On our nation’s birthday, what better way to show your true patriot love than by wearing Canadian fashion? Whether you’re spending the long weekend sailing, cottaging or fireworks-watching, we’ve found a homegrown outfit that attests to Canada’s striking sartorial talent.
Show off tanned limbs in this buttery yellow, irresistibly summery sleeveless frock ($60). Cinched with a skinny white belt ($15) and topped with a 20s-style straw hat ($11), it’s the picture-perfect garden party uniform.
Yacht-bound gals will be ready to set sail in a boxy, nautical-striped tee ($14) and smartly pleated red shorts ($24). Woven platform sandals ($49) and a chunky enamel bangle ($10) bring a touch of haute flair to the no-fuss, sea-worthy ensemble.
Whiling away the holiday weekend at a cottage? Keep warm in a classic varsity jacket ($98) that lets you wear your patriotism boldly on your sleeve. Add worn-in skinny jeans and rugged leather hiking boots ($148) and you’re sporting the all-Canadian girl’s ideal outdoorsy outfit.
Channel west coast bohemia in a white, relaxed-fit silk blouse ($60) and breezy maxi skirt ($300) from B.C. native Dace Moore. All you need to add is a beer in your hand and a flower in your hair.
For those ringing in Canada’s big day with a cocktail in hand, this royal blue number from Toronto couturier Arthur Mendonça is worthy of a Grecian goddess and will prove a surefire head-turner.
Montrealer Valérie Dumaine’s sleek, strapless black jumpsuit ($89) can be worn with flat sandals for a daytime picnic and sky-high heels for a nighttime Can-Con dance party.
Montreal designer Marie-Eve Emond is known for pieces that are as sweetly feminine as the title of her fashion line. Her baby blue, bow-tied Iris blouse ($120) and pleated, A-line Rita skirt ($130) create a classic, cutesy silhouette that would get the Zooey Deschanel stamp of approval.
Birds of North America
Let your Canuck-loving colours show in a high-waisted, button-up red skirt ($134) by Ryerson University Fashion Design grad Hayley Gibson. For maximum patriotic effect, pair it with a crisp white top, like this delicate eyelet tank ($39) from BB Dakota.
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Allison Friedman has written about celebrities, fashion, and Canadian culture for publications like Flare and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto, where she works at a children’s bookstore, sees too many movies, and makes half-hearted attempts at jogging.