What’s Your Favorite Summer Fashion Essential?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | Tips & How-Tos, customer Q&A

Shutterstock_2723198 It’s hard to believe that May 1st is less than two weeks away. Just as I was getting into the swing of spring’s smart, chic style, it’s time to start thinking summer. Typical. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a latecomer when it comes to the fashion game. But not anymore. This summer, I’m canvassing the web for the hottest fashion trends BEFORE they simmer down, and asking you what item you can’t wait to wear this season.

Fun, fresh and flowy, the maxi dress is as much a part of summer as baseball and lemonade. And this season, sheer is the name of the game. Inspired by spring’s comfy-meets-sexy “loungerie” trend, the 2011 maxi is frillier, lacier and racier than summer dresses of yore.

A perennial warm weather favorite, the cropped capri is back in a big (and baggier) way. If the view from Fashion Week is any indication, this summer’s skinny jean alternative is easy, breezy and more relaxed than we’ve seen—just what you need to get into the summer state of mind.

Coral, floral, patterned or printed, the summer cover-up is a poolside/beach-bound must-have, and this season is no exception. While the basic concept hasn’t changed (how much more basic could it get?), the look has gotten a little wilder, with eclectic patterns and bolder, brighter prints than ever before.

What would summer be without the perfect sandal (or twelve)? While you can’t go wrong with the classic wedge or platform, fashion experts say if you haven’t joined the gladiator bandwagon yet, there’s no time like the present—and I’m inclined to believe them.

What are you looking forward to wearing most this summer? Share your faves with us.