It’s that time of the year again when the heat outside drains us out of our energies and we prefer the comfort of the indoors. Air-conditioner becomes our best friend and we will settle for anything chilled or fruity. But not anymore! With these fashionable summer essentials, we now have a reason to step out and brave the Sun. Bring it on Sun God, we say, we have the fashion gods on our side. Well, go ahead and scroll down and grab your right to say “Nah, not this summer” to your awkward looking attire drenched in sweat.
So ladies just between us, we all know we love to show some skin once in a while and now we have a very valid reason to do so – crop tops are in and by the looks of it they are here to stay. From Madonna in “Lucky Star” in the 80s to Britney Spears in “Baby one more time” in the 90s and now Rihanna, the crop top has made quite a few appearances. But it’s in the Spring Summer’13 trend catalog that we see the many variations of the crop top, variations that make the crop top people friendly rather than just Popstar-friendly. The best way to pair a crop top is to wear it with a high-waisted skirt or a high-waisted trouser thus keeping the baring to a sophisticated minimum. Freida Pinto is screaming summer in this cropped halter-neck top and matching the high-waisted skirt.
Think summer and sunglasses becomes a wardrobe staple. Sometimes all it needs is the right pair of frames to lift your fashion statement from not-so-happening to trend-setting. This summer, sunglasses trend sees a few comebacks and a few twists and turns to our classic styles. A personal favorite and highly recommended, the cat-eyed sunglasses with their signature flared outer edge are a rage now, making it a must-have this summer. Another hot trend in sunglasses is the circular frame. Hugely popular in the 60s, remember John Lennon and his signature round glasses, yes they are back and they are hot now. Other popular sunglasses trend includes decorated, colored, embellished, mirrored and translucent shades. Rihanna is seen sporting a pair of colored cat-eye sunglasses.
Think of a garment that can be worn in the day or night, to work or party, by girls and women alike. Sounds too good to be true, isn’t it? But for once its true and our prayers have been answered by the fashion gurus, who have reinvented the 60s Rockstar-favorite outfit to suit us, the masses! You will find a jumpsuit in your favorite color, print, fabric, and silhouette. What more to ask for? So act fast and grab this smoldering hot trend of the summer and make it your own. What makes it a summer essential is its choice in soft fabrics, fluidity, loose cuts, plunging necklines, bare backs and halter-necks. Style it up with a sleek waistbelt, wear some chunky jewelry or just strut away in sky-high heels, you are sure to make heads turn in this one-piece wonder. Gwyneth Paltrow takes sexiness to a new level in this back-baring halter-neck jumpsuit.
They say ‘size matters’. We say YES! They say ‘bigger the better’. We say YES again! Don’t get the wrong idea because we are talking about the fabulous summer trend of statement necklaces that are taking center stage in the jewelry section. Statement necklaces in bright colors, neons, bold stones, crystals, spikes, rhinestones, pearls, gemstones, beads are the biggest summer trend. So if you don’t have time to work out an outfit for the party, just add your fabulous statement necklace and be ready to make a statement! The key to looking perfectly put-together is to keep rest of your outfit simple and let the necklace do the talking. It’s not just for the party, you can make the statement neckpiece work with your casual tee or office shirt. Stunner Eva Mendes breathed life into the white, off-shoulder gown with this turquoise stranded choker.
No outfit can be complete without the perfect pair of shoes and no summer can be complete without the perfect pair of summer shoes that brighten up your outfit. This summer there is a color alert in shoes and its NEON! And the best part about this trend is you can find a fabulous pair of neon shoes in your favorite style and brand, be it your comfortable pair of T-strap flats or ballerinas for the day or work or your super chic pair of pumps or peep-toes for the night. Make neons your sole-mate this summer! Our favorite neon look is neutral on the top with a pop of colors at the feet, just like Emma Stone and Jessica Biel, who are absolutely rocking this look. Emma Stone makes a simple look enviable with the neon pink shoes that add glamour to her neutral dress.
Want to look good while still hiding away from the sun? We have the perfect summer accessory for you that will put you in the fashion-forward list whilst functioning as a sun protection – the fedora. Yes, they were originally men’s hats but common with so many things going unisex and gender-less, hats are no more men’s accessory but they have become a fashion essential for women. Fedoras are available in a wide range of styles and design, the only catch being to choose one that suits you and not your neighbor. From the light and summery straw fedora to the classic black fedora, popularly known as the Michael Jackson hat, there a quite a few options to choose from. So for that trip down the beach or for that bad hair day, this summer opt for a fedora in a lighter shade with a pop of color or cute bands in print, silk or braided. Jessica Alba chose the perfect summer fedora to complete her casual look.
With summer comes the undeniable yearning to wear pretty sundresses in vivid hues and patterns. In soft fabrics and vibrant colors, these sundresses are ideal for the sweltering summer. Light, airy and simple yet sexy, these sundresses are the perfect go-to outfit. Summer just looked brighter and fresher with Taylor Swift looking adorable in this bright yellow sundress.
The ‘tote’ gets our vote as the bag for this summer. It’s our home away from home, carrying all the classic essentials such as the wallet, the iPod mini, that bar of Snickers, our current ‘quick-read’ and everything else to keep our act together. It can be big enough to stuff all the summer essentials and is available in plenty of shapes, materials, and colors from solid hues to nudes to prints. Trendy and fashionable, the tote bag is like god-sent. Known for her collection of beautiful bags, Reese Witherspoon is seen carrying an orange Fendi Tote, perfectly complementing her orange sundress.
This list of summer essentials would be incomplete without the most important and fashionable summer essential – the swimsuit. The heat outside can be daunting but a dip in the water is equally tempting. Coupled with the season’s collection of amazing swimwear we have double the incentive to go out, go baring and go chilling by the seaside. There is a swimwear for every occasion – be it the poolside party with friends, the weekend gateway to the beach or the trip to your favorite summer holiday destination. One of the most popular trends in swimwear is the digital print, which includes soft florals, cityscapes, and abstract patterns. Other popular trends to pick up a swimsuit or a bikini from are color block, cutout, fringe, high waisted, sporty and vintage. For the ones who already have a huge collection of bikinis, you can go mismatching bikini tops & bottoms, to set yourself apart. Victoria Secret Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosia looks stunning in this digital printed, frilled bikini.