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Ask A Boston Expert: Hottest Summer Trends

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Trendy on a Budget is a fabulous blog, with Instagram account to match, that features awesome ideas for dressing stylishly without blowing your entire paycheck on a handbag or blazer. From outfit ideas to sale announcements, all Boston ladies should look to Trendy on a Budget when planning their summer wardrobe.

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Linda Nguyen
Fashion Blogger
Trendy On a Budget

Nguyen has blogged about wallet-conscious fashion in Boston for just over two years. She is a thirty-something known for her sleek, professional, but fun look and her ability to find the best deal on just about any style. Nguyen said the goal of her blog is to make finding those deals easy for the reader and to prove that looking good shouldn't cost that much. She said her take on fashion will involve lots of color, prints and accessories. Below, Nguyen shares her favorite trends for summer 2015.

Coordinating Seperates

Take the guess work out of putting together an effortlessly chic look. Nguyen said she is a fan of matching tops and midi skirts. There's something so feminine about the look, the way it cinches at the waist and swings from your body. This trend will hit the racks in bold colors and gorgeous prints. The best part about coordinating separates are the endless possibilities of outfits when mixed and matched with pieces already in your closet. There is more bang for your buck.

Fringe Bags

These are popping up everywhere and upping the ante in the handbag game. Coming off of festival season, this trend is still going strong. Don't worry, fringe bags are not just for the boho-chic babes. Going glam? Grab a clutch in a rich hue with the right amount of fringe and some hardware and you'll sure have yourself a statement-maker. Fringe bags run the gamut this season, so there is definitely one out there that will complement your outfit, no matter the vibe.


They have come and gone and now they are back on the scene. This trend has elicited mixed feelings. It's a trend that can be hard to get used to, especially when you have been wearing nothing but our skinny jeans. But believe it or not, culottes can be flattering. Think of it as a balancing act. The wider the leg, the slimmer the top. If you are already on the coordinating separates trend, culottes will work very well. Looking for a pair of culottes to try? Opt for a high-waisted pair that cinches at the waist.

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"I am excited that mules are all the rage right now," Nguyen said. Not only are they sleek and simple, they are comfortable too. They offer fashion and function all in one. Summer is all about ease and what's easier than sliding your feet into a pair of mules? Wear them with jeans, dresses, rompers, skirts and the list goes on. So go ahead and invest in a pair of leather mules. You will wear them so much that the cost per wear will be pennies by the end of the summer. These shoes are definitely made for walking.


Stripes are making a splash everywhere. They are on apparel, bathing suits, shoes, bags and tech accessories. Designers are always finding clever ways to update stripes. This summer, simply mix in some stripes to easily add color and print to your wardrobe. "I love mixing prints and stripes are an easy one to add with any other print," Nguyen said. "My favorite combo is floral and stripes. Go and get your stripe on."

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on


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