2016 Spring and Summer Trends

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The flowers are blossoming, the sun is shining brighter each day and we couldn’t wait to jump into the season in style!  The ladies of Fab Four Fashion decided to give you a little taste of some of the hot spring and summer trends that will be a prerequisite for keeping it cool this season!

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Gail’s Look

Thank goodness the warm weather has finally arrived!  It’s finally time to store away the winter coats and boots and pull out the colourful clothing.

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I’ve purchased this royal blue skirt with net detail on the Eloquii site some time ago.  The netting detail is to die for and was seen on all of the runways.  From Proenza Schuler, Alexander Wang to Cushnie et Ochs netted clothing pieces are the thing for Spring.

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I paired my royal blue skirt with a seafoam blue netted top from Old Navy. I love the play of colours and it puts me right in the spring-time mood!  The netted skirt is a midi length on me and the waistband has an elasticized waist so its super-duper comfortable.  I completed my look by adding these striped pumps and this fun colourful necklace.

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Skirt: Eloquii (sold out) similar here or here // Top: Old Navy // Tank top: Forever 21 Plus // Pumps: Zara (old) similar here// Necklace: Zara // Clutch: eBay

For my tall babes here is a option for you:  Top   Skirt or Skirt or Skirt or Skirt

 

Nancy’s Look

Trends. They come and go. While some are adamant about never following trends, I think they can be fun to partake in. While I wouldn’t break the bank for any trendy pieces, I like to incorporate them into my wardrobe every now and then.

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The cold shoulder trend is all the rage right now, and I’m loving it. It was seen all over the runways from Proenza Schouler to Derek Lam. This is a subtle (and sexy!) way to show some skin this summer. Since my cold shoulder top is a crop top, I decided to pair it with high wasted pants. This way, my middle section isn’t Aaalllll out. Just a peak of skin just how I like it.

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I know that the post is supposed to be about the top but these pants, my tall sisters, are the truth. I’ve written about them before, but I still love them so very much! Fit on point, great color and, of course, the length is perfect! ZARA continues to impress me as I’ve spotted some pants with a 39″ inseam!!! These work perfectly for my long long gams. This is proof positive that we can’t always discount “regular” stores. And while the struggle is indeed quite real, sometimes, it’s worth just giving it a try.

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I was channeling my inner Carmen Jones baby! And while I didn’t have flowers in my hair, I decided to have them on my feet! Lol. With that and a red lip, I’m ready to take on the summer!

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Top: TTYA x long tall sally // Pants: Zara (old); similar here // Shoes: Louise & Cie (size 12 here)

Plus size sexy can recreate my look with this top and these pants.

Judy’s Look

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I couldn’t wait to put my winter jacket and boots away and transition into a lighter, more colorful wardrobe.  Since I’m always craving color, when I happened upon this colorful cape blazer I knew I had to have it. The search for this cape blazer actually started a few months ago when I first saw it on the Simplybe US and Simplybe UK websites. The only hiccup is that these 2 sites don’t ship to Canada. Well, since my middle name is “fighter” cause I never give up without a fight lol, when my American cousin said he was coming to visit us in Canada the light bulb went off in my head and I ask my good ol cuz to get it for me. Side note the blazer had gone down in price by 75% so I was even more eager to get it.
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When I finally got the blazer I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror, I loved it so much. The mix of colours in the stripes are a perfect combination.   This blazer is a big statement and a great addition to my spring and summer wardrobe.  The stripe pattern of my blazer reminds me of some of the pieces seen in Christian Siriano and Clover Canyon’s Spring and summer 2016 collections.

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The blazer is by a company named Lavish Alice, and I must say, they make great pieces. I actually discovered them through ASOS, so now I will definitely be checking them out on a regular basis!

To keep the focus on my blazer I wore a simple black tank top, my black high-waisted pants and topped it all off with my blush pumps and I am ready for the warmer weather.

