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My Favorite Trends for Spring/Summer 2017 - Guest Blog by Michelle Marcos

This Spring/Summer season has some amazing trends! It had a very upbeat vibe on the runways and it’s been translated into a lot of fun ready to wear pieces. You can definitely feel the spirit of the 80’s in a lot of the collections. And we all know the 80’s was a decade of extravagant fashion. We’ve also seen the brightest colors I think we’ve ever seen. Think bright neon and highlighter colors that just scream for attention. Even trends that are around every season, floral and stripes, have taken the note and stepped up their game. Spring/Summer 2017 is a season that hits you on the head with it’s originality and exuberant personality.

 

Here are some of my favorite trends from this season. These pieces from Knitted Belle will have you looking like you stepped off the Spring/Summer 2017 runways!

 

Mix & Match: Mixing patterns that wouldn’t normally work, and making it work.

 

 

Super Brights: Bright, bold, and blinding (in a good way), stand out colors.

 

Yellows: Yellows for every occasion and every skin tone.

 

 

Statement Stripes: Not just stripes, but attention-seeking, look-at-me stripes.

 

 

Head to Toe Florals: Think long floral dresses or mismatched floral ensembles.

 

 

What are your favorite trends this Spring/Summer season?

 

Michelle is the owner of travel/style blog maps&muses (www.mapsandmuses.com). She has worked in the fashion industry for years but decided to quit the 9-6 life to live her dream and travel the world. Follow along on her fashionable adventures across the globe as she teaches how to dress stylishly while traveling.

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What's In Style Now?

We have so much to talk about. After the Dallas market, the styles starting flowing into the shop. We have seen some of the cutest things ever this season! Here are the takeaways for what you want to wear this spring and summer:

Florals

 

Anything Ruffled

 

    Cutouts - Shoulders, Necklines, Anywhere

     

      Off Shoulder Tops & Dresses

       

        Shoes are awesome this season as well. I am seeing tons of really great textures and worn leathers that have been missing all my life. Volatile Shoes has one of the most affordable lines of shoes that fit my standards for you guys. We brought in a ton of their styles this season. They are cute, comfy and affordable. They also have lots of snakeskin textures and distressed looks.

        My Favorite Sandals:

        Wedges Go With Anything!

        Booties? Here's My Pick:

        If you have been waiting for a season to renew your closet, this is it. I personally buy every single item on our site, and think you are going to love anything you see here.

        Is Anyone Else Ready For Spring?!

        After going to the Dallas show and pulling out some of the spring/summer jewelry we purchased, I must say, I am so ready for warmer weather! Loving the colors and styles that are coming in.

        This necklace and earrings say it all!

         

         

        Delicate cutout earrings pair wonderfully with a multi-colored tassel necklace.

        Tassel Necklace and cutout earrings for spring and summer

        Throw on your favorite solid-colored dress and some lace up platform wedges, and you're good to go!

        Shoes for $19 + Under

        For those of you who are planners like me, we have adorable trendy sandals, gladiators, booties and wedges in our clearance section that will transition you perfectly into next season for $19 and under.

        This spring, we are still seeing the criss cross look on shoes and sandals. Neutral colors, along with black, are still seeing the limelight in a big way.

        As with every other year, sandals are still right on trend. I love the natural touches these MIA sandals have with their macrame footbed. These are also WATERPROOF! Talk about perfect!

         

        I Am Your Buyer

        I sift through thousands of styles every day to find the ones I think you will like most.

        I make sure I don't pay too much for anything because that translates to higher prices for you.

        I don't buy things that I don't think will look great on you.

        I make sure you wear all the latest trends and styles.

        I don't buy cheap fabrics or styles with bad designs or cuts.

        I travel far and wide to make sure you don't miss out on anything fantastic.

        I AM YOUR BUYER.

        I work for you.

        I only want the best for you.

        I want you to be the star in every room.

