It’s summertime now which means we’re seeing a lot more clothing with an “airy” look. Lace has become a hot commodity not only for A-listers, but for everyday street style as well. We’re not talking scandalous lace, but rather more sophisticated looks with lace accents.
With jean shorts being hot right now, some are taking on DIY projects of lace additions to the bottoms of jean shorts. Check out this ”pin-teresting” look :
Focusing now on tops, lace tank tops are a great piece to wear with a pair of cute shorts during the day or with a great pair of white jeans for a night out. These types of tops usually come in solid colors, which makes them easier to pair with shorts or pants. Here’s a few examples:
Lace shortsare another item that is sweeping stores. These too usually come in solid colors, making them more versatile to pair with tops, shoes, accessories, etc. Here are celebrities Selena Gomez, Kristin Cavallari, Emma Watson, and Blake Lively showing off their lace shorts:
Due to it’s increasing popularity, lace pieces are becoming easier to find. When you’re looking for a statement piece for a new outfit, lace may be the way to go!
As we’ve seen high waisted denim shorts become a trend in the fashion world over the past year or so, denim vestsare starting to become more of a staple in women’s closets as well.
They’re easy to pair with just about any outfit whether it’s a summer dress or a pair of colored shorts. Some prefer the distressed look, others theombre look, and some prefer both depending on how adventurous you are with your clothing. Regardless of the exact style, denim vests can be a great staple.
Studs, pearls, fringe, or even a floral print can add to your vest’s look. A vest can make your look more casual, bohemian, or even edgier. Due to their growing popularity, denim vests are easy to find in several stores and online, including Tobi, Forever 21, Gap, and H&M.
Maxi skirts are no doubt a wardrobe staple, ideal for a casual summer day or dressed up for a night out. But for this summer, take a risk with the maxi style by trying out the newest trend for skirts and dresses: slits. And when it comes to maxi slits, two are better than one. The double slit maxi skirt features two long leg slits both in front of the skirt. The slits create flowy movement, show off legs, and offer an unexpected twist on a basic silhouette. VS Angel Alessandra Ambrosia shows just how effortlessly a double slit skirt works for daytime, while Lauren Conrad and Taylor Swift prove the style can be converted into a nighttime look.
Emily Current and Merrin Elliot, star stylists, Current/Elliot designers, and Who What Wear contributors, have expert advice on how to style this unique skirt. They suggest letting the skirt (and your legs) the center of attention by pairing the double slit design with a basic top, such as a t-shirt or a button up. Next, add a statement shoe to the look. The two slits in the front of the skirt are ideal for showcasing jeweled and studded flat sandals, or a pair of wood bottom wedges. Each of the options below would pair perfectly with a simple white t-shirt or button down.
Urban Outfitters B.P. Collection striped slit maxi skirt; Nasty Gal Double Take maxi skirt; Charlotte Russe double side slit maxi skirt; BCBG Bentley double side slit skirt; Brandi Melville Kariely skirt.
The skater skirt is aptly named after the flowy skirts figure skaters typically wear as they twirl and glide across the ice. Luckily, skater skirts are more than acceptable to wear this season for those of us who are not on the synchronized skating team. Get used to this style, because skater skirts are the skirt of the season.
Skater skirts are fitted at the high waistline and flare out into a full circle skirt. The flared a-line silouhette is flattering on just about all body types and, bonus, it creates the illusion of a cinched waist while slimming legs. Olivia Palermo, Lauren Conrad, and Kristin Cavallari are just a few fashionable celebrities who have recentely been spotted in the skater skirt. They prove the versatility of the garmet, each styling and wearing their skater skirts differntly. Try a t-shirt or chambray blouse with sandals for a casual summer afternoon. Or add a tank and wedges for a night out. Go ahead and get a variety of different skate skirts, in all different colors, patterns, and fabrics (leather is really trendy right now). Check out Lulus and Tobi for a ton of fashionable and affordable options.
Top-Nic+Zoe Day to Night top; Skirt-River Island coral skater skirt; Wedges-Circus by Sam Edelman Capri; Top-Mimi Blix for Nelly Madonna bustier; Skirt-Topshop zip front skater skirt; Shoes-Jeffery Campbell block heel sandal; Top-Mango floral lace blouse; Skirt-Topshop Fluor mini skater skirt; Belt-Wet Seal soft braid belt; Shoes-Gap perforated multi strap sandal
The spring fashion week runways were filled with animal prints, with everything from snakeskin to snow leopard to giraffe, and the ever classic cheetah. While these animal skins are still in style for this year, it never hurts to try something different. Animal prints and black & white are going to be huge for fashion this spring, so why not combine the two? Zebra print is the perfect new pattern to try out this season.
Designer Erin Fetherston featured zebra patterns and prints in her most recent collection, proving that the black and white stripes can be incredibly chic. When wearing zebra, opt for either the all black and white look, or pick one standout zebra piece to pair with one brightly colored piece. Incorporate zebra print into your spring wardrobe with any of the pieces shown below.
