The Last Days of Summer

Do you hear that ominous rumbling in the distance?  Yep, the heat wave has finally broken and we’ve seen our first few thunderstorms and bouts of rain in the last few days.  The monsoon season is upon us, and that means summer is (after this week at least), officially over.  While the rest of the world is starting to heat up, and outfit choices are becoming brighter and bolder, we’re headed for a cool down.  Well, there is always a silver lining in every situation and I’m looking forward to more days and nights curled up in bed with a good book or looking out the window just watching the rain fall while letting my thoughts wander.  While there’s still some sun left though, let’s pay a tribute to the last days of summer with these 2012 favorites:

  1.  Mullet skirts– I mentioned this in my column some weeks ago and now this style is all I see anywhere!  Short hems in front, long at the back, usually in a bright chiffon fabric with a short slip underneath.  You’ll find these skirts and dresses all over Forever 21, Zara TRF, Warehouse, Mango and soon in all other boutiques as well.  Most definitely a chic and interesting choice, but I doubt this will have classic appeal past this year.  Wear with thick bangles and strappy sandals to set it off perfectly.

    Erin Wasson at the Cannes Film Festival

  2. Sheers–  I’m loving the feminine vibe on the sheer, chiffon blouses that are all the rage right now.  They’re light pastel or neutral, some have a bow up front or petal detailing, most have a relaxed, blousy kind of fit—and they’re just perfect with a retro mini for a ‘ladies who lunch’ kind of day, or under a blazer and trousers/pencil skirt at the office, or worn with shorts for a breezy Saturday morning.

    Sheer Armani blouse- so pretty

  3. Lace–  Even more feminine than its chiffon sister, lace appeared everywhere from tank tops, shorts to sweet blouses to cocktail dresses.  I especially love ivory lace with white lining on blouses or day dresses, it’s so girly and fresh—in fact the entire Louis Vuitton collection was like a cotton candy festival!  Wear with a pastel bag or silver cap toe shoes to complete the look.  And for evening, the look I loved was black lace with nude lining.  Extremely seductive yet elegant, as long as the dress is not cut like lingerie.  Wear with satin and diamonds for even more luxury.

    Lovin’ these lace shorts!

  4. Coral–  As the weather progressed from spring to summer, the pastels grew darker and coral started popping up all over the place.  I find it an extremely flattering color that makes fair skinned girls look luminous and tanned girls glow.  A coral sundress looks good with beige shoes, and a coral top with white jeans makes a crisp summer look.  For evening, coral works best with gold accessories.  Very goddess-like.

    Carrie in coral

  5. Red denim– Yes, dark wash jeans took a backseat this summer and we saw denims in practically every conceivable color.  What I loved though was wearing an ivory polo with red jeans and a black belt and shoes.  Very Duchess Catherine on a casual day.  That’s as far as I’d go with colored jeans I think—can’t quite picture myself wearing bright purple or hot pink pants past the age of thirteen!

    Alessandra Ambrosio rockin red jeans

  6. Shirtdresses– This one is a summer staple that never really goes out of style, and this year was no exception.  We had a fair share of short candy stripe shirtdresses which look very preppy, especially worn with a thin braid belt and ballet flats.

    Gucci sleeveless shirtdress

  7. Palazzos– I love how this trend keeps coming back!  Palazzos look fantastically sophisticated, especially worn with a shoulder halter, dangerous heels and dangling earrings.  This can’t be pulled off confidently by someone who does not love fashion and dressing up, so if you have long legs and a whittled waist, consider yourself blessed and strut it!  Most palazzos this summer came in jersey, chiffon, or pleated.

    Such a fresh look

  8. Prints– Florals always come back in the spring and summer, but this time prints really made a big impact—from the bird prints earlier this year  seen on sun dresses everywhere, to digital print long dresses and minis, to floral shorts, cullotes and sheaths.  I really enjoyed H&M’s wildlife campaign as well, wherein any item bought in that particular pastel print helps save the rainforests.  That dress will forever remind me of the summer of 2012, spent with my best friends on a crazy trip of a lifetime.

    The H&M Conscious Collection

  9. Retro– From circle skirts to stacked heels, round toe Mary Janes to horn rimmed sunglasses, rounded collar blouses, polka dots and small shoulder bags (like the Givenchy Obsedia, as the fabulous Jude Bacalso pointed out to me), anything retro became totally in demand and I, being a sentimentalist at heart, loved every second of it.

    Betty Draper, the epitome of retro chic

  10. It Bags–  This summer, the It bags reigned supreme once again-although this time instead of the usual LVs and Chanels, ladies seem to be paying more attention to other premium brands, like the Chloe Paraty, the Givenchy Nightingale, the YSL muse, the Mulberry Alexa, the Loewe Amazona, the Prada Saffiano.  And the colors they came in—oh so tempting!  Hefty price tag, but definitely a longer term investment compared with bags that fall apart after a year of use.

    Prada Saffiano Lux in lemon yellow

And that rounds up the list.  Soon the fall fashions will be upon us and it’s a whole new game of mixing and matching to do.  But hey—that’s one of the reasons we love being a girl, dressing up can be so much fun.  Toodles!

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