Spring Colours

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.”

With the temperatures rising to the double digits, we couldn’t be any more excited to peel off the layers and start wearing softer and brighter colors. This got us thinking about the latest color trend for spring.
Twice a year for the fashion industry Pantone releases a list of top 10 colors that we can expect to see and wear the most in the coming seasons. These are usually compiled by colour experts from around the world who talk to a number of designers and pay close attention to the latest trends. This spring you can expect to see colors that are calming and peaceful, with a few bold and playful hues. For those of you who like to stay on trend, you’ll be happy to hear you can find fashionable pieces in each of these colours here at VAM! Think light and flow dresses in soft colours perfect for those warmers spring/summer days. 

Scroll down to get a closer look at some our favourite colours from Pantone’s top 10 list paired with a few newer items currently in store. Shop *online or visit the boutique to see even more!
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– VAM xx


Spring Trend: The Wide-Leg Trouser

Growing tired of the skinny jean? You’re in luck! One of the latest trouser trends seems to be ‘go big or go home’. When it comes to the wide-leg trouser, they could not be more on point for spring. Charged with the ability to skim over curvy hips and lengthen your legs, it’s no wonder they’re the latest trend.

One of the best parts of the wide-leg trouser? You can dress them up or down! Whether you’re headed to the office or to the beach, you’re in good hands with this latest trend. However, if this is your first time trying them out, knowing how to style them can seem a little daunting. So we came up with a list of a few tips and tricks on how to do just that, so that you can look your absolute best, no matter what the occasion is:
  • You can’t judge them on a hanger. Try them on!
  • Buy them long. Wide-leg trousers look best when they cover your heels.
  • You don’t have to be tall to wear them. In fact, it’s great for those with shorter legs, as these pants are leg lengthening as long as they fit well at the top.
  • If you’re going for a colourful pant, keep the top simple and let the pants be the star of the show.
  • Try to balance out the look by wearing a slim fitted top.
  • There are no rules about tucking in your shirt. Whether you want to tuck it in or not depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. For a relaxed weekend look, let it hang loose. If you’re heading to the office, tuck it in for a more professional look.
  • Pair them with a jacket or structured blazer that hits no longer than your waist.
  • Looking to lengthen the look of your legs? Wear them with heels! Remember, the higher the heels, the longer the legs.

Visit us in store this weekend to try the ultra-soft tencel BB Dakota multi-colour and chambray wide-leg trouser. We promise you won’t be disappointed! – VAM xx

Currently Craving

If there is one thing that was made abundantly clear to us this week, it’s that if you want to live in a lush and green world, you’re going to need to create it yourself.

While I’ll be the first to admit that Mother Nature is toying with our emotions, I can say that our current obsession has taken some of sting away from freak snowstorms like the one yesterday.

Currently we are craving cacti, air plants and succulents. There’s something so cool about a plant that can injure you. Or something that looks as exotic and fresh as an air plant.

The best part of about air plants, succulents and cacti is the upkeep, these plants are relatively easy to keep alive and their sturdy nature is great for people who want the green, but don’t have a lot of time to garden.

We’re also lucky that our favourite spot to pick up some greenery happens to be right up the road on Parkdale. Next time you’re in the mood for some next-level plants, visit our friend Kat at Blumenstudio for some amazing succulents and air plants, and a cup of coffee too!


Bring the biking!

Today, for the first time in MONTHS I felt like Spring. I know it’s a cliche to say that everything is awakening and that we are so so SO excited that Spring is coming, but how can we not say it if it’s true!!

These days it’s hard not to swell with joy at the sight of the sun after 7pm and the squish of mud under our rain boots. The tights are going away, I’ve started moisturizing my feet in preparation for sandals. (Have you checked out our Saltwater Sandal collection?!)

But what I am most excited for now is to GO BIKING. I had a small chilly taste of the bike paths on Sunday, but I can feel it, the time for bike rides is upon us and along with it come all of the best things about biking: soaking up local food, shops and culture.

Last year I was gifted a beautiful bike from Tall Tree Cycles. (now located conveniently right next door!) And when the weather is nice I try to take it everywhere I go.

Probably the best thing about bikes — if you don’t count the fun, the health aspect, the environment, the lack of traffic and just how awesome it is — is the biking fashion. Check out after the jump for our picks for amazing (Stylish) bike wear.

And for more bike style inspiration, make sure you check out our friends over at Ottawa Velo Vogue!!

Adeana Tobacco Cherry Leather Flats – Pour La Victoire: ON SALE: $75
Mandalay Shorts – Pink Stitch: $79
Botanic Tank – Finders Keepers: $110
Bronte Grey Boots: $265 ON SALE $198

Making Room For Hanky Panky

We have once again made room for Hanky Panky lingerie!
Since 1977, Gale Epstein (Hanky Panky’s Creative Director) has made above average lingerie, and continues to influence lingerie and sleepwear trends tremendously. Made in the USA, Hanky Panky panties are constructed with only the finest fabrics and the best methods available. Designed using their exclusive lace, each garment is made with their signature fit, feel and product longevity in mind.

Believe us when we say you want to try these undies out!! Available at the shop in 11 different colors! Only $24 in store.