The HOT List!
Make a bold style statement this summer
This summer is all about being noticed. Whether it’s two-toned color in hair or oversized stripes on a dress, the fashion forecast for summer 2013 calls for bold statements in fun, expressive ways.
Some styles have been around for several years but remain popular, whereas some styles have made a dramatic comeback and — bonus — cost next to nothing.
We have put together a quick guide to some of the hottest summer trends based on advertisements we’ve seen, stores we’ve walked through, celebrity photos online, local events we’ve attended, stylish hairdressers we frequent, and, of course, Pinterest!
This is not your “Little House on the Prairie” two braids down the sides. There is oh-so-much-more!
Around the head and down one side. Braids inside of braids. Braids around both sides of the head and down the back. Braided mohawks. Braids into buns. Loosely gathered braids falling to waves. Inside out. Fishtail. Messy. Crisscrossed. Two-tone.
Pinterest has got to be to blame for the plethora of braided hair. Directions, photos, videos — it’s all on Pinterest.
And the variety really is amazing. Look around and you’ll see braids casual enough for a baseball game but beautiful enough for a wedding.
Can we credit the May film release of “The Great Gatsby” for the rebirth of 1920s fashions? Maybe not, but movies and music often influence trends, which is why it may come as no surprise that free-swinging fringe is back.
Although fringe was most popular on ‘20s dresses, this time around fringe has made its way to bikinis and handbags of all colors, according to numerous online retail sites and fashion blogs.
Dark-rimmed, oversized glasses have been trendy for years, but here they come again with the June 14 release of “Man of Steel,” featuring Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, arguably one of the most famous characters to ever wear dark-rimmed, oversized glasses. (Eyewear designer Warby Parker launched limited edition frames inspired by the film.)
In addition, “The Voice” contestant Michelle Chamuel has made her dark, thick rimmed glasses such a trademark that a Twitter hashtag, #4eyesontheprize, has popped up to reference her.
Crossing over from pop culture into professional sports, the dark-rimmed, oversized glasses look also been sported recently by Miami Heat players LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Scarves have been making a statement for a number of years now, however, the look has evolved as has the practicality. Scarves are no longer used just to ward off wintertime cold.
First they need to be knitted, wrapped around the neck multiple times with the ends hanging at least to the waist or longer.
A few seasons later, the material went from knitted to thin fabric. Scarves were worn in all seasons and wrapped in billowy layers or around the neck and flowing down the back.
Now, the look you’ll most likely catch both men and women wearing is a lightweight infinity scarf (no ends) wrapped around the neck and hanging to mid-chest. Winter, summer — the season doesn’t matter. In fact, the preferred way to wear this scarf this season, at least for women, is with a tank top.
Colors? Across the board.
The following quote appears on the men’s blog, askmen.com in reference to the 2013 fashion trend of stripes: “this effortlessly stylish pattern will instantly revive your wardrobe, making this ... fashion trend one that’s hard — even for the trend averse — not to want to get behind.”
From iconic fashion magazines such as “Vogue,” “Glamour,” and “Elle” comes permission to wear stripes, particularly big, bold stripes on shirts, shorts or swimsuits.
Those hesitant to wear striped clothing could introduce the pattern in softer ways through shoes or accessories.
Ombre hair, which is not new but is still trendy, is when one color fades into another color. For example, a popular look is for blonde hair to transition into darker brown or black tips.
Another stylish two-tone hair trend is dip dye: Think blonde or brown hair with tips dyed bold blue, red, purple or pink. Confused? Look for a photo of Christina Aguilera during Season 3 of “The Voice.” Another popular look utilizing color has popped up on Pinterest and other websites. YouTube even has videos about how-to chalk hair.
Chalking hair is essentially wetting down hair strands then applying cheap sidewalk chalk or slightly better soft pastel chalk directly to wet hair. Let your hair air dry, then go over each colored strand with a flat iron or curling iron to help set the color, according to “Seventeen” magazine.
It’s temporary color that washes right out.
Two-tones also are increasingly trendy on fingernails and toenails, mixing different metallic colors, for example.
In addition, some people are painting their ring finger fingernails a different color from the rest of their fingernails.
A good example of this can be seen in a Gelish ad in the May/June “Nail It!” magazine.