Spring and Summer Fashion Trends 2012Photos by PR Photos
What I'm seeing online for spring and summer fashions this year (for America, UK and the northern hemisphere) is a huge range of choices in colors, patterns, themes and styles.
I'm guessing this trend is here to stay. Influenced by fashion bloggers and social media, the trend is to creatively mix items into outfits that flatter your body shape, coloring and proportions and reflect your personality (and the occasion or activity).
Or, at least, that's what your outfits should achieve! What it means is that it's more important than ever to gain some style knowledge (to learn more follow the links to related pages, below).
The good news about this trend is that with even a moderate amount of style knowledge it's possible to create a really great wardrobe of mix and match clothing that truly reflects who you are and how you want to be seen!
To me the stand-out style spring and summer fashion trends this season are...
Color! -- From bold to pastel. Cool based colors, neutral (equally cool and warm) based colors, and warm based colors. And white, as always at this time of year.So, take your pick. Find out what suits you best and make sure those colors are dominant near your face.
A large selection of pattern
styles and combinations.
You'll find quirky vegetable prints and 50s Californian-inspired
prints; graphic designs; dainty, feminine dots and florals; and tribal
(American Indian, Aztec and African) inspired styles, to name a few!
So, something to suit every personality! And again, another trend here is to mix prints either within an outfit, or (the safer option), in the garment
Mixing of fabrics within a
garment is also a continuing
trend that we started to see last season.
At their best these styles help you create the optical illusion of the perfect hourglass figure (and that can't be bad!).
At their worst they'll emphasize an area you want to minimize, so do take care and notice where the detailing occurs and its effect
Midriffs return -- aagghh! With bra-style tops, worn with more modest full or straight around knee length skirts that sit on the waist
My main take-aways will be fun, colorful, and quirky. What will yours be?
Have you bought a great garment or accessory this season (or re-purposed an existing item)?
And/or do you have a burning desire to share your fashion observations?
As an illustration of the broad diversity available, style themes include...
There are still a lot of 1950s
inspired styles -- that is:
hourglass silhouettes; soft feminine colors, textures and prints
Luxe sports -- based on sportswear, but in luxurious or high tech (such as wet suit material) fabrics
Glamour and luxury -- reflected in beautiful fabrics and bead, crystal and glittery embellishments
Underwater fantasy -- think of the textures (coral, seaweed), prints (fishy scenes), and colors (watery blues, coral colors, fish colors) you'd see underwater and imagine these in clothes!
There's still a wide variety of dresses available (I was expecting to see less emphasis on dresses this season, but I'm glad to see that isn't the case).
Lengths are mainly longer: mostly around knee length; some
midi lengths; some maxis.
Pants and trousers are still mainly skinny, straight, or tapered
Patterned pants and colored jeans are still in
Short lengths are mainly around mid-thigh or top of thigh
There's more variety in skirts than there has been for a long while. The main lengths are around knee length and the midi length that falls between the widest part of your calf and your lower knee.
New trends include...
Pleats: especially pencil, and inverted pleats (these are stitched down at the top)
Wrap skirts: both real and pseudo wrap styles
Many more tops have sleeves of some description, which is good news for many of us
And there's a trend towards higher necklines, including 60s style turtle necks (strange for the warmer months, but perhaps that's a reflection of the variable weather patterns we've been seeing worldwide?)
Shoes: wedges, platform and ankle straps are key design elements; toes are still pointed or almond shape; heels are still high or flat; statement shoes in single bright colors, or multiple colors, and interesting textures and still in
These are great sources for working out the new spring and summer fashion trends you will embrace for 2012, they give lots of photos of both the runway fashions, and what's in the shops...
I like style.com for their analysis and summary photos of the latest spring and summer fashion trends from haute designer ready-to-wear collections (I thought the summary spring 2012 couture runway shows, by designer, were here too, but I don't seem to be able to find them now! -- Don't you just hate it when that happens!)
And InStyle.com (and magazines) for their more accessible interpretation of the spring and summer fashion styles
When you understand some basic style "rules", as they apply to you, it means you can work out how to successfully break those rules, if you feel the need. I've written these articles to help you get started on your style journey, and to provide a point of reference for when you feel you're floundering or stuck in a rut...
6 steps to savvy style -- do you know what it takes to attain great style? This is where to start your style makeover journey
How to dress well and look great at any age -- find out the answer to a question I'm often asked
If you've noticed a trend that I haven't mentioned feel free to share it here.
Or, if you'd like to talk about a current fashion that you love or hate (regardless of whether it's mentioned on this page already) this is the place to do it.
Tell us what it is about the item or outfit that you love or hate. For example...