We’ve finally dived head first into summer and our closets are following in close pursuit. With playful rompers, embellished sandals and skin-shielding Panama hats, the style on the street is begging for continuous warm weather and sunny days. But the trend that commanded the spring/summer 2012 runways of Louis Vuitton, Jill Stuart and 3.1 Philip Lim (to name a few) lends itself perfectly to a summer wardrobe staple: pastels.
This Emory Fashionista caught my eye with her interpretation of the trend, wearing this fantastic pair of jeans in a minty hue (which seems to be a craze in and of itself). What started with the first pair of Levi’s in 1853 and became a staple in first the American wardrobe and then the world's, has now been translated into every wash and color imaginable. Pastel denim will perk up even the grungiest of band tees (a great look!) as it does with this Fashionista’s simple olive green tank. It's also a great transition between day and night.
For a more work-appropriate look, pair your pastels with a silky button-down and a blazer. After-work drinks or a summer barbeque? Ditch the jacket, trade in the button down for a flowy tank and add wedges (like hers, courtesy of Target…..who knew!) or detailed sandals; your choice! If color is a five letter word outside of your vocabulary, then start with baby steps. A white tee can do wonders, so let your bright bottoms speak for themselves. If you’re a vogue thrill-seeker take the pretty palate up a few notches with a print; designer names like Elizabeth and James and Current/Elliott offer an extensive selection of denim in polka-dot, animal print and floral patterns that reflect the long-awaited season. Have no fear though! There’s no need to break the bank to achieve this pastel-perfect summer trend. Thanks to Urban Outfitters, you too can rock the style on a college-friendly budget. So go ahead and run to the mall, I won't judge you.