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Blazer: Simplybe // Pants: ASOS // Tank Top: ASOS // Necklace: eBay similar here // Shoes: Aldo

For my tall babe:  Blazer: ASOS // Pants: ASOS // Tank Top: ASOS

Leslie’s Look

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Spring is one of my most favourite times of the year. It’s like the build-up to the climax in a great movie; the delicious appetizer before the main course, or the beginning cords to that track you love to sing along to or dance to in the club– you catch my drift;-)

With spring comes some new trends, some timeless ones and sometimes those that are just making a revival! The spring trend I’m just loving right now is the low slung wide leg trouser. This trend calls to everything that is just me: low waist line, uber relaxed fit and looking effortlessly pulled together yet just a little boho!

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Putting this look together was super simple. I started with a colour palette that I just love any time of year (i.e. grey), and slid into these wide leg trousers. The low slung look works so well for me since, more often than not, my trousers are a little big in the waist. This look means one less trip to the tailor!lol

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I then added a simple tank top and this oversized coat to complete the look. Then I moved on to accessories!!! I wanted to elevate this look with some bling, so I added this gorgeous necklace, kept the earrings simple, and added a large cuff. You can easily add a great colourful handbag to this look to give it some extra pop (and that is how you will see me when I rock this look in the streets of the 6ix:-)

And with that, I was ready to head out for drinks with the crew!

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Jacket: Zara // Top: Zara (sold out), similar here or here // Trousers: Zara (old), similar here //

For my plus size beauties, you can recreate the look with these great pieces: Jacket or Jacket //Top //Trousers or Trousers ore Trousers//

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*Special thanks to Kristina Laukkanen for snapping our pics!  She can be contacted at:

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Tah Tah for now!

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Summer Time In The 6ix

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It finally feels like summertime in the “six” and what goes perfectly hand-in-hand with summertime? You guessed it, BBQs! Who doesn’t love a summer time BBQ?!  With the great company of family and friends and of course the delicious food, who can pass that up.  Watch as the ladies of Fab Four Fashion show you what they’re wearing to their neighbourhood cook out in the 6ix!

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Judy’s Look

When I think of summer BBQs the first thing that comes to mind is DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince song: Summer Time, Summer, Summer Time…Time to sit back and unwind! I remember the huge BBQ scene in that video LOL  Aww good times!

All this to say that one of my favorite summer activities is to attend a nice hot summer BBQ. The perfect summer BBQ attire for me consists of anything that makes you feel comfortable and is light weight keeping you cool.

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For my BBQ look, I opted for something simple and cute but more importantly I wore an outfit that I felt comfortable in. I chose a pair of cutoff jeans, a simple white tank top and this nice printed kimono that I found on sale at Zara a few weeks ago. I just love these cutoff jean shorts. They’re the perfect length for me and they give me appropriate coverage. I also like that they’re a little distressed.

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This printed kimono is everything! I have so many outfits in mind that I can create with it, and scoring it at a discounted price for me was a big HELL YES! I also love that it has pockets.

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Just to back track for a moment, I saw this kimono about 2 months ago at Zara for $99.  I was heartbroken because I love the print but was not prepared to pay that price. So, when I checked their website and saw that they had it on sale for only $39 I quickly scooped that puppy up and made it mine!  I must admit I was a bit concerned about the size particularly in the bust area because it was only available in sizes S and M, but I was pleasantly surprised that the medium fit like a dream.

To finish off my look I wore 2 large cuff bracelets from Forever 21 and my beige cage sandals.

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Short: (old) Old Navy find similar here // Kimono: Zara here // Tank top: H&M here // sandals: Nine West here // Bracelet : Forever 21 here

for my Tall Sister’s : jeans Shorts: ASOS Tall // Kimono: ASOS Tall and Zara// sandals : Nine West

 

Leslie’s Look

Summer would not be summer without one quintessential trifecta: glorious sunshine, heavenly heat and the sizzle of something on the barbeque! Nothing beats the smell of hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, or some juicy barbeque chicken and ribs or even some pork-chops and salmon.  I could go on and on, but since I’m  supposed to be discussing my look and not my lunch, let’s talk about what I like to wear to a good ol summertime barbeque!

