Hot summer looks: color, stripes, florals, black and white

05/18/2013 5:12 PM

05/19/2013 9:48 AM

Mother Nature took her own sweet time bringing us honest-to-goodness spring weather, but now that we’re amid the blooms, it’s time to turn our attention to summer.

One word to remember for the hot season: color! Choose rich, saturated brights that go with basic black and perennial white but are the most fun when they’re combined for a real splash of color.

Orange, reds, magenta, bright coral, turquoise, yellow and lime green are a few of the favorites, so mix them up.

Another strong trend: stripes. Lines aren’t just for nautical looks this year. Stripes are going in more ways than the expected vertical and horizontal. Colorful stripes of varying widths go in all directions and sometimes a variety in one garment.

Blooms show up not only in floral prints, but in jewelry, and from head to toe on shoes, handbags, hats and hair accessories.

For those who love the strong contrast of black and white, never fear: The popular combination is back, especially in a wide range of graphic prints. Pull out those favorite black and white pieces and remember the combo is easily updated with a jolt of bright color.

Dresses with hems from mid-thigh to ankle length are here to make getting ready easy.

It seems there is a myriad of silhouettes to choose from. Making a showing is the pleated dress with plenty of twirl, but the maxi dress, so popular last year, is back for day and night.

Other hot items: sheer or silky tunics over skinny ankle pants, lace blouses and dresses, and metallic pieces to wear almost anytime and anywhere you’re going.

Yes, it’s going to get hot, but play it cool with white, brights, stripes, floral and a tall, frosty glass of lemonade.

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