This year’s spring and summer fashion runways featured 1970s-inspired styles ranging from hippy dresses to patchwork and pantsuits. But while you might not be ready to ditch your favorite pair of shorts for a closet full of fringe and feathers, there are a few of these upcoming fashion trends that could be easily translated to life in the stands at a Little League baseball game or at a backyard barbeque.
Many of these designers’ shows included pieces that were both timeless and trendy, in fabrics like denim or colors and patterns like khaki, bold red and even classic polka dots. Savvy shoppers who want to take advantage of these trends on-budget will find plenty of great bargains from online consignment sites for clothes that will be just as fashionable this summer as they were when they graced the department store shelves.
Here’s a closer look at a few summer trends that will be both practical and pretty, whether you plan to spend summer on a fashion runway or a theme park roller coaster.
New Trends from Consignment
Designers showing collections at New York’s most-recent Fashion Week used khaki fabric to craft everything from evening wear to practical shorts and lightweight trench coats that will have you ready to embark on an “urban safari,” according to Elle. Combine two trends by buying a pair of Bermuda shorts in go-with-everything khaki, and you’ll end up with an outfit that will take you from casual Friday at the office straight to the beach.
Are those second-hand jeans you bought online a few inches too long? This season, there’s no reason to have them hemmed or pick up a needle and thread yourself. Some of the most fashionable denim looks this season feature extreme cuffs, frayed hems that were created with nothing more than a pair of sharp scissors and overly long pants legs that drag behind you, according to Vogue. Just be careful not to get your heel hung up in your fashionably long jeans!
Tapping into this spring and summer 2015 trend can be as easy as pairing navy and white. Add a few stripes or a red accent piece, and it’s anchors aweigh, according to the Daily Mail. This color combination is flattering on just about everyone, and any solid navy or white piece can provide a starting point to this accessible trend.
Recently, fashion designers had models decked in bold red from head to toe in their spring and summer collections. And while the monochromatic red runway look might feel like a bit too much for an everyday outfit, Harper’s Bazaar recently spotted several fashionistas on the streets sporting only the stylish hue. Look for red while shopping online consignment sites and your purchases are much more likely to leave your bank account in the black.
Polka Dots and Gingham
Some of this season’s hottest designers used this classic pattern in gauzy, layered creations, while others went big by blowing the dots up on everything from dresses to camisoles. Gingham was another two-toned pattern that designers supersized on sexy dresses, knits and blouses, according to Harper’s Bazaar. But if you aren’t comfortable making such a bold fashion statement, pieces that add just a few dots or checks are widely available and will go a long way toward updating your wardrobe for summer.
Comfortable Footwear Options
Designers paired this summer’s looks with just about everything, including flats, sneakers, menswear-inspired oxfords, comfy looking mules, gladiator sandals, and other lace-ups, according to Glamour. If you must have heels, however, consider an animal print or pattern, or a multi-colored shoe that takes you back to the 1970s. No matter what your style, a trendy pair or two is one of the easiest ways to update every summer outfit without revamping your whole wardrobe.
Gladiator sandals weren’t the only items that went heavy on the lace in the spring and summer designer collections. According to Cosmopolitan, lace clothes came in every color, but clean white options stood out above the rainbow of hues. If a sheer lace dress doesn’t exactly fit your summer lifestyle – filled with ice cream, sandy beaches and grass stains – you can instantly inject a little old-fashioned romance into your wardrobe by pairing a lace cami or blouse with denim, khaki, or a floral print.
Floral prints are on everything this season, from dresses and shorts to shoes and bags. Floral-print skirts and dresses are a fashion classic for any steamy season, but if you aren’t ready to commit to an ultra-trendy pair of printed wide-legged pants or a flowery jumpsuit, a big, bold floral print bag is an easy way to add some 1970s-inspired flower power to your summer look, according to Marie Claire.
As hinted at earlier, whether it’s suede, fringe, feathers, patchwork or flowy bohemian dresses, if it reminds you of the 1970s, chances are it’s in this spring and summer. The good news is that these fashions don’t have to come from a pricey vintage store – affordable online shopping options abound. Smart shoppers can also layer bargain buys to mix prints and patterns on their own to achieve this trend-savvy throwback effect.
All of that said, before you rush out to stock your closet for spring and summer, start by taking an inventory of what you already have, suggests U.S. News & World Report. Chances are you already own some of the khaki, denim and floral prints that are on trend for the season. You likely also have some black, white, and navy pieces that you’ll be able to pair in new ways to respond to this year’s warm-weather trends.
Cleaning out your closet will also allow you to sell or swap the items you don’t wear or that don’t fit anymore. In fact, advice from U.S. News & World Report suggests always shopping for clothes that fit, rather than buying items a size or two too small in the hopes that doing so will motivate you to lose weight. Buying clothes you know you’ll actually be able to wear this year will boost your confidence and your budget – helping you save up for a fun treat or a summer vacation where you can show off your trendy, streamlined summer wardrobe – regardless of the size on the tags.
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