Long Canadian winters make us truly earn our summers, so it’s no wonder that cottaging is so popular a pursuit that it’s a verb. Of course, the cottage is an opportunity for quiet relaxation, but style never rests for true fashion mavens. That certainly doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice comfort. Here are my cottage essentials that are comfy enough for the cabin but chic enough for your social media pics.
When cottage-bound, you spend a lot of time in your suit, so it’s worth spending some time to find one that flatters your figure and that you love. The plethora of swimwear options are limitless, but fear not, I’ve filtered through the trends to help narrow your search.
Feminine ruffles & frills are a lovely option for boyish figures, as this style gives the illusion of volume and curves. Some of the best options out there are pretty enough to make you want to wear your suit all summer long – none more so than this colourful option by Roksanda Illicic.[Image: Net a Porter]
Taking a cue from street wear trends, the contrast of a black and white palette is as popular in swimwear as it is in our wardrobe. Whether as a colourful block or graphic black & white combo, a solid base with strategically placed contrasting insets can make your body look downright sculpted.[Image Left: Net a Porter, Right: Saks Fifth Avenue]
The Cold Wash cycle on your Whirlpool washer is excellent for protecting those colourful fabrics. The cold water gently lifts soils and preserves colours so your suit can be worn summer after summer.
It makes perfect sense that cheery florals are a warm weather staple. Pay attention when you choose yours and know that the size of print, placement, and colour can be the ultimate figure-flattering ally or saboteur. Keep scale of print in proportion to your size and look for a darker background for the most slimming option.[Image: Net a Porter]
More than anything, fit is the most crucial element when looking for a suit that works. Once you’ve found the silhouette that’s best for your body consider intricate prints and bold colours that you may typically shy away from. Less fabric, as with swimwear, makes a statement pattern more palatable especially when you consider the fact that allover print can play the visual trick of not letting the eye rest on any one area.
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While at the cottage, even if your most athletic endeavour is lifting a magazine while swinging in a hammock, the season’s scuba inspired suits, like this one by Lisa Marie Fernadez, will make you look like a pro.[Image: Saks Fifth Avenue]
The Whirlpool 12-hour FanFresh option with Dynamic Venting Technology is an amazing solution to wash & dry light summer fabrics right in your washer – like your suit – in one step and have it ready for another day of lounging beachside.
From dramatic caftan style numbers to sarongs, to classic shirt dress options, a cover up does double duty as a legit outfit option to take you from the dock to dinner in style. An inexpensive easy dress, like this one from Old Navy, may also act as a cover-up. Quiet summer days at the cottage call for easy outfits, and there’s nothing easier than a simple dress. Look for lightweight linen, cotton and denim that stand up to wear and tear, are breezy on hot days, and are easy to care for.[Images: Net a Porter]
Who wants to think about chores on holiday, Whirlpool makes life easier so that you have more time for fun, reading a mag, boating, or playing at the beach – so if you don’t have time (or desire) to wash your cover-up, throw it in your Whirlpool dryer using the Steam Refresh Cycle to remove wrinkles and odours. Easy peasy!