Stylist Jen Clyde Talks Summer 2012 Fashion Trends

Jen Clyde is a stylist who has dressed celebrities for movies, television, photo shoots, and the red carpet. It's her job to stay on top of fashion trends, and that's why we asked her to offer her expertise on what to wear this summer. For more information about Jen Clyde, check out her blog,, where she covers the latest in fashion and style.


Summer is almost here, and this means it's time for fresh fashion finds. Are you prepared? No matter what you have planned for this summer, these summer trends are the ones that will have you looking stylish all season long.


Lace and Feathers Jessica Howard Women's Cream Lace Dress Carrini Women's Feather Gladiator Sandals Kate Spade Chantal Women's Cat-Eye Sunglasses


The first trend of summer 2012 is lace. You just can't get away from it this year. It's easy to get the trend right with a long lace skirt. Sheer skirts like this are a must, and you'll see them dressed down with a fun T-shirt (perfect for an outdoor concert) and then dressed up with a blazer. A classic way to do this trend is with a lace mini dress. It will always look fresh and be a hit. I can see myself wearing this Jessica Howard lace dress on a dinner date.


Whether you wear the lace trend long or short, you'll need to pair it up with an amazing go-to sandal. When I saw this feather gladiator sandal, it blew me away! It was love at first sight. Feathers have been a huge trend these past two seasons, and this feather sandal hit it dead on. It reminds me of that whole Boho feel that always looks good in the summertime. When comfort and style come together, it's a perfect match.


Don't forget the eyewear. No one likes to squint and make wrinkles, so put some fashionable sunglasses on. They are a must for summertime. The best eyewear trend this year is cat-eye sunglasses; they were all over the runways. I love these cat-eye sunglasses from Kate Spade. They can pull a whole outfit together and make anyone look ultra chic.


Color Jessica Simpson Junior's 'Forever' Cropped Colored Jeans Evan Picone Women's Dark Blue Navy Sequined Top Hailey Jeans Co Women's 'Bulb' Multi-colored Peep Toe Platform Heel Amerileather 'Hazelle' Rainbow Leather Tote Bag


Now, let's dress it down a bit. The colored pant trend is a must-have this summer. I have four different colors of pants right now in my closet. Some people may be a bit nervous about this trend, but don't worry, you can wear it with a classic white T-shirt and black blazer if you want to tone down the color. I love it with some stripes. A striped top brings classic style with a twist and a bit of a nautical feel, too. You must dip yourself into color this summer.


More than any other trend of summer 2012, a colorful shoe is the must-have of the season. It's a bright color-blocked shoe that will turn heads when you walk by. Here's a tip: Choose a shoe in a color that you're not wearing on your body. This combination will scream "I know how to style."


To top off all your summer looks, you must have the perfect bag. I just bought this rainbow leather tote, and it is amazing. It's colorful and bright, and those are the best thing to look for when you are buying a bag. You don't want your bag to blend in with your clothes. You want your bag to stand out.


Summer style just got easy. Follow these trends, and you'll look like you walked out of a magazine.


Are there any trends you want to try this summer?



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May. 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I really, reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally want those purple jeans.

May. 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

No one covers fashion like Jen Clyde!

May. 23, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Good advice on those color-blocked shoes!

May. 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I will have that rainbow leather tote, please.

Sep. 3, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Who says cheap goods is not good? As long as you can show your own style, the price is cheap and expensive have what to distinguish?

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