With the summer heating up, national women’s fashion trends have made their way to the Midwest. St. Louisans have offered their unique interpretation of these trends through street style. These looks scored big at Fair St. Louis, and style-savvy women citywide continue to incorporate the following trends in their summer ensembles when attending the many events St. Louis has to offer this season.
High-rise denim cut off shorts
These cheeky shorts have made their debut on the streets of St. Louis. Some blame Miley Cyrus for this risqué trend. Often paired with graphic tee shirts and cropped tops, high-rise denim cutoffs are undoubtedly the street style staple this summer. A third piece to complete this look is the plaid shirt, which is usually worn around the waist to add some color, and to cover up the bottom.
Jelly satchel bag
Available in many different colors, the jelly satchel is a structured bag that takes us back to the 90s when jelly shoes and plastic accessories were fashionably acceptable. This urban trend is inspired by the Furla ‘Candy’ Satchel bag. Many designers have followed suit by using an almost identical design to mimic Furla. St. Louis fashionistas have adopted the trend and taken the streets by storm, commonly carrying the bag as the statement piece to their look.
Peace, love, and flowers. Another nostalgic trend has emerged this summer in St. Louis; this time, from the 60s. The floral headband is the go-to hair accessory this summer. This trend compliments sundresses, full-on denim looks, and bohemian style outfits.
Lace cropped top
The tasteful midriff is possible with the lace cropped. Cropped tops have been on the fashion landscape for the last few seasons. This summer, they are mainstream. Many have used the lace cropped top to create dainty looks with flowy maxi skirts. However, on the streets of St. Louis, these tops have been paired with knit skirts and sneakers, mid to high-rise shorts and distressed denim, putting an urban twist on the trend.
Dramatic gladiator sandals
This trend has kept growing since its debut a few summers ago. Now, the height of the gladiator sandal ranges from the ankle to the knee. These sandals have taken on the concept of a boot. This summer in St. Louis, they are often used to add an edgy flare to printed skater skirts, midi skirts, and high-low dresses.
Midi rings are for the fashion conscious, the meticulous who value a full-body look, down to the very finger. Normal costume rings were not enough. The midi ring became a trend recently, as the focus on adorning the entire body made its way to popular culture. No piercings necessary for this look. It is more about balancing a hand statement with a complimentary arm statement, when previously wearing an armful of bangle bracelets was the urban standard in St. Louis. When it comes to street style this summer, the more accessories, the better.
Tribal beaded necklace
The tribal jewelry trend is rooted in the ancient tribal cultures of the world. African and Native American inspired beading methods are used to create these culturally rich and timeless pieces. Tribal beaded necklaces are a major trend this summer, especially in street style. Such beaded necklaces are associated with ethnic and urban culture and are commonly used as a form of self-expression. They add a bold pop of color to a solid-colored maxi dress, or depth to a knit top paired with wide-leg printed pants.