Fashion advice for women on how to look elegant this summer
Summer is here and that means that you will be tempted to run to the stores and buy the first fantastic summer outfit you see, only to walk a few steps further and find another one that’s even better! So, leave your credit card in your handbag and do some window shopping with us with these ten elegant fashion tips for this summer:
1. The painted look
If it looks like it has been hand-painted, then it’s in! Many of the top designers have painted patterns in their collection this year. Whether it looks like it’s been spray painted, brush painted or a large mural print, the hand-painted look to fabrics has been a favorite.
2. Pleated skirts
There’s nothing new in pleats, but you can update the trend with a knife pleated skirts in color changing, iridescent fabrics, as it has been seen on many the catwalks this year.
3. Sheer fabrics
Favored by Calvin Klein, sheer, patterned skirts look fantastic. A longer sheer, see through, skirt can be worn over the top of a shorter skirt, exposing a sheer panel at the bottom and then, you don’t have to show too much bare leg, if you don’t want to.
4. Lightweight number jackets
For the cooler evenings this summer, there are some beautiful, patterned, lightweight bomber jackets around. They are nothing like the chunky ones that you might be thinking of, they are elegant, beautifully patterned and would go great with skinny jeans.
5. The shirt dress
A big influence on the London fashion shows this year was the shirt dress. Full, floor sweeping length and shorter, all made in some fantastic fabrics, with the shirt like collars, these dresses really made an impact on the fashion shows.
6. A touch of metallic
Bring a discrete touch of bling to summer with a fantastic shimmering, metallic skirt or dress. Bronze, silver and a lot of gold has been incorporated into many pleated skirts and dresses on the runways this season.
7. Out of Africa
It looks like the designers have been turning to the pages of the National geographic for many of their summer inspirations. Influenced by tribal folklore from around the world, graphic prints and rich, bold embroidery, was a theme picked up by Givenchy, Valentino and McQueen.
8. Pretty in pink
Following on from the darker colors of black and navy, favored in the fall / winter collections, the much lighter and delicate powder pink made a comeback on the runways for spring / summer 2104. Think cotton candy and bubble-gum and you get the colors shown by Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.
9. Be a good sport
If you are into your sports, then you will be pleased at the sportswear inspired collections of Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger. Vibrant colors and the very patriotic red, white and blue, were incorporated into outfits inspired by track suits, running shorts and swimwear.
10. Faux-fur is not just for winter
You don’t have to wait for winter to wear faux-fur and this was shown recently on the runways. Lightweight, sleeveless tops featuring fur in light, bright colors and even Hawaiian print faux-fur have all made an appearance.
11. Light and lacy
Perfect for the hot weather, light, white lace, ethereal lace adorned many of the models. Delicate and beautifully patterned tops and dresses give you a graceful and elegant look and it’s entirely practical for summer wear too.
What are your favorite 2014 summer fashion trends? Do you have some other fashion advice to share on how to look elegant this summer?
Stay happy and beautiful!