Summer 2011 Fashion Trends

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From the 70's to Today

New fashion is recycled by old fashion; "Nothing new under the sun," as they say. Therefore, the clothing trends for right now are influenced by the 90's. This means that clothing today is focused on a minimalist approach which includes mostly solid articles of clothing. Also, the 90's were influenced by the 70's, so 2011 trends are also based on that aesthetic but in a different way. The 90's focused on everyday basics like the bell bottoms and peasant shirts. For today, the focus is more on the 70's glamour girl which includes wide leg jeans and blousy shirts. Check out these trends and see if you remember them from an earlier time.


Bright Colors and Florals

Floral patterns can be seen everywhere from flowy shirts, simple short skirts, and dresses. The trick is to not look like a granny. Make sure the cut is modern and fits really well. Bright colors are also making a come back in shirts, skirts, accessories, and even makeup. Don't use them everywhere or you will end up looking like a neon sign and more like a teenager then a sophisticated adult. Choose one neon focus in your outfit and you will stay on target.

Bright colored, minimalist approach
Bright colored, minimalist approach | Source

V-neck and Thin T shirts

V-neck t shirts continue to be popular. Use them as a basis for a casual look with skinny jeans and flats. Also, these can be dressed up with a skirt and a statement necklace thrown over it. Thin, flowy tshirts are also still popular. They can be worn with camis underneath if they are really thin. Pair them with tailored pieces such as dressy black shorts or fitted pants.

Maxi Dresses and Skirts

Hemlines turn more lady-like in maxi skirts and dresses. A black, long skirt can be a dramatic night-time outfit, while a flowing skirt in a bright color with a tank top can be a casual day-time look. If you are really short or petite avoid the ultra long skirts and dresses, because they can swallow you up. Try the mid-length skirts that are popular instead. Both of these trends create a more lady-like image then what we have seen recently in the past.

A dressy maxi skirt
A dressy maxi skirt | Source

Exotic Looks

Vacation inspired prints, such as palm trees, Hawaiian flowers, and fruit are a big part of dresses and skirts for this season. Also, halter tops and flowing fabrics add a feeling of romantic travels. Thin fabrics are layered for practical use and a flirty feel.

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Bathingsuits

Vintage bathing suits are still popular. This is an advantage, because the modest fits look flattering on all types of bodies. High waisted bikinis conceal the stomach area and also show off small waists for others. Padded, bra-like tops give support for those with larger chests and enhance those with smaller figures.

Specific styles are continued as in the bandeaus and monokinis. Also, a lot of details are incorporated, such as ruffles, ethnic or artsy prints, braiding, and ruching. Gold is a big add-on as well. For those that want some more coverage, boy shorts and brief-style bottoms are popular.


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Sunglasses

Sunglasses for right now are reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. They lean more to the 50's and 60's as the frames tilt slightly upward at the top edges. Black is the most glamorous for this style, but tortoise shell and other patterns are also acceptable. The good thing about this trend is that they pair easily with a vintage bathing suit, a t shirt and jeans, or a fancy dress.

70's Inspired Trends

Wide legged trousers or jeans are acceptable for a casual outfit. Also, A tie blouse can be worn with these for work. Platform shoes are popular as cork wedges or espadrilles. Tie blouses and long-sleeved, loose and silk-like shirts are a dressed up solution. Silver is pushed aside as gold jewelry becomes more popular. Jumpsuits continue to be worn by many people, but it is hard to pull off. Make sure it is loose and has a drawstring. Overall, the aesthetic is less hippie and more glamour girl.

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  • Bright Colors and Florals
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Comments 36 comments

shamyjb 5 years ago

I'm glad to see that the 70s look has come back, but with more glamour. I think it appeals to a broader, younger audience and makes the hippie inspired look more wearable everyday. I love the loose blouse tucked in the long shirt!


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes, I agree; the 90's/70's look was more casual, but the 70's look of today is more sophisticated.


fashion 5 years ago

Classical hub.70s look has come back with more glamor. I like it.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, fashion! Yes, it's a pretty awesome look. Thanks for reading!


5 years ago

There's the Ecclesiastes quote again!

Interesting article in an area I don't know so much about.

