A cottage-inspired runway look from Michael Kors’s Spring/Summer 2012 show.

Story by Chloé Berge

Nothing is more relaxing than a weekend at your cottage or cabin, but some of us tend to be a bit too relaxed (read: sloppy) when we hit the dock. Go from disheveled to dynamite with these expert fashion tips from Nicole Manek, a Toronto stylist with Judy Inc.
Expert fashion tip: GIVE YOUR FLIP-FLOPS A REST In lieu of ultra casual rubber flip-flops, try a metallic sandal and
add a little bling to your natural surroundings, says Manek. Choose a metallic that suits your skin tone – rose gold is universally flattering – and wear them with a crisp white sundress.
Expert fashion tip: THINK OUTSIDE THE TANK TOP BOX Instead of pairing your cut-offs with a tank top, try a fitted or short caftan. Manek suggests choosing one that’s lightweight and fitted enough to show your shape but still comfortable. Stay away from sheer fabrics so that it can do double duty as a dress and
beach cover-up.
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