The next six months will determine what women will wear. Summer is here to stay. There have been debates on feminism, gender equality and the #MeToo movement. It is all about women empowerment, and the ability to feel comfortable and confident in what they wear.

Longer skirts, relaxed outwear and comfortable tailoring are easy trends to adopt. Liberation and empowerment of women is also a reflection of the way they dress. Quiet, sporty, modest, racy, elegant silhouettes lay out the choices.

Animal prints, especially leopard spots are still trending. It appears that the 80’s has not gone out of vogue. It’s glitzy party dresses, lame, strong shoulders, skirt suits and gaudy accessories are still making  the grade.

Then, there are the demure silhouettes in simple, elegant lines and soft, plush colors including off-white, blush, oatmeal and biscuit. Neutral tones that include camel and pink-toned beige and multiple fabrics, go hand in hand.
Accessorizing is important and will sometimes dictate what you will wear. There may be whimsical little additions like bows, buttons, little jewelry pieces and hair accessories.

Neon never quite disappeared and although a daunting task on the color palette, it has come on to the streets, in cotton, lace or satin. Fluro shades are a comeback. The prairie dresses, long-sleeved and long in length, often floral or broderie anglaise-styled, are the type of ‘throw-on’ dresses that women sometimes yearn for.

It’s feminine but very casual and covered up too. Modest and romantic at the same time, it is all about the way women want to be; comfort being the top priority. Athleisure has taken a more outdoorsy turn, and surfing, cycling or skating looks, have summed it up.  The cycling-shorts trend is finally coming to fruition.

Fringing is coming on in a big way this year.This detail will be seen swishing it’s way on bags, shoes, necklaces, sleeves, hems and what have you! Crocheted or bohemian, tassles on shoulders or decorating basket bags, they are bound to make an impact. Mix and match prints and accessories bring a newness to the idea. Shell jewelry is continuing to be a trend in 2019.

Vibrant colors and prints on vintage silhouettes are the key to this summer’s trends. Picture postcard prints and touristy inspired looks are ‘in’.

Onto shades, and sage is a key color to experiment with this year. It has already found a footing on social media with #greenaesthetics trending. Pastels have a firm foundation in spring/summer collections. It is a constant in summer. Used on gingham chiffon and smocked and ruffle dresses, it sure paints a pretty picture.Tunics and midis make for great ensembles in this shade.

And so it goes on, with quirky, fun and limitless variations to beat the summer heat.

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