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Fashion Forecast: What to Wear for the Weather in Ontario's Muskoka Region

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    Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:34 PM -

    While it may seem like the fireworks of Canada Day weren’t that long ago, this coming weekend already marks the unofficial close of summer’s sweet reign. For city dwellers, Labour Day typically means that opportunities to enjoy cocktails on the dock or curl up next to a bonfire are gone again until next year. The balmy air will slowly begin to succumb to autumn’s chill. Knits turn into wools, loafers into lug soles.

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    But, if you’re lucky enough to own a cottage, or have snagged an invite from a friend, there’s still time to soak up some rays and drink in what’s left of the season. Our Fashion Forecast for this weekend takes us to cottage country in Muskoka, Ontario, where the weather is set to feel upwards of 30°C and mostly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms. So, grab your sunscreen and a towel—it might get wet out there!

    Comfort dressing is crucial for long weekends—after all, they only come around a few times a year. And if there’s one place where it’s entirely permissible to revel in loungewear, it’s the cottage. However, there’s no reason you still can’t look effortlessly chic.

    Start with a stylish pair of sweatpants—nobody does basics better than James Perse, and these lightweight, knitted pants are a wardrobe staple that can read as relaxed or refined. Next, a classically designed bathing suit is a cottage necessity, such as Madewell’s Beachstripe bikini, which can easily be warmed up with a cozy sweater—this one from Zara comes in a lovely shade of maroon.

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    When selecting your shoes, stick with tried and tested styles that are guaranteed to be a good match for the environment. Sperry’s Audrey slip-ons are great cottage attire with their laid-back-but-chic look. For protection against the sun or rain (and to help control the unkempt beach hair that inevitably surfaces at the cottage), we recommend some sporty headgear. Snapbacks have made a major comeback this year, and we love this Toronto Maple Leaf cap from New Era for getting us in the spirit of the upcoming hockey season.

    To keep everything tucked away, nothing says “cottage country” more than a Roots bag. With a huge variety of weekend bags to choose from, Roots Banff bag should house everything you need for a three-day jaunt. Now that you’re packed for whatever the weather may bring this weekend, all that’s left to do is slip into that easy-living cottage state of mind and enjoy the great outdoors!

    Weatherproofing with Fashion:

    1. James Perse Knit Cargo Pants, $202, shopbop.com
    2. Madewell Bikini in Beachstripe, US $98, madewell.com
    3. Micro-Jacquard Sweater, $55, zara.ca
    4. Sperry Audrey Slip-On, $110, getoutsideshoes.com 
    5. New Era Toronto Maple Leaf Said Snapback, $25, neweracap.com
    6. Roots Small Banff Bag Tribe, $348, roots.ca

    For more Fashion Forecasts, head over to thekit.ca!

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