The Stylish Summer Fashions You Need To Try Out

 
 
 

It’s finally summertime, and that calls for a change in wardrobe. Time to shed off all of the layers and head out the door feeling bright, light and free. Want to make sure you’re in style under the hot sun? Check out these popular summer trends and enjoy your summer of high fashion.

Patterned Pants: Patterned pants made of light, billowy material have been popping up in stores everywhere. Whether they come in the form of shorts or full-length pants, these bottoms are definitely a hit for this summer. The light material makes the pants comfortable and it keeps you from getting too hot.

The wide selection of patterns also gives off a unique, casual look. Because of the busy colors and shapes, try pairing the bottoms with a plain tee or tank. If you’re bold, however, experiment with mixing patterns and color schemes until you find a look that works best for you.

Crop Tops: Though these short shirts have been around for a while, they can still be seen everywhere you go. Whether you wear crop tops with a high-waist skirt or shorts, or pair them with regular cutoffs, you’re sure to be a hit. Crop tops can fit in anywhere on the spectrum between laid-back and dressed-up. They come in varying trunk and sleeve lengths and in a plethora of designs.

So slip on a beachy crop top and wear it as a cover-up to the pool, or dress one up with some of your favorite jewelry for a night spent with friends. You can also use crop tops as a bottom layer to wear with a loose shirt or summer cardigan.

Creative Jewelry: Since you wear less clothing in the summer, it’s the perfect time to wear more jewelry. Switch up your usual accessory routine by adding a few pieces of fashionable new jewelry styles.

Midi-rings are worn about halfway down your finger (between the top two knuckles) and add some flair to your tanned hands. Your ring-wearing experience becomes more intricate as rings are placed on different levels. For jewelry a little further up on your arm, try out a cuff or two. Cuffs can go anywhere, from your wrists, to your forearms, to your upper arms. The look is not only light and fun, but a little whimsical too.

Summer is also the perfect time to fasten on an anklet. Wearing sandals and going barefoot allows your ankles to be free and ready to be bedazzled. Bathing suits and crop tops also expose your belly button, and if you have one, a piercing. The beginning of the summer is a great time to look for a couple new favorite belly button rings to show off.

Moving up to your ears, cuffs are another style that is perfect for those with and without pierced ears. The cuffs are usually adjustable and wrap around your ear. They come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, including sea-themed creatures like starfish and mermaids.

Hair Fashions: Looking for a way to spruce up your everyday hairstyle? Try adding flair to your hair with some color or easy extensions. Hair chalk and short-term hair dye can be found in most pharmacy or salon stores and are a fun way to add some temporary streaks to your hair.For those that aren’t ready to add too much faux color, try just a small streak or two or use the color on the bottom layer of hair. It’s sure to add an interesting pop of color in a ponytail or braid.

You can also try feather or colored extensions for a carefree and creative look. These can often come in clip-on form, which allows you to easily take the extensions in and out of your hair. To keep the extensions in for longer periods of time (like for a couple of months in the summer), professionals can tie the extensions into your hair.

A Little Sparkle: Glitter and shine is most noticeable under the bright sun, so the best time to wear it is in the summer heat. Whether the sparkle comes from a new piece of glinting jewelry or the rhinestones studding your tank top, you’re sure to make a statement. A few other ways to make your outfit a bit more dazzling include slipping on some bedazzled sandals, wearing a beaded headband, or coating your nails in some fresh, sparkly polish.

Maxi Skirts: Longer skirts, including full skirts, are making way in the fashion world. Similar to the flowing, patterned pants featured above, long skirts made of light materials cover you up, but still keep you cool when the temperatures rise. Depending on the accessories you pair with the skirt, your outfit can go from classy to casual. For a laid-back everyday look, just slip on some sandals and pair the skirt with a plain tee or tank-top.

Ugly Trends That We Still Decide To Wear

 

Most people that are into fashion tend to follow the trends and styles that come and go with each passing season. That means even the ugly trends get their time to shine.

For some reason, even “ugly” styles catch on in popularity. People go out and buy their way into the trend either to maintain their status as a fashionista or simply because they actually like the way it looks, ugly and all.

Often, fashion trends grow on people. Even if people don’t initially like the look of a certain piece of clothing or how it was worn, repetition and familiarity change their minds. Seeing the same look over and over causes it to gain favor in shoppers’ minds, leading to more and more people following the trend.

Here are just a few of the “ugly” trends that we see people (even ourselves!) wearing every day.

Birkenstocks: Somehow, Birkenstocks never seem to go out of style, an observation that is true now more than ever. Recently, Birkenstocks have been all over the place.

