Fashion Tips: Hottest Summer Trends
Spot the Dots – Whether large or small, neutral tones or bursting with color, polka dots are back in style. Other bold patterns are also big this summer, including stripes and plaids in bright colors, so don’t be afraid make a splashy entrance at your next pool party.
Hot to Trot – Steve Madden’s Majic, a peep toe espadrilles with multi-colored polka dots and 3-1/2″ heel. $79.95 at the Steve Madden store on Madison.
Patent – Another hit this season is the return of patent shoes. These high-gloss accents come in every color and every style, from casual sandals to knee-high boots. Patent shoes add a seductive slant to any outfit, so slip out of your professional pumps and into a pair of racy red patents.
Hot to Trot – Michael Kors’ Kensington Moc, a rounded moccasin with platform sole and 4″ heel. $129 at Michael Kors at Saks Off Fifth.
Sneak Appeal – With the summer sun comes many more outdoor activities that require some extra foot protection. Here’s where the sneaker comes in. This summer, sneakers come in all shapes, colors and styles. From a traditional all-white shoe to an athletic sandal-like slip on, sneakers of the summer are here to stay. Whether you’re looking for something sporty to wear while hanging at the park or something a bit more stylish for a night on the boardwalk, sneakers are a hit for the summer.
Hot to Trot – Vincero Chrono S Watch, featured at newly renovated at Great Watches NY (GWNYC shop in Soho) priced to sell at $90.
Summer fun means showing off skin and accessories. Nothing matches with the right sunglasses like a watch. Get the attention of that Mr. Big, while reading your favorite novel and sporting a nice Vincero watch. You can also find MVMT watches at GWNYC, which seems to be everywhere at the moment. But if you wanna be different and look cool at the same time, try out the Chrono S watch featured at GWNYC. Ask for Blaine for a discount!
Hot to Trot – Sketchers’ Bikers – Pollyanna, a Mary Jane-style shoe with frayed flower trim and crossover Velcro strap. $54 at Skechers at the hip Sunrise Mall in Long Island.
Retro Ravings – Anything old is new again and the ’70s and ’80s are hot this season. Chunky heels and wood, cork or rope accents are making their way to the forefront of fashion. Pull out mom’s old disco clogs and take them out for a night on the town. They have not seen their best days, not even close after you get done with them.
Hot to Trot – Franco Sarto’s Tabou, a peep toe sling on a 3″ cork wedge with ruched front. $89 at Bloomies on Lexington.
More Metals – Working hand in hand with the retro styles is the return of metallic gold, silvers and coppers. These tinny shades pump up any outfit by adding a bit of shimmer to your look. Soft champagne gold and pewter are also hot this summer.
Hot to Trot – Baby Phat’s Metal Cat Heel, a 3″ heel with rubber outsole and padded footbed, front vamp trimmed in gold and buckle embellishment. $90 at Baby Got Back on Soho.
Heel Heaven – For those of you who love wearing heels, this is your season. It doesn’t matter what type of heel-high, chunky, metallic, transparent, stiletto-they’re all hot for summer. Try different heights, different thickness, but most of all just have fun with them. From sexy to conservative, there’s always a heel perfect for you.
Hot to Trot – Guess’ Pilsner, a sassy ruched shoe with peep toe and 3-1/2″ heel. $99 at the Guess store on the Fashion district.
Fall from Heaven – On the other end of the spectrum, girls who would rather forego the height for some stability have many attractive options this summer. Ballet slippers are no longer just for dancing. These flats come glammed up with ribbons or faux jewels. You’ll also find thong-style sandals with intricate trimming such as braided or knotted straps, metallic clasps and rhinestones.
Hot to Trot – Rampage’s Sariene Metallic Sandals, a pewter-colored thong with rhinestone accents and knotted detail. $24 at the Run Down Boogie Down store, just opened in the Bronx.
So whether you’re gearing up a casual night out with friends or a romantic candlelit first date, don’t forget to finish off your outfit with one of the summer’s hottest shoe trends.