Summer Fashion Trends

summer fashion trendsAs the temperatures rise, shopping summer fashion trends is in full swing.   You may have already seen many of these trends in stores or on fashion trendsetter friends, but consider a few of these great summer fashion trends that you can easily incorporate into your summer wardrobe.

First, maxi dresses.  These are just as popular as ever so if you had previously been wondering if this was a trend with staying power, rest assured that great maxi dresses are here to stay and are a prominent summer fashion trend.  Of course you can find a variety of great maxi dresses ranging from high end designer prints and fabrics to casual cotton pool dresses.  The key is finding the right maxi dress for your personal body type and fashion style.  Maxi dresses may not be for everyone, but if they are for you keep in mind a few great rules of thumb when shopping for the maxi dresses summer fashion trend.  First, be sure that you find a dress that works height wise.  You don’t want it to be too short and you don’t want it to be too long.  Each dress naturally has its own length so be sure to find a dress length that hits at least at the ankle and depending on your shoe choice hits you at approximately the ankle with shoes on.  Much longer and you will be tripping over it and much shorter and it isn’t a true maxi dress.  Second, be sure that you find a maxi dress that is figure flattering from top to bottom.  You don’t want to have bra straps showing and make sure that you don’t show too much cleavage or that it doesn’t fit so snuggly that you can see everything too closely.  We’ve all seen people with a dress that is so tight that you can unfortunately see rolls where the dress fits so tightly and that is certainly not the point of wearing a maxi dress.  A great example of one of our favorite maxi dresses is the Sanni Maxi Dress by Velvet that is a great cotton dress with a high slit in front.  It also features a button up neckline and a belted tie around the waist.

The second great fashion trend we have seen this summer is white.  Of course white is always a great classic color, but this summer you will see lots of white from white clothing to white shoes and white jewelry or accessories.  Of course this is a great time of year to celebrate white and we love the great options that are out there.  Eyelets and lace are also big fashion trends, but white is a perfect way to wear both of them as great statement pieces or complements to other colors.  We love the elegant Freda dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer in White as a great way to incorporate this summer fashion trend.

Finally, you may have noticed a lot of people incorporating feathers into their hair, but feathers as accessories are also a popular summer fashion trend.  Whether it is finding jewelry in feather shapes or jewelry with actual feathers you will see feathers in lots of great accessories.  You will also see a lot of feather patterns that will carry over into fall fashions in clothing as well.

As you can see, there are several great ways to implement this season’s best summer fashion trends into your personal wardrobe and of course with all of these ideas you are sure to find pieces that fit work well with many other pieces in your closet.

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Maxi Belted Dress

Maxi dresses are all the rage this season and even though it may seem like you are searching between seas of similar dresses, you can find a number of great distinctive elements in maxi dresses as well. Not to mention there are a number of great ways to accessorize maxi dresses. As an example, you can find dresses that come belted or you can find maxi dresses that work with belts. Either way, there are several great maxi dress options that work with belts this summer.

First consider what we think is truly the perfect casual long maxi dress, the Sammi dress features a button-up neckline and a tie around the waist to make this a t shirt style long maxi dress. This dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer features a light cotton fabric which makes it perfect for hot summer weather. The belted tie around the natural waist in a contrasting brown fabric is a great way to break up an otherwise long straight maxi dress. This dress also features short sleeves and a high slit on one side to give it an added flirty twist and to make it easier to move around in a straight long dress. I also love that this maxi dress doesn’t have to totally cover up your legs like a lot of maxi dresses do. This Sammi dress comes in a gorgeous Jasper blue green color.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more elegant look for a maxi dress that you can accessorize yourself consider the Rhetta Maxi Dress also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer. This jersey cotton maxi dress features a low cut back which gives this long maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look. This dress is also versatile enough to be dressed up or down for casual or dressy occasions all with the right accessories. This long maxi dress features elbow length sleeves and a classically elegant fit that silhouettes the feminine curves. We love to belt this dress as shown on our model with an elegant rose belt in grey for added contrast. This dress is available in both black and malachite a gorgeous teal blue color. This dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe. Of course you can accessorize this dress with any belt options or

As you can see each of these examples can be a clean slate for you to accessorize with whatever belts you prefer or can be worn as is. In addition, accessorizing with belts is simply one way to accessorize each of these dresses. You can dress them up with shoes, necklaces, earrings, etc. Best of all, both of these dresses are cotton so they are lightweight enough to be very comfortable during warm weather and are also machine washable.

