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.

Parker Evening Gown  Lela Rose Summer Fashion 2015  Tadashi Shoji White Lace Dress  Halston Heritage White Evening Dress

Parker Black Marceline Beaded Blouson Column Gown
Lela Rose Sheer-Back Metallic Gown
Tadashi Shoji Cap Sleeve Lace Popover Gown
Halston Heritage Boat Neck Gown with Asymmetric Flutter Drape

Christian Siriano White Dress  Zac Posen White Evening Gown

Christian Siriano High Slit Draped Dolman Gown
Zac Posen Sateen Double Layer Gown, Optic White

Tadashi Shoji Evening Dress Halston Heritage La Petite Robe Chiara Boni White Dress
Tadashi Shoji Sleeveless Boat-Neck Lace Overlay Cocktail Dress
Halston Heritage Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress
La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni Angie Boat-Neck Keyhole Cocktail Dress

Ralph Lauren  Ralph Lauren

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!

Free People Summer Fashion 2015

Free People  Free People Maxi Skirt

One and Only Bodycon Dress
Bec + Bridge Eros Print Maxi Skirt

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!

BuyerSelect makes it easy for you to find the best of the season, right from the comfort of your favorite chair!

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 Sleeveless Dress  Denim & Supply Floral Maxi Dress  Ralph Lauren Silk Ombre Dress

Ralph Lauren Paisley Printed Dress
Denim & Supply Floral Maxi Dress
Ralph Lauren Silk Ombre Dress

C/meo Collective Begin Again Dress

C/meo Collective Begin Again 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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