This summer’s a hot one – and our favorite street style stars have taken note, matching its temps with their sultry looks. Here’s a list of their top ten trends for taking on the season in style:
- Printed Shorts:
What’s better on a hot summer day than a pair of super comfortable shorts? Super comfortable shorts with a chic, modern print. Minimalist monotones are so…spring. This season’s best printed shorts feature a wide variety of motifs, including cheeky animal prints, picturesque beach scenes, and geometric patterns. More than just trendy, these eye-catching prints help you flaunt what you’ve got, drawing the eye to your newly tanned figure. Better yet, they transition easily from day to night, especially if you stick to streamlined silhouettes. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – this summers looks are all about freedom and fun!
Spruce up for summer by slipping into something light, clean and fresh – like the deconstructed shirt. The ubiquitous menswear silhouette is taking a few femme risks this season, seen with strategically–placed slices and dices, sweet-yet-sassy ruffles, and oversized sleeves. Fashions It-Girls are causing a sartorial storm with their creative takes on the classic. Pumped-up volume, wide sleeves, long sleeves, huge sleeves, no sleeves, gathered sleeves, ties, straps, tailored, or corseted - just so long as it isn't plain! Don’t think you have to go big or go home – small alterations and minor twists have a major impact on this minimalist style.
Who says you need to pick between a feminine look and flaunting some of your assets? Lace dresses highlight your best features – while giving just a peekaboo glimpse of skin. The overall effect is rich, tasteful and ladylike. For a modern take on the trend, do like the bloggers do and pair pretty lace pieces with slouchy silhouettes. You’ll be perfectly primed to strut your way through the city or glide delicately into a more formal affair. It doesn’t get much more all-purpose than that.
Just when you thought the stripes trend had reached the end of the line (pun very much intended), fashion’s finest have brought them back into relevance. This latest resurgence embraces the staple print’s entire history, shining a spotlight on Frenchies’ favorite matelots, Americana’s slim-line, 90’s wide umbrella-style stripes, and every width in between. Vertical lines have a slimming effect, while horizontal stripes practically scream sailor-chic. Moral of the story: The entire stripe world is your oyster. Go ahead, get nautical.
Last seasons flared sleeves have been reinvented for summer with shoulder-to-cuff slits. Slit sleeves give you that sleeveless breeze, while allowing you to stay a bit more covered up. Especially great for afternoon bbqs that turn into sunset strolls, this cutaway effect is popping up everywhere, seen on dresses, formal shirts, and even jumpsuits. Amplify the trend’s sensuous quality with gleaming metallic bracelets and a glossy lip.
Fact: The looser your top is, the more comfortable you will feel. That is the reason why oversized clothes have become another popular trend this summer. These aren’t your boyfriend’s borrowed tees – these feminized iterations are tailored to hit all the right spots, suggesting a shape without clinging to any curves. This trend isn’t exclusive to tops, either, with outsized silhouettes popping up in outwear, jogger pants, and even cocktail attire. Forego your bodycon LBD and slip into something more comfortable.
Take your wardrobe on a frill ride this summer – ruffles are back and bigger than ever. Tossing aside their sweet as candy reputation, this season’s iterations are glam, bold, and in your face. Think Princess Diana’s ultra-80’s wedding dress or the darkly romantic trimmings of the 90’s grunge movement. Provocative and unexpected, these ruffles have taken over the blogosphere, adding flounce to a wide and varied range of clothing – skirts, tops, dresses, jeans, and just about everything in between. Get ready for some summer lovin’ in this flirty trend.
High Side Slit:
We've been seeing slits up the middle and up the thighs for some time now, some with a more humble cut while others scarcely concealing the assets underneath. Legs are flaunted flawlessly regardless of how the slit is set. This summer brings us a side slit. Revealing a wide swath of skin from upper thigh to hem, this sexy design element made an appearance on runways in all four fashion capitals. It looks especially appealing on sequin gowns, conjuring that Old Hollywood glamour. Try this outfit for a formal gathering if you are feeling a little flirty! Just be ready for attention – this trend turns more than a few heads. Quick tip: If you want to adjust the height or angle of the slit, add a belt and maneuver the fabric underneath.
Crop tops are notoriously hard to pull off for most body types – but SS17 is determined to fix that. This season’s crop top is slightly less abbreviated, allowing for a little more coverage, and, overall, a more mature look. Give them just a glimpse of those hard-won abs…and then go back to the office. For a sweet, girlish spin, match your cropped sensation to a high-waisted skirt. Slip that duo over your bikini, and you’re ready for a stylish day at the beach.
Prim in front, party in the back. Backless dresses are all the rage – and it’s not hard to see why. There is something so sensuous about the backless dresses. Dipping low, this season’s backless silhouettes lend grace and poise to everything from beachy maxi dresses to red carpet gowns. Wear your hair up or to the side to showcase the cuts elegant beauty.