Trend How-To: Summer 2013

Breeze through the hottest days of summer with some of the season’s most sizzling trends that are easier to wear than you think.

Top Trends: Summer 2013

Cropped top. Not just for tweens, a cropped shirt stays surprisingly sophisticated with a high neckline and paired with a high-waisted swishy skirt. Or take a cue from Elena Perminova and try high-rise trousers or skinnies. Keep accessories graphic and minimal with booties or flat sandals and a cuff or two. When the situation calls for layering, throw on a sharp blazer in a kicky color like coral.

Leather. Once deemed too heavy for summer, supple leather is seeing new life as an all-season fabric with an array of new shapes and colors, and in ultra-thin variations. Try a pair of shorts in a relaxed cut in place of cotton or denim. Keeping the rest of your outfit easygoing is the key to pulling off leather in the summer – pair the shorts with a slouchy sweater, or layer with a white slub tee and blazer. Flat sandals and minimal accessories keep the look fresh and unfussy.

Maxi skirt. The ankle-grazing skirt returns for another season of casual elegance. This airy style is ideal for unforgivingly hot days, so try a pleated version belted with a slub tank for a clean silhouette. Add a punch of color with coral ballet flats, or try ankle booties in a neutral shade for cocktail hour. Keep the sun off with a floppy-brimmed hat. Top off the outfit with a chambray shirt knotted at the waist or unbuttoned for a fresh layering option.

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