By Elissa Emoto
Late nights under the stars, spontaneous trips to the beach, and uncurbable ice cream cravings are essential signs of summer. And—for those of us ready to shake off the rains of spring—vibrant patterns, pops of color, and the airy fabrics of summer are exactly what we’ve been waiting for.
Get heatwave ready with these three summer trends featuring items that will leave enough cash in your wallet for all your warm-weather adventures.
The Kimono Cardigan
Reminiscent of traditional eastern fashion, this season’s open kimono trend is a modern take on the straight-cut and elegant Japanese clothing item. Historically, Japanese kimonos were perfect for all weather climates. As an easy-to-layer piece, kimonos work well in winter, but their light linen fabrics are also perfectly suited for summer.
The draped shape of this trend speaks of a bohemian and free-spirited clothing style and is the easiest item to throw over your shoulders to complete a look. For a chic outfit, pair your kimono top with a structured skirt and strappy sandals.
For some people, the days of summer vacation and months off of school are far behind. For the career women who may spend her days in an office during these warmer months, a lightweight wrap dress and mid-heeled sandals are two staples to have in your closet. This outfit will add a bit of summer fun to your regular business casual attire and can effortlessly transition you into any weekend event.
Pretty in Pastels
Though these cotton candy hues are often linked to spring, pastels will continue into summer as an ongoing trend. The best part about wearing these pale colored fabrics is that they don’t soak up the heat as much as brighter fabrics do.
Since pastels are on the cooler end of the color spectrum, pairing gold accessories with your outfit will add just the right amount of warmth and sparkle. If you’re newer to the pastel scene, consider the following guide of colors to complement various skin tones.
- Olive Skin: Buttery yellow, minty green, and pale pinks
- Light Skin: Soft neutrals, powder blue, lavender
- Dark Skin: Pale orange, light shades of purple, and icy blue
Charming in Crochet
The craft of crochet dates back as far as the 1800s. Now, though crochet has already made a lasting imprint in cultures around the world, the style will make yet another comeback appearance in 2014. The open pattern, while normally associated with natural and bohemian styles, can also be very delicate and feminine depending on which crocheted pieces you pair together. The great thing is that crocheted clothing can be found in just about any form—from elegant pencil skirts of scalloped crochet or slip-on shoes, this trend captures every craft-loving soul.
Elissa is a copy editor, freelance writer, and an online clothing boutique owner. She earned a B.A. in communication studies from Azusa Pacific University and currently resides in Southern California.