A to Z Guide to Summer Fashion TrendsMichelle Horton
While the standard tanks, sandals, and cut-off shorts are still summertime essentials, we’re seeing some unique summer fashion trends for 2013.
And unlike last year — which was all about the ’80s revival — 2013 is somewhat of a mash-up between pin-up girls of the ’50s and the nostalgic charm of the ’90s. All with a modern twist, of course.
Check out our guide to summer fashion, from A to Z:
The Trendiest Looks for Summer 2013 1 of 27
All of the biggest fashion trends of the season, from A to Z...
A is for Ankle-Strap Sandals 2 of 27
B is for Belly Shirts 3 of 27
Love it or loathe it, the 90s-style belly shirt is everywhere right now — especially in the hipster-targeted stores like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. They range from subtle cropped top to daring bustiers, and are often paired with high-waisted shorts or flowy maxi skirts (very Carrie Bradshaw).
C is for Cute Tie-Front Tops 4 of 27
D is for Denim Vests 5 of 27
E is for Every-day Maxis 6 of 27
A classic summer staple, regardless of the year.
Buy from Old Navy, $27
F is for Full Skirts 7 of 27
In the same vein as the retro pin-up girl look, full A-line skirts are super trendy this year — especially as a fun party look.
Buy from ModCloth, $55
G is for Gingham 8 of 27
The gingham trend is carrying over from spring to summer as one of the "it" prints of 2013.
Buy from ModCloth, $90
H is for Holographic Clothes 9 of 27
I is for Itty Bitty Shorts 10 of 27
J is for Jeweled Belts 11 of 27
Summer 2013 is all about wearing the bling around your waist. Trade in your brown and black leather for some jewels and rhinestones.
Buy this belt from Anthropologie ($48)
K is for Kitten Heel 12 of 27
Sky-high stillettos might be timelessly sexy, but this season is all about the kitten heel. (And my feet are happy about that.)
Buy from J.Crew, $188
L is for Lucite Heels 13 of 27
If you can see through the heel, then you're doing the trend right. Expect this trend to stick around, because it's getting bigger.
Buy from ModCloth, $50
M is for Midi Skirts 14 of 27
Once considered to be unflattering and matronly, the midi skirt is back in a big way. With modern styling, the midi skirt easily transitions into "wardrobe basic" status.
Buy from ModCloth.com, $40
N is for Neutral Nude Sandals 15 of 27
By now we all now that nude shoes (in various shades of tan and brown, depending on your skin color) are extremely flattering — lengthening your leg and going with pretty much any outfit. So for summer we have the neutral nude sandal. An essential.
Shop Piperlime shoes.
O is for Overalls 16 of 27
Once considered strictly for toddlers, the overall is BACK y'all. Except now they're more stylish than ever — with slimmer cuts and lighter-weight denim. If you've been secretly wishing to bring back the overall, now is your time. Now!
See more about the overall trend.
P is for Panama Hat 17 of 27
Move over, fedoras. The Panama Hat — channeling an early 19th-century vibe — is "in" once again. So much that it's the IT sun hat of summer 2013.
See more about this summer fashion trend.
Q is for Questionable Culottes 18 of 27
R is for Retro-Style Swimsuits 19 of 27
S is for Statement Stripes 20 of 27
T is for Tropical Prints 21 of 27
Hawaiian prints add a fun, playful look to your summer wardrobe. According to Yahoo! Shine Fashion and Beauty Editor Joanna Douglas, this is one of the hottest trends for summer.
U is for Unseasonal Summer Knits 22 of 27
Breezy summer knits are a must-have for chilly nights — and they don't look like they've been plucked from your winter wardrobe.
Buy this summer knit sweater from Zara, $30.
V is for Vertical Striped Pants 23 of 27
W is for Whites 24 of 27
X is for X-centric Sunglasses 25 of 27
Y is for Youthful Sun Dresses 26 of 27
The classic strappy sun dress will never go out of style.
Buy from ModCloth.com, $53
Z is for Zany Trousers 27 of 27
Dramatic pants have carried through Fall, Winter, Spring, and now Summer.
Buy from Zara, $40