Love is all You Need

A model backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Fall '13 Show. Photo via Fairchild. 

Here's me, wearing the new jeans I just picked up at Hudson's Bay. Love! 

The heart - that universal symbol of everything L.O.V.E. - hasn't historically been all that trendy. Sure, we all love love, but the heart, well, it's gotten a bit of bad rap in the fashion world. While dots and stripes are always chic, hearts are sometimes met with a bit of condescension. Hearts? Oh, they're so obvious. They're so Valentine's. They're so heart-like. Really?

Well, love will prevail, as they say, and right now, the oft-maligned heart is proving itself to be pretty lovable after all. For Fall '13, Burberry's Christopher Bailey unabashedly covered his collection in hearts while Holly Fulton and Aquilano.Rimondi did the same, sending heart-printed tops and dresses down the runway, too. And while critics of the heart print often dismiss it for being cheesy, these designers show that when done up right, hearts can be sophisticated, luxe and totally grown-up. The key? Avoid obvious colour ways, like red or pink, in favour of less expected combos - tan and black are right on trend but blue, orange, or grey are good options, too. 

How do you feel about hearts? Do you like? Do you love? Here are some of my fave heart-printed pieces at White Oaks Mall right now. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve...

 

Flock Sequin Heart Graphic Tee, $4.99, Aeropostale

AEO Heart Bangle Set, $11.99, American Eagle

Material Girl Printed Skinny Jeans, $29.99, Hudson's Bay

Heart Sunglasses, $8.90, Garage

Dot Heart Graphic Tee, $8, Aeropostale

I Heart Denim Shorties, 2 for $30, Ardene

Sterling Pave Heart Convertible Ring, $138, Coach

Vans Reel Hearts Top, $39.99, Sportchek

AEO Heart Print Headwrap, $9.50, American Eagle

Printed Hearts Skirt, $12.50 Urban Planet

Heart Chiffon Blouse, 2 for $30, Ardene

AEO Heart Stud Trio, $12.50, American Eagle

Hearts Ruffle Cami, $9.99, American Eagle

Heart Print Scarf, $19.95, Le Château