Ah, summer. With the warm weather upon us, we’ve got summer fashion in mind and all the pieces we need to look our best at the cottage, the beach and beyond. So we tapped some of our favourite style influencers to chat summer style, the wardrobe essentials they can’t live without, and how they plan to spend the sunshine-filled days ahead. Read on for their style advice and must-have picks from H&M.
Renee Leblanc @reneemleblanc
Summer is finally here and my family and I have lots of fun activities planned! I can’t wait for trips to the cottage, patio dates and amusement park fun with the kids. H&M’s summer offerings are helping the kids and I get our wardrobes ready so we can look stylish while enjoying our summer. They have so many options to choose from, like cozy sweaters and distressed shorts for the cottage and beautiful wrap dresses that can be transformed from day to night by swapping out accessories. H&M has all you need for your summer wardrobe update.
Toronto Shay @TorontoShay
Summer is one of my favourite times of year. I love everything, from the food, the drinks, the weather and the outfits that go with it! Whenever I think of summer, Kensington Market is always top of mind because it’s where my husband and I went on our first date and because of that, it’s also what we named our daughter! With the spirit of summer in mind, my girlfriend Shantel and I headed to Kensington Market to take in some of our fave summer activities: ice cream, fruit stand shopping, scooter riding, live music and window-shopping!
We donned the perfect H&M outfits for the occasion: floral dresses, slides and cute summer sunnies! Everywhere we went we got sweet compliments. I can always bet on H&M to keep me on trend without breaking the bank and I always have fun while doing it!
Mel Hwang @melhwang
Summer is creepin’ up and my arms are wide open. I’m getting ready for fun in the sun, in and out of the city, and that definitely requires a summer-ready wardrobe update. H&M had me covered for just about every activity in my book of summer plans. Mid-length floral dresses with a touch of woven accessories are my go-to for country-side strolls in Prince Edward County, while a good pair of overalls is a must for days from the beach to a patio. Toronto has the best patios and I’ll definitely be on them this summer. Wear your bikini and layer on a striped tee afterwards. I also threw in some strawberry-lemonade vibes with pink stripes and the most gorgeous pleated yellow skirt. I love visiting Andrew’s Scenic Acres (a flower field just outside of the city), and this look is perfect for prancing through their floral fields. And, of course, I had to check off my athleisure game with the most on-point varsity look — a pleated white mini and pop of red. I imagine this look for a cute date night in the city or paired with some sneakers for the chicest cottage trip. Between these four looks and a bit of mixing and matching, I’m ready for the heat wave and all of the summer stories to be made along with it!
Kish Style @stylebykish
Summer is the best time of the year, with adventure lurking around every corner, whether it’s a getaway vacation with family or a cottage weekend with friends. No matter where you end up, you need those stylish essentials. I love H&M, as I’ve always found very stylish pieces at great prices to complement the suits and tailored clothes in my closet. For vacationing and summer holidays, H&M has all the essentials you need to pack for your getaway.
In the summer, you’re busy every minute of every day; there’s so much to explore and do, and you need a few outfits a day to do it in style. (Well, at least I do!) I’ve created 3 looks from H&M’s new collection to help you get dressed for the ultimate summer vacation. You tend to need more outfits on vacation, from day to night and everything in between; each look for different activities that happen throughout the day. I like being able to mix and match as often as possible.
Erin Elizabeth @erinelizabethh
This year I went to H&M to pick up some summer essentials for my wardrobe. My summer usually includes a variety of activities, so I wanted to pick out pieces that would work for various occasions. What I love about H&M is that they have such a wide variety of pieces to choose from that can suit anyone’s summer lifestyle. Everything from workwear, to sportswear, to casual pieces, and even pieces for a night out. This year I wanted to update my wardrobe with a couple of trends to help freshen up my looks. One of my favourite trends for summer is the off-the-shoulder look. H&M had so many different options to choose from, including tops and dresses, that it made my shopping experience easier because I could try on a bunch of styles to find exactly what I wanted. H&M has a great selection of items for every occasion, so it really does make shopping easier when you can do it all in one place.
This post was sponsored by H&M.