Spring / Summer 2020 Fashion Mood Board

The quarantine seems to be making people rethink how they consume fashion. This is a time to discover which pieces give us comfort and cut off the excess. I find inspiration from the runways as much as anyone, but even designers such as Thakoon, who once made artistic dresses for A-list celebrities, can admit that putting out 200 pieces per season no longer makes sense. He has shifted his business to a direct-to-consumer model of premium essentials, like an elevated Everlane. Come to think of it, Misha Nonoo also changed to this business model a while back.

I mention this because I’m excited that fashion is evolving from hype and trends to a focus on timeless classics, something I’ve always championed. Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring. It can be whatever you want it to be. Whenever I consider buying something, I think about whether I would wear it ten years from now. It can be a frilly hot pink blouse, a red suede jacket, and silver glitter shoes, all of which I own.

This mood board showcases what I personally consider to be timeless. I hope to wear some of this stuff when the weather is better and we can go out again. Because we’re bound to be able to do that sometime this year, right? Right? 

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Frank and Oak: I didn’t own any suits, so this light green Tencel blazer and matching pants were a welcome addition to my wardrobe. It’s comfortable and cheerful in colour while still exuding (casual) power and professionalism. The pieces can be worn individually. I especially like the button detailing on the pants.

Missoma: how cool is this chunky gold chain necklace? And the coin necklace is such a good staple to own. However, these necklaces are gold plated on brass, which is a bit disappointing.

Chapeaux Heirloom Hats: This downward brim straw hat is a piece of art that will likely draw a lot of attention. I don’t like to wear hats but it’s still fun to think about.

The Curated: I’m waiting for the Classic Shoulder Bag in black pebble leather to return, but they told me they’re trying to source a sturdier leather. This is a good high-quality purse that’s waaaay more affordable than the Celine or a Chanel. It comes with a crossbody strap and a shoulder strap, so it’s versatile. I believe the strap can be removed altogether so you can use it as a clutch too.

83 Studio: I resisted scrunchies for a long time because I don’t want to look five years old, but I can see how in some fabrics, the scrunchie can be quite chic. It’s also more gentle on my hair than regular elastics. I own the red satin scrunchie from this Canadian Etsy seller that makes them from deadstock fabric.

By Far: From the coolest shoe brand ever. A strappy nude sandal will go with a lot of outfits. The Charlie Nude Leather sandals is a step up from your usual plain minimalist sandals and they look comfortable enough. I just wish the heels were shorter. I don’t like to wear anything higher than 2 inches.

Mata Traders: I bought their Ruffled Midi Blue Dots dress to wear as a comfy feminine day dress. They’re a good brand to support because they’re fair trade and the dresses, made with cotton or organic cotton in India, can be machine washed.

Net-a-Porter: Faithfull the Brand’s baby pink Beline midi dress. I just really like these kinds of feminine dresses that cover you practically from head to toe so when I move, I don’t have to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions.

African Art Box: A plain raffia bag goes with most summer dresses.

Goop: Castañer’s new Pura bow-tied canvas espadrilles seem like a comfortable day shoe option for spring and summer. The million-dollar question is: can I keep these clean?

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