Spring Summer Fashion Trends for 2012

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Even though most of us are still trying to figure out our fall wardrobes, New York just completed its fashion week, setting the stage for spring summer fashion trends for 2012. For next spring, trends are all about extremes. Think super-bold colors like bright orange and soft pastels like baby blue, very lady-like sheath dresses and straight-from-the-gym sportswear.

Top Spring Summer Fashion Trends (2012)

The Sporty Look 

Sporty Summer Trend

Alexander Wang, courtesy of Style.com

Whether or not you’re an athletic type, the sporty look is one of the more accessible spring summer fashion trends for 2012. Think the sleekness BMX and NASCAR racing without creepy logos. Surfer at heart? You’ll be happy (or not, neoprene??) to know that neoprene has made its way onto runways.

Where to Get Sporty Fashion

Striped Racerback

Bebe Sport Racerback Zipper Top, $32.99, Bebe.com

The Sheer Look

Sheer Dress

Tracy Reese, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

We see London, we see France, and next spring we’ll see lots of underpants. Designers are in love with sheer fabrics for spring summer 2012, pairing the trend with a slip or a bikini-ish bra. With enough underpinnings, these lingerie-inspired looks don’t have to be racy.

Where to Get Sheer Fashion

Pink Shirt

Long Sleeve Pink Sheer Shirt, $70, Topshop.com

The Mesh Look 

Mesh Dress

Derek Lam, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

It seems like designers are really feeling see-through fabrics for Spring/Summer 2012. Mesh is happening in big, open-weaves and smaller football-jersey-like fabrics as well. The breathable knit has gone upscale- layered over a basic white blouse for a more a conservative look.

Where to Get Mesh Fashion 

 

Kimono Romper with Mesh Insert, $60, ASOS

 

Pastels 

Pastel Clothes

Elene Cassis, Diane Von Furstenberg, L’Wren Scott Courtesy of Style.com

After two seasons of very strong colors, pastels are making a comeback for spring/summer 2012. Soft blues, sherbet oranges and lemony yellows were all over the runways and these colors are A LOT more accessible than, say, the kelly greens and burnt oranges of Spring/Summer 2011 (although orange is STILL around for Spring/Summer 2012).

Where to Get Pastel Fashions Now

Pink Blazer

Apricot Silk Blazer, $79, Dorothy Perkins

One Shoulder Looks (again)

We kind of like the sexy one shoulder look and this looks continues to be a big trend for Spring-Summer 2012. If you already have this trend in your closet, then you’re all set (really, there’s no need to go out and buy another one shoulder dress). However, if you’re still unsure about this dress, we say don’t push it. Comfort and Confidence always overrules trendiness.

Where to Get One Shoulder Fashion

One Shoulder Dress

One Shoulder Metallic Dress, $88, VictoriasSecret.com

Prints

Prints Trend

Get your party pants on. For fall, there are abstract Marimekko-like blooms, Africa and Mexico-inspired tribal prints and tons of other prints that are meant to be worn from head-to-toe. Now, combining prints may be a bit more “Style 201”, so for those of us who are still in “Intro to Style”, start with a simple basic print with a dark background.

Where to Get Prints 

Asos Playsuit

Asos Curve Dandelion Playsuit, $73.18, ASOS

The Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress

Lela Rose Courtesy of Style.com

This basic dress continues to be the silhouette of the season, probably because its easy-to-wear shape looks great on 99.9% of women. This is one trend that we encourage you to buy as it will be a true staple of your wardrobe.

Zigzag Sheath Dress

Zigzag Stitch Pieced Sheath Dress , $129, Jones New York

Orange is Back for Spring Summer Fashion 

Orange Dress

Jill Stuart, courtesy of Style.com

Designers really, really want you to wear orange, so much so that the color has dominated the runway for three straight seasons. While the color is a fav of designers, it’s a difficult color for most women to wear. So we suggest using the wonderful power of accessories to add orange to your wardrobe.

How to Work Orange into Your Wardrobe
Orange Purse

Ted Baker Gum Quilted Clutch, $90 at Nordstrom

Ethereal Fashion 

Doo-Ri

Doo.Ri, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The runways were filled with ghostly and glamorous pale chiffons so airy and light, you might just float away. The trend was shown in styles ranging from shorter tulle skirts to floor grazing gowns, (which would (elegantly) pick up any debris in your path). There were tons of white dresses along with neutrals, golds and brighter colors.

Where to Get the Ethereal Fashion 

Chiffon Maxi Dress

Chiffon Aline Maxi Dress, $70 at American Apparel

You also might like these:

  • I like the Zigzag Stitch Pieced Sheath Dress and Asos Mesh Overlay Midi Skirt.

  • Love the Apricot blazer/The orange dress/The Orange clutch/The Tribal print outfit just lovely..