Fashion

2012’s Top Summer Trends (A note from Kaleidoscope.co.uk!)

May 25 2012 | CeCe Olisa

When the sun comes out so do the fashionistas. OK that may not be strictly true as they’re always
doing their thing right through winter too, but there’s just something about summer fashion. All the
bright colours and dazzling new styles of ladies clothes.

So if you’re looking at your wardrobe in exasperation as it bursts at the seams with last years’ styles,
it might just be time for a little update. First things first, take a look at our guide to the top summer
trends for 2012 and you can start planning your perfect outfit.

Nautical

Nautical styles are once again massive this summer. We’re talking blue and white or red and white
horizontal stripes on classic staples. It’s perfect if you’re lucky enough to be spending some time on
deck this summer, but even if you’re not you can still work this simple chic style to perfection. Match
with some white jeans or chinos, some nautical accessories and boat shoes for that little finishing
touch.

1920s retro

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen 50s inspired sharp dressing after the sleek, stylish series
Mad Men first hit our screens. This year those in the know are heading back a few decades to the
1920s, again inspired by what we’re seeing on our screens. The hotly anticipated remake of the
Great Gatsby has got the fashion world going crazy for 1920s style flapper dresses and peplums.
Remember to really hit the right style notes throw in some tassels, beading, feathers and any deco
detailing.

Prints

It just wouldn’t be summer without the chance to say it loud and proud. Prints are literally
everywhere at the moment and show no sign of leaving us anytime soon. Each time you step out the
house, the most dazzling of designs are there to be seen. We’re thinking anything from ikat, tribal,
and tropical. Go for a bikini, tunic, dress, whatever. If it’s bright and loud it’s right on trend.

Floral

Florals are blooming all over the fashion world in summer 2012, but whilst prints may be perfect
for a casual look – perhaps on holiday – we think florals are the best option for something a little
smarter. If you’re heading to a summer wedding this year a floral dress with a structured cut could
spell show stopping style.

Candy pastels

Pastels are just so fabulously feminine and girly. We love them. Opt for a pair of skinny jeans in
pastel pink or green, or even go all out with a summer dress in a soft sweet shade. Candy from head

to toe can be a little much, so try and balance out your outfit with some neutral accessories.

Whichever style sounds perfect for you, it could be a sizzling summer in the fashion stakes.

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