Summer Trends 2013

 

I often say that it’s not necessary to wear the latest trends in order to be stylish.  However, knowing what’s new in fashion can help you spruce up your look from time to time.  Incorporating carefully chosen trends into your wardrobe keeps you current (and keeps things interesting)! 

Here’s my take on some of the biggest trends for summer:

Cocktail shorts

As their name implies, cocktail shorts are for dressing up.  Pair them with a blazer or silky top and heels for an elegant yet edgy look.  Surprisingly flattering, they are very short but not tight (no sausage legs!) and make your legs look longer.  Check out some great graphic prints in a luxe fabric like brocade or linen.

Try these:  J. Crew Indigo Dot Short

Neon Brights

I prefer to keep these colors on bottom because they can be tough to wear near the face.  For just a taste of this trend, go with a small accessory.  To really own it, rock some skinny trousers balanced with a neutral color, like navy, on top.

Try these:  Topshop Skinny Trousers

High-Low Hemlines

I like to call this the mullet look – short in front, long in the back!  Tops and dresses everywhere are showing this asymmetrical hemline.  Warning:  This look does not work for everyone.  If you are bigger in the bum, you may be calling more attention to that area because of the excess fabric (even if you think you’re hiding it.)  To rock the high-low dress, make sure you like your legs because this style really highlights your stems!

Try this:  Calypso St. Barth

Metallics

I am obsessed.  I have had to stop myself from buying everything in gold lest I go overboard.  Love this look, best worn via accessories.  Metallics match practically everything and while this look does dress things up a bit, the chic way to wear it is in a casual way, like strappy flat sandals with a sundress or jeans.

Try these:  Madison Harding “Alexa”

Sixties-inspired

I’ve always loved the mod look with its shorter hemlines and A-line shape.  This look is great for curvy girls – the A-line mimics the curve of the hip and flows gracefully over that area of the body.

Try this:  Diane Von Furstenberg Sandine Dress

Fun Prints

From pineapples to horses, cats to butterflies and everything in between, graphic prints have moved from just t-shirts to all over everything, including dresses! 

Try this:  Joules Joely Horse Print Blouse

Or this:  Mossimo Pineapple Printed Tote Bag

*Moms:  Now’s the time to shop for summer – before the kids get out of school!  Contact me for styling help and to schedule a personal shopping trip.

Jill Marinelli is a personal stylist who appears regularly on WPRI’s “The Rhode Show” and in her “My Style” segment on 92 Pro-FM.  She is passionate about helping every woman look and feel fabulous.  Learn more about Jill at http://www.jmstylist.com. Jill will be featured in this Sunday's Providence Journal, 5/19/13 showcasing a Make Over.