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    With warm weather on the horizon, it’s time to revamp your wardrobe with the top summer 2023 fashion trends. Whether you’re looking for a full closet refresh or a few key pieces to spice up your looks, there are plenty of summer fashion trends worth adding to your rotation.

    To keep track of your favourite pieces of the season, be sure to make use of our search engine, StyList. With StyList, you can search multiple stores at Upper Canada Mall and save any items you love to a singular wishlist, making your summer outfit planning that much easier.

    Ready to get started on your summer wardrobe? Read on for the summer 2023 fashion trends we’re obsessing over.

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    Trending Accessories

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    No summer ensemble is complete without the perfect accessory, and this season’s hottest picks take inspiration from big moments in pop culture. “Mermaidcore,” inspired by the live-action The Little Mermaid, is making waves this season, with pearl accents, sequin handbags and shell-shaped jewelry dominating the runways. Seventies-style accessories, particularly sunglasses, are also having a moment thanks to Daisy Jones & the Six. And, of course, we can’t forget about Barbiecore pink, a nod to the much-anticipated Barbie movie coming out this summer.

    Find trending accessories at Honey, Zara and H&M.

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    Denim Daze

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    Banana Republic

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    It’s no secret the fashion world has an unwavering obsession with denim. You can expect the fabric to be seen season after season, just in different shapes and silhouettes. Denim maxi skirts are still the fashion It-girl’s fave and are the perfect piece to dress up or down this summer. The runways also saw plenty of baggy, utilitarian cargo jeans reminiscent of the ones worn in the ‘90s. And if you’re looking for fresh ways to incorporate denim into your wardrobe, try adding denim accessories, like a jean handbag or denim slides.

    Find denim picks at Banana Republic and Guess.

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    Asymmetrical Hems

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    Can’t choose between the micro and maxi trends? Do both with asymmetrical hems! The summer 2023 runways saw plenty of angular hemlines, whether in the form of a dramatic leg slit or a subtly angled summer dress. And remember – asymmetrical hems aren’t just limited to skirts and dresses – for added interest, try an asymmetric fitted shirt.

    Find asymmetric picks at H&M and Zara.

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    Fancy Footwear

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    Call It Spring

    Footwear is one of the easiest ways to transition your wardrobe and make for a great starting point to build your summer outfit. The cowboy boot trend is still going strong, as are ballerina flats and sporty sneakers. We’re also seeing the resurgence of wedge sandals and classic Mary Janes. But perhaps the biggest trend is puff-ified versions of classic silhouettes: think padded loafers, puffy slides and blown-up Nappa leather mules.

    Find summer footwear at Aldo and Call it Spring.

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    Summer Beauty Essentials

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    The Body Shop

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    For beauty enthusiasts, summer is also a great time to test out new makeup looks. Trending this season is “cloud skin” aka makeup with a soft matte finish that looks breathable and humidity proof. The look can be achieved with a mattifying primer paired with your go-to dewy foundation or tinted moisturizer to create a shine-free complexion with natural radiance. Bold blush and lips are also a must for summer 2023, with extra pops of colour seen on the faces of models and celebrities alike. And of course, a sunkissed look will always be a summer fave and can be achieved with a great bronzer. Just don’t forget the SPF!

    Find summer beauty essentials at Sephora and The Body Shop.

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    Match the Occasion

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    Give the gift of style this summer by gifting your loved ones a UCM gift card. Our e-gift cards are a fun way to surprise someone with the addition of a personalized message or video, while a physical gift card is great for the traditionalist. Plus, you can even team up with family and friends on a joint e-gift card for group gifting!


    Summer 2023’s fashion trends are all about making a statement – from your accessories, your footwear and your beauty looks. Whether you’re going bold with your summer outfits or are simply incorporating these trends to add some excitement to your personal style, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with it!

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