Hot fashion trends for the summer season

This summer it's out with the mini dress and in with a maxi dress and a pair of flat sandals.

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"This season, the maxi dress replaces the mini dress as the 'it' dress of the season," said Jane Loddo, editor of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

Elie Tahari makes a '70s inspired, full length maxi dress that has recently been spotted on A-list celebrities like Kate Hudson and Gwen Stefani.

Move over space suit, and make room for Bohemian.

"Look for flowy dresses and bright colors with a lot of crochet and embroidery details," said Loddo.

Loddo loves the earthy, Bohemian dress from BCBG Max Azria with a crochet neckline and trim at the hemline.

For a festive look, sequins are good for the holidays. Think "painterly chic" for the summer.

"Look for artistic effects, like bold, and floral, and artsy graphics for a very state-of-the-art look," said Loddo.

On days it's too hot to wear a suit to the office, summer separates are a good alternative. Loddo suggests pairing a silk cotton top with a chic white skirt by BCBD Max Azria.

Take a break from your stilettos and go flat. Gladiator sandals are hot items this season.

"It's sexy and strappy," said Loddo. "And you wear the gladiator sandals with a lot of the runway trends, like the maxi dresses, the wide leg trousers, the Capri pants."

Rather than chandelier earrings as your statement piece, go for the big stone ring. Le Vian jewelry at Bloomingdale's offers an amethyst stone surrounded by white diamonds.

"Definitely make your own fashion statement," said Loddo.

Instead of clutching an embellished bag, you can spice up any basic outfit with patent leather.

"The trend here is taking it up a notch and adding color to the patent color," said Loddo.


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