A fresh season of fashion is here, and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone puts their own spin on the latest designs. If you’re still looking for those fashion-forward additions to heat up your summer wardrobe, start here:
I’ve been tracking the color yellow for a few years now and was excited when the term “Gen Z yellow” began buzzing in 2018. It has been amazing to see how this color trend has unfolded, especially with Black women. Every day that I scroll through social media, I see gorgeous photos of Black women glowing in shades of yellow from lemon to mustard.
Tyra Banks recently stated, “Yellow is my power color, and you’ll be seeing me dressing in a heck more of it.” I think it’s safe to say that Black women have unofficially claimed yellow as their color this season.
Whether you choose linen shorts or biker shorts with a blazer, this summer’s power suit is all about top-to-bottom bold color. If you really want to delve into the trends, go for a bold shoulder too. Need inspiration? Take a look at how celebrity fashion stylist J. Bolin styled Tyra Banks and Michelle Williams in electric blue and neon pink pantsuits (by the way, neon colors are also hot right now). So, go ahead — spin the color wheel, and rock your statement hue with confidence.
There’s no way you can forget to step out without your statement bag. Wicker, rattan, and straw bags in beautiful silhouettes have made their grand entrance this season. I find it interesting how this whole societal shift of wanting to spend more time outdoors and investing in outdoor living spaces has affected other aspects of our lives. Wicker and rattan, in particular, are materials often used in outdoor furniture. Now, we’re bringing the outside inside via the summer It-bag.
Let’s keep the spirit of boldness going with larger-than-life sunglasses. Yes, you have permission to go big or go home with the “hater blockers” this summer. I’m talking about the sunglasses that are pretty much masks. Rihanna wore them perfectly in her May 2019 Fenty photo shoot with “T: The New York Times Style Magazine.”
It’s no secret that 90s trends have come back around in a major way. If you’re feeling risky this season, go ahead and add square-toed sandals to your list of items to buy. The key to pulling off this trend is to keep the heels low and the design minimal.
Feminine, Flirty Dresses
Earlier, we talked about a societal shift. In the trend world, we call this a macrotrend. One of the macrotrends I’ve been observing (in addition to escapism to the outdoors) is the rise of feminine energy. For summer 2019, this macrotrend manifests itself in gorgeous feminine & flirty dresses. You may see them in boho styles or crisp white, with puff sleeves or ruffles. No matter what, the silhouette is always flattering and soft.
Last but not least, sustainable fashion is ramping up. Individuals and organizations are becoming more conscious of their effects on the environment, and they are doing their best to produce fashions in an eco-friendly manner. Some Black-owned sustainable fashion companies that have recently caught my attention are Omi Woods, lemlem, Proclaim, and The Tiny Closet.
If you have reservations about trying a new trend from a designer label, I recommend shopping at a local Black-owned boutique or a retailer such as Asos or Zara. That way, you can partake in fashion’s latest without breaking the bank.