Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Fashion Tips for the Fashionista in You

When the weather turns warm and flowers start to bloom, fashionistas know it is time to shake off the winter doldrums and wake up their fashion look. This summer’s fashion runways displayed trends like romanticism, cut-out and peek-a-boo detailing, soft pastels, distressed denim, wood shoes and bold jewelry. By incorporating a few of these items into your wardrobe, you can instantly update your look without breaking the bank.

Romantic and Feminine

Dresses and blouses with ruffles add instant femininity to your look. Today’s ruffles lack the over-the-top stuffiness often associated with the trend. If you want to skip ruffled clothing, look for shoes and handbags with subtle ruffled details. The lingerie look of corsets, camisoles and nightgown-inspired dresses also made an appearance on the runways. Incorporate the look into your everyday fashion by wearing a lacy camisole under your suit or letting an ornate slip peek out of from your hemline.

Denim, in all shades and fashions, continued to appear on the summer runways. Cut-off jean shorts, slashed to the knee and either rolled or frayed, reappear as a popular trend this summer. In fact, the more distressed, destroyed and distressed the jeans—the better! This is the season to give new life to some of your old jeans by turning them into fashionably destroyed shorts.

Whites and Pastels

Pure white and all hues of pastels, from pink to lavender, instantly update your summer wardrobe. White shirt dresses are an especially popular look that can be dressed up for work or down for casual weekends. When shopping for summer clothing, buy a few pastel items to wear with your existing clothing. Try pairing a sheer, white blouse with your gray or navy suit. Or combine white pants with a lightweight navy sweater for a nautical, St. Tropez look.

One-Piece Swimwear by Topshop at ShopStyle
From bathing suits to evening gowns, designers played with this trend, which utilizes slashes and cut-outs to reveal a hint of skin without over-exposure. If you want to incorporate this style into your look, stick to pieces in dark colors like black, gray or navy to look sleek and stylish.

Sandals by Christian Louboutin at ShopStyle
Wooden shoes
Clogs, wedges and sandals made of wood appeared throughout the summer runway shows. Wooden wedge sandals instantly incorporate a touch of whimsy and individuality to your look. These retro silhouettes look fresh again this season after the stilettos and dainty shoes of the past.

Bold Jewelry
Chunky bracelets, necklaces and earrings can help provide a dose of summer style to your look--even when you lack the money to buy a new wardrobe gold earrings, especially chandelier-style ones, add an opulent and exotic touch to this summer’s glamorous and feminine silhouettes.

About the Author
Arthur Miers is a Montreal-based freelance fashion blogger for MyJewelryBox.com, a jewelry company specializing in everything from engagement rings to Gold earrings.
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  1. That's a good point that if you are going for a swimsuit with cutouts it's best to stick with a solid color. A floral or geometric print would make that look seem too confusing. Besides black and navy, a deep plum or emerald green are also great solid colors for that type of swimwear.

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  2. Will be back soon, lovely post, thanks again have bookmarked you!

  3. You can still see ruffles this spring, but in a more subtle manner. Dresses with ruffles draw attention to whatever part of the body they are worn on. If you want to draw attention to your face, wear clothes with ruffles at the neckline.