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5 Fashion Trends for Women in Summer 2012

Updated on August 24, 2012

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Fashion for Women

Calling all ladies! Get set to don the latest fashion trends this summer 2012. There are many hot trends emerging from the runway that are wearable for summer. Trends include flared pants, color-blocking and large floral prints. Get in style with this summer fashion guide!

Flared Pants

Flared pants continue to be a fashion trend for women this summer, staying current after their return to the runway in the spring season. The trousers are high-waisted in 2012.

For a flattering look on several body shapes, wear the pants fitted at the waist and thigh, while widened from the knees downward. Elongate the look of the legs by extending the hem to floor length.

For women with curvy figures, avoid pockets as they accentuate the hips. Pockets add bulk at the hips and draw attention to the area. With optimal fit, flared pants create a balanced look that flatters the female body. Fabrics can be dressy silks or relaxed denim.

Levi's Flared Pants for Women

Levi's Modern Demi Curve Flare Jeans
Levi's Modern Demi Curve Flare Jeans | Source

Color-Blocking For Summer Fashion 2012

The color-blocking technique is hot for the 2012 summer season. Chances are good that even if you do not know its meaning, you have at least heard the term mentioned this year. The runways saw the color-blocking fashion trend applied to clothes, shoes and accessories.

Color-blocking refers to the pairing of large, bright patches of colors that appear dissimilar but actually complement one another. During the spring/summer 2012 New York Fashion Week, high-end designer Peter Som used color-blocking within his collection. In one outfit, he pairs a bold yellow skirt with deep blue blouse and vibrant red necklace. The bold arrangement of color draws the eye and adds interest to the outfit.

For women who choose not to embrace the blocks of color, black-and-white color blocking can be used instead for the summer outfit.

Elegant, Bold Colors

Women: Style with color-blocking
Women: Style with color-blocking | Source

Boat Shoes for Women

Great color!
Great color! | Source

Fun Footwear: Boat Shoes

A key fashion trend for summer in footwear is boat shoes.

Deck shoes, as they are endearingly called, are in style for both men and women in 2012. The sunny season sees fantastic colors for women's deck shoes, utilizing the color-blocking technique.

Boat shoes are a relaxed look and a comfy alternative to heels for women. Pair a funky colored pair of boat shoes with a skirt just above knee-length to show off the legs during the warmer weather. The shoes better suit shorter skirts than long maxi skirts.

Try a leather shoe for a dressy occasion and a canvas boat shoe for a relaxed walk.

Floral Prints are Fashion Trends

While color-blocking is popular, an assortment of floral prints on women's clothing is another trend for summer 2012.

Florals are a feminine look, whether the pattern for a fitted blouse or a fun pair of pants. Designers such as Altuzarra and Peter Som created dresses for their spring/summer collections that combine floral prints with the color-blocking technique.

Designer Peter Som's Spring/Summer 2012 collection that graced the runway for New York Fashion week mixes large floral patterns with bold colors and bright whites.

See the video below for outfits from the complete Peter Som collection.

Peter Som Collection for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012

Geometric Prints

Another pattern that is a trend for summer 2012 is geometric prints for clothing. Geometric print dresses are fun and eye-catching. They are also a vintage flair. Dresses that adorn the geometric print are versatile as they can be paired with heels for the office or with a colorful wedge for a coffee date.

Colors for the prints vary, from black-and-white to bright shades of reds and yellows.

Geometric Trend for Women

Mblem's Geometric Tie Back Dress
Mblem's Geometric Tie Back Dress | Source

5 Trends

Which 2012 Fashion Trend Do You Like The Best?

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You are fashion-savvy Londonlady! Thanks

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      Laura Writes 

      5 years ago

      I was definitely rocking the floral prints this summer. Nice hub, voted up!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Jane, I like bright colours too - they seem to brighten up the days! Thanks my friend for the vote and the read :)

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      Jane Carroll 

      6 years ago

      You know I voted for 'color blocking'. I do love bright, bold colors! Great article!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Rebecca, aww classic style never goes out of fashion! That being said, having a new summer item for your wardrobe can be a fun pick-me-up :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Boy do I need to update my wardrobe. Thanks for keeping us in the loop on current fashions! Great job!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Lisa, I'm pleased you like the fashion topics :)

      @Denise, I hear you about the keyboard! But we need to look good when we're away from the computer :)

      @Tammy, Yes retro looks come and go, don't they?! Thanks Tammy.

      @moonlake, The fashion looks are a hit! Thanks for stopping by here.

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      6 years ago from Northeast Texas

      great video and nice thorough tips. Thanks for the great tips. voting up and useful.


