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5 Things in Our Fashion Editor’s Shopping Cart to Brighten Your Mood

From colour to video call accessories.

It’s no secret that many of us use retail therapy to help calm our nerves, cure anxiety or give us an extra boost when our moods are low – all of which you may currently be experiencing as a result of social distancing. As a fashion editor, I’m constantly scanning my favourite sites and this week, I took a modified note from Marie Kondo’s book and looked for items that “spark joy.” From pieces that contribute to relief efforts during these difficult times, to items from local businesses and things that just make me feel good, here are the pieces I’m adding to cart this week:

Polo-collar cashmere sweater, $329, Club Monaco.

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Sometimes something as simple as a great colour can perk you up. Let this cashmere sweater from Club Monaco be the red lip of your wardrobe. It’s the perfect shade and completely smudge proof –put it on for some cozy confidence.

Asymmetrical ornamental pin earrings, $550, Ellery at WDLT 117.

I’ve had my eye on these mismatched Ellery earrings from Toronto store WDLT 117 for a few weeks. With one long and one short I can mix these with my other pieces easily and they provide some easy drama for my next Zoom call or Google Hangout.

Verve legging, $186, Michi.

If getting a new pair of leggings helps motivate me for at-home workouts, I’m all for it. The tiger-print legging from Toronto-based Michi NY is also a subtle nod to the FASHION team’s new favourite Netflix series, Tiger King, which has helped entertain us through self-isolation.

Satin slides, $596, Zimmermann at Shopbop.

Exposed toes symbolize the start of warmer weather and while we may not be there yet, these pink and red satin slides are a happy reminder of what’s to come. In the meantime, stylish slip-ons can be worn as fashionable house shoes or slippers.

HBC Stripe Sweater, $400, Hudson’s Bay.

Hudson’s Bay has made a $1 million pledge to Kids Help Phone and Food Banks of Canada through the Hudson’s Bay Foundation to support Canadians impacted by COVID-19, so there’s no better time to show your stripes. The iconic HBC-striped hand-knit sweater is a piece you can pass on from generation to generation, works as a cozy layer at the cottage and is the perfect piece of transitional outwear. It’s almost as synonymous with Canada as the Canadian flag.