So I keep hinting at the fact that I hate summer fashion, and I’d like to say that this isn’t entirely true. Although I do prefer the crisp wind and the abundance of cardigans typical of the fall season, I’m not a complete vampire. I do like the sun, its just that I often hate summer trends.So here is the Drooling Isn’t Pretty take on this spring/summer season, along with some recessionista alternatives to these crimes in fashion.
Miss Hanna Beth looking cute in floral print and leather. Leatha!
1) Trend: Maxi Dresses
Verdict: Ew. Unless you are pregnant, there is no excuse. Also, “maxi dress” sounds like some kind of feminine hygiene product.
D.I.P. Take: Believe me, the rest of the world is going to think these are as hideous as I do in about a month. So rather than waste money on what basically looks like a really aggressively patterned table cloth wrapped around you, I would recommend thrifting a short, light floral dress. Not only are these way cuter, more flattering and better suited to the apocolyptically hot weather we have been dealing with in California, they are also versatile and can outlast this season. Wear the same dress with tights, brogues and layers and you are set for the fall.
Sundrop Heels from Anthropologie
2) Trend: Yellow
Verdict: Doesn’t work for everyone, good only in small doses.
D.I.P. Take: I know I’m really picky about color, but in theory, I do not discriminate. You just have to find the right way to wear that color to suit you. Yellow has proven to be a big thing this season, but people have a tendency to overdo it. I would recommend going with a more subtle shade of yellow rather than the canary, like mustard, which is way classier and works on more skin tones. Also, finding good accessories in yellow is a good way to enjoy this trend but also have pieces you can draw from in the seasons to come. For example, you can go the Gossip Girl route and get some yellow tights or a clutch. Personally, I’m into yellow wedges for just a little pop without looking like a walking dandelion.
The original Sgt. Pepper jackets
3) Trend: Fringe
D.I.P. Take: I have a thing against suede. I think it’s only acceptable in the form of really cute boots. FRINGY SUEDE JACKETS ARE ICKY. As are fringy suede boots, purses, neckwear, belts. I’m sorry, I just can’t get behind the whole cowgirl look. Then there’s the whole cut-up fringed t-shirt thing…not into it. If you MUST indulge this trend, I would only go the route of retro evening wear. The only problem with this is there is a time and place for a flapper dress, and it sure as hell isn’t every day wear. My recessionista solution? An awesome Sgt. Pepper style jacket with the fringy tasseled shoulder pads. How could you go wrong?