Pastels, prints, peplum and moreâ€”these are the must-try fashion trends of the season.
While the Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows left us with a vast, colourful rainbow (literally!) of looks to choose from, wading through the sea-inspired fashion trends, bold prints and flared peplums to find the perfect summer outfit can get trickyâ€”if you donâ€™t know where to start. Weâ€™ve broken down the top six summer fashion trendsâ€”by body type and the celebs who wore themâ€” for the best ways to recreate your favourite runway looks this season.
Summer fashion trend #1: Pastels
Runway inspiration: Chanel, Louis Vuitton
The scoop: Colour blocking is a perennial fashion trend, but this season, designers took the traditional techniqueâ€”playing with primary coloursâ€”and introduced us to the world of pastel matching. Our favourite colours to block? Sea foam green, cool mint, subtle mauve and delicate pink.
How to wear it: If your style is classic or overtly feminine, try wearing pastels in a monochromatic palette. If youâ€™re unsure about the head-to-toe look, mix and match pastels with neutrals. (Check out 3.1 Phillip Lim for a pastel-blocking master class.) Your accessories should act as discreet accentsâ€”think pearls or bangles in a soft pastel hue.
If youâ€™re more of a glamour girl, pair your pastels with a pair of white Manolos and bold accessories, like chunky bracelets, in metallic finishes.
Expert beauty tip: Keep your makeup as minimal as possible. On the hair front, high or messy buns and soft waves are the best pairing for this trend.
Summer fashion trend #2: The drop-waist dress
Runway inspiration: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, ChloÃ©
The scoop: The drop-waist dress (sometimes referred to as a flapper dress, because of its popularity during the Roaring â€˜20s) features a seam that is usually two inches below the waist, falling at the hips.
Who should wear it: Tall, slim women with longer torsos and smaller hips, like Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn Decker, who benefit from the curves created by the drop-waist silhouette. Itâ€™s also a great look for petite women with long torsos and great legs, like SJP.
Who should skip it: Curvy women, who should opt for a silhouette that highlights their waist, instead of obscuring it.
Expert fashion tip: Fit can make or break this look. Make sure your drop-waist dress fits perfectly around the shoulders and bust area.
Expert beauty tip: During the day, wear your hair down, styled with (seemingly) effortless waves. For an evening look, try a high ponytail and sky-high heels or strappy sandals.
Summer fashion trend #3: Peplum
Runway inspiration: Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Thakoon
The scoop: Ultra-ladylike peplum emphasizes the waist by playing with exaggerated details at the hips. The result? The perfect hourglass silhouette.
Who should wear it: Almost every body type will benefit from the hourglass suggestion created by an otherwise streamlined peplum dress. If youâ€™re curvy, opt for solid colours and use black to camouflage problem areas. Follow the example of Kim Kardashian, who recently paired a white sleeveless peplum top with slim-fitting black pants, creating an extremely flattering silhouette. With peplum, always wear heels. After all, youâ€™re going for a glamorous lookâ€”may as well strut while doing it!
Hollywood inspiration: BeyoncÃ©, Emma Stone and Blake Lively have all worn the peplum trend to great effect.
Expert fashion tip: Adding a thin belt to a peplum dress accentuates the waist and creates a more defined hourglass shape.
Spring/Summer 2012 fashion trends: Ladylike dressing
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