Trendy Summer Wear
By Kimberly Boney
Summer Lovin'May 2016
Story by Kimberly Boney
In what seems to have been a flash of light, summer is upon us. As always, we’re on the prowl for looks that are both stylish and functional for the hottest of days and the balmiest of nights. Follow along for our take on the season’s freshest looks – with a twist, of course.
The Slip Dress - If you were to look deep into the recesses of your closet, you might find one of these. It’s been there since the 1990s – so pretty you couldn’t bear to part with it, but just a little too dated to whip out for your next soirée. Well, ladies, it’s time. Pull that baby out and see how fresh the old gal can look when paired with the accoutrements. Sure, she may be a bit slinky. But here’s the plus side: the modern take on the slip dress means you can pair it with virtually anything – from menswear blazers, motos and denim jackets, to dusters, long crochet blouses, vests or even other sheer dresses that pull just the right amount of color to the surface – all while covering up the areas you prefer to keep under wraps. Laid back enough to pair with sweet sandals or heeled wedges, yet elegant enough to pair with stilettos and a tuxedo jacket, we have a feeling Little Miss Slip Dress may just become your new bestie.
All Things Rose Quartz - For the first time ever, Pantone, the color authority where design is concerned, selected not one, but two hues as their “color of the year.” One is Rose Quartz, a delicate balance of rose with just enough blush to make it irresistible to even the most staunch “I don’t wear pink” girls. Consider this a neutral shade. Rose Quartz manages to be effortless in its femininity and is refreshingly modern. You’ll find this color gracing everything from basics to cocktail dresses and evening gowns, in addition to shoes, bags and jewelry. Functional for nearly every occasion – including the ever-daunting summer wedding—an investment in a few staple pieces in Rose Quartz is a worthy one.
A Few Somethings in Serenity - Pantone’s other co-color of the year, Serenity, has always been there, smiling at us from a beautiful spring blooming hydrangea bush, resting high above us in an early summer sky. This peace-making shade of periwinkle blue, appearing all over the runways, in hallways and on a sidewalk near you, is a reminder to relax, take a breath and treasure a moment of tranquility. Infuse this hue into your life in the form of some basics like T-shirts, soft baby blue denims and sundresses, but don’t be afraid to commit to bigger purchases like a killer bag or peacoat come fall. Something about this shade of blue will stand up to your bolder neutrals like navy and charcoal, but it knows how to play nice with other pastels and monochromes. Wear Serenity with its friend Rose Quartz for a fashion match made in heaven.
Bloomin’ Bottoms – Long lauded as the mark of the spring wardrobe, florals get a fresh take this season as they are worn in the form of slim-fitting ankle pants. Pick a pair of bloom-covered bottoms, pair them with a tucked-in, loose-fitting camisole in a gauzy material or a T-shirt, and slip on a pair of heels (strappy or closed toe pumps—they’ll both work famously). If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of big, bold flowers, smaller blooms or a more subtle color palate will pull off the look more delicately. For fashion bonus points, seek out a bag with an embroidered floral embellishment or an all-over pattern, and bloom where you are planted.
A Cut-Out Above The Rest – You’ve likely been noticing this trend for a while now, perhaps in the form of subtle skin-baring voids on the sides of dresses or keyholes perfectly placed on blouses of all kinds. The cut-out is here to stay this year, making its appearance on bold-shouldered dresses (talk about a ‘90s throwback!), leaving one of the most underrated parts of the body completely exposed to draw the eyes in. Jumpsuits and rompers have also taken on the trend this season, leaving subtle yet sexy open spaces on the back or sides. This is, by no means, an encouragement to make yourself uncomfortable for fashion, but if you feel so inclined to try this bold look, both style and comfort will prevail. A built-in breezeway during the hot summer months in the North State? We’re all in.
A Triple Threat – Want to add elegance to the typical summer wardrobe staple combination of shorts and a shirt? Add a blazer, roll up the sleeves if neccessary (because melting is generally frowned upon), and watch the magic happen. A word to the wise: be sure the length of your shorts and the length of your blazer are appropriate so that you can see both of them at all times. No point in turning heads by looking as if you aren’t wearing bottoms. Opt for a blouse that is loose fitting enough to stand alone with the shorts, should you need to remove the blazer for any reason. Pair this look with gladiator sandals for a more casual vibe or heels for an event that lends itself to something a bit more snazzy.