This year your summer wardrobe can be as changeable as the Kansas weather. You have multiple choices for the right look for every mood and occasion.
Check your closet for favorites from seasons past because chances are a few of them are a trend again this season. Gingham, white eyelet, crochet, fringe, mid-length hemlines, denim and floral prints and bohemian looks are a few examples.
The fun part is to mix it all up, and that includes seasonal colors.
Cool colors for hot weather range from powdery pastels to vivid brights. Corals to orange, mint to lime green, pale aqua to turquoise and butter to sunshine yellow are in the mix.
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Comfortable caftans, culottes and breezy palazzo pants may bring back lots of memories. Add jumpsuits in prints and solids to the list.
For a touch of romance, designers such as Vera Wang, Marchesa and Dolce & Gabbana added delicate floral prints in gossamer fabrics to their collections.
But denim, the sturdy, all-American fabric, is showing up in everything from trench coats to the essential jean jacket to casual bottoms – short shorts to ankle pants.
The relaxed attitude of summer means it’s time to turn your imagination loose. Combine brights in eye-catching combos or go head-to-toe in white for a cool, crisp look. And don’t forget the impact the right accessories can make.
When it comes to jewelry, think big, bold, unusual and colorful. Wide cuffs, long necklaces with interesting pendants, sparkling colored stones on dangling earrings and statement rings are where it’s at this summer.
If you think a floral print dress is not for you, try on a pair of floral print sandals or sling-backs. Don’t feel comfortable in bright colors? Stick to neutrals but pick shoes in a bright color. Choose the heel height that works for you. High heels are always available, but mid, chunky heels, wedges and kitten heels are here for summer, as are the flattest of flat sandals.
Can’t give up your favorite combo of black and white? You don’t need to, but add bright accessories for a fresh take on a classic color scheme. Hot pink, bright yellow, turquoise and citron are good choices.
It’s summer, the season to dress cool, comfortable and confident.
Even though bright colors come with the season, white is always a hit. White eyelet, mesh and other peek-a-boo fabrics add texture and fun to any outfit.
Blouse with scarf with cuff detail by Philomena Fernandez, $265
Pants $260, at GM Clotheshorse
Handbag by Kippy, $825, embellished printed leather, GM Clotheshorse
Lucite bracelet by Monies, $265, GM Clotheshorse
Silver sandals by Adrianna Pappell, $59, Dillard’s
Flash back to the days of love beads and maxi dresses, floppy hats and macrame. The ongoing popularity of long, comfortable maxi dresses in every print you can think of continues through summer 2015. The good news is, you can get this look at every price level.
Everything pictured is from Target.
Jeans jacket by Merona, $29
Maxi dress by Mossimo, $30
Aviator-style sunglasses, $20
Floppy straw hat, $15
Handbag with fringe detail by Merona, $35
Watch by Xhilaration, $20
Silver cuff bracelet, $10
Silver bangles, $12
Silver earrings, $18
BLUE DRESS LOOK FOR DAY
One outfit can combine a number of trends that result in a very pulled together look but will take you anywhere you need to go. Start with the perfect summer dress and go from there.
Everything pictured is at Nouveau.
Mid-length dress by Nuthatch, linen and polyester, $275
Necklace of braided leather with stone pendant, $297
Sandals by Stuart Weitzman, $425
Leather and grommet cuff bracelet, $77
GRAPHIC PRINT SHORT DRESS
For the young, or the young at heart who have great legs, an easy dress is more fun than shorts. Add some interesting accessories and you’re set. Everything pictured is from Frou Frou.
Dress in dark navy and ivory graphic print by Thml Clothing, $52
Handbag by Big Buddah, $88
Sandals by Nicole, $67
MINT GREEN DRESS, JACKET
The more versatile your wardrobe, the better. A dress that can go from working at your desk to dinner, or be just right when you’re a guest at a summer wedding is a real find. Everything pictured is from Dillard’s.
Dress, mint green with tan shoulder detail, polyester blend, by Antonio Melani, $159
Matching jacket, $179
Lacey crochet bolero, Antonio Melani, $99
Shoes by Michael Kors, $99
Clutch handbag by Calvin Klein, $138
FLORAL PRINT JACKET AND NARROW PANTS
Big flowers, little flowers and many in between, floral print is one of the biggest trends of the season. Blooms are on everything from swimwear to eveningwear and accessories. Everything pictured is at Dillard’s.
Jacket by IC, polyester and rayon, $178
Shell of magenta polyester and spandex, also by IC, $48
Narrow pant with button detail at hem, $98
Subtle metallic, sling-back low-heel shoes by J. Renee, $69
Earrings by Anna & Ava, $15
Multi-strand pearl bracelet, $10
All the fashion trends you’ll see this summer season carried over to the swimwear category. Whether it’s floral print, bright colors, eyelet, fringe, lace or crochet, it’s making a splash.
Bright coral swimsuit top with lace overlay, by Gianni Bini, $59, Dillard’s
Matching bikini bottoms, $51, Dillard’s
High-waisted bottoms, $57, Dillard’s
Green lace one-piece by Reaction, $98, Dillard’s
White cotton cover-up by Solitaire Swim, $25, TJ Maxx
Coral cotton cover-up by Solitaire Swim, $25, TJ Maxx
Green and white towel, $15, TJ Maxx
Multicolor towel, $8, TJ Maxx
Sun hat, $28, Hatman Jack’s