Weekend Update

Must-have pieces for weekend escapes

Coming off an action-packed, sun-filled long weekend, Flare’s flock of fashion interns sum up the very best in getaway essentials. Whether it’s a picnic in the countryside or a cross-city jaunt, our stylish team will have you looking scorchingly chic without breaking a sweat. “Whatever your weekend getaway location is, it’s important to pick pieces that are transitional”, notes Cindy Lemus. Her pick? Hussein Chalayan’s curve slit skirt, in white. This chic separate is the ultimate in understated elegance, perfect with nautical stripes for a day at sea, or with a graphic print top for an urban fete. She’d pair it with a triple-strap watch from Burberry “to add a wee bit of boyish flair to the outfit”. For most, weekend dressing was all about the accessories. Mary D’Cruz loves the quirky charm of Juicy Couture’s Pompom Sun Hat, noting that a fun hat is “an easy way to amp up a casual summer get-up.” When it comes to bags, “fashionistas no longer have to consider fanny packs a style taboo”, declares Lindsey Mather, of Zambos & Siega’s faux snakeskin pouch. She loves the mellow hue and compartment pockets, perfect for sunscreen or a camera on day trips in the city. Ryan Cheung, always prepared for an impromptu dash to the countryside, opted for a utility-style canvas tote by the Royal Canadian Air Force . “It’s the perfect carry-all for last minute weekend getaways”, he advises. If there’s one cardinal rule we all agree on when it comes to effortless weekend style, it’s this: invest in one easy piece that’s easy to pack and wear, not knowing where the day may take you. We recommend Je Ne Sais Quoi’s Heimstone Blake dress as the perfect go-to summer essential. Made from breezy purple silk with a rainbow bungee straps, we’ll be rocking it everywhere from music festivals to garden parties, and cozying up with it under a belted cardigan for chilly late summer nights.