Summer fashion 2013

Summer is one of the most delicious times of the year, both in food and fashion! It is the best time to let your style be loose - go crazy and be free! There is a wide range to this summer's fashion which means that every girl will find her perfect match! And with all the summer events going on it gives us even more reasons to shop!

There are a lot of big trends which allow us to explore and create our personal style! Bright colours or a cute little dress are a couple of easy ways to help us to stand out in a crowd.

Dresses are the perfect option - they are so functional and there numerous different styles out there! And let's not forget they are the most comfortable and freeing things in the world! If you spend the day on the beach and are meeting up with friends later you can just wear a cute little dress! It will slip right over your bikini and all you have to do is add a cute belt and necklace, a pair of wedges and pull your hair up and you are ready for a night out with the girls!

Summer is the time of the year when you can wear the hottest trends, the big statement pieces, take risks, show a little skin, and be proud of your body and your uniqueness!

Crop Tops & Bustier Tops

This hot trend originated from the 50s and 90s when all you had to do was bare your tummy to be a Fashionista!  It started up again in 2012 and is here to stay!

Crops and bustiers are a riske but very edgy and sexy looking. You can wear a crop with low cut shorts or maxi skirt if you are comfortable enough, but for those girls who prefer not to show as much, a crop or bustier will look so stylish and comfortable paired with a high waisted skirt, short or pant!

This style can look very laid back by pairing a bustier top with a pair of jean cut-offs and a fedora for an effortless look! And If you want to dress it up, pair a lace bustier top with a high rise skirt, a pair of heals, pull your hair up and put a pair of long dangly earrings on and you will be the centre of attention!

Retro Style

Retro vintage is back! The time when women were proud of their curves and not afraid to show them off! It is probably the coolest way to flaunt your unique side and your own flare for fashion!

Bright colours, big prints, unique fits! Put a modern twist on the old vintage! Have fun with the Pin-Up looks whether it's a dress,
shorts, bikini, accessories, makeup and hair! Just go for it!

Unexpected Cut-Outs

Unexpected cut-outs when done right are a jaw dropping trend this summer! They can be on the chest, hips, back, stomach! Sexy yet elegant and are a show stopper piece for sure!

Maxi Dress

Who doesn't LOVE Maxi dresses? The Maxi Dress can be elegant and sexy or it can be laid back and dressed up! You can show off skin in sexy ways! A backless maxi is super elegant; a maxi that shows of the legs with slits is intriguing! A maxi that shows off your chest can be perfect for a night out on the town! There are so many options and so many prints for this beautiful dress! Pair a maxi with sandals and a bikini for the beach and for night you could dress it up with a belt and some wedges for an effortless beautiful look that is sure to get a lot of attention!


Lace is so perfect for summer! It gives a light, beautiful and elegant look to your outfit! It can be found on many different clothing items which is amazing! Lace is very feminine, delicate and romantic.  What girl doesn't love that combination?



I personally LOVE fringe on anything! It adds so much character and dimension to fashion! It turns an ordinary outfit into a true work of art! It makes your outfit flow; it is an attention grabber!

You're so Transparent

Transparency this season is for those daring Fashionistas out there. It is a very unique fashion statement that will for sure get people talking!


Black & White

Black and white never goes out of style! It is very classic and you can't go wrong with these fashion trends that are all over the runways this season!


Peplum can be found on dresses, blazers, tops and skirts. It too is a very classic look that brings out your femininity! This look is sleek and stylish giving your body curves that you will LOVE!


In today's day and age we just need to be confident and happy with ourselves and our bodies! We are all beautiful and unique! Make sure to choose the styles that represent you the best! Happy shopping beautiful ladies!

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About the Author

Colleen Becker is the owner /operator of FRAKAS, Shops for Women Inc. Frakas, has three locations, one of which is in the Mission in Kelowna. Colleen's expertise is in buying, with regular trips to the world's fashion meccas.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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