If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, you can always jump through your neigbour’s sprinkler or dip your feet in a fountain. Though I caution against the latter as I once saw a tourist wade through a fountain in Rome and let’s just say the fountain police were having none of it. The whistle was blowing and there was a whole lot of angst. May I recommend a safer option to keeping it cool this summer with fabrics that aren’t fully intact? Moisture can’t cling to what isn’t there, right? Lace, macramé, eyelet, lazer-cut, crochet, mesh, cropped, cutout details, lace-up and fringe are all great options that are totally cool for summer.
If you look to the ladies of the streets, and by that I mean street girl fashion, you’ll notice an abundance of this style this summer. I love this look because it’s romantic and feminine. Summer is a time that caters to this type of pretty-girl aesthetic and you can definitely get away with doing more with less.
Fabrics like lace and macramé look great in neutral shades like black, white, ivory and navy, but why not consider trying it in a colour? The matching two piece is the way to be the bang on trendsetter right now, but if match-y-match-y isn’t your thing, buy the set and break it up. Wear a lace top with flow-y palazzo pants, a pencil skirt or a skater skirt. Try a lace skirt with a crop top, statement t-shirt, jean jacket, bomber jacket, blazer, menswear shirt or the ever useful chambray shirt.
The crochet dress is a hot little number for summer. It’s pretty, delicate, folksy and perfect for that 70s style. We haven’t seen a lot of crochet in recent years, but with the re-introduction of 70s inspired fashion, this look is perfect to introduce into your summer wardrobe. Try it in mini, midi or maxi length. Pair it with mules and you are ready to hit the town, or with cowboy boots to take on the festival circuit. An option that I particularly love is layering a crochet dress over a patterned dress with a bold pattern peaking through, as seen below on Kendall Jenner at DVF.
If you love to show off your gams, lace shorts or a lace romper is adorably sexy without really trying.
Mesh offers an interesting option for peek-a-boo fabrics because it can be a little more daring. It can have a bit of a punk or rock ‘n roll vibe.
Can we talk about the crop top for a sec? I’m starting to warm to it more and more, especially when you see that teeniest hint of skin. You know the amount where you have to take that second glance because you aren’t sure if you saw skin or a tan belt? I also love the version that peaks open with a centre slit.
Last but certainly not least, lace-up tops are just about the hottest ticket in town. Gucci showed option upon option of lace-up dresses and blouses for spring 2015. If you want a trendset to pick for the season, pick yourself up one of these but don’t forget the sunscreen because that’ll be one freaky set of tan lines.