Summer weather is here, and it’s time to hit the beach! Before getting a tan, it’s important to take a look at your swimsuits. Many have likely fallen out of fashion since you bought them; I finally had to say goodbye to my denim tankini from 2005. Others likely have worn out from pool chlorine and repeated washing. Wearing a swimsuit can be nerve wracking for many ladies, and it doesn’t help when your bottoms look like a saggy diaper. Don’t worry, though. We’ve assembled a list of hot 2013 summer swimsuit trends.
Your Guide to Beach Season
- Color Blocking: A runway trend for years, color-blocked suits are big this summer. These are sportier and great for women who need more support than those skimpy triangle tops. Don’t be afraid to be bold and embrace color-blocked prints.
- Crochet Accents: These are loved by bohemian girls like Vanessa Hudgens. Fight the urge to go full-on hippie with minimal accessories. Be sure to water test these, too; it’s probably best to avoid any crocheted bikini tops you see on Etsy.
- Cutouts: one-piece cutouts have been a trend for a few years now, and they’re still hot. These are perfect for anyone who wants to strike a sexy beach pose, but maybe isn’t comfortable with showing everything off in a tiny bikini. You may not want to wear these all the time, though, as you can wind up with some strange tan lines.
- Graphic One-Piece: One-pieces with photorealistic designs are super big this year. Vendors like Black Milk Clothing have bikinis with galaxies, Gameboys, and even Darth Vader. Don’t be afraid to get crazy!
- Vintage Look: Retro-inspired swimsuits continue to be in this summer. Going with one-pieces, a swimsuit with boyish leg holes and a pushup top can actually be very sexy as long as you have a good cut and a fun print. Another option that’s popular this summer is a high-waisted bikini. These are perfect for people who want stomach coverage, but feel dowdy wearing a one piece.
- All White: Wearing all white is incredibly in this year in all levels of fashion. Going all white or accenting with a bit of gold will turn you into an alluring beach goddess. This can be bad if you’re pale as a ghost, so catch some sun before trying it out. Like the crochet bikinis, you also want to test out a white swimsuit, unless see-through is what you’re going for.
My fourteen-year-old cousin loves stacking bracelets, watches, festival wrist bands, and even an old hospital ID tag on her arm. Her wrists to her upper arms are covered in bright neon, clashing textures, and different sizes. I wouldn’t recommend you try this look unless you’re working on muscle tone, but stacking bracelets is very popular these days with women. There is a proper way to do it, though: stacking bracelets doesn’t mean throwing everything in your jewelry box on your arms at once.
Tips for Stacking Bracelets
If your style is crazy bohemian or raver girl, go ahead and get crazy. But if you’re a bit more reserved, then it’s important to have some sort of balance or common ground that makes the bracelets go together, even when they’re not all the same style. For instance, you could choose one type of metal, but use bracelets with different shines and enamels. To start, you’ll need a thick, strong bracelet, and then layer up. If you do decide to go with a similar palette like brassy bracelets, throw in a sold black or other contrasting bracelet.
Types of Easily Stackable Bracelets
- Bracelet Sets: If you’re not very creative or want a basic idea of how to stack bracelets, many stores now offer prepackaged sets. You can just wear these or use them as the basis for your own bracelet stacking.
- Chunky Beads: A chunky bead bracelet is perfect for your stacked bracelet. Don’t go adding more than one, but pair it with something simple. You could also add a cute little charm bracelet too. Victorias Secret has some very nice choices I’ve seen online as well. Get offers here.
- Braided Leather: These can be used in pretty much any stack because they’re not flashy, but adding a little leather is always edgy. They can be found in pretty much any color and will work well against any metal or synthetic bracelet.
- Stretchy Pearl Bracelets: Pearls are pretty much the perfect accessory with everything. Pearls on an elastic band will go well with a silver bangle or even a decorated charm bracelet. If you don’t have a bracelet, wrapping a long pearl necklace also works wonders. Adventurous stackers will want to seek out green and pink pearls to add some color.
We’re officially at the start of summer now; showing some leg is becoming a necessity for style and comfort, drawing plenty of attention to shoes. If you’re looking in your closet and don’t see anything you like or don’t know what’s stylish this summer, we’re here to help. Here are a few styles that are going to be very hot this season.
Popular Summer Styles This Year
- Black and White: A post-Memorial Day style, shoes that are both black and white are very in this year. You can find a more pump, but black and white shoes will be available in pretty much any style this year. Just be sure to put them back in the closet when Labor Day comes.
