This summer, smart women are returning to classic, figure-flattering fashion styles. Without splurging, savvy shoppers are not sweating the inconsistent economy. Instead, stylish ladies are becoming brilliant browsers, capitalizing on current fashion trends and picking up must-have wardrobe basics that will serve them repeatedly.
After all, the actual cost of the item is not nearly as critical and the cost per wearing. Isn’t it better to buy a few useful and versatile quality items for mixing and matching than to amass lots of cheaper items that you may only wear once or twice? Which is the better deal, in the end?
Take a look at our top ladies’ fashion trends for this summer. Our Top 10 Summer 2009 fashion must-haves for women are listed here in alphabetical order.
Big chunky belts are out. This summer, women are whittling their waistlines with flattering slimmer belts. Pick a pretty patterned web belt or a super leather cincher.
Here’s a classic favorite, the Simply Vera Exotic Belt from Vera Wang. Grab it at Kohl’s, where it is now selling for $12.00 (half price). Pick from a bevy of beautiful fashion colors: black, brown, orange, red or white. Just be sure to save the white belt till after Memorial Day.
The summer season spells outdoor excursions. Beachcombers and bargain hunters alike are toting their treasures in practical oversized totes.
L. L. Bean, known for years as a premier purveyor of classic canvas totes, offers an upstyled version with their Patchwork Madras Tote. This style comes in three sizes: mini (priced at $19.00), medium (priced at $25) and large (priced at $29). The large tote measures 15″ x 17″ x 7 1/2″.”
Through May 2009, L.L. Bean offers a free $10 gift card with every $50 purchase.
Durable Denim Crops
Nothing says summer like a sporty pair of cropped denim jeans. Pick your favorite fashion style and fabric wash, from dark indigo to stonewash or streak.
For easy fit, try a pair of soft knit summer denim crops from Coldwater Creek. With zip fly front and five-pocket jean styling, the cotton and spandex bottoms merge classic fashion with comfort.
Available in blue or white in ladies sizes 6 to 24 and in petites sizes 6 to 14, Coldwater Creek’s stylish knit denim crops are priced just under $60.
Fancy Flip Flops
Step out in summer style with a fabulous pair of flip flop sandals. Flip flops are economical, so you might pick up a few pairs in key colors and styles to match your summer wardrobe.
Target offers a huge collection of fun and fancy flip flops for women, ranging in price from $$6 to about $20. Choose from simple synthetics, sweet stripes, glitzy gem designs and basic colors.
Jaunty Jean Jacket
A well-fitting denim jacket is a wardrobe staple for the well-dressed woman this summer. Basically, a good jean jacket serves as an informal blazer, as well as rugged work wear.
Ladies apparel stores carry stylish jean jackets in a veritable rainbow of fashion colors. Of course, the primary choice is a basic blue denim, which complements nearly every outfit in a casual summer wardrobe.
Try the Roper Prairie Romance jean jacket, which adds a feminine flair to the cowboy classic. This denim delight, with slimming seaming and tri-buttoned cuffs, is available for about $42 from Shepler’s Western Wear.
Stylish Straw Hat
Smart and stylish women understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun. A super straw hat will guard a lady’s head, along with her hairstyle, while keeping her cool.
Pick a crushable straw hat for packing and traveling. J.C. Penney offers a simple Crushable Straw Braid Sunhat in black, white, natural and turquoise for $16.00.
Simple sundresses offer the epitome of summer comfort and style for today’s woman, particularly with a bit of summer sun to show off.
Although their new television advertisements may annoy, Old Navy truly does offer an interesting array of reasonably priced summer sundresses in cottons, gauzes, knits and more. Prices range from $15 to $35.
Sleek or swirly skirts are super for the office or even fancier summer occasions. Summer socializing offers stylish ladies an opportunity to dress up a bit.
The Rose Paisley 2-in-1 Skirt/Dress from White House Black Market presents dual versatility. Topped with elastic smocking, this crinkled chiffon style may be worn as a long skirt or as a strapless sundress. The 2-in-1 Skirt/Dress comes in ladies’ sizes (XXs to XL), priced at $118.
Terrific Tanks or Tees
Mixing and matching summer fashion outfits is easy, if you pick up a variety of knit tank tops or tee shirts in your favorite colors.
Gap features a host of sleeveless (and even short-sleeved) options in nearly unlimited colors of solids and stripes. Choose from $10 knit camisoles to $15 tanks. For more coverage, pick ¾ or full-sleeve styles.
Summer days may swelter, but summer nights are often considerably cooler. The best-dressed women button up their summer fashion look with a terrific trendy trench coat. Although a classic trench may cost a bit more than other wardrobe staples, this garment is sure to enjoy a lot more wearings.
This year’s trendy trench coats tend to be shorter than their earlier counterparts. Most modern trenches fall to the mid thigh, although longer styles are still available.
Try Talbot’s Cotton Stretch Trench for classic styling and coverage. It comes in ladies’ sizes (4 to 12) in bone, espresso, lime, paprika, sesame and sunflower. This well-cut trench coat is priced at $159.
To add an extra pop of color to your summer fashion wardrobe, try Ann Taylor’s Taffeta Double-Breasted Short Trench Coat in cyclamen pink (available in XXS to XXL sizes for $80).
The summer 2009 fashion trends call for a fun forecast, featuring classic styles in bright and bold basic colors. Smart shoppers will snatch up the must-have summer fashion items, choosing quality garments that will stand up to repeated wearings, this year and in summers to come.