Comfortable — with a twist. That’s the word for summer fashion.
There are a few more words as well:
- White — everything from nautical white denim to breezy sheer whites for the beach and romantic white for evenings
- Floral — ladylike or bold; whatever suits your fancy, for everything from work to play
- Gingham — do it as you like it, from bold to demure; from tailored business attire to fabulous golfing shorts
- Leather — for summer? Yes, and in a big way!
- Sheer — it’s here to stay, so learn to do sheer in a way that pleases you
Summer White collections are being featured by many of the top brands. Neiman Marcus has a stunning collection of evening whites that are luxurious and refined and radiates in the palest palette.
Ralph Lauren Pointelle Knit Dress
Ralph Lauren Eyelet Embroidered Duster
Holdover fashionables in your closet from last year — crop tops; long, flowing skirts and casual dresses with a 70’s feel; logo sweaters and favorite denim (perhaps redone in imaginative ways) will still be in the closets and on the backs of the best-dressed.
Shoes? Suit yourself: Platform soles, ballet flats, sneakers and stilettos are all on the scene.
But, as with all new seasons, there are some new directions as well. Some of them are a bit surprising! Short is generally better this summer than long. But, if you opt for long, go all the way and make those long skirts full and flouncy, or soft and draped. Forget structure and go for comfort. Ralph Lauren, who can still surprise after all these years, shows his classic polo shirt revived for wearing loose and comfortable over a long skirt. Think wiener roast at the beach after a day of sun and fun! Also, think barefoot!
Little leather jackets for cool evenings and air conditioned spaces will spice up even the simplest summer skirts and tops. If nothing else, try a big bold leather belt to cinch in a sleeveless cotton shift; pair it with strappy gladiator-inspired leather sandals and a large leather tote. Also, don’t forget that great leather boots can be worn with summer’s short skirts for a sassy new look. If the weather’s too hot, you could just stay inside!
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You’ll want to spring for at least one pair of wide-legged trousers for summer casual wear. If they’re stripes in bright colors, that’s even better. Don’t give away your leggings and skinny jeans, though; just add to your repertoire. Ruffles and sheer lace can pair up in many ways — from ultra sexy if you’re daring, to demure and Victorian if you like.
Adopt an all-over white and ivory palette to play worldly sophisticate or timid ingenue. It’s a total look — no need to spice it up with color this summer. The soothing tones of no-color can stand alone and will let your personality shine. White with beige, or white with black are always right; and we’d bet this is a look you can take to the bank for several seasons!
That’s not to say that color has no place in your wardrobe this summer. You’ll see color, and lots of it, from crayon brights to muted florals, from circus stripes to demure gingham checks, and from printed tees to funky accessories. Color will also make a splash on nails, particularly sandal-clad toes — Mandarin orange, Mayan blue, soft lavender and petal pink will be seen, along with sage green, apple red and bright fuchsia. No color is appropriate for fingers as well; iridescent looks are forecast, along with camel, linen and clear shine!
Ralph Lauren Paisley Printed Dress
Denim & Supply Floral Maxi Dress
Ralph Lauren Silk Ombre Dress
Big bags and totes are still on the scene, but a newer look is an imaginative clutch sized perfectly for essentials only. It won’t overpower your outfit, and it will mark you as a trend setter.
When you shop BuyerSelect, we make it easy for you to identify emerging trends and cool looks. We keep our eyes on the fashion scene and we bring you the best of the best.
Many parts of the country made it through a long, hard winter; other areas have been hit with seemingly endless spring storms. Isn’t it time to indulge in a bit of summer fantasy? We’ve got it all together for you, whether you’re stepping up or chilling out.
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