10 Summer Fashion Trends and Tips

Yahoo! Shine’s Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Joanna Douglas shares the DO’s and DON’Ts of summer’s hottest looks.

Check out the hottest colors and biggest trends for summer fashion, plus a look that’s totally “out” this year:

  • Summer Fashion Made Easy 1 of 11
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    Here's a cheat sheet for summer's best looks, courtesy of Yahoo Shine! Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor Joanna Douglas.

    Read more from Joanna at Yahoo! Shine.

  • A Little White Dress 2 of 11
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    "They're typically lightweight (and they're cool since they reflect sunlight), plus they're great from morning till night and available in every shape, style, and silhouette this season," says Douglas. "They're also the perfect palette for the bold accessories we like to pile on in the summer."

    See Yahoo! Shine's 5 favorite LWDs of the season.

  • Mirrored Sunglasses 3 of 11
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    These come in a variety of shapes, colors, and price points — but they're all fun!

    Buy from Nordstrom, $99.

  • Ankle-Strap Sandals 4 of 11
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    This is the shoe shape of the season — whether in flats or heels. "They're comfortable too because they don't slip off or create lots of blisters, " says Douglas.

    1. Madewell The Louie Sandal, $138

    2. J.Crew Marina Mini-Wedge Espadrilles, $110

    3. Forever 21 Faux Leather Gladiator Sandals, $8.80

  • Denim 5 of 11
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    Classic.

    "We'll see it everywhere, from cutoffs, to jean jackets and vests, to chambray shirts and dresses, especially in medium to light faded washes," says Douglas.

    1.  Forever 21 Chambray Shirt, $19.80

    2. Madewell Chambray Shirt, $59.50

  • Tropical Prints 6 of 11
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    Hawaiian-like floral shirts, with plenty of pineapples, flamingos, and palm trees. "This trend does skew young, but if you're looking for playful accessories or beach gear it might be up your alley," she adds.

    1. H&M Maxi Dress with Ruffle, $24.95

    2. J.Crew Popover in Hawaiian Sunset, $88

    3. Old Navy The Rockstar Capris in Watermelon Palm Print, $22

  • Stylish Halter Tops 7 of 11
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    A flattering look that hasn't gone out of style yet.

    Buy from Old Navy, $15

  • Wear White 8 of 11
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    "White is huge for summer clothing and accessories," says Douglas.  "White shoes are back! And the black and white pairing is still a big trend carried over from spring." 

    Buy from Old Navy, $12.94

  • Rhapsody in Blue 9 of 11
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    Cobalt blue is still a huge color. "It's eye-catching in everything from a swimsuit to a clutch to nail polish," she adds.

    Buy from ASOS, $37.33

  • WHAT TO TOSS: Platforms/Sky-High Heels 10 of 11
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    Douglas says that clunky platform heels are OUT. "A moderate stiletto, wedge heel, or low square heel are the biggest shoes on the market right now. And of course lots of comfy flat sandals," says Douglas.

    Still dig these shoes? Buy them from H&M for $34.95.

  • SUMMER FASHION TIP: Color + Metallic Shoes 11 of 11
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    "I think everyone loves embracing color in the summer, " says Douglas. "For an easy outfit with high impact, find a flattering dress in a bold color that suits your skin tone and pair with some metallic sandals. You can't go wrong. And remember: trends are not as important as flattering your figure. Stick with garments that highlight your assets and make you feel comfortable and confident."

    Shoes: J.Crew Allie Metallic Gladiator Sandals, $158

    Dress: GAP Ruched T-Back Maxi Dress, $65

 

 

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