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Ahhh, nothing feels better than slipping into a pair of comfortable jeans and a crisp white tee! For my look I chose to rock my favourite pair of boyfriend jeans. I love the relaxed look and feel of a boyfriend jean and that they allow me to keep up with my little friends (i.e. cousins under 6 years old) at those family barbeques!

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I love a graphic tee and this awesome t-shirt from Cotton Candy Playground is just “boss”! The cotton material of the tee is nice and thick and the fit is bang on which is always a concern for me. Add to that, my girl on the tee has a fro like me, I just couldn’t resist the lure of such a super cute tee!

To pull my look together I threw on a gray blazer,  funky silver oxfords and some dangly silver earrings.  I wanted to keep my look cool and simple, just like me! So now I’m ready to have a barbequed dog a cool bottle of Stella and in this look I’ll be ready to be the perfect horsey for the little ones.

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Blazer:  Zara (sold out), Similar here // T-Shirt:  Cotton Candy Playground // Shoes: JC Penny (old), Similar here //  Jeans: H2  (Holt Renfrew Outlet Store) //

For my sexy curvy ladies: Blazer // T-Shirt // Jeans

Nancy’s Look

Getting dressed for a BBQ is as much fun as attending it…. Ok, I lie, eating is the best part – always the best part… lol When getting dressed for a BBQ, I always opt for an outfit that is casual and cute.  I also try to wear an outfit that allows for expansion in the abdomen area, if you catch my drift. LOL

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In this case, I went for my trusty denim shorts. These high wasted, belted shorts offer an interesting twist on the classic denim shorts. Any time I get to flash the gams is a good time!

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I paired my shorts with a scooped neck and deep scoop back bodysuit. I don’t think that I need to mention the fact that I love everything open back anymore… lol. I like to pair short shorts with tops that offer some more coverage.

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When wearing a simple outfit, I like to play around with accessories. Therefore, I accessorized my look with these super cute earrings which my dear cousin Judy scored for me at the Politics of Black Hair event she attended some time ago. These were made by the very talented Toni Daley.  She has a ton of super cool earrings. The ones I was rocking fit perfectly because I do love my puff! I rounded out my look with wooden bangles and brown strappy sandals.

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Shorts: H&M (old); similar here // Bodysuit: American Apparel // Strappy sandals: Crown Vintage (old) ; similar here // Bangles: H&M (old); similar here // Earrings: Toni Daley

My plus size sisters can easily recreate my look with these shorts and this bodysuit.

Gail’s Look

Oh the summer BBQ/Cook out who can resist them?  It’s a chance to get together with family and friends and catch up while enjoying ribs, burgers, hot dogs and of course potato salad.

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Like Judy, any time I think of BBQs, strains of “Summer Time” by Will Smith drift through my mind.  With all that in mind, my outfit centered on two things, style and comfort.

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The “style” part of this look takes the form of this cotton & elastane black and cream bodycon dress.  The cotton offers great breathability for those hot summer days and the stretch offers  added comfort. I love this dress because it accentuates my curves beautifully if I do say so myself!

As I’ve mentioned before, I try not to subscribe to ideas of what full figured women are “supposed” to avoid so, of course you know I won’t be shying away from horizontal stripes.

I paired this dress with a faded cropped denim vest, pearl earrings and necklace.  A black and silvered studded cross body purse is great for keeping my hands free to enjoy all the BBQ goodies.

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The “comfort” portion of this outfit are these black and silver flats.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the way my legs look in heels but my time in them is VERY LIMITED – right Leslie, Nancy and Judy?LOL  So, flats are usually the way to go for me.  🙂

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Dress: Forever 21 Plus // Denim vest: Old Navy Similar here // Flats: Michael Kors (old) Similar here //Cross body purse: Material Girl (old) Similar here // Pearl Earrings: H&M (old) // Pearl Necklace: H&M (old)

For my tall bombshells here is a dress option for you:  Long Tall Sally

Well, we’re off to enjoy some summer time eats.

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Tah Tah for now,

~The Quartet