Sweater-Marlene Birger; Shoes-Michael Kors; Top-Mango; Clutch-Stella and Dot; Dress-BooHoo; Skirt-Zara
Coachella is an annual three-day music festival held in Indio, California. The 2013 line-up included acts such as Tegan and Sara, Passion Pit, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. However, everyone knows that Coachella is really all about the fabulous hippie festival fashion.
Celebrities and socialites flock to Coachella each year to show off their mix-and-match hippie style. Festival regulars include everyone from Katy Perry, Kristin Stewart, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, and the perpetually best-dressed festival go-er: Kate Bosworth. Take elements from the best dressed Coachella stars and add a hint of hippie chic to your wardrobe with cut-off jean shorts, graphic print tees, flowy dresses, maxi skirts, palazzo pants, or a fringe vest.
Shorts are a staple of springtime fashion, so get ready to show off your long lean legs in this season’s freshest short styles. More designers and stores are offering high-waisted options, which sit above the hips and are typically have a shorter hemline. Look for this shape in every color imaginable, as well as patterns, graphic shapes, and floral prints.
Shorts are a great option for going out outfits on those hot summer nights. Try a style with embellishment, such as sequins or beading detail, for a dressed up edge. When it comes to a flashy pair of shorts, pair with a black tank top and sandals for a sleek and simple look. Take a look at the trendy and affordable options below for your own short wardrobe inspiration.
18 & East blue floral shorts; Miss Selfridge nude lace side shorts; River Island beige embellished pattern smart shorts; Topshop fluro paisley shorts; Topshop mono floral print shorts; Miss Selfridge cream embellished shorts; Viva Venal ‘Lady Town’ curved yoke tap shorts; Zara embroidered shorts with beading; Madewell lacebloom shorts
Designer collaborations have—thankfully for us—become a norm in fashion these days. This spring offers some of the most coveted designers with beautiful collections at amazingly affordable prices. Below are just a few of the fabulous high-end/low-price partnerships for the coming months.
Derek Lam for Kohl’s DesigNation
Last year, Kohl’s kicked off their DesigNation collaboration program with Narcisco Rodriguez. This year, Derek Lam is following in his successful footsteps. Every partnership with DesingNation takes the inspiration of one city, and Lam’s collection reflects the colorful whimsy of Rio de Janeiro. The full line of dresses, skirts, jackets, and even swimwear will be available at Kohl’s stores nationwide on April 5th with prices ranging from only $36.00-$88.00
Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa for JCP
For a department store in the process of reinventing itself, and a designer who has always dreamt of reaching a wider audience, this collaboration between Marchesa a JCP was a match made in affordable fashion heaven. Pearl by Georgina Chapman is a collection of elegant dresses and party frocks, made with same meticulous detail of any Marchesa gown. Prices range from $70.00-$250.00.
Kate Young for Target
Target is a pro at seasonal collaborations, but this season they’re taking a risk with something new. Rather than teaming up with a designer, they have joined forces with Hollywood stylist, Kate Young. With a client list that includes Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams, Young has been named the fashion industry’s most powerful stylist. The collection is full of sleek silhouettes and dainty prints at low prices of $29.99-$89.99. Find accessories from only $14.99-$49.99 as well! Kate Young for Target launches April 14th.
A pinafore, more commonly known as a jumper over here in America, is a sleeveless dress with adjustable straps, meant to be worn over a blouse. The pinafore was originally worn for practical purposes, much like an apron. This spring designers have reinvented the pinafore for girls of the 21st century. Unexpected fabrics, such as leather and denim, along with glamorous details, like crystal embellishments and floral patterns, have updated the pinafore to one of this season’s must haves. Feel free to wear the updated pinafore dress by itself- the new versions no longer require a blouse or undershirt. When it finally gets warm, try this new shape as a trendy alternative to the sundress.
Fashion Union Grey Pinafore Dress; River Island Black Floral Pinafore Dress; River Island Black Skater Pinafore Dress; Topshop Moto Clean Denim Pini Dress; New Look Coral Textured Pinafore Dress
When it comes to fashion, springtime and approaching warmer temperatures mean it is finally time to show some skin (in a classy way of course). Designers—such as Dolce and Gabanna, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu just to name a few—sent crop tops and bralette tops down their spring 2013 runways. A crop top is a short blouse that reveals the lower abs; a bralette is a cross between the crop top a bra, and it is meant to be worn as outerwear.
The key to wearing crop tops and bralettes is obviously the issue of showing too much skin. And if the idea of showing bare midriff may be a bit daunting, do not fret because the proper styling can make these tops feel comfortable and look tastefully chic. To reduce the amount of skin shown, pair one of these tops with a high waisted bottom. With a looser fitting top, try a pencil skirt or jean shorts. With a tighter fitting top, opt for more volume on the bottom such as an a-line skirt. Or, try a sleek blazer or jean jacket over the crop top as another way to provide more coverage. Of course, the most important thing to have when wearing a crop top is confidence.