Fashion & Accessories

By Yasmin Jorge

Summer brings exciting trends in fashion. We’re highlighting some products that boast color (neons and pastels) and pretty patterns, including stripes. Miss Sunshine, you’ll love getting dressed!

Contemporary sportswear line Fresh Produce offers women timeless and flattering wardrobe basics. We’re especially fond of the retailer’s new collection of tunics and scarves. The Voile Tunic in Fiji print is comfortable and pleasing to both wear and look at. The bell sleeves and side slits add interest. Paired with leggings, skinny or cropped pants, shorts, and modest minis, there are numerous fun ways to wear this artsy breezy tunic. The Slub Scarf in Classic Stripe is a light and perfect accessory to bring drama to warm weather outfits. Soft and amply long, the scarf is lovely to wrap, drape and tie to all looks.

Fresh Produce clothes are 100% cotton and made primarily in America. The colorful apparel is dyed individually, so each piece is unique and special – like our readers. The line is available at independent retail boutiques nationwide and in the Caribbean, or visit http://www.freshproduceclothes.com to shop online and find a store nearby.

BombayFashions.com also offers a vibrant on-trend collection, including to-die-for Bohemian Gypsy skirts and jewelry. Flowing skirts are comfy, 100% cotton and come in every bold color on a peacock’s tail. Lengths run below the knee or at the ankle, and they feature exquisite details like sequins, beads, delicate hand embroidery, and lace trim and accents. In addition to solids, there are gorgeous patterns to wear.

And with these covet-worthy skirts, you’ll want to rock some serious hardware! Well, check out the e-tailer’s new Bella Couture bracelets, like the Ashley, eccentric statement pieces that command attention. The chunky cuff and stretch styles are so fab – a perfect blend of manipulated metal and colored bead flamboyance – there will be compliments galore. No wonder BombayFashions.com is an Oprah favorite. To view the complete line and shop, visit http://www.bombayfashions.com.

Stripes are all the rage this season. Youthful apparel brand Muse challenges the classic line with multi-color diagonal stripes. The zigzag tank knit dress is a perfect length, features a racer back, and can be dressed up or down for most fair weather occasions. Those slanted stripes sure are amusing and eye-catching!

Another winner is Muse’s pleated chiffon swing dress. It’s a flirty happy go-to dress – the stained glass print is divine, pretty inverted pleats add fluid movement not bulk, and the ruffled edges exude femininity. An added bonus: These Muse dresses are excellent at keeping their shapes. Go ahead and pack them in totes as you head to events. Then just slip them over your head upon arrival – the dresses look gorgeous.

Muse frocks are available at http://www.museapparel.com.

Don’t let the name fool you: Another hip modern line is Wall Flower Jeans. Here’s a new denim brand that offers fashion-forward style, fun and comfort in jeans with many fits for all body types – tight through the leg with wonderful stretch and a touch of Lycra for a perfect fit. Everyone needs a great pair of skinnies in their closet – and we’re fans of the velvety soft Sassy Skinny. With sandblast finish, bright stitching details, and sexy embroidered and sequined back pockets, these are sexy jeans you’ll want to pair with those Summer tops and tunics.

For more information on Wall Flower Jeans, visit http://www.wallflowerjeans.com. Available at select national department stores, like Kohl’s, and online.

And of course beach season is back! For playing in the sand and ripping through waves, Odina Surf Swim Wear is the stylish answer. The surfer-chic bikinis come in every cut and color under the sun. Popular festive hues this year include berry, coral, and teal; and cheery prints Sunset and Hula. We especially like that sizes and colors/prints can be mixed and matched and bought separately.

While groovy, Odina Surf swimwear is also about clean lines, comfort and durability for active pretty gals. It is an eco-friendly and completely sustainable collection made in the U.S. – suits are made with certified recycled plastics, organic fabrics, and reclaimed textiles — very cool. Available online and at select retail locations.
Visit http://www.odinasurf.com.

Finally, no summer wardrobe is complete without the tried-and-true staples: flip flops and ballet slippers. Well, we’ve found the perfect ones to glam those cute piggies, and in comfort to boot (no pun intended), after a long day at work or night out. DAWGS Bendables are ideal and come in electrifying colors, like patent black, red, pink, gold, and silver; and sexy snakeskin print. Equipped with their own little pouches, they easily fit into most purses, totes and beach bags. At $15 a pair, a fashionista will want a few pairs! A girl’s ultra-soft best friend, visit http://www.usadawgs.com to buy and locate a shop near you.

Originally published June 2012
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