Monday, February 8, 2016

Fall Into Spring Fashions

Fashion moves quickly, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favourite clothing every season. It’s easy to translate pieces from Fall and Winter into your Spring lineup. Check out these examples of how last season’s designs can keep pace with right now’s trends.

Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta have all been incorporating Spanish influences into their new lines. Capture the same feeling with this short, bolero-style jacket from the Lyman collection. Lyman is known for their skill in patterning, and it really shows in the immaculate fit of this jacket’s shoulders and body. Plus, you’ll love the luxury of the coiled ribbon detailing.

Because of the Spanish style infusion, red and orange are two of Spring’s hottest colours. You’ll fit right in wearing this asymmetrical blouse from Michael Phillips’ Fall collection. It’s bold, distinctive, and also plays into the collared shirt trend.

Long coats and robes are gaining fashion popularity, a response to the trending Instagram hashtag #robelife. Frank Lyman, always a frontrunner in wearable style, caught the budding edge of this trend in his fall line with a selection of dusters. This lightweight black duster caught our attention for its casual elegance, suitable for running errands or a classy evening out. We like the slight elasticity to the fabric; it lies close to the body without clinging or hampering movement.

For more ideas on making your wardrobe work all year, watch our Pinterest page or visit our store!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring 2016 Preview: Button Down and Brighten Up

It may be freezing outside, but spring is singing in our hearts. You don’t have to let your new resort wear languish in the closet. Most of our featured designers this year have at least one stylish button-down to combat the end-of-winter blues. Slip into your favourite for an instant mood lifter.

Habitat is the first brand that comes to mind when you think of fashionable comfort. Their Spring collection has dozens of snuggly sweaters, like this relaxed knit in a warm jade. It isn’t technically a button-down since the closures are fixed, but we like the playful feel of these square buttons too much to leave it out. Plus, how can you resist a sweater with pockets?

This bold shirt from Michael Phillips is a great choice if you want something more structured than a sweater. There’s so much to love here: layered cut-out panels, gathered sleeves, a semi-structured collar, and even shell accents. The lining is cut just a bit shorter than the shell, so you have a swing of sheer at the hem.

The designer who really caught our eye this season was Michael Tyler. His new line has so much colour and personality, as you can see in the custom art print on this shirt. The cut is long and flares slightly from the hip to give you more shape than a traditional straight button-down.

Don’t just wish for Spring. Visit Anne’s on the Avenue and bring the season into your wardrobe!

*This is a sneak peek to our Spring 2016 collection. We'll be getting these fashions in later in the season.*

Monday, February 1, 2016

Zoe: Fashions for Every Day That Are To Come - PREVIEW

We’re already seeing hints of what’s going to be big for Spring. The designers put on dramatic shows, with huge panels of netting, bold colours, bare shoulders, and fringe sweeping the floor. Those concept pieces are gorgeous on the runway, but they don’t have to stay there. Michael Phillips interpreted them for daily wear in his Zoe collection for Spring.

If you made it to our celebration of Canadian style last weekend, you’ve already had a peek at this line. Somehow it hits all the season’s fashion highlights while maintaining a fresh, recognizable look. For example, this Zoe tunic uses an embroidered sheer to suggest the popular netting detail instead of a plain gridded pattern.

Fringe has been gaining popularity the last few seasons, so you’ll find several fringed pieces in this line. Modern fringe should be monochrome, like this white on white pattern. Also, notice the fine cords that make up the fringe.

The hardest trend to wear this year can summed up in one word: orange. Head to toe orange is a really difficult colour to wear, especially right now when we still have to consider coordinating our outerwear. Keep your ode to orange in one bold item like your pants and just picking up some red or orange tones in the rest of your outfit. We like this fun Zoe tunic.

Check our Pinterest to see the entire Zoe line, then come to our Tecumseh store to try on all your favourites!

*These fashions are expected later this season. We wanted to get you excited about what's coming!*

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Make Valentine's Day Special with Lyman

January is drawing to a close. Now is a great time to get ahead of the rush and pick out your Valentine's Day dress. Treat yourself- and that special someone- to a new look from one of our favourite designers. Frank Lyman has a reputation for style, with something for every lady.

