Nothing says Summer style like bold tropical prints and trendy accessories that make a statement. To add a splash of color and a dose of fun to your Summer wardrobe, today’s Fashion & Style Guide shares inspiring ideas on how to style tropical prints and trendy accessories. Plus, discover the must-have Summer style trends from fashion experts including designers, celebrity stylists, and fashion industry insiders.
Summer Style Guide: Tropical Prints & Trendy Accessories
From exotic tribal print dresses and on-trend tassel earrings to island-inspired florals and sexy crop tops, here are 3 fun ways to wear these Summer style trends. Get ready to unleash your inner confidence with three fun looks that will surely turn heads and add a festive vibe to your look.
Bold Floral Skirt & Crop Top
A trendy way to make a floral pencil skirt fun and flirty is to pair it with an off-the-shoulder crop top and whimsical floral drop earrings. To finish the look, pair with glamorous sunglasses and sophisticated stilettos.
Let your hair down with romantic soft curls and apply a berry colored lipstick as a finishing touch. Add a touch of bronzer to warm up your cheeks and a bit of illuminating highlighter to accent your cheekbones.
Marin Milio, Co-Founder of AprilMarin (a women’s knitwear company in New York that’s sold in over 400 boutiques) says, “Some of our favorite summer fashion trends are off the shoulder tops that are easy breezy and can sometimes be worn without a bra.”
Melinda Liming, Chief Operating Officer of ApricotLane.com (a California-based fast-fashion boutique with 75 locations in the US) says, “Summer 2018 is all about uplifting, joyous and colorful choices. Tropical South Beach prints and soft pastels graced breezy silhouettes such as 2-piece sets, jumpsuits, rompers, and dresses. Smocking in everything from crop tops to day dresses creates that easy summer vibe. For accessories, macrame, raffia and woven bags and totes are your new go-to and find an easy update to your jewelry by adding lucite earrings and necklaces.”
Tropical Print Maxi Dress & Vibrant Jewelry
When you’re in the mood to turn heads, opt for a dramatic tropical print maxi dress and vibrant jewelry. Gold-toned banana leaf earrings add an island-inspired accent, while a colorful stone bracelet and flower-shaped ring bring the whole ensemble together. Keep your purse stylish and simple with a sleek metallic clutch.
As a fan of bold colors, Jeni Elizabeth (a network and celebrity stylist who has worked with Martha Stewart and Beverley Mitchell) exclaims, “Amazing color is also a huge piece of this summer. We are used to pastels during summer, so it was nice to see some amazing yellow and red! I absolutely love color and feel like if my client is willing to take the step, make it loud and bold. From red suits to yellow dresses to bright blue dress pants. It’s a look that is almost guaranteed to draw all eyes to you and create smiles, which is exactly what everyone needs! Do not be afraid to pair bold colors together.”
While bright cheery colors have been a hot Summer style trend, another equally beautiful trend this season is soft pastels. Ali Levine (the celebrity stylist, fashion expert and TV personality behind AliLevineStyling.com) says, “I love the ice cream hues right now. Styling pastels for summer is so much fun. A pastel suit jacket with a brighter complimentary colored skirt. A pastel pink dress would be fabulous with some lilac socks or shoes. Mixing and matching pastels, or mixing with a hue a bit brighter is a fun way to style pastels this summer!”
Exotic Tribal Print Dress & Statement Earrings
If you’re heading to a festival or vacationing somewhere exotic, opt for an eye-catching tribal print dress paired with on-trend statement earrings. Fun tassel earrings with gold accents add a playful, sultry touch. Finish the look with comfortable yet chic espadrilles or sandals.
To stay cool (and look modern), sweep your hair up into a ponytail. Since the outfit makes such a dramatic statement, keep your makeup looking natural and soft with warm neutrals and a semi-matte nude lip gloss.
Aside from to tribal prints, Melissa Jarred (a lead image consultant and stylist at Transition Your Image and Life in Ontario) says, “This summer bold stripes in bright multi-colours, as well as candy stripe pink and red, will be making an appearance everywhere this season. If you opt to wear bold stripes this summer be sure to find a stripe pattern that works with your body proportions. Stripe it up in casual everyday wear or make an elegant statement in a white on stripe suit.”
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