Some of the models look as if they have emerged from a 70s ABBA performance! :)

I tried to follow the article carefully; although I wasn't quite sure what all the terms referred to.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes :)

Thanks! Well, you're a male and this is about female fashion trends. lol

You are very right, even though I didn't even notice until now. :)

What are the terms; I can help explain them.


5 years ago

The term 'monokini' I was familiar with as the triangle that has, somewhat by way of very confident fashion, been worn as an item on its own, without a top. But I'm wondering if very recently its been used differently, and maybe you used it in a different sense, too. Anyway, interesting article!

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

My understanding of 'monokini', when describing a type of bathingsuit, means that is a one piece bathingsuit with large cut-outs on either side (hip area). There is usually one triangular piece connecting the top and bottom part of swimsuits that covers the belly button. Thanks!


5 years ago

Yes, I thought this was probably the way you were using the term; I just wanted to make sure. Ty :)

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Ok; cool. :)


5 years ago

In any case, I wouldn't have identified you with being in the vanguard of overt minimalism, when it came to the 'monokini' in its apparent original designation, so I thought from the outset you must have meant something else.

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

No, I'm not big on minimalism, but it can be good if you want to compliment your outfit with various accessories. Oh ok.


5 years ago

So you think so? I see. I'm sure you know what you're talking about, anyway.

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, minimalism means to have a solid color shirt or to have minimum decoration or style with clothing. In that way, accessories 'star' in an outfit and the clothing plays the 'supporting role'.


5 years ago

This is an interesting definition, yes; I hadn't though of this.

Like, a chunky necklace worn with big earrings, with a thin top, would be a case in point, I guess.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, that's a good example.


5 years ago

Anyway, we've commented before that customs for fashion seem to go in a cyclical pattern, round and round over the years.


5 years ago

Re. 'flowy shirts, simple short skirts, and dresses. The trick is to not look like a granny. Make sure the cut is modern and fits really well. Bright colors are also making a come back in shirts, skirts, accessories, and even makeup. Don't use them everywhere or you will end up looking like a neon sign and more like a teenager then a sophisticated adult.'

I guess you mean for the modern cut, the skirt being short enough is part of it, making it bright and sophisticated, rather than granny-like.

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That's true, but skirts also can be knee-length and still fit well in the waist and around the hips.


5 years ago

So from what you say, you like them to be at least knee-length, then, I guess?

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Most of the time. I don't think I own any short skirts. Although, I usually wear and dress or pants.


5 years ago

It's funny how in the mid-60s (nearly 50 years) ago the standard skirt was almost thigh-high, but since then they've been doing the yo-yo.

It's today's grandmothers and nice little old ladies who used to wear them like that.

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, fashion is weird like that. lol


5 years ago

But you still like it a lot, I think!

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I do love fashion: its history and the ongoing trends that are made every day.


5 years ago

An interesting question: do your fashion tastes remain constant, or are they influenced by fashion trends? (I guess a completely clear answer can be hard, sometimes.)

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Mine only stay constant in that since I've been in middle school, I've never been overly girly and I like to wear casual clothes. I like some trends, but I usually just wear what I like. I have changed according to my age as well. Yes, that's a hard question to answer actually.


5 years ago

Yes I guess it's hard to be completely precise and even honest with oneself sometimes when it comes to personal preferences for clothes, accessories, make up, body art, shoes, and so forth. You must find fashion very interesting, anyway. In a sense, it's almost part of a personal journey, right? (As long as it doesn't become what the Apostle John calls loving the world and the things that are in the world.)

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

It is part of a personal journey and a part of personal expression. Yes, what's inside is most important.


5 years ago

So, any trends emerging for the winter and 2012, that you have noticed? Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I really haven't researched or noticed anything right now. I should probably write another hub about this subject. Thanks for the idea, f. :)


5 years ago

YW, so I guess we can look forward to sth else about fashion from you ...

Blessings.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, eventually I will write another fashion or clothing hub. I've just been focusing on poetry and my science fiction series as of late.


5 years ago

Yes, well I guess part of the point of hubpages seems to be that people write about what they know about, and among other things you certainly seem to know about fashion and lipstick and so forth; I've learned things I didn't know.

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, that's definitely true about Hubpages. I do have knowledge in both of those areas. Also, it is fairly easy for me to keep up with clothing trends via the internet.


5 years ago

'I do have knowledge in both of those areas.' Yes, I'm sure it's a knowledge of those areas which is both theoretical and practical. Blessings.

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