        I want you to look and feel beautiful when you wear your styles.

        I take my job very seriously.

        I AM YOUR BUYER.

        Takeaways From Dallas Market

        After perusing the racks and racks of clothing at the Dallas Market this week, I can safely make a few calls about the spring/summer trends you are going to see.

        1. Pastel colors - blush, mint, peach

        2. Embroidery on everything - jean jackets, tunics, vests, shorts

        3. Denim is back in every way possible

        4. Long cardigans and kimonos

        5. Lots and lots of lace

        6. Ties everywhere - tops, sides and fronts of clothing

        We have picked up our fair share of the most adorable styles here. Watch our new arrivals for them to start rolling in!

        Iza Pearl's Perfect Prints

        X - Knitted belle boutique #16


        Stunning Summer Clothing You’d Never Know Were Plus Size

         

        Plus size clothing used to be brutal! There’s no denying that there was literally a huge shortage of cute, chic and trending fashion to enjoy. Fall and winter clothes were too big and bulky, and spring clothing and summer clothing simply never seemed to fit properly. However, we have some excellent news for you today! The days of being limited to stunning summer clothing are far behind you because many fashion brands have finally started offering their collections for women of all shapes and sizes! It’s about time the fashion industry realized that not everyone is a double-zero. To get your excitement started, we have picked out stunning summer clothing that you will definitely want to add into your wardrobe!

         

         

        Fitted to Perfection

         

        This plus size summer dress is definitely a must have for this season! It’s loose enough to hide the curves you don’t wish to share, yet fitted enough to hug you in all the areas you do want to show off. That’s not it though! The mixture of prints is totally on point for summer fashion, and with a change of footwear, this dress can be perfect for both day and night.

         

        Flair of Fashion

         

        This top is definitely a must have for all ladies – and yes, it does come in plus size. Like the prior fashion item, it’s fitted in all the places that count, but there’s more to love about it. This plus size shirt has somewhat of an A-Line cut. It also has a asymmetrical hem that will elongate your body, and when these two elements get combined into fashion, the results are almost always flawless. Plus, that floral print is popping and perfect for summer!

         

        So Many Trends in One

        Every lady must have at least one maxi dress in her closet. It’s the perfection vacation dress, and can also be the perfect ensemble for a lunch date with the girls, or a shopping trip on the boardwalk. You can dress it up with a belt that cinches you at the waist, or pair it with a summer hat and some sandals! This particular summer dress is amazing because it has so many trendy elements. The colorblock is coming back with a blast this season, and the maxi dress is also at the top of the trending lists.

         

        Sexy and Chic

         

        To prove that plus size fashion has truly changed for the better, we needed to add this summer clothing item onto the list. The lace elements will make you feel so sexy and chic, yet the fit is flattering for all shapes and sizes. The asymmetrical hem lets you bare some leg, without feeling like you’re baring it all. Needless to say, this fashion item will definitely bring the sex appeal into your wardrobe – and a hefty dose of confidence as well!

         

        So Much To Love

          

        Here is another summer dress that can be the perfect vacation dress, as well as the perfect date night ensemble. There is so much to love about this look! The floral print is super feminine, and the dark hues are incredibly flattering and perfect for plus size. The lace hem adds in that desirable sex appeal, and the key hole neckline is super flirty. It shows the perfect amount of skin, and is the ultimate addition to any summer wardrobe.

         

        This is a big moment within the fashion industry. It’s about time that stunning summer clothing can now be found in plus sizes too! You’ve got stunning curves to show off, and these fashion items do it in such a flirty, feminine and flattering way. Plug in your email address at the top of this page to join our newsletter, and never miss out on the new plus size fashion available to you.

