Summer is fast approaching and so are the inevitable fashion woes regarding how to stay cool while looking chic. No need to limit your wardrobe to shift dresses, cotton shorts and tees all summer. Lightweight fabrics in countless styles abound but the following five summer trends will keep you looking good without breaking a sweat.
Eyelet and Lace
Eyelet and Lace was heavily seen on the Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu runways for their Spring/Summer shows. Both are easy and breezy options that add style to any summer ensemble. Whether you opt for a blouse, skirt or body skimming mini dress, eyelet and lace designs will always keep you cool due to their inherent ventilation.
The Shelli Segal Laundry Cotton Eyelet Dress with Lace offers the best of both worlds and delivers class and comfort.
Bohemian styles are all about flowing fabrics layered to protect you from the heat. Think loose, long and ’70s. Light fabrics with handkerchief-like edges will keep you comfortable and cool while giving you the perfect, carefree summer vibe. Fringed accessories, like purses, sandals or belts, are a great way to complete any boho look. Also, stick to light neutral tones or white to easily beat the heat.
Two perfect options to get your boho look going are the Express Chiffon Halter Maxi Dress and Lucky Brand Jeans Tali Printed Maxi Dress.
The 1920s are roaring once again from Ralph Lauren to Versus. Even Hollywood took a cue with a “Great Gatsby” remake. Don’t be left behind while everyone else is reviving the Charleston in their flapper dresses. The trend doesn’t necessarily translate to sequins, beads and feathers. There are casual flapper styles that are more understated and easily worn for daytime.
Cynthia Vincent Twelfth St. Fringe Mini Dress is a modern, day-to-evening option with a bit of 1920s fringed flair. For a splurge on couture, try Herve Leger’s Crisscross Fringe Dress.
Pop of Color
Neon doesn’t seem to want to die out, so it’s best to stop fighting the electric glow and be bold. Color-blocking is key and neutral tones like beige, ecru, crepe, blush, or otherwise flesh-toned hues, make a great pair with neon. Pairing with darker colors, like navy blue, is another option but more appropriate for fall and winter when the sun will be more merciful.
A bright hued skinny jean with a basic tee (like the acid wash varieties made by Mad Love) is another fun to execute the look. Keep the rest of your outfit and accessories understated in light, neutral colors like white, beige or gray.
While many consider leather a winter staple, there are summer alternatives. Stay stylish while keeping cool with a pair of leather shorts (like the Rebecca Minkoff Mika Leather Shorts) or by accessorizing with a leather cuff bracelet. Either option works for a night out or at a trendy, beachfront café. Try leather in light colors, like the skintight, cream colored, variety made by David Lerner.
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