Sorry about the two-day delay!
Fortunately, I think there is more to like than dislike this year. Any of these can be worn by most people in some form, regardless of age, body shape, or what the media says.
1. Gladiator sandals
These are classics and whenever they become a hot trend again, it's an opportunity to pick up a couple of pairs. Fortunately, these are available in a range of prices. I got a set of Madden Girl Sicily sandals for $29.99 (retails for $45) from Shoe Station, a Southern discount chain that sells online.
Then there are these (non-leather) bargain sandals from Old Navy…only $19.99! I got one pair in brown…you can also find these in dark brown, gold, and black:
Metallics don't really go out of style per se as long as you don't overdo it. It brings a little kick or sparkle to an outfit. I just got these lovely Patricia Field for Payless sandals for a mere 25 bucks:
Some people really hate yellow. As a paleface, some shades of yellow worn in certain ways can make you look yucky and washed out. But a vibrant yellow will work out just fine.
4. Wide leg pants for summer
Not the ugly, laughable bell bottoms of the 1970s but pants more reminisicent of the glamourous '40s. I got my first wide legs from Victoria's Secret a year and half ago and for someone like me with big legs and a big booty, these pants were the answer to my prayers. I've bought a pair of Isaac Mizrahi for Target navy wide leg pants and a pair of Juicy Couture lightweight denim wide legs in the past three months.
5. Super lightweight denim
My office goes casual in the summer months and we can wear (non-ripped) jeans five days a week if we want. But who wants to wear heavy dark denim when it's friggin' hot? Fortunately, there is denim out there that is so light it feels like linen. The aforementioned Juicy wide legs for example. They wore great in 92-degree, ultra-humid N.O. weather.
6. White denim
Another jeans option for the summer months is white denim. Now, bad white denim can expose your undies, even if they are "nude" or some other neutral color. This is why you have to take care and probably invest a little more in whatever white jeans you buy.
Curvier and more voluptuous ladies have these Antiks from Avenue now on sale for $149.99:
And this flap pocket from Svoboda:
I just bought the above jeans and they are awesome!
7. Look at the colors:
Aside from yellow, bright eye-popping colors are turning up on clothes, accessories, and even nail polish. A lot of it owes to the 1980s and early 1990s. But think bright and vibrant more so than day-glo or neon.
I don't like skanky, cheap looking shears but nice feminine blouses, skirts, and dresses with the appropriate undergarments are great for summer.