By Lauren Hughes
Spring is almost here, and that means finding out what’s new and what’s in style in Halifax.
Nautical-themed clothing with bold, navy blue and white stripes has returned to our seaport city, says Korinne Loomis, an employee at Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street.
Loomis pulls a rose-printed romper from the racks, as well as an orange-red dress, a sheer paisley dress in purple and lime green, and a bold navy and red print dress.
Feminine, light-weight fabrics in pastel colours with floral prints and ruffled hems fill the fashion-packed store. It seems anything girly goes this season.
Johanna Galipeau of Sweet Pea discusses what colors are perfect for this season.
“We have a lot of lace pieces coming in,” says Johanna Galipeau, owner of Sweet Pea and Twisted Muse, a sister store located on Spring Garden Road. “A lot of pastels and ivory colours and silvers. So really nice, romantic colours and fabrics.”
All lengths of dresses work this Spring, most being either just above or below the knee. “We always bring in the maxi though, because there’s still a girl that likes that look,” Galipeau says, referring to the floor-length style.
Independent taste in clothing seems to be embraced in Halifax, so if you can pull if off, it has a place in your wardrobe.
Something else that fits in your closet are local and national designers such as those displayed in Love, Me Boutique on Birmingham Street.
“I think in Halifax, because we’re a small community, we appreciate things like local, so you try and buy as much as you can locally,” says Chara Kingston, owner of Love, Me.
“We’re not a Toronto or a Vancouver, so there aren’t a ton of local labels, so we kind of go the next step and that’s to buy within Canada,” she said.
Kingston’s store focuses on citrus colours such as pinks, limes, and lemons. Many of her dresses feature silk-screen or block printing, and all are handmade.
As soon as Halifax warms up it’s going to be goodbye tights and nylons, hello bare legs and Vitamin D.
“I can’t wait until the sun comes out and we can pull out our sandals and get out there,” said Kingston. “I’m just eager. I’m freezing, so I’m ready.”
|Sweet Pea Boutique|
|Twisted Muse Boutique|
|Love, Me Boutique|