Happy hour on the patio. Rooftop parties. Beach days. Backyard BBQs. With so many summer festivities packed into your busy calendar, it's imperative that you're looking fresh and fab at all times. So we got the lowdown from the stylists at Gastown's Wardrobe Apparel on the season's top fashion trends that will ensure you stand out all summer long.

Romance and Whimsy

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Summer offers an ideal opportunity to indulge your softer, more girly side. Sitting on one of the city's many sun-drenched patios while sipping a glass of rosé is an occasion that begs you to pull out a feminine dress or fringed kimono.

The key is to avoid pieces that scream "festival" — go for polish over boho to achieve this look. Finished hems, beautiful cutouts and well-made fringe pieces will round out this summer look while making you feel like a goddess.


Bare Those Shoulders

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Summer is nearly here, and so is the heat. Ditch the jacket and show off the body part du jour: your sun-warmed shoulders. Opt for pieces that bring them to the forefront of your look, like an off-the-shoulder top, strappy tank or fitted dress with shoulder cutouts.

When the sun sets, a fringed shawl is exactly what you want to have stashed in your bag to keep you warm on cool evenings. A shawl allows a full wrap if it becomes too chilly; alternatively, it can be the perfect patio accessory to wear off the shoulder.


Get Your Shine On in Metallics

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Subtle accessories and matte fabrics, we'll see you in a few months. Anything with a metal or gleaming finish will look sleek and catch eyes in the sunshiny weather. Pair some metallic shorts with a causal tee and beautiful summer sandals to allow for a dressed-up look that is effortless at the same time. Laminated fabrics offer an alternative and look good year round.


Denim Is a Do

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Get your denim game strong this summer. A break from black is in order, and with summer in full swing you should try your hand at a classic blue wash denim style.

For a casual look perfect for running errands, opt for a jean track jacket, add a loose tee and throw on your favorite necklace to pull your ensemble together. And if you're planning a night out on the town, a raw denim dress plus stiletto heels, a cute clutch and a dash of winged eyeliner make for a no-fail combo.


Stripes FTW

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Never be afraid of stripes — they are a classic look all year long! You can mix them with denim, any solid colour and even other stripes.

This summer, let your mind wander beyond the typical nautical stripe or black-and-white look. Get ahold of greens, bold blues and even pinks. You'll be surprised by how refreshing these additions are to any outfit.

By Serena Matter

Serena Matter is a writer, trendspotter and founder of the lifestyle magazine The Wanderlust Report. When she's not uncovering the newest hotspots as Savoteur's Canadian editor, you can find her posting her escapades on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (serenamatter).