Whatever maxi dress suits your personal style, you will want to have at least one or two great maxi dresses in your closet as go to dresses for dressy summer occasions and even just for casual summer days as well.

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Summer Fashion

If you’re looking for great summer fashion it is important to know the latest trends in tank tops, summer dresses, and skirts as you shop for new must haves for your summer closet.   A few of our favorite trends are found in these great summer fashions as examples of ways to implement these styles or similar trends into your wardrobe.

First, maxi dresses are a summer must have.  These dresses look great on tall, slender body types and are great casual ways to mix up your summer dress wardrobe.  Surely you’ve seen the common maxi dress look with thin tank strap at the top and an empire or high waist line.  Consider the distinctive Rhetta dress that is a great example of a non-traditional maxi dress that really can be dressed up for special occasions.  The dress looks simple from the front, but with a plunging back this dress really does take the common maxi dress to another level.  We love the beautiful Malachite teal green/blue color or of course you can never go wrong with basic black.

Another must have for summer fashion is the peasant skirt.  A great casual skirt, the ruffled skirt is a big trend this summer and you will see these skirts ranging from extremely long to short in length.  The Hilton skirt as an example is a great middle of the road length with the casual, yet feminine look of the peasant skirt style.  We love the waistband that gives you added flexibility with the length allowing you to fold it over for a shorter look or wear it unfolded as  a way to increase the length of the skirt.

You would almost have to be hidden under a rock to miss out on the general fashion trend with ruffles and in summer fashions it is fairly easy to find great tanks, tops or dresses with ruffled accents.  We love the Mae Ruffle tank top featuring a simple ruffle around the neckline.  The ruffle is a simple, yet very feminine way to really elevate this tank top.  The neckline also features a tie at the base of the ruffle for added detail.  This tank is available in a great coral color that is also a summer fashion must have this season.

These are really on the tip of the iceberg for summer fashion trends, but you can find examples of others featuring ribbon embellishments or even lace like the Lucca Racerback dress or the Collective Concepts V Neck Tie Waist Tunic or great patterns like the Rhonia dress .  Hopefully in the few ideas we’ve mentioned, you at least have some new inspiration or a few new ideas for how you can weave some of these amazing summer fashion trends into your wardrobe.  Of course be sure to remain true to your own personal style, but don’t let yourself stay boxed into only using the same styles and colors you always do.  Some new styles won’t work for you, but we suggest that you always try and stretch your style with at least one trend that is out of your norm so that you can keep your closet fresh and always be working toward expanding your style with great statement pieces.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2010 FASHION TRENDS

Fashion trends in the spring and summer, when the flowers begin to bloom and the weather gets a tad warmer are so much more fun than your winter fashion trends. While there are many, many trends this season, I will tell you my top picks and how to wear them. Let’s just say that skin is definitely in this season!

Neutrals

Get naked (no pun intended) this season! Try to incorporate a nude shade in your wardrobe for day as well as evening – think skin-tone. Best of all, neutral shades can be paired with everything and anything from brights and prints to basic black. You should especially splurge on a neutral accessory such as a handbag or cork wedge sandal. The shade is effortlessly classic and goes with everything.

Peek-A-Boo

This style is truly for the daring.  With material such as mesh and lace and strategically placed cut-outs, the look is undeniably edgy. Dark shades are incorporated into many Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Rodarte and Preen pieces this season, which show off a bold and sexy silhouette.

Feathers

Feathers are a fun and feminine touch to both clothing and accessories. You could pair a funky headband with a bright feather as a nice touch to a boring outfit, or you could pair a feather print blouse with destroyed skinny jeans and a few bracelets for a bohemian look. Feathers are definitely springlike and are a great alternative to floral prints!   You can find several great feather patterns by Sweet Pea.

Can’t wait to begin shopping for this season’s pieces? Check out my favorite trend focused site and get inspired by your favorite celebrity’s style!

www.vintagefringe.com The most chicest and unique online boutique! The site focuses on designs that incorporate feminine details on their garments as well as vintage finds, perfect for the ultimate girly girly! You can shop by color, price, size and brand. There is also a huge selection of comfy cotton pieces from my favorite brands such as Ella Moss, Splendid and Velvet by Graham & Spencer.

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