8 Items All Canadian Fashionistas Are Wearing This Spring

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Photo of Emily Paskevics
17 March 2017

It doesn’t quite feel like spring in the north yet, with temperatures remaining firmly below zero throughout most of the country. But that hasn’t stopped Canadian fashionistas from starting to dream about the trends that spring will bring. Here’s a glimpse at some of the trends that should be on your radar this season – proving that Canadian fashion isn’t entirely about lumberjack shirts and parkas.

Patched jackets and jeans

Patched and embroidered denim is one trend emerging this season, as embellished outerwear is starting to appear in the springtime displays of retailers around Toronto and Vancouver. Of course, this isn’t actually new – it’s a remix of the decades-old design trend where patches get applied to everything from sweaters and jeans to backpacks and purses.

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Textured and pleated tops and skirts

This season, it’s all about textures above and below, like this top and this skirt at H&M. Pleated lines can be found on shirts, floral dresses, and skirts, and they add unique contours to even the plainest black or white basics. But you’ll want to add color to your textures this spring because neon brights are also trending.

Faux fur and animal print jackets

Though it’s not to everyone’s taste, animal prints and faux furs are popping up all over the place this spring – and especially on outerwear. Keep this trend in mind as you transition out of your parka and into something lighter.

Long, loose shirts and sweaters

As thick winter coats get peeled off, a loose and comfy style is emerging this spring, like this plaid button-up and this airy top from Roots demonstrate. Flowy and breathable, pair this trend with skinny jeans or leggings and a choker – also making a comeback this season – like this one from The Bay, and you’ll be set.

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Embellished ankle boots

For the perfect boots to pair with your spring outfit, embellishment is in. Embroidered ankle boots with heels of all heights have been on the radar for Spring 2017 since fashion month last fall. There are endless options to choose from, so don’t shy away from color this season. Another trend alert for this spring is white boots. Either way, make sure your footwear makes a unique statement this spring.

Khaki pants

Khakis are back! Try beige pants in versatile slim or surprisingly wide fits that can be fashioned for weekends, workdays, and evenings. The neutral tone is a perfect off-set for the more bold and eye-catching trends mentioned above.

One-shoulder or off-shoulder tops

Taking their cue from New York Fashion Week, one-shoulder tops and dresses are seeing a comeback this season, especially with ruffles and floral prints. You can also get a bit edgier with the single-shoulder cutout look.


This season, ruffles are always a good idea. Whether at your neckline or on your sleeves or your skirt, you’ll find that fashion’s all ruffled up this season. Combined with the above-mentioned off-shoulder trend, like this number from H&M, ruffles can be playful, elegant, or a bit of both.

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