Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Mini-trends

Summer is almost halfway over!  It's so hard to believe.  I also find it super hard to believe every time I say this because I remember my parents saying things like "Time is flying" when I was little.  And I always thought it was dragging so slowly and that I would never be able to say that.  At any rate, since summer is "flying" right past us, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite summer mini-trends so far.  What are some of your mini-trends at this half-way point?  

1.  Cropped sheer tops.  This one by Free People, $88.  Now not everyone has the body, the occasion, or the lack of modesty to wear a sheer top over a bustier like this gal.  This is a cute look, but probably one reserved for the pool or Bonnaroo only.  I highlighted this trend during my Girls of Grace fashion show in the spring by putting a sheer top over a strappy maxi dress. I think it adds an interesting layer to a dress without bringing up the temperature too much.
2.  Kimono jackets.  This one on Urban Outfitters, $54.  I'm obsessed with Nicole Richie's look and her line Winter Kate has been full of these batwing, bed jackets for several seasons now.  This look is best over a simple tank and cutoffs or jeans. 
3.  Printed ethnic shorts.  These at Forever 21 for $14.80.  Any printed short will do, but I particularly adore an ikat print like these or another that has a bit of an ethnic flare.  Wear with really strappy sandals on a super-hot day.  And with shorts that are sure to get noticed, you can buy several pairs for this price and toss them next season when these prints are no longer all the rage (or when they fall apart in the wash--whichever comes first :-).
4.  Panama Jack hats.  This one is at J. Crew for $58.  This year's fedora, the "Panama Jack" hat, as I like to call it, looks so fresh with summer outfits.  The bright white of this one really pops and would look especially fab with those printed shorts.
5.  Below-the-knee skirts.  This one at Madewell for $158.  You could of course find about a bajillion just below the knee skirts at Goodwill or out thrifting, I just happen to be obsessed with the beautiful color and flow of this one from Madewell.  I love that skirt lengths are coming down a bit too.  It means I can skip shaving my legs every day, and it's also a trend literally for all ages. 

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