This summer is all about taking risks, so Glamour magazine recommends wearing bright colors in new lengths and bold patterns.
To help get you over the fashion edge, Glamour magazine's executive fashion editor-at-large Suze Yalof Schwartz visits The Early Show to show off some summer trends, as part of a three part series called "Focus on Fashion."
Schwartz says don't be afraid to wear bright colors, new lengths and bold patterns. Regardless of your size, you can wear this summer's trends because many designers are tailoring their outfits to a fuller-figured woman. Also, Schwartz says, shop around and you will see the trends are available at a variety of price points. So, take a risk and try something new. And remember that as long as you feel confident, you will look sexy.
Shorts and Yellow
Yellow/Cotton Short Shorts, Theory, $150
Golf Shirt, Gap, $24
Sandals, Jack Rogers, $75
Straw Bag, Buzz by Jane Fox, $165
Yellow is a huge color this season, according to Schwartz. It's great because it comes in so many shades, from pale to mustard. One is sure to look great with your skin tone. Schwartz also advises to show off your legs and wear shorts this season. Theory shorts are sexy but appropriate, and the cuff makes them even a bit dressier, according to Schwartz.
Mix up shades of yellow and fabrics.
Flirty and Feminine, '50s Style Skirts
Bustier Top, Issho, $245
Skirt, Cynthia Steffe, $159
Peep Toe Pumps, Steven, $89
Sunglasses, Calvin Klein, $168
The best thing about this look is that it looks great together, but can be worn separately as well. Full, flirty skirts look great with white tanks and the strapless top can be paired with jeans. This is a great '50s inspired look that was seen on the runways for this season.
Clam Diggers/Shrunken Blazer
Jacket, Club Monaco, $169
Tank, Club Monaco, $18
Pant, Club Monaco, $69
Sabrina Heel: Banana Republic, $118
This blazer is one of the season most popular trends, especially in seersucker, which many designers are doing. Schwartz says it's a perfect look for work and for after hours. Clam digger shorts are all the rage, according to Schwartz. They are not too short, and can even be worn to work with a Sabrina heel.
Graphic Prints and Shirtdress
Dress, Milly, $252
Gold Sandal, Colin Stuart, $48
Clutch, Lauren Merkin, $195
Schwartz says a shirtdress is a great dress for summer, especially for those who don't want to show their arms. This chain-print is dressy and glamorous, but fun at the same time. You can wear this dress to work, as well as to an after-work event. Schwartz advises to pair this dress with a gold shoe and a gold clutch to dress it up.
Bright Trench and Citrus Colors
Trench, Milly, $380
Shirt, C&C, $58
Jeans, Red Engine, $128
Kitten Heel, Colin Stuart, $48
A bright trench instantly revives a dull look. Also, Schwartz says, citrus colors are everywhere this season. Everyone, no matter what his skin tone or age, is wearing green this season.
Schwartz says to pair this look with a metallic shoe, even though you are just in jeans and a T-shirt.
It's perfect for work or after work. It's great for those who don't want to show their arms, and it's a breathable silk and cotton blend. It also helps to camouflage the lower half.
Tunic and White Jeans
Tunic, Tory, $275
Jeans, Gap, $48.50
Sandal, Tory, $225
This tunic is one of the seasons "must haves." The tunic and white jeans ensemble epitomizes the relaxed/dressed up look. Schwartz says you can feel comfortable and still look dressed up.
Tory is a new store in New York City. This print was inspired by a vintage print from David Hicks, an interior decorator from the 1970s. Tory products are available online, as well, at Toryltd.com.