Spring is here, which means summer is right around the corner. So, how does that affect our wardrobes? Getting dressed during the time of year when it is not that hot anymore – but not chilly either can be quite tricky. However, a few key pieces can smoothen the transition – and maintain your comfort level on cold mornings as well as warm afternoons.
According to last year’s preemptive runways, we will be looking at a season filled with delicate pastel shades, whimsical frills, lots of plastic, among others. Let’s take a look at the top 8 spring/summer women’s fashion trends that you are sure to fall in love with.
Hardly unfashionable, but generally overshadowed by their Crayola counterparts, sherbet shades are making a major comeback this summer. And instead of accessorizing or accenting a look with just one piece, the runways have verified the power of head-to-toe pastels. Whether pink, lemon, or lilac, you can expect to see a range of fashion’s prettiest shades this season.
2. T-Shirt Dresses
A T-shirt dress is an ideal wear for the in-between weather because it acts as a perfect layering piece. It is light enough to wear under sweaters and jackets, and also looks fantastic on its own. There’s no better way to kick-start your spring day than by throwing on a casual t-shirt dress and pairing it with your favorite accessories. This clothing item has become a versatile go-to wardrobe must that easily earns style points, regardless of the occasion.
3. Maxi Skirts
Tights are so last month, but it is still a little cold for a mini skirt. However, a skirt with a longer hemline, such as a ruffled maxi, will prevent your legs from getting exposed to chilly winds (and also acts as a good cover-up if you just have not gotten the time to get a tan yet). You can easily pair a maxi skirt with a plain T-shirt and suede or faux leather jacket.
4. Power Shorts
Ah, shorts! So basic, so bland. Simply hiding in the back of the drawer just to be pulled out for a lazy Sunday night. Or so you thought. The spring/summer fashion trends for 2018 have already experienced a rise in the Statement Shorts. St. Laurent’s high-waisted leather shorts and Louise Vuitton’s silky boxer-style shorts, along with an array of other tailored power shorts are something to look forward to this season.
5. Embroidered Tops
An embroidered top with a little cold shoulder action going on can instantly update everything in your closet, from jeans to skirts. Plus, it makes an excellent layering item under jackets and sweaters.
When we think of checks, winter comes to mind. This year, however, checks are everywhere. Whether they are neutral, pastel or punchy, if your wardrobe has anything in the geometric print, then rock it today while it is trendy. You can find simple ginghams at Loewe, while blue plaid shirts at Alexander McQueen, and bag checks outfits at Mary Katrantzou, along with an array of other designs at Fendi, including checked tights.
During the London shows, satin was the most prominent fabric for two whole seasons. First and foremost, its sheen immediately accentuates any silhouette; and second, its innate lightness and fluidity make it an incredibly comfortable option to wear throughout the night. Designers from Roksanda and Chris Kane opted for liquid evening dresses and gowns.
Whenever it is one of those lazy mornings, a jumpsuit is your best friend. That’s because it is a one-stop shopping – you just need to put it on and voila! You are all set to go. Plus, they are polished enough for work and at the same time casual enough for regular events. With so many options featuring minimalist styles, bold prints, menswear-inspired tailoring, and much more, there is a jumpsuit for practically every occasion, from work and travel, to even black-tie events.
So there you have it – 8 trendy and stand-out fashion options that will likely have a big impact on your wardrobe choices this season. Get ready for spring with a killer closet!
Winter is now in full swing in many parts of the country and this year's winter is projected to be colder than the last. Working outside in the winter can present a variety of challenges - from driving on snow and ice, to wearing the right clothing, to safely navigating slippery surfaces.
Winter driving can be intimidating and scary. Often there's snow and ice on the road and visibility can be compromised due to falling snow, blowing snow, and fog. When the conditions are just right, black ice can form creating a coat of ice so thin, it's often impossible to see. If temperatures are hovering around zero and there's been a recent thaw followed by a freeze, be on the lookout for black ice and follow these tips if you do encounter it:
1. Keep at least a five second following distance from the vehicle in front of you because it takes twice as long to stop on black ice.
2. If you have to brake, try to brake as little as possible. If you have an anti-lock braking system, apply the brake firmly and consistently. If you don't have ABS, pump the brakes lightly.
3. Be especially vigilant in the early morning when air temperature warms faster than road temperature.
4. Be cautious when driving on bridges and overpasses, and when driving through shaded areas like tunnels.
5. Don't overcorrect your steering if you feel the car sliding.
Slips and Falls
Winter-related slips and falls account for 29% of all workers' compensation claims in the US. Avoid becoming a workers' compensation statistic and follow these simple tips while working this winter:
1. Avoid snow covered and slippery surfaces when you can. Wet leaves, icy patches, and snow banks all present potential hazards.
2. If you're walking on a slippery surface, walk slowly and deliberately and try to keep your centre of gravity over your front leg. Think about mimicking the walk of a penguin.
3. Check that you're wearing footwear appropriate for the conditions. Slip resistant soles and ice grippers that attach to your shoes or boots are great for added traction. Wear appropriate footwear with slip-resistant soles to work, and change into indoor footwear. Ice grippers that attach to your footwear can provide additional traction.
4. Be sure to remove excess snow or ice from your shoes when you go inside. Caked-on snow or ice can cause you to fall, and tracked in snow can melt and cause slips and falls for others.
1. It's your responsibility to protect your employees and the public by keeping parking lots and sidewalks clear. Check the weather so you know what's coming and are prepared to keep those areas maintained.
2. Make sure your workers have the right gear and footwear for winter conditions.
3. Clean up wet floors immediately and ensure mats are secured and don't present a trip risk.
4. Make sure to educate your employees on how they can protect themselves and others from slips and falls.
Dressing for the Cold
Being properly dressed for winter conditions can protect you from frostbite and also make your workday a lot more enjoyable:
1. Wear a number of layers. Clothing layers keep you warm by trapping warm air between the layers. This will insulate you better from the cold and also provide you with the flexibility to take off layers if it gets warmer.
2. Cover your head and face with a toque or balaclava. Up to 40% of your body's heat can be lost when your head is left exposed.
3. Have some hand or foot warmers as a back-up in case it gets colder or you're working with someone who came less prepared.
4. Wear waterproof or water-resistant outer layers. If you're wet you'll become chilled more quickly.
Being prepared for colder conditions on the job will keep you safe and make your workday more enjoyable this winter!