This week Style Fetish presents a few worthy style trends to explore in summer 2016.
Light blueFrom sky to robins egg to periwinkle, this cool tone looks fresh this summer.
Wear it as a neutral with almost any color. I like the pale blue with pine green and light brown palette inspired by our Colorado skies and landscape.
Worn with black, the color goes retro to the ’50s and ’60s, particularly when worn on bottom.
If you find light blue unflattering to your skin tone, wear it in pants or a skirt, or in a shoe, bag or other accessory that is worn away from your face.
Blue eyes are wonderfully highlighted by this color.
Pale denim counts as light blue! Don’t forget our Style Fetish recommendation from a few weeks back to Hail the Pale for summer.
Layered lingerieEvery few years fashion goes through a lingerie-as-outerwear phase, and Style Fetish approves every time. This retro-1990s look is happening again this summer and looks best as outerwear when the inherent sexiness of the lingerie is layered, creating an intriguing and fashionable contrast suitable for rolling through public.
Wear a slip dress layered with a simple T-shirt or T-dress underneath. Play with colors, cuts and necklines of the T.
Try an oversized V-neck T over a slip with a belt.
Two slips of different colors layered together make an opaque yet slinky dress.
Wear the same dark-color cami and boy/bike shorts under a light-colored slip dress.
Rock a vintage camisole top over a printed bra or bikini top with cut-offs.
Add a longer half-slip with lacy, flouncy hem under a sheer summer sun dress to peek out the bottom of the skirt.
Go full ’80s retro Cyndi Lauper-style for a festival with a full, fluffy knee-length crinoline and crop-top or band T and an armload of bangle bracelets.
High-waisted ShortsLove this retro-mid-century look! The high rise is flattering on most figures and it hides a belly, covers love-handles and creates a nice horizontal line at our skinniest part. These are best worn with a crop-top or halter-top. Wear with platform sandals or wedge espadrilles for a pin-up bombshell silhouette.
Try a loose, wide-neck T tucked into the shorts with flat sandals or Chuck Taylor sneakers.
Pair with sheer or printed tights or thigh-high socks, a fancy top and a cropped cardigan for cool nights.
Make your own in a custom length by cutting off a pair of classic-rise Levis or other jeans.
Try this cut in a swimsuit bottom, too!
Choker necklacesThis romantic jewelry classic is back again from the Victorian era via the 1990s to grace summertime throats. A flattering piece that can work with virtually every style from steampunk to boho to biker-chick.
Customize a choker by making your own by attaching a brooch or bauble to a velvet, leather, grosgrain or crocheted ribbon and tie at the back. Leave the ribbons long enough to also wear it as a headband.
Heather Narwid owns Sideshow, a vintage and modern clothing store for men and women established in 2007, now located in Durango at 208 County Road 250. Have a style question? Email her at [email protected]