The warm weather brings out the fun in fashion; brighter colors, lighter fabrics and playful accessories reserved for higher temperatures and sunny days. Below are 3 Summer Trends Worth Trying and you don’t have to spend a fortune – I’ve included both an ‘Affordable’ and ‘Splurge-Worthy’ option for each.
The Pouch Clutch: These make-up like bags are everywhere this spring and summer. The bigger and slouchier, the better. And this is an accessory you can have some fun with: graphic prints, photos and cheeky-sayings abound. Try a bright hue, embossing or one with a tassel…live it up! An animal print or metallic is always a fantastic, punchy “neutral” as well. These bags easily fit into your work tote (or diaper bag); ready for an impromptu Happy Hour date at a moment’s notice.
Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans: These laid-back alternative to skinny jeans continue to be in the denim rotation – more sun-washed and destroyed for summer! Easily paired with a flat sandal and canvas tote for a casual look; yet don’t reserve these jeans solely for daylight hours. Once the sun goes down, add a beaded tank and a pair of heels (the higher and strappier, the better) and you are ready to paint the town! The casual, toughness of the destroyed and faded denim can tone down an otherwise dressy ensemble by making it more edgy and carefree.
Flat Gladiator Sandals: Flat sandals are everywhere this summer – many rejoice, yet I know several die-hard heel-lovers reluctant to embrace this trend. If flat seems just too casual, try a gladiator sandal with straps, ties, metallic and/or embellishments to dress up an otherwise casual shoe. While a to-the-knee version can be tricky to pull off (reserved for true fashionistas with plenty of moxy), anyone can wear the ankle-length version. A very cool addition to a simple tee and short ensemble, or a great way to add some edge to a sweet summer dress; gladiator sandals are here to stay.
What’s on your “must-have” list this summer? Please share – I would love to know what you are currently loving and on the search for. Thanks for reading!