Ask Alex Summer Style


Khaki is back with a bang. Appearing in varying styles and from a number of fashion houses, sleek khaki-coloured dresses appeared on the Gucci and Donna Karan runways. Marc Jacobs offered military silhouettes and Ralph Lauren opted for safari-style glamour.


The updated khaki trend works brilliantly as a new hue for your staples but it can also make a statement on its own. Try a khaki cargo pant and pair it with black or white to keep things simple or team it with a loose floral print blouse for a prettier edge. An easy way to update your wardrobe is by incorporating a khaki-coloured jacket, like the one on the right from Jean Machine, available at Bayshore.


Ripped jeans have transitioned from a sloppy aesthetic to a wardrobe must. Distressed denim has become a staple for casual dressing so don’t be hesitant to give this trend a try.


The look is a testament to effortless style as seen on a variety of celebrities, from supermodel Jessica Alba, Mad Men star January Jones to Olivia Palermo. These famous faces wear their denim tattered at the knee or slashed throughout. If you think the look is too casual, try pairing your jeans with a dress shirt for a modern twist.


Q: I have three weddings to attend this summer and I'm hoping you can help me find a few new dresses. One of the weddings is black tie and I'm struggling to find a formal dress that doesn't look like a bridesmaid's dress. Do you know of any affordable formal gowns?

A: Formal gowns only end up getting worn once or twice before they sit at the back of the closet. So, why buy when you can rent? Newly opened in Ottawa is Rent Frock Repeat. The one-stop shop gives you access to highend designer labels for a fraction of the retail cost. You can choose to either shop online or in the store. Find a dress you love and they will send you in two sizes for four or eight days. Then simply return them. Rent the dresses you need for each wedding without worrying about cluttering your wardrobe.