Caldwell Harris, Leon High School FIDM Fashion Club President, reports on fashion trends from Tallahassee, Florida.
Rain or shine, here’s what HOT or NOT this summer!
It’s June—one of the hottest months of the year and finally, summer break! The change in weather as well as moods has led to new or reoccurring trends; many HOT and some NOT. So much sunshine and heat has inspired us to wear lightweight fabrics, brighter colors, and diverse patterns.
Several HOT looks for the summer include one-piece style ensembles, such as rompers, dresses, and bodysuits. These easy outfits are perfect for beach trips or days with sweltering heat. When paired with leather sandals and jewelry, the results are beautiful.
Sundresses are perfect for the summertime! With so many unique cuts and lengths to choose from, one can’t go wrong. Personally, a romper is my go-to summer outfit. I find the structure of a romper intriguing—especially with so many technical patterns.
For the more daring, a bodysuit is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. A bodysuit is a piece that is structured similarly to a one-piece bathing suit, but it’s made of cotton or a spandex-like fabric. When paired with high-waisted shorts or a mini skirt, a bodysuit looks like a regular top, only it’s much more comfortable and breathable.
Personally, one of my favorite HOT trends of the summer is halter tops. Halter tops are much less structured and more comfortable than the average crop top—often seen with ties in the back or behind the neck—making them a must have for a HOT summer wardrobe.
Another absolute must-have is shorts. Shorts are cute and perfect for hot days. The styles are endless—high-waisted, patterned, denim, and cotton, just to name a few.
The most interchangeable items of any HOT summer outfits are accessories, such as floppy hats, bags, and sunglasses. Floppy hats are a classic and practical accessory, great for keeping sun off your face and they can be worn with almost any outfit.
Bags are a highly important accessory, especially for summer days. A HOT summer bag could be a pastel, nude, translucent or mute color tote or clutch. And course, when you carry a bag you’ll need something to put in it, so let's talk sunglasses—a wonderful and practical accessory. For summer, mirrored sunglasses are a definite HOT trend. With so many different shapes and colors it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of sunglasses.
It’s difficult to come up with NOT looks, but some key things to avoid are obsessive layering, multiple pattern combinations, and lastly, indecency.
It’s summertime, so the probability that temps will be low is slim. Therefore, over-layering makes little sense. The best way to correct this is to carry a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be worn over the shoulders or around the waist, perfect for cooler nights.
Another NOT is unnecessary pattern combinations. There are thousands of colorful patterns, but that doesn’t mean all should be worn at once. The best way to fix this is to remember that for patterned ensembles, less is more.
Lastly, indecency is an absolute NOT. School is out, and so is school dress code! So, an easy solution to avoid over-exposure is to include lighter fabrics in your outfit such as chiffon or cotton as tops or jackets.
Photography: Samantha Fadool | Models: Ezi (Grey T-Shirt Dress, Romper); Camille (White Halter & Denim, Burgundy Dress)
Caldwell Renà Harris is a sophomore at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. She founded the school’s Fashion and Design Club in August 2014 and currently serves as the President of this FIDM affiliated club. Caldwell spends her spare time studying the fashion industry and hopes to become a notable fashion designer. She is also a competitive swimmer who enjoys playing piano and electric guitar, and is also learning French.