Resign your prints and florals to spring. Making fashion haute in summer is about wearing loose and airy whites with reams of texture for emphasis. Get ready to grab your favorite bag and hit the shops because this summer’s trends are sure to leave you looking effortlessly glamorous.
To further accentuate an ordinarily plain white ensemble, wear pleats. Pleats may be simple, or opulent depending on how they are styled. Pleats around the neckline provide an elegant waterfall effect, whereas a pleated skirt delivers a fashionable flounce. For those who are more daring, pleats can be built upon by layering, so don’t be afraid to play around with different fabrics and textures. The Row’s Tovo High-Waist Silk Full Midi Skirt would sit beautifully beneath a second pleated skirt made of a lighter fabric for a flowy dramatic look.
“No white after Labor Day” is often the reason it’s so frequently worn in the summer months. Why bring down a tradition when it’s so easy to revamp towards modern tastes? Wearing white over the summer will always be fashionable. White fabrics are usually thinner and breezier; they’re also easy to coordinate and easy to find in any size and style. Diane Von Furstenberg’s white Wide Leg Pants emphasize the most basic summer style, but will also make you look red carpet ready.
If you’d like to add a delicate touch to your outfit, wear ruffles. They are timeless, feminine, and versatile whether worn front and center, around the sleeves, or along the hems. Be sure to take note of the edgework because a slender piping can create high contrast. Kate Spade New York’s Sleeveless Rffle Silk Top is a prime example. This gorgeous blouse is made of 100% silk and has black piping along the ruffles, which flutters with every step taken.