Question: What are the top summer 2014 fashion trends?
Answer: This summer, old classics get a fresh makeover. With bold floral patterns, longer hemlines, and strategic sheer paneling, the fashion looks walking down the runway this season emphasize a ladylike style. Even the sporty trend features feminine details. This summer’s most coveted pieces are also totally versatile. Whether your idea of sexy is showing off some skin or staying covered up, these trends can be modified to suit your taste and shape. Plus, the styles are easy to incorporate into a basic wardrobe so you can flawlessly pull off these popular looks without going overboard.
Check out our list of the top summer 2014 fashion trends:
Bold floral patterns
Floral patterns are not groundbreaking, but this season they are breathtaking. Bolder and brighter, the flowery prints in bloom this summer are far from garden variety. From the beautifully intricate designs worn by Dolce and Gabbana’s ethereal goddesses, to the modern motifs featured on Milly’s runway—the styling possibilities are truly endless. Try a floral print dress in pastel for a look that’s classically feminine, or wear one statement piece like a pencil skirt with a concentrated, daring pattern for an outfit that’s striking (but not overwhelming).
Finally—fashion takes a break from mini-skirts and barely-there hemlines. One of my favorite fashion trends of the summer embraces longer lengths and makes modesty chic again. A nod to the timeless silhouette of the 1950’s, tea-length skirts and dresses fall right in between the midi and maxi styles. Proponents of this trend like Proenza Schouler and Alice + Olivia give the comeback piece a refreshing update without losing its retro charm. Pair tea-length bottoms with a crop top or a fitted jacket for an ultra-romantic, yet contemporary feel.
These playful, peek-a-boo styles are perfect for those who love introducing a little fun into their wardrobe. Some interpretations of the trend, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous Antonio Berardi gown which left little to the imagination, may be too risqué for the average fashionista. But other designs, like those of Christian Siriano, cleanly weave sheer accents into their looks. If you don’t want to feel overexposed, try this trend in moderation by choosing pieces with carefully placed paneling.
From drop-waist tennis-inspired dresses to cinched pants and cool sneakers, the sporty trend has leaped off the track and onto the catwalk this season. To ace this trend, pay attention to the details. Features like hip mesh panels and fabrics like neoprene and curve-enhancing polyester are characteristic of these athletic wear looks. Try a scuba dress with bold zippers or pair some training shorts with heels to flaunt the stylish athlete in you.
Your hard work at the gym will pay off this summer because crop tops are here to stay. Yes, it’s a difficult trend to properly pull off, but the crop tops of today can be sexy and sophisticated. To wear this style and still look demure, play with proportions. Pair a crop top with a conservative pencil skirt or high-waist trousers. You can also choose a boxier top or layer a jacket over this hot item to feel more covered up.
Pull inspiration from these fashion trends and try something new this summer!