Spring is coming to a close and we’re getting ready to welcome the sunshine and good times of summer. To help keep your style on point throughout the hot months, top style influencer, Melissa Vale has created a Summer Trend report just for you. She breaks down what’s trending on the red carpet and gives options for affordable dupes!
Photo: Chanel Iman (courtesy of whowhatwear.com)
The neon trend is not going anywhere. As summer arrives it’ll be less of a utilitarian trend and more feminine, a bit more dressy, cocktail attire, like this mini dress paired with strappy heels. Chanel Iman is wearing neon earrings as well, but you could do a large (but delicate/thin) continuous gold hoop. This is a BIG statement so she’s smart to keep the neck clean and jewelry to a minimum.
Here’s another stunning way to take neon specifically into the evening from one of her favorites Speechless.
Gwyneth Paltrow (courtesy of Harper’s BAZAAR)
2) Blazer + Shorts
Another trend that is perfectly suited for the hot months ahead! It’s very sharp, sophisticated, and looks best paired with a strappy heel. “As the temps rise you could do a couple of things here: a more lightweight black blazer and black shorts with a pop of color underneath. I’m partial to a marigold as I think it gives the whole look a summery sun-kissed vibe,” says Vale. “Or, you could play with color a bit more — sunset/ terra cotta colors have been very popular all spring and will continue to be throughout the summer. So you could do a marigold underneath, terra-cotta blazer, and shorts for a fashion-forward sunset color blocking effect.”
Naomie Harris (courtesy of Harper’s BAZAAR)
3) One Shoulder Tops + Dresses
Off the shoulder is taking a backseat for now and one shoulder tops and dresses will continue to dominate the summer months. With the Cushnie dress, you can see the whole color family (mustard, marigold, terra cotta) is really where the direction is going for summer. “Strappy heels are perfect here, and as a jewelry fanatic I think the choices Naomie made are so important — you want to stay dainty (and Jennifer Fisher is a fave). I would stay away from chunky, but I might pile on a little bit more here with some necklace layering. You can definitely find some super affordable options from Bauble Bar!”
For a bit more of an investment, there’s the stunning fine jewelry line from Congés. Their Personalized Signature Collection is dainty and you can add multiple pieces for a layering effect. This unique and meaningful collection could be the early signs of a new necklace trend.
Brie Larson (courtesy of Elle)
4) Lavender + 90s slip dresses
This shade was extremely popular at fashion week — pantsuits, layered lavender knits of any kind were everywhere. “We’re going to see plenty in the summer too, and the best way I would transition it is with a slip dress, as they’re making a comeback.”
Scarlett Johansson (courtesy of Harper’s BAZAAR)
5) Polka Dots
We will continue seeing polka dots, especially in the form of very light (in color and lightweight) sleeveless jumpsuits that easily transition from work to cocktail/day to night.
About Melissa Vale:
After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton, Melissa Vale decided to go on to law school and earned her law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2014, Vale’s life changed in an instant…she was in a near fatal accident and was hit by a car. Both of her legs were broken, and she suffered severe internal injuries. Vale had months of physical therapy to learn how to walk again. It’s an experience that changed her entire perspective on life and she realized if there was anything she ever wanted to do, she couldn’t wait and had to do it now! When Vale got back on her feet, she earned her real estate license and started practicing real estate at Douglas Elliman in NY — but while she was using social media to promote properties to her already engaged audience, she started to notice that by far her highest engagement and response was from her #ootd (outfit of the day) posts! She started to think…imagine what the response could be if she started treating this as an actual business. And thus, in 2017 this phase of her life was born, returning to her first love, fashion, but in this new social media incarnation. Today, Melissa Vale has 145K very engaged, real followers on Instagram that look to her “influence” for all things fashion, beauty, travel and accessible luxury. Her popular fashion and travel blog, http://themelissavale.com/, delivers trend reports, outfit ideas, gift guides, life advice, and inspiration, as well as the best destinations to travel to in style!