Perhaps it’s because the sandals are widely considered very sturdy and comfortable to walk around in. The standard style consists of wide cork bottoms, two thick straps stretching across the foot, and plenty of space allowing for your toes to be free.

Most likely, the rising trend is due to a mixture of the comfort and the new designs available for the brand. While you can still spot the shoes in their traditional neutrals like brown and beige, more color and texture options are making their way in the fashion world.

From teals and pinks to metallic hues, you can find a rainbow of straps to choose from. In addition, more designs for the actual build of the shoe are offered, with variations on the quantity, thickness and location of the straps.

Sandals and Socks: We’ve all seen it. Some of you may have even committed this fashion crime over the course of your lifetime. Fortunately for you, this mistake may not be so bad today.

Sporting sandals and socks is coming in as somewhat fashionable. Of  course, in order for the typically odd look to be fashionable, you have to choose the right socks and shoes to pair together. Picking some mismatched patterned socks out of your top drawer and slipping into a pair of dingy sandals isn’t going to cut it.

Check out some of these socks and sandals combinations from InStyle to get an idea of what is fashionably acceptable. You could be one of the first to successfully pull off this “ugly” trend.

Notice that the first example combination featured includes a double offense: socks and Birkenstocks.

Overalls: The overall trend has been back for a couple of years now. The difference now is that there is a focus on overalls with full-length bottoms in addition to the overall shorts.

While some people might see the trend as ugly or juvenile, many see overalls as a fun piece of attire that helps in the creation of cute and comfortable outfits.

The standard overalls are made of blue jean material, but more and more, overalls in bright colors and floral designs are appearing in stores. Overall shorts have been in style long enough that owning a pair isn’t groundbreaking, but going for the full-length bottoms may cause you to stand out from the crowd.

Only a few have braved this trend so far, but it may soon become more popular and standard.

Nerd Glasses: If you assumed that the nerd glasses trend would go away after the obsession with hipsters was over, then you thought wrong. The large framed, boxy glasses have become a standard eyeglass for people to choose.

No longer is it surprising to see people wearing these “nerd” glasses; it has become a current norm for many. I’ve even seen non-prescription versions of the glasses in fashion stores. The popularity can also be contributed to the many celebrities and stars that caught on and promoted the trend.

Overdone Prints: From t-shirts to earrings to wallets, we see some of the same prints over and over again. A few decades from now, future generations will probably wonder why we were so obsessed with mustaches, cats, cartoon characters, and silly sayings like “Let’s Take a Selfie!” and “Sun’s Out, Guns Out.”

While these things might have seemed funny at first, they turned into fashion trends that follow you everywhere. That means that you might see a cute top or a pretty purse, but end up turning it over and seeing a big ole curly mustache (or better yet, a cat with a mustache) plastered across.

Even though these kinds of prints can be considered ugly fashion pieces, they are ever so popular and seen as cute additions to wardrobes.

Whatever you choose to wear, wear it for yourself and because you like it. Even if it falls under the category of “ugly” fashions and trends, you may still be in style. Be prepared for some funny looks when you wear some unflattering attire, but also be prepared for the chance that you’ll start a new trend.

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Iran ‘bans fashion show organiser over flag designs’

 
Iranian models present outfits bearing the national flag's colors and other World Cup-linked designs in Tehran on June 24, 2014
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Tehran (AFP) – A fashion show organiser in Iran has been banned “until further notice” for staging a catwalk at which models wore variations of the national flag, media reports said Sunday.

The House of Fashion hosted the World Cup-themed show in late June to a mixed audience, sending female models down the runway draped in attire based on flag designs, the emblem of the national team and the Asian Cheetah.

The company “did not have the authorisation for this show… it will be unable to continue its activities until further notice,” Culture and Islamic guidance ministry official Hamid Ghobadi was quoted by the Shargh newspaper as saying.

The designs, which appear to have left out the calligraphy of Allah on the flag, were the work of the Violet agency.

Violet — which calls itself the “first Iranian modelling agency” — has also been banned, according to reports.

With conservative critics having taken offence to the designs, as well as to the presence of unrelated men at the show, House of Fashion president Javad Shirazi sought to play down the incident.

“We did not use the flag with the word Allah. We simply used the colours of the flag,” Shirazi was quoted by Shargh as saying, adding that the clothes were meant to be worn in stadiums.

However, Iran has banned female sports fans from games in stadiums, ostensibly for their own protection against what authorities call a “vulgar” atmosphere created by an all-male audience.