WIN IT! Street Style Tricks to Try + a White Oaks Mall GC Giveaway

Do the unexpected and pair your skirt with cute kicks. Photo via Clochet Blog.

It's hard to put your finger on it. But there are some girls who know how to pick just the right pieces, how to mix them up to perfection, and stroll out of their houses every day as street style superstars. Or, at the very least, Instagram superstars. 

Luckily, it doesn't take a lot to achieve sartorial nirvana, especially in the summer months. All you need is the right canvas (read: good basics), the perfect mix of colours, and one stellar accent to surprise the whole look. Read on for my top street style tricks, then get inspired by some of my fav summer looks below....

SUMMER STREET STYLE TRICKS TO TRY NOW:

  • PICK PIECES YOU LOVE: See a plain white tee? Um, pass. Go for a solid white but look for interesting details like laser-cuts, an interesting hemline or a tone-on-tone print to take your look from basic to bananas.
  • KNOW YOUR BODY: Choose pieces that fit you well and if they don't, enlist the help of a Stitch It tailor. The right fit will instantly help you look more polished and pulled-together.
  • BE BRAVE: Opt for a bold bag, a bright skirt or a pair of printed pants. Compliments come to those who dare to think outside the black box.
  • BE A CHEAPSKATE: A very basic outfit will benefit tremendously from the right cheap and cheerful accessories. Find a pair of crazy sunglasses, a playful clutch or an armful of fun bracelets to instantly reinvent your little white dress.
  • SHOP THE WRONG DEPARTMENT: I'll often check out the mens and kids departments for accessories. You just never know what you might find.
  • DO THE UNEXPECTED: Street stylers know that beauty lies in dissonance. A skirt with a pair of sneakers is a current go-to trick. Mixing prints (even if they clash a little bit) can be spectacular. The key is to think of what you would normally wear, then do the exact opposite.
  • GET INSPIRED: Street style blogs, Pinterest and, of course, The CLOSET, will inspire you to dress a little more creatively and will help you hone your stellar street style over time.
  • NOT SURE WHERE TO START? See below, then scroll down to enter to win a $75 White Oaks Mall Gift Card to do some summer shopping!

Mirrored Aviators, $12, ALDO; Pebble Leather Crossbody, $49, Danier; Lace Short-Sleeve Blouse, $39.95, H&M; Jacquard Weave Skirt, $59.95, H&M; Converse All-Star Sneaker, $54.99, Soft Moc.

Snakeskin Print Tank, $49.90, RW&CO.; Statement Sunglasses, $12, ALDO; Python Print Pants, $16, GAP; Navy Blazer, $98, GAP; Handbag, $60, ALDO; Ankle-Strap Heels, $39.99, ALDO.

Red Tote, $40, ALDO; Tulle Dress, $49.95, H&M; Persol Plastic Aviator Sunglasses, $430, Sunglass Hut; Formula X Pyrotechnic Polish, $13, Sephora; Peep-Toe Ankle Booties, $28, ALDO.

 

We're giving away a $75 Gift Card to one lucky winner to shop at White Oaks MallHERE'S HOW TO WIN IT:

1) Leave a comment below and tell us what you'd buy with your White Oaks Mall Gift Card. 

2) For a bonus entry follow White Oaks Mall and realliferunway on Twitter and tweet the following '#Contest Alert: @WhiteOaksMall & @realliferunway are giving away a $75 GC & I want to #win it! http://bit.ly/1ocvpfJ #giveaway' 

3) Contest ends Wednesday, July 30th at 5 pm.

4) Contest open to residents of Ontario only.

5) We'll contact the lucky winner via email.