Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style. – John Fairchild
Summer breezes in with billowy fabrics, navy pantones, and effortless style. This summer’s hottest trends ask you to show your bolder, yet feminine side as the mercury rises helping you to stay cool. The best part is that most of these pieces work well into your current wardrobe throughout the year. (Yes!) Check out these styles that easily transition with autumn winds.
Floral and Sheer
Floral prints and sheer fabrics come together for a romantic, sexy, yet casual look. They bring out memories of days at the beach and nights at the county fair. This is an essential for your wardrobe as it is so versatile. Pair a top with skinny jeans to the office or with high-waisted shorts for a day at the park. For a night out, switch out your bottom for a black skirt or dark denims. If you choose a floral dress, finish off the look with a pair of pretty wedges.
Looking for seasonless pieces to add to your wardrobe? Look no further, the luxurious feel of leather that is light-weight and thin is great for layering during cool summer nights or with warm winter sweaters. Flowy leather vests, skirts, and tank tops hit the runways, which look great matched with a softer material or floral prints. Look for higher quality leather, which requires less maintenance, stays softer and is more flexible. Faux leather is also available as an animal-friendly option.
Ladies, skip the long maxi skirts this summer and say hello to the midi skirt. The midis are shorter than the maxis but hit just below the knee. You can find these in pleats, florals, stripes, and bold colors, really anything imaginable. Fun and flirty, these versatile choices look great with crop tops, sweaters, tanks, and sheer blouses. This keeps it easy, allowing for effortless style anytime, anywhere?whether it be at the office, lunch with the girls, dinner with the family, or a movie at the park with your sweetheart. A recommended staple for any woman’s wardrobe who can be found in dresses and skirts year-round.
Trendistas say that fashion always comes back around and the crop top is no surprise. The revival of the 90s crop top comes with a cuter style that doesn’t require you to look like you just stepped out of Clueless. Sport a crop top with loose bottoms for a casual feel. Don’t worry if you don’t have a six-pack, crops look even better with high-waisted shorts or high-waisted skirts. However, if you do have a nice set of abs, this is a great opportunity to show them off. There are even boxy-shaped crops for those who prefer a little extra room up top. These are also a fun alternative to regular swim suit cover-ups and can be worn over a tank top too.
Bring on the clash of patterns for a fun and stylish outfit. Choose a top or bottom with a large pattern and pair it with small patterns so the clash looks intentional and not outlandish. You can also mix and match with bold stripes for a vintage feel. Make the most of this summer outfit by adding navy, the color trend of the season, to the mix. A pair of strappy sandals or heels works well with this style. Either way, now there’s an excuse to buy those floral printed shorts.
Accessories to Polish Off Your Summer Outfit
Accessories can make or break the look so choosing a couple of complementary pieces is key without going overboard. If there’s a shirt that shows off your décolleté, don a matching necklace. For a busy outfit, pick a purse that is small and unassuming. Bows, navy, wood and gold colors, dangly beaded earrings, and graphic print sunglasses are all great accents to your outfit. Messy braids are still the rage. Keep it simple and you won’t have to worry.
Whichever trend speaks to you, make sure it fits in with your style to make the most of your wardrobe. Then fall in love with these pieces that help you bring together the style of the season and work through all future seasonalities to come. This summer’s style is easy, breezy and you can be sure to enjoy yourself no matter where you’re at without worrying about how you look. Don’t forget to bring along a hat for the middle of the day to keep your hair in check as well as some SPF and water to protect your delicate skin. And as always, keep it flirty and fun!
The author of this article is Erin Tran. If you enjoyed this piece you can follow me on Twitter @CustParadigm. When I’m not sorting through current high fashion trends such as those from designers like, I am out and about as a makeup artist for weddings and photo shoots.