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A to Z Guide to Summer Fashion Trends

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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
    A-to-Z

    All of the biggest fashion trends of the season, from A to Z...

  • A is for Ankle-Strap Sandals 2 of 27
    A

    This is the shoe shape of the season, for sure. And it's not just limited to flats — the ankle-strap shoe is big in heels and wedges, as well.

    Buy these ankle-strap shoes from: 1. J.Crew ($110), 2. Old Navy ($25), 3. Madewell ($88), and 4. Piperlime ($95)

  • B is for Belly Shirts 3 of 27
    B

    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). 

    Buy these cropped tops from 1. Urban Outfitters ($16) and 2. ModCloth ($17)

  • C is for Cute Tie-Front Tops 4 of 27
    C

    This trend combines the 90s cropped top with a retro 50s vibe — and it looks especially cute with high-waisted bottoms or full A-line skirts.

    Buy these tie-front tops from 1. Urban Outfitters ($39) and 2. ModCloth ($45)

  • D is for Denim Vests 5 of 27
    D

    The denim vest is this summer's hot goes-with-everything essential — whether it's a button-down vest or a sleeveless chambray shirt.

    Buy these denim vests from: 1. Forever 21 ($17), 2. H&M ($30), and 3. Madewell ($60)

  • E is for Every-day Maxis 6 of 27
    E

    A classic summer staple, regardless of the year.

    Buy from Old Navy, $27

     

  • F is for Full Skirts 7 of 27
    F

    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
    G

    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
    H

    The summer is all about shiny, mirrored clothes and accessories.

    Buy these holograph items from: 1. Forever 21 ($17), 2. Melie Blanco ($64), 3. ModCloth ($35), and 4. Urban Outfitters ($145)

  • I is for Itty Bitty Shorts 10 of 27
    I

    Itty bitty high-rise shorts are especially "in" — ranging from just a higher waist to a more retro-style (and seriously leggy) pin-up shorts. And printed shorts (like polka dots!) are everywhere this season.

    Buy from 1. Forever 21 ($20), and 2. Urban Outfitters ($39)

  • J is for Jeweled Belts 11 of 27
    J

    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
    K

    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
    L

    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
    M

    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
    N

    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
    O

    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!

    Buy these overalls from 1. ASOS ($76) and 2. Free People ($118)

    See more about the overall trend.

     

  • P is for Panama Hat 17 of 27
    P

     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
    Q

    For those not down with the itty-bitty shorts trend, you'll be happy to know that draped trouser shorts are popping up on the racks. Although they are kind of channeling that 90s culotte/skorts look. Are you digging it this time around?

    Buy these culottes from 1. LOFT ($45), and 2. Zara ($40)

  • R is for Retro-Style Swimsuits 19 of 27
    R

    The retro pin-up girl look is especially hot in swimwear (which is super flattering on us women who've housed a child or four in our stomachs).

    And this ModCloth retro-style suit ($90) is available in sizes 4 26! Yay!

    Check out 10 ways to dress like a retro pin-up girl.

     

  • S is for Statement Stripes 20 of 27
    S

    Stripes have been in for, like, ever — and I swear it extends beyond the blogging world. But right now the classic thin-striped pattern is being replaced with THICK statement stripes. 

    Buy these striped clothes from: 1. J.Crew ($128), 2. Zara ($30), 3. TopShop ($12), and 4. Old Navy ($20)

  • T is for Tropical Prints 21 of 27
    T

    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.

    Buy these tropical-looking clothes from 1. H&M ($24.95), 2. Old Navy ($25), and 3. Madewell ($280).

  • U is for Unseasonal Summer Knits 22 of 27
    U

    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
    V

    Hand-in-hand with the statement stripes, you'll find a lot of vertical-striped pants this season...channeling Beetlejuice? Which, I don't know; I think they're pretty rad.

    Buy these striped pants from: 1. J.Crew ($118), 2. H&M ($24.95). and 3. Forever 21 ($20).

  • W is for Whites 24 of 27
    W

    It's all about the white, white, white this summer — from the LWD (little white dress) to the white sandals. But it's especially trendy with chic white pants. 

    Buy these summer whites from: 1. J.Crew ($125), 2. GAP ($60), and 3. Old Navy ($32)

  • X is for X-centric Sunglasses 25 of 27
    X

    This summer is all about the bold sunglasses — bright colors, mirrored lenses, and eccentric shapes.

    Buy these glasses from Nordstrom, $99

    See the 4 biggest sunglass trends for summer.

     

  • Y is for Youthful Sun Dresses 26 of 27
    Y

    The classic strappy sun dress will never go out of style.

    Buy from ModCloth.com, $53

     

  • Z is for Zany Trousers 27 of 27
    Z

    Dramatic pants have carried through Fall, Winter, Spring, and now Summer.

    Buy from Zara, $40

     

 

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