By Erica Drum
Hello, sunshine! It’s Erica Drum from Audrey’s Boutique in Alexandria and I’m back to share with you the season’s hottest trends! So grab some sunglasses and lather on that sunscreen. These trends are on fire!
While at the lake or at the neighborhood BBQ, shorts are an automatic summer essential! In the recent past, we’ve seen shorts getting shorter and shorter but this season you can expect to see a change of hem! Score one for the modest, it looks like a longer short is back in vogue. Longer shorts mean more fabric space for the season’s other shorts trend, prints! Yes, it looks like prints are here to stay and you can expect to see them on the best-dressed butts in town. Mix with bold hues to make a statement or pastels with a floral print to create a whimsical look. Pleats are also making a comeback. Balanced with a relaxed and solid blouse, these short styles simply can’t be ignored.
The Fourth of July is around the corner, but patriotic-inspired looks are already here. Show your pride this summer with some red, white and blue looks. In the land of the free, the patriotic look is timeless. This summer, join up and rock a flag-inspired color-block short or printed tee. Another option is to create your own look. White pants plus a red blouse and blue accessories? Instant classic. This look isn’t just respected here in the heartland. Marc Jacobs created a patriotic color palette of red, white and blue complete with bold stripes for his 2016 summer line. Widely loved, patriotic fashions live on.
Forget about the little-black-dress, there’s a new go-to dress on the scene! Cool off this summer with a classic denim dress! The look is vintage inspired but still fresh as can be. It’s also a personal favorite of mine because of its versatile potential. Pair with flip flops, gladiator sandals, boots, belts or leave it be, you can’t go wrong! The dresses come in various styles with choices in collars, lengths and sleeves. With flattering options for all body-types, this is a summer staple. Plus, this look can carry us through the summer heat into the crisp fall. When the time comes, warm-up the look with some stylish leggings. Also, keep your eye out for the denim dresses’ little sibling, the button-up skirt. Don these looks this summer to slay in the heat!
Erica Drum is a mother of 4 kids, local boutique owner and lover of all things chickens.