10 Fashion Trends for Summer 2012

Make a resolution to follow at least one or two of these summer 2012 fashion fashion trends and you’ll reign supreme as the chicest lady on the block. If you’re looking for new wardrobe staples, consider investing in a high-quality product. If you want to keep it cheap, try incorporating a summer 2012 trend into your outfit creatively. For example, nail polish, statement jewelry, sunglasses, a scarf, purse hat or accessory is less expensive than, say, a designer dress or swimsuit.

Ladies, if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s high time you did: tangerine is the hottest color of the year. This fiery hue makes a bold statement whether worn as a large textile or as a smaller detail incorporated into your ensemble.

Hi-Low Dresses
Whether you call it the mullet dress or it’s more fashion-friendly name, the “hi-low” dress, this style will remain hot until fall. For those unaware, it’s an asymmetrical dress that’s shorter in the front and long in the back (hence: mullet).

Oversized Hats
An oversized hat serves two purposes. First, it can be the finishing touch on a fabulous outfit. Secondly, it protects you from the sun’s damaging rays and keeps you cooler in the heat of summer.

Gold is another hot summer 2012 color, so incorporating it as often as you can. Try wearing it via jewelry, shoes, a handbag or even hair accessory. Bonus: Gold and tangerine go really well together.

Ethnic Prints
Anything afro-centric or tribal is a must-wear for summer 2012. Think large statement necklaces crafted from organic materials, ethnic prints, raffia work and everything in between.

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Chunky Bangles
Decorate your arms with stacks of chunky bangles. It’s an easy — and inexpensive — way to pull your outfit together. Try mixing different colors, textures and sizes for extra drama.

Floral Jeans
This is one of those summer 2012 trends that isn’t going to last very long, so don’t feel like you have to spend mega bucks to partake. However, a floral printed jean — especially one that’s vintage-inspired — is a super hip trend that keeps you looking playful. Consider a floral-printed legging instead of a jean, as well.

Bright Blazers
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your office attire this summer, opt for a brightly colored blazer over an otherwise traditional pant/skirt suit. Colors that are hot include neons and primaries and, as mentioned before, tangerine.

Statement Necklaces
An easy way to make your outfit feel more polished is to throw on a statement necklace. You can wear them in all sorts of settings, including casual, formal or even business. Try an edgy metallic piece, a vibrant gemstone necklace or one with a large pendant.

Sheer Blouses
if you’re heading out the door and want to try something a little bold, consider a sheer blouse over a camisole or cropped top. Not only will you keep cooler amidst blazing temps, you’ll look amazing, to boot.