When it comes to fashion this summer, it’s all about bright, vibrant colors and bold, spectacular prints. You’ll see lots of red and neon, plenty of lace and crochet, and the return of stripes and florals in all items, from shoes and shorts to purses and dresses.
You can find these trends, and more, at Cherry Hill Mall, with its extensive list of fashion-forward stores including Nordstrom, Michael Kors, White House Black Market, Guess by Marciano and Francesca’s Collections, to name a few. And, Moorestown Mall’s Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Express and New York & Company feature these styles as well.
What’s Your Color?
Whether it is aqua blue, mint green, neon pink, bold red, or pastel purple – this summer has your color of choice. Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s color of the year, but yellow is emerging as the popular color for summer, too. Fabrics are in both vivid and soft colors, allowing for variation, depending on your mood or activity. If you’re going for the neon shades, pair these colors with camel and neutral tones for the ideal contrast. If pastels are your pick, be sure to pair several together for a layered look. Black and white is also a leading, classic color combination for summer 2012.
Bright and pastel skinny jeans of all shades are very stylish and playful for this summer (many of you probably saw photos of Kate Middleton rocking her tangerine jeans at a visit to the women’s Olympic field hockey team in London). So add a bit of fun to your wardrobe with fashionable, colored jeans. You can dress them up with a blazer and pumps, or go casual by rolling a cuff and slipping on a pair of embellished flats. Animal print accessories also serve as a cool complement to this look, or sneak the same denim hue in a bracelet, purse or shoe to tie it all together.
A trend that is still going strong is color blocking; cool and lively color combinations are here to stay! Mixtures of the season’s hottest colors are showing up in apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. Wear your colored jeans with a bold blouse for a take on the color block trend, or choose a two-tone dress in blue and green or tangerine and pink.
Textiles & Patterns
Animal prints, big flowers, stripes and paisley have dominated summer trends in terms of patterns. They’re everywhere - floral jeans, leopard clutches, striped tanks and paisley wedges. Don’t be afraid to pair patterns, but just stick to two or three at the most. For textiles, lace and crochet are big this season. It’s a ladylike look, so be sure to pair it with classic, conservative pieces. Sporting sheer fabrics is another popular style. Show off your summer tan with sensual see-through, flowing fabrics that make you feel beautiful, bold and feminine.
Of course a great pair of shorts is a summer wardrobe must, and with higher waists and longer lengths this year, you’ll find this fashion must-have more comfortable! Bermuda or tailored shorts are chic and practical, while lacey and crochet shorts are super stylish. Choose a solid, form-fitting tank in a basic color to wear with slouchy pleated shorts or printed silky shorts. And bright colors are not just for your jeans either. Try colored denim shorts with a solid white tee and statement necklace.
The maxi dress is a critical part of every woman’s wardrobe. These long flowing dresses are comfortable and versatile. There are hundreds of different designs, and just change your shoes and jewelry and you can wear it to the beach, out to dinner and even to work with a nice blazer. Plus, the long and flowing silhouettes flatter most body types.
Lisa Wolstromer is senior marketing director for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust’s (PREIT) Cherry Hill Mall, South Jersey’s top fashion destination, and Moorestown Mall, a family-oriented shopping mall transitioning into a vibrant dining and entertainment experience. As a 25-year shopping center industry veteran, Wolstromer has extensive, first-hand knowledge of the retail world and leading fashion trends. She resides in Cherry Hill with her husband and three cats.
As Seen in Camden County Woman and Burlington County Woman