- Bold Colors and Prints: A bold red or orange will be good for the office, but consider going wild with a floral print when you’re out on the town; floral heels and other shoes were everywhere in spring 2013 runway shows. They can be worn with a neutral outfit or even with a contrasting floral print.
- Neutral Nudes: Kate Middleton popularized the nude pump; you can expect them in leather and even suede this summer.
- Booties: Short booties were incredibly popular this spring, and you don’t have to pack them away this summer. Just don’t wear them to the office.
- Aggressive, Strappy Shoes: It could because of Fifty Shades of Grey, but shoes with a bit of bondage in them are popping up everywhere. You’ll see shoes with lots of straps and even ones covered in spikes in. Some of the more extreme looks won’t be for everyone, but even the less daring should try to get a little adventurous.
- Platforms: Platforms usually get most of their use in the winter months, but they’re coming out in a lot of summer styles this year. Remember when shopping for platform shoes that your toes should remain inside the shoes at all times. If they hang out, then you don’t have the right size.
- Oxfords: Women’s shoe styles tend to get more masculine in winter, but Oxfords are taking hold this summer. Take a break from floral heels and rock a pair of Oxfords with a summery colored sole.
One of the hot new trends in women’s accessories lately is candy wrapper bags. As the name implies, these are bags that are typically hand sewn from different types of candy wrappers or other branded products like soda bottles. They’re loud, fun, and flirty. Candy wrapper bags make a bold statement, and the benefit is they’re often made entirely from recycled materials.
How Candy Wrapper Bags Originated
These contemporary bags are now everywhere—you’ll find plenty of DIY creations of varying quality on Etsy right now—but a lot of credit for them lies in the hands of Olga Abadi, who is a designer for Nahui Ollin. Abadi was at a Mexican cultural festival where she encountered handbags made from everyday materials using an ancient Mayan binding technique. She was then inspired to take labels and wrappers from products we see every day to create stylish, forward-thinking eco fashion.
The Environmental Benefits of Candy Wrapper Bags
Take a look at the bags, purses, and clutches currently sitting in your closet. Some are likely leather and others may be made from a synthetic material produced by burning gasoline. Candy wrapper bags are made entirely from recycled materials with no candy was wasted in their creation. Places like Nahui Ollin receive candy wrappers that have been deemed too deficient to be used. They get saved from the landfill and become a unique piece.
No Bag is Exactly the Same as Another
Any fashionista is always trying to be unique. There’s nothing worse than going out for a night and realizing four different people have the same bag as you. With a candy wrapper bag, no two are exactly the same. Sure, two bags might use M&M wrappers, but each is hand constructed and won’t look exactly the same as another.
Different Types of Candy Wrapper Creations
There are really no limits to what kind of bag style you can get a candy wrapper bag in. There are cute little clutches for a hot date or large tote bags. You can even get a business-style bag for work made entirely wrong candy wrappers. There are even accessories in the candy wrapper style like wallets, bracelets, and head bands. Even though they’re made from simple wrappers, these bags are very strong and built to last.
Photo courtesy of ollinarmcandy.com
For nearly as long as human beings have fashioned clothes to protect themselves from the elements, we have also designed hats. And as the centuries and millennia have passed, various cultures have transformed this accouterment of necessity into a fashionable accessory. Of course, many of our modern hats still do an exceptional job of fulfilling their original purpose, shielding us from the sun, protecting us from inclement weather, and keeping us warm in winter. And while the popularity of hats like the bowler, fedora, and sun hat have been eclipsed by the ubiquitous baseball cap, these classic headwear styles make the perfect addition to any stylish outfit.
Finding the Right Hat for Your Look
With most accessories or items of clothing, you can get away with mixing and matching between styles and colors as long as the elements cohere – and the same holds true when you add a hat into the equation.
The most crucial aspect of a coherent outfit is, arguably, the seasonality of the various elements. In the same way that you probably wouldn’t want to combine a summery dress with a heavy winter coat, choosing the right hat for the season is of utmost importance. Classy hats don’t get a whole lot of wear these days, so when you wear one, people are going to notice. If the hat is right for the season (and for your outfit), that’s a good thing. But this increased attention also means that a poorly chosen hat can be detrimental to your overall look. A moderate amount of common sense will help you know what hats work for which season – just like clothes, lighter colors and fabrics work best for spring and summer, while darker, thicker hats are preferable for fall and winter.
If you’re trying to integrate hats into your wardrobe, it’s good to have an idea of when you should and should not don your hat. You can come up with your own rules, but remember that the sophisticated air that a hat lends to an outfit is most effective if you also exercise a degree of sophistication when it comes to when and where you wear your hat. Aside from that, however, the potential of a hat is limited only by your ambition!