Published on August 15, 2014—  Leave a comment

8 Fashion Trends to Sample Before Fall

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Thanks to lazy days, long vacations, and body-baring temperatures, summer is the perfect time to try on– and show off– a new trend. And as fashion followers know, the big designers are always ready to offer a smorgasbord of ideas that quickly trickle down to average Janes with average pocketbooks. Here are some of the biggest trends going in fashion this year, and where you can score them without spending a fortune.

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1. Slip dresses
Remember those filmy, spaghetti-strapped numbers from the ’90s? They’re back in action, with updated fabrics. Try this affordable black basic from Bcbgmaxazria as a starter.
How to wear it: Channel ’90s grunge by tying a flannel around your waist or neck and throwing on some Doc Martens, or layer a striped tee underneath and add some cool oxfords.
2. A pastel moto jacket
The classic moto silhouette will never go out of style, but it’s gotten a fresh update in bright pastel shades of pink and aqua green. Or stick with the stand-by colors and save-splurge on this Etiqueta Negra Mujer jacket or classic Markoo Leather moto.
How to wear it: Add a touch of toughness over a flowy floral dress, or brighten up a simple skinny jeans and white tank combo.
3. Crop tops
These are the hottest thing going for summer, and even if you’re self-conscious about your stomach, there are ways to pull it off. Look for combos that bare the flesh just under your bra line, like a black Adrianna Papell top. Then opt for a long, flowy, bright bottom like this aqua Windsor maxi skirt or whimsical black number, to balance out the bared skin.
How to wear it: Since this look is definitely a bit revealing, keep accessories simple: sleek heels and a streamlined matching bag.
4. Culottes
We can’t believe it either, but these longish, flared ’70s skirt-pants are very much a trend at the moment. A relaxed pair from ASOS goes nicely with anything formal and fitted– think tucked in button-ups or slim-cut crewneck sweaters.
How to wear it: Look for a pair that hits mid-calf and has a flowy feel. Heels are pretty much a must for this look, in order to elongate your legs; try slim stilettos or a pair of mules with chunky, squarish heels. Most of all, don’t wear anything sloppy on top, or else you’ll look like you’re wearing sweats.
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5. Ear cuffs
Earrings are so last year. The new trend: decorating one lobe with a long cuff, featuring punky rhinestones or warm rose gold. Add chunky studs in your actual lobes to give it an extra-hip feel, or dip your toe in with this combo earring-cuff.
How to wear it: With anything– just be sure to keep it to one ear, and pull your hair back or side-part it for the full effect!
6. Knife-pleat skirts
Hello, Marilyn Monroe! These ladylike skirts are perfect for summer, with their loose, flowy, chiffon-y feel. Add a twist to the traditional style with short and colorful picks like this this mint-green one from Last Tango and this one from Forever21.
How to wear it: Their classic shape makes knife-pleat skirts exceptionally easy to wear: pair a high-waisted one with a crop top, make it office-appropriate by tucking in a button-up, or dress it down with a chic sweatshirt.
7. Tropical prints
This isn’t your dad’s Hawaiian shirt. Leafy, colorful prints are showing up on cute, loose button-ups and tanks that call out for beach days (like this Joie top and this one from Ted Baker), as well as sleek and sexy dresses (this one from Tibi is a head-turner).
How to wear it: Like any pattern, you’ll want to ease up on the accessories to let it take center stage. The good news: these prints are full of color, meaning they’ll coordinate with any number of basic tees, tanks, and shorts in your closet.
8. Blingy patterns
Pieces patterned with constellations of crystals and beads can still be surprisingly slim and sleek, as recent runway trends have proved. These embellished Zara shorts and bejeweled J. Crew sweatshirt embody the sparkly, yet minimal aesthetic.
How to wear it: Avoid looking grandmotherly by keeping your ensemble to one embellished piece, and ensuring the rest of your outfit is sleek. If you wouldn’t buy a piece unadorned, then don’t buy it because it’s bedecked in bling.
What’s your favorite trend for summer? Let us know in the comments.