Summer Trends in Fashion
Now that summer has arrived and school is pretty much over, one can express their sense of style without having to worry about what their peers think, what their parents say on the way out the door and most of all the dress code. Three big styles for the summer are sporty, safari and roaring 20′s inspired. High fashion labels such as Ralph Lauren and many more have already expressed these trends in their summer collections.
With the influence of the upcoming Olympics this summer, sporty pieces and activewear such as wedge sneakers, mesh tank tops, nylon anoraks, parkas, rugby tees, relaxed knits, neoprene garments, and color blocked dresses will be key items moving into summer. Isabel Marant is a perfect example of the sportswear trend; her mesh tops and denim produce many retail trends. Neon, surf influences, metallics, and bright color blocking are significant to this trend, which emphasizes both comfort and utility. Prints and patterns include: stripes, numbers, and pixelated prints. Key items for this look are: leggings, sheer parkas, scuba tops, nylon bombers, and pullovers.
The Safari trend contemporizes the traditional, and references African, Hopi, and Ukrainian prints. Look for leaves, animal skins, ikat, tie dye, and feathers, and bold bird prints as print and pattern inspiration. Key pieces for women include: camp shirts, anoraks, handkerchief dresses, patterned pants, tunics, and slit maxi skirts. Important colors are: red, gold, olive, khaki, and aqua. Look for materials such as leather, linen, beading, and chambray.
We’re seeing a return of the 1920s, most notably with Ralph Lauren’s spring 2012 runway show and The Great Gatsby movie. Details to look for are: fringe, drop-waist flapper dresses, sequins, chiffon, feathers, beading, silk, and shell tops. Important colors are: lilac, soft pink, calcite green, and gold. Palazzo pants and flared skirts are also key silhouettes, while romantic florals, pastels, and shimmer add quiet glamour.