Fashion Trends - Top 10 Fashion Trends for Summer 2012 By: Connie Isidora As the summer approaches, we find ourselves packing away our April rain boots and spring jackets and pulling out our favorite denim shorts and summer dresses. Of course, shorts, dresses and skirts are always in for the summer, but what about the patterns, prints and fabrics that are trending this summer? This is a list of the top 10 fashion trends for the summer of 2012, along with some fashion suggestions to help you mix new pieces with pieces you already have in your closet to create all-new styles. 1) Lace Fabric Lace is a light, versatile fabric that is in for summer 2012. For casual looks, choose lace tops or bottoms in neutral colors, such as cream, beige and gray. For a night out or for special occasions, opt for brightly-colored lace pieces, in colors ranging from hot pink to teal. Lace tops are great when paired with knit skirts, denim shorts and even with skinny jeans for those cool nights out. Lace dresses are both elegant and appropriate for a date night or a reunion with old friends. 2) Whimsical Patterns We’ve all seen them around -- unique patterns on shirts, skirts, sweaters and pants ranging from feathers to geometrical shapes to tribal patterns. Pick up a few of these unique pieces and match them with plain pieces to give them an edge. For example, a baggy feather-print blouse would look fantastic paired with denim shorts, canvas shoes and accessories like large rings, long necklaces and solid-colored waist belts. 3) Bright Colors Bright colors are also in for summer 2012, especially orange! Pick up a new hand bag, a pair of heels or pair of sunglasses in bright colors such as pink, orange, yellow or blue. These pieces are statement pieces and are meant to be the main focus of your outfit. Tone down bright colors by matching them with neutrals. Take a trip out with friends in a white dolman top paired with bright blue shorts, a matching blue handbag and golden bangles with a few blue accessories like chunky rings or earrings. 4) Floppy Hats Floppy hats are both great fashion pieces as well as protectors from the sun’s harmful rays. Pair a floppy hat with a floral skirt and a plan, lace-trimmed tank top with gladiator sandals. Or, pair a floppy hat with a cute patterned summer dress or romper and a pair of crochet flats. Make sure your accessories don’t out-shine the hat; that is meant to be the focus of your outfit, after all! 5) Gold – in Fabrics and Accessories Gold is an elegant and sophisticated addition to your summer wardrobe. Of course, we aren't solely talking about real gold. Gold-plated or shiny metallic accessories are striking and pull attention to any outfit. Be minimal when adding gold to your outfits, since a little goes a long way. For example, add a gold-trimmed belt and gold colored-heels to a little black dress to give it some character. Or, add a long, gold-plated necklace and gold-plated bangles to your outfit for a little shine. 6) Pastels Pastels are a summery addition to your closet. Mint green is especially hot this summer. A mint green pencil skirt paired with a simple white blouse is perfect for the office. Or, if you plan on spending some time outdoors, match a pair of mint-colored shorts with a leather belt, a cute white crochet top and a pair of leather sandals. Coral is another versatile pastel to add to your wardrobe this summer. Also, pick out some pastel jeans, in colors such as light yellow or coral. 7) Stripes Stripes, especially bright stripes, are very in this summer. Pair a striped skirt with a plain-colored top and flats and accessories matching one of the colors of the stripes. Or, pair up nautical stripes with a pair of solid-colored heels and a nice blazer, which you can take off when you get hot. Stripes are also prevalent in accessories, such as scarves and handbags. 8) Belts Adding a belt to any outfit will give it summer flare. Add a belt to your favorite summer dress, to a cute blouse or even to a frilly tank top. Depending on the outfit, you may want your belt to really stand out or to just tie your outfit together. There are different thicknesses and designs of belt to fit every body type uniquely. 9) Animal Prints Animal prints are still in for summer! Mix animal prints into your tops, skirts, shoes, handbags, hair accessories and even finger nail polish. Try animal print heels with a black pencil skirt or wear an animal print swimsuit to the pool or the beach. Popular animal prints include leopard, zebra and giraffe prints. 10) Crop Tops and High-Waist Shorts Crop top shirts and high-waist shorts are popular choices in fashion for this summer. Pair crop top shirts with skinny jeans, denim shorts and short skirts. Match a blouse to your high-waist shorts, along with bangles and flats or sandals. Layer crop tops over tank tops if you're uncomfortable with showing skin. Another popular trend is to wear dark stockings with high-waist shorts. The most important thing to remember about fashion trends for summer 2012 is to make your outfit your own. Anyone can copy outfits seen in ads or from store mannequins, but it takes an outfit to a whole new level when you add your own personal touch to it. Using these summer styles, you can become a trendsetter among your peers. Don't be afraid to try new styles you would normally shy away from -- try incorporating a little bit of the fashion trend into your normal style for a brand new look.
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