Summer is the time when fashion seems to be the most important. This is the time to show off your body and it is also important to show some skin. During this period, it is a must to follow all the major trends but you should keep in mind to create a style that is specific for you.

Crop tops

Trends to Rule the 2012

When it comes to the tops this summer, the shorter they are the better. While last year the long and flowing blouses were on top of the trends, this summer there is need for less fabric. All the major designers presented such blouses in their collections, paired with maxi skirts.

Such designers include Miu Miu, Prada, and Emilio Pucci. The main point is to play with proportions and to have a nice contrast.

Floral patterns

Trends to Rule the 2012

The floral patterns have been considered trendy for quite some time now. While in the past the favorites were the small flowers on paste backgrounds, this year there is a switch. In this case, the florals are mixed with other kinds of patterns and matched with bold colors. This trend was seen in case of the collections of DKNY, Dries Van Noten, and Christopher Kane.

Pastels

Trends to Rule the 2012

If you would like to have some cool new additions to your wardrobe, consider lavender, mint green, baby blue and cotton candy pink. The floral patterns are getting brighter and the solid colors become softer. During the spring, the runways were taken over by pastel colors. This color wheel was the favorite of Givenchy, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Going retro

Keep in mind that fashion is cyclical and designers often get inspired by the trends of the past. One of the most important eras was the 1920s. This was marked by the flapper dresses and the cloche hats. Many of the designers got inspiration from the look of this era. This signature style can be seen in case of the collections of Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Alberta Ferretti.

Glimmer and shine

Trends to Rule the 2012

If you aren’t really into pastels and you are looking for something that would make you stand out in a crowd, consider this trend. Look for shiny fabrics, metallic and jewel tones. These will help you turn your outfit into a statement outfit. Clothes and accessories of this kind are offered by Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, and Prabal Gurung.

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