Summer is nearly here and while I've been lusting after the season's top trends for months now, many of them haven't felt all that feasible until now. I mean, busting out floral shorts on a frigid day just didn't seem right. And all that girly gingham really only makes sense during picnic weather.
For Spring '15, designers sent loads of tempting trends down the runways but as we all know, so many of them look better in performance than in practice. Luckily this summer, it's easy for even the most cautious dressers to diffuse the big trends down into outfits you can actually wear.
Florals can feel too precious but the right blooms make for the perfect summer look. I'm loving the floral high-waisted shorts at H&M right now - add a chic white shirt and block-heeled city sandals and you're good to go for the Best Lunch-Date Look Ever.
The Seventies has been the biggest trend of the season so far but I like my disco-era in small doses. You dig? Round sunglasses, wooden accents and clean, pale denim feel like just enough to give off the right vibe. I'll be rocking summer's must-wear shirt - the short-sleeved chambray shirt - with my white girlfriend jeans and easy slides (another huge summer trend, btw).
And while stripes are a perpetual summer staple, the most fresh print of summer is gingham. The picnic print is back in a big way and will ensure you'll look right on point this season. I love the idea of a sweet gingham dress worn with sneakers or gladiators. I've shown a mildly risky pair but if you feel like pushing it even further, I'd highly recommend a pair of super tall gladiators this summer.
Check out the looks below for some hot-weather style inspiration. Happy (summer) shopping!
Michael Kors Spring '15. - via Getty Images
1. 1969 Girlfriend Jeans, $79.95, GAP | 2. Criss-Cross Slides, $50, ALDO | 3. Round Tortoise Shell Sunglasses, $20, American Eagle | 4. Turnlock Small Leather Tote, $395, Coach | 5. 1969 Denim Popover, $54.95, GAP.
Oscar de la Renta Spring '15. via Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images
1. Michael Kors Round Sunglasses, $170, Sunglass Hut | 2. Design Lab Gingham Fit & Flare Dress, $88, Hudson's Bay | 3. Gladiator Sandals, $60, ALDO | 4. Pink Pebble Leather Satchel, $99, Danier | 5. Crystal Flower Earrings, $12, ALDO.