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METRO style •

BY ANDI HALLGREN

it all started with H&M’s launch of the garden collection– an organic and eco-friendly twist to spring and summer fashions, key items, romantic details, and patterns upon patterns of flower power appropriate pieces. this summer, tap into your flirty, fun, and feminine side– you’ll see a lot of floral patterns paired nicely with all things casual and neutral. add these color palette, pattern, texture, print, and seasonal key item recommendations to your shopping list, and you are well on your way to a casual summer wardrobe that will make you feel effortlessly pulled together. an array of colors and textures take summer’s neutral palette way beyond white with tans, khakis, pale pinks, baby blues, and other barely there pales. a great rule of thumb when dressing in neutrals is to choose one darker item– and work your way around it with lighter hued items and textures. pair summer pales with a lot of texture– the more texture, the better. add texture through three-dimensional tops, embroidered and romantic details, and through a mixture of fabrications from silks, to cottons, to linens. a fun way to add texture is through neutral embellished shoes and bold accessories. let’s talk flowers we’ll see them in all kinds– large and small prints, juxtaposed, vintage, romantic, exotic, abstract, bright, bold, glamorous, and even subtle. a great way to do floral is through one stand alone item– a patterned dress or shirt paired with neutrals. this will bring focus to the print and give it and you just enough attention. dress the part the most versatile of them all– a dress is your one piece answer to what to wear– anywhere. dressed up for parties or down for play, a dress is a simple way to create a pulled together look for any occasion. there is a large focus on the white dress this summer– linen, soft cotton, breezy, and light. we’ll see feminine details such as sweetheart tops, rosette and ruffle detailing, lace, and cotton eyelet in various silhouettes from maxi to shift to crocheted halters.

single blooms and stand alones add these must-have items to your shopping list: floral prints– look for both dresses and tops with a print that you naturally gravitate to when shopping.

relaxed pants and shorts– with soft pleats and rolled hems in various fabrications– cotton, linen, and silk.

the white dress in various fabrications with simple feminine details.

nude and neutral sandals– wear them with shorts, dresses, even cropped pants. sandals with embellishment add extra dimension to neutral-hued outfits.

embellished tops– neutral colored tees with ruffles, rosettes, and applique detailing make for great romantic staples.

make an entrance and noteworthy impression this summer in neutrals, florals, and garden party inspired looks. m

metroMAGAZINE's June 2010 Issue  

metroMAGAZINE's June 2010 Issue is online now! metroMAGAZINE is published monthly by ALH Publications, serving the Omaha/Lincoln/Council Blu...