With summer nearly here, it’s time to give warm weather fashions a tune up. It’s easy with this year’s styles that allow plenty of latitude for expressing unique style. Wear these fashions at work, happy hour or a night out. There are even plenty of chic looks to be worn while running errands on the weekend. With so many fun summer trends, no lady ever needs to feel like she’s got nothing to wear.
Polka Dots and Lace
Fashionable prints come and go, but some are so popular that they only fade for awhile before coming back big time. This can certainly be said for the highly fashionable polka dot. Whether dainty or bold, the polka dot is cropping up everywhere. Look for them on a sleeveless shell or even a bright hued cardigan. For an extra kick, choose a flirty skirt covered in this fun, timeless print. Shoes can be dressed up with a perky polka dot bow. This summer, apparel with a polka dot print definitely needs to be a part of every woman’s wardrobe.
(Top Picture - Alfani Plus Size Three-Quarter-Sleeve Polka-Dot Top)
Another major trend this summer is lace. It’s easy to find everywhere. Lace is popping up on skirts, blouses and dresses. Ladies who think lace tends to look old fashioned and stuffy will probably change their minds when they see the latest fashions featuring this classic material. Lace clothing has been modernized and updated to fit in with the easy to wear styles of the summer. One of the most popular lace fabrics right now is eyelet lace. It’s a bit sturdier than other styles of lace, and it doesn’t catch so easily on every piece of furniture. For a smart way to wear the eyelet trend from day into night and on weekends, check out the sleeveless eyelet shirtdress at Lands’ End. This pretty dress looks great covered with a cardigan, and the comfortable, wear anywhere fabric is a definite asset.
Dresses have always been a go-to summer style for ladies everywhere, and this summer will be no exception. Tiered maxi dresses will continue to be enormously popular. Look for them in fun, eye-popping shades like Capri blue and berry. These dresses offer a fashionable silhouette, and an empire waist lets ladies highlight the thinnest part of their body while the skirt flows away effortlessly. Maxi dresses with wider shoulder straps keep the look balanced on top while also providing some nice support. Cover up with a cute cardigan to wear this versatile style to the office.
Capri length leggings will be everywhere this summer. Go for neutral colors like black, chocolate brown and beige to go with everything. However, it won’t hurt to take a risk as well. Why not try bright white, red or cobalt blue? Pair these attention-grabbing hues with a bold, black tank top to finish the look. Add an adorable straw bag, and any lady can be ready for a day at the beach or a night on the town.
Shorts this year are running a bit longer than in years’ past. Take advantage of the slimming properties of the walking short. These styles are fun and easy to wear. They also allow ladies to be a little more modest and stick to a style that is almost universally flattering. Solid color shorts are always a good idea, but bright colors are at home in the summer. For an extra dose of style, it makes sense to choose shorts in a madras print. This summery, timeless look has made a huge comeback in recent years, and this summer will be no exception.
Shoes Tie the Look Together
Summer sandals this year are focused on the wedge. These styles are far more comfortable to wear for hours at a time, and they cause much less damage to the feet and back. Cute wedges can be found in every color of the rainbow, making it possible to buy a pair to match every outfit. However, it might be more practical to simply go with black or brown. These shoes can go with almost anything. They are the perfect solution for tying together a summer outfit.
Denise Hill is an avid blogger for NetQin, writing on a variety of topics.