Blast from the fashion past

May 5th, 2011

With summer right around the corner, summer fashion trends are beginning to surface and they are predicted to be better than ever.

The ‘60s and ‘70s are back in a big way. Bright colors, white ensembles, maxi skirts and long dresses are the must-haves this season. Also, don’t forget denim jeans; cropped, flared wide leg, and bell-bottom styles are what are hot for the summer season.

For the day time we are likely to see wide-leg jeans with a tucked-in white button down shirt and wedge sandals, or for more of a relaxed look try bell-bottom style jeans with a T-shirt and sandals. For the evening, pair a tank top and blazer with flared jeans.

The other denim trend this summer is the ‘60s crop. The pant leg ends at least two inches above the ankle, and looks great with ballet flats or a wedge sandal.

All these different types of jeans are popular in the brands Rock and Republic and 7 For All Mankind. However, if you are on a budget you can find these looks at Express, Nordstrom’s and Forever 21.

One of the best summer trends are accessories such as belts, sunglasses, handbags and jewelry. Belts can define your curves and add to the simple dress. Sunglasses are always a must have accessory for summer however; try the large farmed sunglasses. Funky colors like pink and red are also very popular this season.

One of the best summer tips that will make you stand out is jewelry.  Wearing jewelry adds an extra element to your look. Metals, floral, and vintage are the trends this season. Hand beaten metal pendants with stones and twisted wire jewelry will help you make an impact this summer. Florals are always in Vogue in the summer as well as wearing fabric rosettes, brooches, clips and bracelets. Floral motifs in glass and metal will continue to be a big hit this year as well.

John Carroll students weighed in on summer fashions. “Whatever the trend is my accessories are always sunglasses and a nice tan,” said Stephanie Czaplenski. “However, my must-have accessory this season is without a doubt the wedge sandals.” Junior Kristen Ostanski agreed with the maxi dress trend. “Floral patterns will be the trend,” she said.

The trend for jewelry shapes is going minimal. There will be large, bold, streamlined designs without too much detail.

Old vintage and antique pieces are also a trend this season.  Pieces such as pearls of different colors, floral motifs with stones, and dull gold and polished copper will be back in the forefront.

Obviously no outfit is complete without a handbag. But whatever the trend is one must not forget to buy something that compliments the outfit they are wearing. This season  is all about bright, bold colors. Metallic details and animal prints are also available.

However, the standard brown and black handbags are not to be underestimated, because they never go out of style. The designers that are featuring these key accessories for the summer are Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and Coach. If you are on a budget, Bakers Shoes, Aldo Accessories, and Blings & Things also carry these trends.