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      Denise Mai 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Oh, thank goodness the waistlines are rising once again. As a tall person, the low rise pants can be pretty risky. Glad for the fashion tips. I'm not so fashionable lately as my time is mostly spent pecking at my keyboard or playing tennis.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! The color block dress is beautiful. I remember this being popular in the 80's. Go retro! Sharing.

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      6 years ago from America

      I'm so glad I won't have to get rid of my flared pants. Love boat shoes. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up and Shared.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Patricia, Right on I bet you are rocking those pink jeans! There are some amazing colours right now. Yes, colour blocking is a hit I see and I hope it continues through fall (though the colours may have to tone down for that season). Thanks for the shares, much appreciated. Feel free to connect on Twitter too: I am @christybis

      @Nora, Glad you enjoy the hub, thanks for stopping by to read and vote too. I have an entire hub about boat shoes if you have not read already :) Take care.

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      6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I always enjoy lists! The only trend that I have actually bought into this summer is colour blocking. I purchased a pair of bright pink jeans, which are skinny rather than flared. Wonderful Husband said "they're a bit bright" but the general public has given me several compliments.

      I see by the voting that so far colour blocking is the top trend. Thanks for an interesting hub - voted up, and I will tweet it too.

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      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love flare jeans as well! And the boat shoes look really comfortable, I may need to try to those! Voiting up and Useful!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @GID, thank-you. I also like the modern outfits. Fashion is fun!

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      God is dead 

      6 years ago

      I love the vibrant colors and the designs, Very nicely put together. Keep up the good work Cheers (:

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @rahul, I feel a little pressure now! hehe

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Great hub... will wait for your fashion advice for men

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @shall1432, I am glad you learned about pants and fashion here!

      @Phil, I do like the shoes and there are such neat prints out in stores now. Thanks for the comment!

      @RandomCreative, Thanks! I find flared jeans look great on so many women and the jeans are so comfortable. Glad you like the styles.

      @Docmo, Awe, I will have to study more about male fashions! You will impress your female friends :) Thanks for the vote and comment.

      @Katrina, Thank-you my wonderful friend.

      @Linda, Thanks for the encouraging comment! You could always buy accessories that have the patterns and color-blocking, such as necklaces and earrings. I bet you will be beautiful :)

      @Bill, I think your settings might need to be updated. Oh dear, HP is trying to keep us apart - just kidding! Thanks for your comment and have a good day.

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      6 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL

      You did a wonderful jo on this hub. Great and informative. Now I know what is a flared pants. Thanks for the wonderful job.

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      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I'm not keen on the flared pants, but the shoes and the geometric prints are the winners for me.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I have never gotten tired of flared jeans and am so glad that they're making a comeback! The color blocking and geometric designs are great, and the shoes are fun. Great picks and examples all around.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Came here looking for some fashion advice, sad that its for women only- however I learnt enough to talk knowledgeably with my female friends! Great hub- timely, clear and really good pics that complement the writing. voted up of course!

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful hub on fashion trends for summers!

    • lindacee profile image


      6 years ago from Arizona

      I love flared pants! In fact, all of your 2012 summer fashion trends are great ideas to expand my wardrobe! Now I just have to come up with the money to do so! Beautiful images and great writing. Thanks for the tips! Voted up interesting, beautiful and useful.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nope, didn't know this one had been done either! I don't know what's up but when you write I'm not told about it. Sigh! Oh well, I'll try to keep checking back to see when you write. Oh, by the way, good hub although fashion and the name Bill do not belong in the same sentence. :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Global-Chica, I like the look as well of the deck shoes. I actually have a hub devoted to deck shoes for men and women; check it out if you want to see more :) Oooh let me know if you do get a pair; they're a great alternative to heels! Thanks for the comments and vote too.

      @Teaches, Isn't it great when clothes that are comfortable are in fashion too?! Right on, I bet you look great in your jeans! Thanks for the comment.

      @Pollyannalana, Thanks! You can always modify the fashion to your own tastes. That way you also put your own twist on the trends :)

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      6 years ago from New York, NY

      I really like the deck shoes look but have only seen them for men. Looking forward though to seeing the female version of the shoes and getting myself a pair. I love the ones you featured. Voted up and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      It's good to know my flared jeans are still in style this summer. I love them as they are so comfortable and easy to dress up if needed. I love those bold colors in the photo, not sure I could pull them off on my frame.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      6 years ago from US

      Love the pants and shoes, not sure I can do the odd color mates though. Great looking hub. Interesting and useful.


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