Oh Canada! It’s soon your birthday (your 146th), which means it’s almost time for us to have a hulking great big party in your honour! After all, you deserve it, given your vast and diverse landscape that never fails to impress or amaze us. We can’t wait to set off fireworks just for you, put on mouth-watering spreads of burnt BBQ meats or play party games in the blistering sun you’ll no doubt provide for Canada Day this July 1st. But what should one wear on your very special day?
While you, Canada, will be the belle of the ball in your maple leaf flag of red and white, I’ve compiled some must-have fashion essentials so that we mere mortals can at least try to look as stylish you. You’re a tough country to upstage, but herewith are a few items that can help us come party day…
The Thakoon Skirt
The foliage on this Thakoon Embroidered A-Line Skirt ($995) isn't maple, but its golden decadence and crisp white colour is most definitely worthy of a Canada Day outing. Especially when teamed with...
The Lady in Red Shirt
For your mandatory pop of red, consider the St. John Jewel-Neck Blouse & Scarf in Flame ($495), which is made from luxurious silk and has a removable scarf neckline. Perfect for when the weather gets a little unpredictable.
The Colourblocked Sheath
If you'd prefer to wear a dress over separates, I'm recommending Calvin Klein's Colourblock Sheath Dress with Black Contrast Piping ($139). It comes in the mandatory colours of red and white and has a nice cinched in waist to keep you looking svelte even after that third hotdog.
The Royal Brooch
During last summer's royal tour of Canada, you may recall that Kate Middleton was decked out in a white Reiss dress, red Lock & Co maple leaf hat and diamond encrusted maple leaf brooch. While I wasn't able to find a match for the hat, I did find this pretty much identical Fit For Royalty Canadian Pride Maple Leaf Crystal Brooch ($149) from Bradford Exchange. There's also a Canadian Pride Maple Leaf Swarovski Crystal Pendant Necklace ($119).
The Essentials Bag
Finally, if your Canada Day consists of hitting the lake/beach/pool, throw all your essential items into this cheap and cheerful Maple Leaf Canvas Tote Bag from Old Navy. At $19.94 you won't even feel guilty about using the bag just once a year!