You could go traditional with a sophisticated sheath dress. This dress is made for romance. The rich wine colour gives a subtle glow to your complexion even without makeup. Clusters of sequins cover the body for an all over sparkle, and the hemline hits at a perfect spot above the knee. With this wide lace neckline you could wear a string of pearls or leave it bare.

Are you looking for something for something other than red? Pick something a little out of the ordinary, like the yin and yang evening gown. The colour blocking creates a trim waistline embellished with just a touch of rhinestone. This walking slit is perfect for showcasing shoes, so take the opportunity to show off your favourite heels.

Show your partner how special they are to you. Stop by our Tecumseh store for all your Valentine's needs!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dexim Golfwear: Where Fashion And Function Collide

It’s important to us to keep an eye out for new designers who can meet the high standards of our customers. That’s why Anne’s on the Avenue is excited to welcome Dexim Golfwear to our lineup of Featured Designers.

Dexim Golfwear was created by Sportswear Dexim in 1989. Recognizing the demand for ladieswear that looks as good in the clubhouse as it does on the course, they retooled their design process to create fun, fashionable casual wear. The Dexim woman is active and chic, interested in wearing comfortable clothing that’s as tailored as their professional wardrobe. 

It’s a purely Canadian company. Everything from concept to construction is done right here at home. Their focus on durable fabrics and high quality materials is winning international attention. We can see why; the line has a very fresh feel to it.

Take this button down collared tank, for example. Dexim’s attention to detail stands out in the curved white panels on either side. Combined with the black insets, this creates a flattering silhouette on any woman. Try pairing it with your favourite coloured skirt and some oversized jewelry for a youthful look.

Floral patterns are trending right now, and this top is right at the head of the pack. The black background and artistic sketch-style blooms give it an easy elegance. We love the scattered watercolour pops of red.

Be fashionable even in your downtime. Visit our Tecumseh store and see our whole line of Dexim Golfwear.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Love Your Layers

Designers have begun rolling out their Spring and Resort lines, but no one told Mother Nature. It’s cold outside! While most of us are more worried about staying warm than staying fashionable, you don’t have to choose one or the other.

One of the biggest trends with layering right now is wearing a solid-coloured turtleneck under a V-neck sweater. Don’t be intimidated into falling back on plain black or white. Why not choose a top with several colours in it, like this polka dot knit sweater from Elena Wang, and pick up one of the tones in your turtleneck? Imagine how a bright turquoise would pop against this black neckline.

Another way to keep the chill out is to wear a second-skin thermal top. Make sure the sweater you wear over it has a high enough neckline to hide the thermal, like this animal print sweater from Alison Sheri. This design has the added bonus of fitted cuffs that will keep your undershirt from peeking out. Add a colourful scarf to keep your collarbones toasty.

If you’re still shivering, consider putting on a jacket before your coat. That’s right, you can layer outerwear, too! Choose lightweight jacket in a solid colour, like Habitat’s cotton spandex zip-up. Just remember not to wear it with a hooded coat- you don’t need two hoods!

At Anne’s on the Avenue, we have lots of ways to beat the cold. Come by our Ontario location and let us make you snug and stylish!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Loving the LBD

Today we’re giving some attention to a fashion favourite: the little black dress. Every woman should have at least one in her closet. It’s the most flexible garment around, wearable no matter the season with just a few accessory changes.

What springs to mind when people think of a little black dress is the classic sleeveless sheath. This empire-waisted dress by Frank Lyman has a timeless elegance that lends itself to any dressy occasion. It looks simple, but it takes skill to pattern a garment that flatters so many different women. Note the long pleats from the waist that give it easy movement and the delicate embellishments along the neckline.

If sleeves are a must-have, consider something like this from Adrianna Papell’s studio. Shear cutouts accentuate the collarbone and shoulders for an edgier look. The fitted three-quarter length sleeves give your arms a sleek, toned appearance. What makes this dress special are the close-fitting horizontal pleats running the entire length of the dress. A cut like this eliminates the odd crinkles that sometimes come from sitting.

Like all classics, designers love to play around with expectations of the standard. Simon Chang draped a sleek matte black sheath in an offset length of chiffon. The result? Dramatic asymmetrical sleeves that will turn heads everywhere. Wide bands of sequins at the waist and cuffs give it a little extra sparkle.

If your closet is lacking, stop by Anne’s on the Avenue. Let us help you flesh out your wardrobe!