Fashion Must-Haves for Summer 2011

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Summer has a way of creeping up on us. It seems to take so long to get here, but before you know it, it’s July! Don’t let this summer pass you by without getting your hands on some of the hottest staple items for your wardrobe. Here are a few favorites: some classics and some new trendy pieces.

1. Wide-leg jeans

Wide Leg Jeans

Can you say mile-long legs? Even a petite lady who wears wide-leg jeans looks super chic, long, and thin. The key, for ladies of all heights, is to pair these jeans with high heels so that the cuff of the jeans is barely scraping the ground (if at all). Avoid wide-legs that look like high waters, but don’t let them drag on the ground either. A dark wash is the most flattering on any shape or size.

2. The Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

Another style that will make anyone look taller, maxi dresses are very “in” this year. These floor-sweeping dresses are very versatile. Dress it up with a classy belt and sophisticated jewelry, or wear it casual with some cute sandles and a straw fedora. You can’t go wrong with a solid color dress, or try a pattern if you’re more adventurous!

3. Skinny belts

Skinny belts

The “IT” item used to be wide metallic or animal print belts. Trends have migrated away from this to skinny, colorful belts. This kind works just as well with dresses, cardigans, and skirts and is flattering on every lady. Women with small frames can look overwhelmed by large, chunky belts. Try mixing and matching your colors! Wear a white dress with a turquoise belt or a hot pink cardigan with a bright yellow belt. You will look both trendy and thinner when you choose a skinny belt.

4. Khaki trench

Khaki Trench

This one is a classic and is on the summer trend list basically every summer. It makes this list because it is so versatile and so important! A khaki trench can be paired with everything from a cocktail dress and heels to jeans and converse shoes. Make sure you try on a few before you make a decision and don’t go with the cheapest one unless it truly fits the best!

5. Striped bag

Striped Bag

Big names like Prada are coming out with lines of striped purses and totes for the summer season – a must have! Following the “mixing bold colors” trend, pair a striped bag with any color you wear! Color coordinating your entire outfit is “so last year.” Try a large tote for work or errands and a small clutch for a night out with friends or your man.

Now that you have an idea of a few wardrobe staples that you simple must have this summer, you know the drill. Get shopping! I hope you discover some great finds and steals. Good luck!