The hot weather can be a bit of a buzzkill when getting dressed, especially as B.C. wardrobes tend to be stocked with lots of rain gear and cooler-weather options. (And Lululemon pants. So many Lululemon pants.)
For the upcoming long weekend, why not switch it up a bit? There are loads of trendy, sunny-weather pieces perfect for a heatwave picnic or watching the sunset on the beach.
As with all things fashion, choosing pieces that can be worn over and over is key to not over-indulging in fast fashion deals or ending up with a closet full of nothing to wear.
The trend: Cult Gaia's distinctive Hera mini bag ($660) is all over fashion influencer Instagram.
The dupe: A slouchy, sparkly dupe is available on Amazon on sale right now for $53.99 (get it by Sunday with a Prime membership).
The trend: Striped leisure suits (button-down shirt/shorts) like this set from Frankie Shop at Matches Fashion (shirt, $230 and shorts, $119).
The dupe: A button-down shirt and short set can be delivered just in time for your weekend plans, depending on size/colour choice. From $43 at Amazon.
If that's a bit too basic, the multi-colour stripe shirt/shorts sets in pink/blue, green/yellow and more are a pretty good fix for the Solid and Striped Oxford tunic ($228.66 at Shopbop). The set pictured is from $35 on Amazon.
For a local pick, Vancouver line Brunette has a coordinated set (pictured) that can definitely be worn from bed to brunch (top, $75) and bottoms ($68) at Nordstrom.
The trend: These hot-pink Versace platforms (Medusa Aevitas) were all over celebrity feeds, from Olivia Rodrigo to Beyonce. They come at a Versace price - $1,975.
The dupe: Sam Edelman's Miranda sandals are open-toe, block heel sandals that come in hot pink, purple and neon green. From $87 at Amazon.
The dupe: This "evil eye" necklace in blue and white is shiny, colourful, and $22 on Amazon.
The trend: All things in the '90s are back in fashion, including the silky slip dress. This midi option from Fleur de Mal on Shopbop ($625.02).
The dupe: The Drop's Ana v-neck dress comes in various colours (classic black, leopard print, and hot pink), and delivery varies by size/colour selection. $67.90 at Amazon.
The trend: Breezy floral day dresses like the Zimmerman Lurex midi wrap dress ($674.62 at Shopbop).
The dupe: Flouncy wrap dress with flutter sleeves in polka dot, floral prints, and trending colours (yellow and mint green). $42.99 on Amazon.