Burst of color makes summer fashions pop

05/17/2014 3:17 PM

08/06/2014 11:27 AM

Even though Mother Nature threw us a few curves during the winter and she’s doing the same for spring, we know summer will show up with soaring temperatures, the need for sunblock and many choices for our wardrobes.

When it comes to color, think of the seashore. Yes, in landlocked Kansas we need to think of clear-sky blue, turquoise-water blue, seashell white, seafoam green and shades of coral.

It seems every shade of blue is big for summer, with a welcome return of cobalt.

“We haven’t seen true blue in quite awhile, and it looks good on everybody,” said Lia Dixson, sales associate at Dillard’s in Towne East.

Shades of lemon yellow, lime green and watermelon pink are back for another spring. But it’s orange that’s coming on strong. Debra Bass, fashion editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, says adding something orange is a must for the season.

“Hot orange. Winter was long, and there’s a need to bust out the color. There are great shades in dresses, sandals and lipsticks that are worth the shock appeal,” she said.

Those who like the perennial signs of warm weather such as polka dots, nautical stripes and feminine florals will have no problem finding them in casual styles, swimwear and dresses.

Both American and European designers seemed to fall in love with head-to-toe white this year. Many kept even the accessories white. For those who don’t like white shoes but want to keep it subtle, try a matte metallic sandal. Silver looks especially good with your all-white outfit.

The maxi skirts and dresses so popular last year are back in myriad colors, prints and styles. A hemline length that is back and looks fresh, especially in straight styles, is the midi length, the hemline of which hits a few inches below the knee.

Speaking of hemlines, the shorter in front, longer in back lengths so popular last year are back in more looks than ever. Dresses, T-shirts, knit tops, jackets, those long lightweight sweaters and even evening gowns have hemlines scooped higher in the front.

It’s an easy season for pants. Nearly any width of pant leg is “in.” Leggings have made way for breezy palazzo pants, but narrow legs are still around. Lengths vary from Bermuda shorts to capri or cropped ankle pants.

Culotte styles are making a comeback, but most are not as full as the ones we wore many seasons ago.

Layering is a good idea regardless of the season. Tank tops and T-shirts, bolero sweaters and long knit cardigans are easy ways to adjust to temperatures inside and out and accomplish some trendy color blocking at the same time.

It’s going to be a colorful summer, so go ahead and have some fun with what you wear.

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