Guest Post from Alexandra Jacobs
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Say goodbye to lumpy parkas, heavy boots and wool scarves. It’s time to pull out summer fashions. This year the runways have been full of eclectic, colorful styles that range from neon palettes to trendy nautical looks. The great thing about these trends is they can easily transition from day to night, from hot to cold and from spring to summer.
Spring brings to mind colorful floral dresses and white cotton garments that will keep you cool in the sun but warm in the shade. Since spring is on the cusp of ultra-warm weather, women feel comfortable wearing nautical styles inspired by the classic look of the Hampton’s. Striped shirts, both long and short sleeved, and dark navy blue slacks never go out of style. They have been a traditional fashion staple since the 1950s, when women first began wearing pants out in public. Here are a few picks echoing the stripes and nautical theme.
Daytime spring and summer trends cross over each other. Rolled up khakis with a sheer white blouse is a wonderful outfit to wear for a picnic near the beach or a day boating with friends or family. Not only are they elegant and classy, but these pieces allow a comfortable a fit and flexibility. You can look chic but at the same time achieve a laid-back style that exudes confidence and springtime beauty. Take simple but bold color like dark blue jeans and a starch white blouse or yellow tank top. Pair them together with rolled cuffs, strappy sandals or chic ballerina flats and you have a simple and comfortable outfit. It’s versatile for all types of weather and allows lots of movement. Here are two picks on the ‘khaki-blouse-sandals’ look. However, keep in mind that khakis don’t have to mean just khaki in color; you can also opt for hot pink, green or any other summery shade.
Color-blocking is a popular trend this spring. For example, snag a simple blazer in a great shade like orange or soft pink and throw it on over your colorful blouse. The cut of color will make the outfit pop and add a bit of sophistication to an otherwise simple outfit. Looking for a way to make the outfit really stand out? Throw on some patent leather boat shoes and enjoy the breeze! Color-blocking can be done in small doses like the ‘Piped Bodice Colorblock Dress’ (left) or bolder like the ‘Tibi Silk Long Dress’ in hot pink and orange.
Nighttime fashion for the spring and summer is a little bit different than fashion made for daylight hours. The little white dress is probably one of the most versatile wardrobe staples for warm weather. Unlike the little black dress, the white dress speaks of carefree summer hours and fun in the sun. Plus, the little white dress is easily accessorized. A colorful clutch, a chunky necklace or a contrasting pair of heels or wedges can be used to dress the outfit up or down. Our picks for the LWD range from (l-r) day wear, party, to glamorous evening wear.
Lastly, floral prints are all the rage. One of the most popular styles is a look inspired by the 1940s pinup girls of that time. Floral print blouses with sashes along the lower hemline allow the shirt to be tied up to bare a bit of midriff. Floral prints are also popular among dresses and floral tee-shirts. A few picks for floral print blouses are shown below.
Here are the top outfits of the 2012 Spring/Summer season.
1. Blue-tinged denim and a striped sailor shirt paired with nautical themed jewelry. The denim can also be swapped for chinos.
2. Black capris with a neon-colored tank or blouse. Pair this look with a stunning blazer and patent leather boat shoes.
3. The little white dress. Dress it up or down and enjoy the looks of admiration.
4. Floral blouses. Sheer or thick, tied or buttoned, this looks is gorgeous and looks good on women of all shapes and sizes.