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.