Along with the promise of baseball and beach days, warmer weather is a sure sign that it’s time to change out your closet and get your spring and summer wardrobe ready. Summer is full of great staples that we all love including sundresses, white jeans and sandals top that list year after year. But every season also brings with it exciting new trends and this summer is no different. Here are five of summers hottest trends that you’ll be sure to see around town all season.
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Forget tablecloths and preppy button downs, this seasons gingham prints have a modern vibe that is very current and fashion forward. When incorporating this trend into your wardrobe, think sleek silhouettes to keep your look on trend and not dated or dowdy. This seasons gingham can be incorporated in a variety of ways. For those who are a bit wary of it, try a gingham print sandal or handbag. Want to take it further? Go for one piece, like a pencil skirt, with a simple tee. If you want to take it all the way, this look can absolutely be worn head to toe.

Tropical Prints

Floral prints are not new for spring but these seasons tropical prints are not the same florals you’ll remember from years past. For this seasons version think bold, oversized prints with palm leaves and exotic florals. Look for this great trend in pencil skirts and pants and pair them with something more understated. You can also find these colorful prints in some fantastic dresses this season, just make sure to keep them more fitted then loose so that you’re not overtaken completely by the bright, bold prints.

Stacked Heels

Washingtonians love a comfortable shoe so this seasons stacked heel sandals are sure to be a runaway fashion hit in this town. Comfy and sturdy, yet still stylish and sexy this summer wardrobe workhorse goes with everything and can be worn everywhere from the office to the grocery store. Look for a pair in a great neutral for sure, but don’t be afraid to try out some of the fun colors and patterns you’ll see this new wardrobe staple in too.

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Bucket Bags

This classic shape has been around for a while, but is having a moment in the spotlight once again this spring and summer. With it’s stylish look and practical shape it’s no wonder that fashionistas everywhere are embracing the bucket bag once again. Washingtonians will love that it’s roomy and easy to carry in addition to being easy on the eyes and that it comes in tons of great colors and prints for spring.


With 1970s influences all over the runway and dominating spring trends, it’s no wonder that jumpsuits are sticking around for another year. While they may have gotten their start in the 70s, todays jumpsuits are not at all retro, rather this is a modern, flattering look that is here to stay.

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