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Summer fashion trends

By KSL.com | Posted - Jul. 5, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Summertime can present a challenge to keep cool but still wear clothes that look put-together.

Stylist Cindy Speters from Nordstrom shared some hot summer fashion trends this week.

"One of the things we have loved about this season, it really has been all about color," she said. "The designers refer to this as the season of optimism."

In addition to vibrant colors, she noted three other trends.

  • Retro Femininity "This is all about a '50s - '60s vibe," she said. As an example, Speters showed a fitted sheath dress with bold stripes and a green cardigan. "What keeps it modern is the bold stripe. And the color combination keeps it fresh," she said. A nude-colored shoe also added to the updated look. "The secret of a nude shoe is it makes your legs look longer," Speters said.
  • Maxi Dresses "They are so comfortable," Speters said. "What a fun trend!" She said they are a great way to get dressed up without getting dressed up. She showed a vibrant maxi dress paired with a white denim jacket. Pastel or super-bright colors work. When asked if everyone can wear a maxi dress, she said it depends on proportion. "Some can be super-flowy and other need to be tailored. There is a right fit for everybody," she said.
  • Modern Preppy "Modern preppy is all about reinventing the classics," Speters said. It's about taking something well-known, like a blazer, and changing it a little bit. Speters showed a navy denim blazer paired with red pants. "If you don't have a colored pant yet, you should," she advised. "Take out the khaki and navy pant - you can wear them, they're still great - but change it up a little bit. Put in a fun, colored pant and change it completely."

"Don't feel like you can't step out there, because that's one of those things that indicate you know what's going on, you're current, you're hip," Speters said.

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