Fashionate: Sun, Sand and Fashionista’s

The days are growing longer and the sun is getting warmer, which can only mean one thing… Okanagan Summer is just around the corner! I like to be prepared for everything in my life, including fashion trends for the season.  Hot weather requires less layers and seeking out the lightest fabrics possible, although I never complain about the sun I do find it difficult to stay ‘trendy’ when the sun is beating down on me. Luckily 2012 summer trends are full of light airy cotton blends, and beautiful effortless silks to cool off even the hottest Kelownafornia bella’s.

Maxi’s dresses are a MUST have trend this year and they will be your life-saver, taking any chic beach look from downtown cool to cocktail ready in a heartbeat.  Many of the maxi’s we are seeing on the streets this year are featuring the ‘high low’ look with a shorter hemline in the front merging into a longer maxi hem in the back.  Utilize your maxi dress to the fullest with a cropped floral blazer, some long bohemian jewellery and a pair of closed toe wedges and you can rock this look through the spring as well.

The 50’s sex kitten look is also a big inspiration for summer this year, which is a great advantage for the heat that makes waves in the Okanagan. Like all the trends in recent years, it is 50’s with a twist. Pair your floral peasant cut maxi skirt with a short short top. That’s right cropped tops are back ladies, which means pilates will be our friend this year! The 50’s were all about making yourself up and looking put together at all times, drawing attention to yourself was a new revolution and women were loving it. Bring attention to your waist with precisely cut dresses and peplum skirts, or a pin thin leather belt to draw in a flowing lace dress will mimic this classic look without looking like you went shopping in your grandmother’s closet.

Of course denim shorts and a cropped tank will never go out of style, but a slight alter of the cut in your shorts or the length of your tank can turn dated into statement in a flash. High low tanks are a big hit this year and they are so easy and cool to throw over your favourite bikini for a long board along the boardwalk. Switch your daisy dukes for cuffed high waist blue denim wash shorts with a vintage leather belt. Swap your flip flops for a pair of toms or studded gladiator sandals, all these simple changes are great ways to stay on trend and stay ahead of the fashion pack!

Summer is a great time to experiment and have fun with textures and bold prints, use the beautiful valley we live in for your fashion inspiration. Emerald green lakes, vivid golden sunshine, and everything in between can be your mood board for the majestic summer days to come!

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