This Summer’s Shoe Trends

Like the rest of your wardrobe, some items will last year after year, bucking trends with their classic designs and worn-in, well-loved fit. Still, every season makes old trends new again, and who doesn’t want their wardrobe to be as on-point as possible? As the saying goes: “Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver, the other is gold.” The same is true for shoes, and stocking up on any one of these summer trends will make you a shoe-in for best dressed this season.

Skater Chic

The past few seasons have been filled with comfort-foot staples like TOMs, Keds, and a plethora of their knock-off counterparts. This season, comfort is still in—just with a little more edge. Whether you’re a true-to-life skater chic, or a fashionista who just wants to look skater chic, this slip-on street shoe is perfect in any form. Keep it simple with a traditional colored canvas, or glam it up with some jewels or a metallic hue. Either way, this versatile shoe should find its way into your summer wardrobe.

Pack Mules

It’s true: Mules haven’t been cool since we were in grade school, and even then, with our limited knowledge of fashion, we questioned their style staying power. However, like most mules, these shoes are stubborn and won’t be left behind while all their other questionable counterparts—like jellies and … —are revitalized. This season’s mules receive a youthful make-over with varying heel heights and styles: From fabulous flats to chunky heels to oh-so-suave stilettos, these backless beauties are one-hit-wonders no longer. Two of our favorites? The Gianvito Rossi Open Toe Mule—have you ever seen a slingback so chic?—and the Jeffery Campbell Curie Mules. These metallic wonders nail two trends this season; wearing them you’ll be a shoe-in for best-dressed, wherever you go.

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Our Bag O’ Beach Tricks

Even if you’re the spontaneous type, there are a few essentials that will make your beach how to have a great day at the beachday more pleasurable. We’ve compiled a Bag O’ Beach Tricks that will make your day in the sun a breeze.

First of all, you’ve got to listen to your mama and pack that sunscreen. You may want to hurry up the tanning process, but skipping the SPF is never a good idea. Protect yourself with a waterproof version that is at least SPF 30. Lip balm is also a beach necessity. The harsh environment can do a number on your pucker, so keep a balm with SPF on hand.

Now that your bod is protected, let’s move on to your valuables. Don’t miss out on the perfect Instagram pic just because you don’t want to get your iPhone near the water. The Otterbox Armor Series iPhone case is completely waterproof, allowing for 30 minutes of submersion in up to 6.6 feet of water. And go ahead, order another Piña Colada, because this silicone wallet is not only adorable, but it’s also perfect for the beach. The water-resistant silicone will protect your cash, and a simple swipe clears off pesky sand.

Arguably, the only bad part of a day at the beach is the lugging of all your supplies. Quit juggling beach chairs and snag one of these snazzy tote chairs available at Meijer.com. The brightly colored mats can be flat or angled and fold up into a cute shoulder bag. Keep the rest of your essentials and drinks cold in an insulated cooler tote like this one from Vera Bradley. With a look this cute, you won’t even mind having a little baggage!

Last but not least, do not forget your beach beauty essentials! Waterproof mascara and all-day lipstick are beach babe definites, as well as a cute sun hat or bandana. Tip: Skip the curling iron and take a dip in the ocean. The salty sea is the best way to get those sexy beach waves.

 

Summer Fashion Trends for Summer 2013

As the weather heats up, so does summer fashion. Make sure you’re keeping up with the Summer fashion trendstemp and the trends with these haute must-haves.

Neon – Nothing says summer like bright colors. From denim shorts to iPhone covers, products of all kinds are donning highlighter hues, and we just can’t get enough! Wearing a bright pop of color can be just the ticket to take your summer style up a few degrees. Pair a chambray button-up with a hot pink clutch, or your favorite LBD (little black dress) with some highlighter-yellow heels. Be careful not to wear too much neon at one time, though; no need to be your own light source. Keep it simple by choosing either a piece of attire or an accessory to showcase these vibrant colors.

High-Waisted Bikinis – Grandma had the right idea. The 1930s-inspired, high-waisted bikini is popping up coast-to-coast and beach babes have never looked better. A high-waisted suit is not only stylish, but also flattering on any body type. Whether you’re lacking in rear-end umph or have a full-size trunk, the high-waist draws the eye upward giving your rump (and legs!) a longer, leaner look while keeping a curvy shape. The high-waist design also stylishly hides that stubborn tummy pooch. With its classy charm and body-shaping design, you are sure to stand out in any sea of string bikinis.

Crop Tops – They’re back! This belly-button-baring trend from the 90s is making not only a comeback, but an upgrade as well. You may be conjuring up images of Sporty Spice and Christina Aguilera circa “Genie in a Bottle,” but don’t worry; sports bras and fringe aren’t allowed this season. The 2013 version of the crop top is a feminine and flirty ode to the 50s with pin-up girl flair. Sweetheart necklines and floral designs are assuring that the crop top has a successful second time around. These tops are perfect for summer concerts and 4th of July festivities.