jackets, chinos, button-down shirts and graphic tees.

Our Spring 2017 ‘Girl in Focus’ Bianca Solterbeck is a BIG fan of classic casual-cool looks that are easy-wearing and effortlessly chic. Follow along as she explores some of the different trends that make up this very West Coast style…going casual has never been easier or looked chicer.

Perfect For: Brunch

"You can have so much fun with denim on denim. Making this look pop is all about adding the right pieces. Statement heels, a blazer and a shoulder bag pulls everything together. Denim is neutral so you can play up the accessories!" - Bianca Solterbeck

Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne Frayed Hem Jeans available at Privilege Clothing $334*; Levis Sidney Boyfriend Denim Shirt available at Plenty $98*; Relaxed Fit Blazer available at Old Navy $54.94*; Chain Belt available at RW&CO. $45.90; Multi-Chain Necklace available at H&M $12.99*; Cuff Bracelet available at Le Chateau $25*; Lord & Taylor Slingbacks available at Hudson's Bay $139*; Karl Lagerfeld Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $278*.

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"I think distressed denim looks great when you add pieces with structure- like a striped sweater and a crisp white blouse. It's that contrast that makes this combination look a little edgy, but polished. You can wear shooties or throw on a pair of sneakers, depending how you feel!" - Bianca Solterbeck

Distressed Denim Skirt available at H&M $34.99*; Button-Up Shirt available at RW&CO. $69.99*; Cropped Sweater available at Reitmans $54.99*; Karl Lagerfeld Shoulder Bag available at Hudson's Bay $128*; Watch available at Reitmans $32.90*; Bangle available at Reitmans $14.90*; Choker available at Reitmans $12.99*; Mesh Booties available at Guess $130*.

Perfect For: Wine Tasting

"This look makes me want to gather up my girlfriends and head to the Okanagan for summer wine tasting. The chinos are loose and comfortable and you can dress them up. The off-the- shoulder top is a piece you can wear with white jeans, distressed denim or shorts - I love the versatility!" - Bianca Solterbeck  

Design Lab Lord & Taylor Off-the-Shoulder Denim Shirt $78*; Paper-Bag Waist Chinos available at Gap $69.95*; Gold Necklace available at Old Navy $12.95*; White Stone Ring available at Old Navy $7.95*; Calvin Klein Tote Bag available at Hudson's Bay $188*; Call it Spring Block Heel Sandals available at Hudson's Bay $50*.

How to you do laid-back polished casual?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.