With so many Fashion Trends appearing in all of our favorite shops, it can be a little confusing to figure out which of these fabulous fashion trends to add to your wardrobe, and how. You know coral is a hot color, but how to wear it? And is layering still okay? After scouring video of the trendiest catwalks across the globe, I’ve compiled this primer, a go-to list of the Top 20 Fashion Trends for Summer, along with ideas on how to wear them. Print it, hang it in your dressing room, and get ready to wow with this ultimate list of Top 20 Fashion Trends of this season!
HOT FASHION TRENDS TO TRY THIS SEASON:
1. A Blast of Bright Color - One of This Season's Most Favorite Fashion Trends
Best of This Fashion Trend: An off-the-shoulder blouse in coral, or hot pink, or azur blue or any other bright color that's equally fabulous.
Whether you prefer coral or turquoise, this summer, the pastels have taken a second row, replaced by look-at-me brights, marvelous for mixing with other hot summer fashion trends of 2011: bright white and color-blocking! All over catwalks and store shelves, these vivid hues are gracing everything from belts and blouses to skirts and shoes, so it’s easy to add this hot trend to your wardrobe! And don't be afraid to mix these bold colors, you'll be surprised at how well bright green works with hot pink and purple and how coral looks fantastic with golden hues and bright blues. Think Gucci ads for Spring-Summer 2011 and you will do no wrong.
2. Layers of Lace - One of The Sexiest Fashion Trends
Best of This Fashion Trend: Sheer lacy blouse or lacy shorts in neutral hues.
There’s nothing quite as romantic and feminine as lace, and this season, it’s everywhere, from Dolce&Gabbana to Ralph Lauren. Pick one stellar piece, like a blouse or a frilly skirt or even short flirty shorts and make it the focal point of a retro-inspired, frothy feminine outfit! High waist will help to create an even more feminine look. Some of the laced shorts and skirts have a bow, don't shy away from it thinking it will be too much. It's just dramatic enough to make a fashion statement without being too much. Throw on a pair of black cat eye sunglasses and a few long strings of pearls (nothing wrong with fake), and voila! You are all ready to pull off this fabulous summer fashion trend!
3. Powerful Prints and Patterns - a Fashion Trend for The Daring Fashionistas
Best of This Fashion Trend: A botanical-print dress
One of my favorite hot fashion trends for Spring-Summer 2011 is the prevalence of prints, and not justtiny little florals, like seasons past. No, this season’s prints are bold, from lush botanicals to bold animalprints to pretty polka dots. They’re so much fun to wear… but be careful! Only one print piece perensemble, please!
4. Modern Maxis and Midis
Best of This Fashion Trend: A full-skirt midi
Last season, the maxi dress ruled, and it’s still at the top of the hottest fashion trends for Spring-Summer2011, but it’s made a little room for calf-grazing skirts and dresses, otherwise known as midis. They’reultra-flattering, and they look marvelous with cropped, off-the-shoulder tops and frilly peasant blouses.
5. Bright White - a Summer Fashion Trend That Suits Everyone
Best of This Fashion Trend: A crisp white shirt
In the last decade, black was the color to wear, but starting this season, it’s white, and I’m thrilled! It’seasy to pair with this season’s brights, and makes a clever, eye-catching background when paired withprints. Add a key piece (the crisp white shirt) to a menswear-inspired pair of pants, and you’re sartoriallyset for a day at the office!
6. Retro YSL-Inspired Pieces
Wondering where many of these hot fashion trends for Spring-Summer 2011 came from? Many ofthem are throw-backs, nods to the glam of Yves Saint Laurent in the seventies. Colors, hemlines, andinspiration are each an homage to the designer in that era… and I’m glad they’re back!
7. 40-s Inspired Pant-Suits - The Most Interesting Summer Fashion Trend
Best of This Fashion Trend: One singular pin-stripe suit
The glamor of the 1940s is back, and you can see it in the menswear-inspired pantsuits, as well as theelegant eveningwear that have both become one of the hottest fashion trends for Spring-Summer 2011.We’ll talk about gowns later. For now, let’s focus on office wear! Add a crisp white blouse to a pair oftailored trousers, and add a jacket (or not) and a pair of retro-inspired patent heels for a look that’s athrow-back to a more genteel era… with an update!
9. Mad about Plaid
Best of This Fashion Trend: Calf-length big plaid pencil skirt
If you’re mad about plaid, this may be the hottest of the hot fashion trends for Spring-Summer 2011!Plaid, hound’s-tooth, and checks are everywhere, especially on skirts and trousers. The colors aren’t theclassic red and blues but rather neutrals, all the easier to pair with vivid jewel tones and brights! Or gosubtle and pair your plaid pencil skirt with the key piece from Whites, above: the crisp white blouse!
10. Long Tunics Paired with Trousers
Best of This Fashion Trend: Jewel-tone or bright sleeveless tunic and color-block or monochrome trousers
Is this perhaps a nod to the elegance and comfort of tunics-and-trousers dressing of the Far and MiddleEast? Perhaps! I love this look, and with temperatures rising across the globe, opt for floaty fabricsrather than thicker material.