Radiant Summer Trends You Can Pull Off

posted: 08/03/12
by: Carmindy and with Sarah Fernandez
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Neon is a summer trend that's worth exploring.

Everyone likes to be up on the latest trends to look their best, but they aren't always as easy to pull off as they were in our younger years -- and spending money on trends that are here today but may be gone tomorrow is not often the wisest idea. However, there are many summer trends that you can work into your life by using what you already have on hand or by making a small investment in a few key pieces. Incorporating these trends into will have you looking like you walked out of fashion magazine no matter what your age.

Glamorous Gold

All that glitters is gold. This may be the easiest summer trend to work into your wardrobe as gold is such an accessible color. In fact, you likely already have it in your closet or jewelry box. The best way to incorporate this trend is with accessories. Layer gold necklaces, stack chunky gold bracelets, slip on a pair of gold sandals or carry a gold clutch on your next night out to really shine. Because gold makes such a statement, you can even work it into your wardrobe when it's used as a hardware accent on a bag or item of clothing. Just a small hint of gold goes a long way, but don't be afraid to be bold with it either.


Many thought it would never happen, but the neon brights of the 1980s have made their way back onto fashion's must-have list. This time around they are best done as accents to your wardrobe. A skinny belt, sandals, and bangle bracelets in neon pink, orange or yellow are the perfect ways to incorporate this trend without looking like a neon sign. Less is more when it comes to adding neon to your wardrobe in a sophisticated way.

Color Blocking

Color blocking can be done in different ways to flatter any figure and on any budget. Those looking to save on the trend can create their own color block by choosing a top and bottom with bold, but contrasting colors from their existing wardrobe to create the look. And for anyone who isn't ready to fully commit to the color blocking trend, consider a color blocked bag, scarf, shoe or piece of jewelry to incorporate the look into your wardrobe.

Colored Denim

Everyone loves denim, and why stick to basic blue jeans? Colored denim is just as comfortable as your favorite standards and comes in just about every color you can imagine. While mint green and tangerine have been the popular colors of the season, if you aren't comfortable going bright, choose a classic color like red or royal blue which pairs well with almost any color blouse.

Pretty Pastels

Pale pinks, blues, greens, and yellows are setting a softer tone this summer, and there's a pastel color that looks good on everyone. Tone on tone ruffles, floral appliqu?s, and pleating give added interest to pastel pieces to make them really stand out. Wear them in t-shirts, skirts, and dresses for a feminine but flirty look that will have you looking summer chic from day to night. If you're aren't looking to make the commitment to this trend, but want to try it out, pick up a new nail polish in one of these colors to get a big impact from a very small investment.

Mix and Match Prints

Florals and stripes, ikats and polka dots, or chevrons and plaids can all be worn together now despite what you've always been told in the past. Before you go too crazy, start slow by mixing patterns that are in the same color palette, choosing one pattern that is in a neutral color palette, or choosing a small pattern to pair with a much bolder one until you determine what works for you. The good news is that you can now wear your two favorite items together even if they aren't similar, and there will be nary a time when you can't find two pieces that go together to create an outfit from your closet.

Sheer Fabrics

Sheer fabrics don't need to be sexy or revealing. Sometimes giving just a hint of skin makes an outfit all the more alluring. When it comes to sheer fabrics, choose a blouse with a solid camisole underneath or a beach cover-up that shows off a little bit of your bathing suit. Just remember that sheer does not mean exposed so you still need to cover any parts that would normally be covered.

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