        The 2016 Summer Fashion Trends to Get Excited About

         

        It’s time to toss the knits to the back of your closet because the summer clothing is coming in with a splash this year. With the 2016 fashion trends, you get to enjoy much more than just the expected-season staples that you love each year, like the nautical look. The 2016 summer trends are a bit more eccentric, a little more daring and will definitely make an impact within all of your outfits. It’s all about the 80s, underwear and power prints, ladies. So without further ado, here are some of the hautest summer clothing trends to get excited about!

         

        Underwear is Outerwear

        You read it right! Underwear was once intended to never been seen outside of the privacy of your own home, but those times are long gone. The 2016 summer clothing trends are turning underwear into outerwear. Of course, you’re not really wearing your bra on top of your shirt, but a bralette peaking through from under your top is definitely trending! Many summer dresses also have a slip dress appeal that totally takes on the feel of lingerie.

         

        Maxi Vacation Dresses with a Slit

        Maxi dresses never really left the season trends, and have remained at the top of the fashion must have lists for several years now. However, this year, there’s something new you may want to consider adding into your wardrobe. It’s all about baring the thigh with a maxi dress, which sounds like an oxymoron at first. Just shop for maxi vacation dress styles that have a high slit, and you’ll definitely be tearing up the streets as if they are your very own runway.

         

        Rare Prints

        Prints are totally out of this world for the 2016 summer trends. They are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, or at the very least, prints you haven’t seen since the 80s. All kinds of summer clothing can be found with a lemon print, rocket print or checks! It’s an odd trend, but one that can truly bring out your individuality within your wardrobe. Lemon print fashion adds a splash of refreshing femininity, while rocket print lets you channel your inner tomboy. As for the checkered prints, it’s a classic look that is both chic and fashion forward. Patchwork is also a popular fashion trend seen on many vacation dress styles for this season, and they’re an excellent way to add color into your ensembles.

          

        Back is the Rucksack

        Before you even read any further, it’s key to know that just any ole’ backpack won’t do. The 2016 summer trends are all about chic styles that look more couture than they do school girl. Rucksacks are an excellent place to start shopping, but leather, pleather or printed backpacks are also worthy of this season. It’s a pretty awesome alternative to lugging around a massive handbag too!

         

        Cowboy Boots

        Whether you’re in Nashville, living on the shore or way up North, you need some cowboy boots because they are the footwear of the season! While boots may seem truly unpractical to wear in the midst of the summer heat, opt for shorter styles that allow your feet and legs to breathe. As a rule of thumb, shop cowboy booties, as opposed to boots!

         

        We told you! The 2016 summer clothing trends are truly something else this year. Although they’re a little more daring than the traditional staples you’re used to, it’s quite refreshing to see something new! Revamp your wardrobe and find a new sense of style that appeals to you! Knitted Belle Boutique has all the summer clothing you need to keep your fashion on point this season, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter!

         

        Don’t Forget To Pack These Must-Have Vacation Dresses in your Suitcase

        The sunshine is finally out, and adorable, chic summer clothing is filling the shelves of your favorite fashion boutiques. However, with so many stunning styles available, it can be hard to pick out the best for your next getaway. Your suitcase can only handle so much, and you really need to be fashionably wise about the summer clothing you pack! We have selected the styles of vacation dresses that will cater to you well throughout the summer season. Whether you’re frolicking on the sandy shores, or taking tours through the towns, you will always have a vacation dress perfect for the occasion.

         

        Colorblock the Coast

         

        Colorblock summer clothing is back! This stunning vacation dress is definitely worthy of being packed in your suitcase, as it can be perfect for casual day trips and for late nights out on the town. Pair with a sun hat and sandals for the shore, or toss on some accessories and heels and enjoy the nightlife. This dress is versatile, and you will definitely get plenty of use out of it while on vacation!

         

         

        Fashionable in Floral

         

        You just can’t pack your suitcase without adding a floral vacation dress in. Floral print is an absolute must when you’re heading out to frolic on the shore. This chic style is perfect for day trips touring the city, or while dining on the boardwalk. Pair with some sandals or pumps, and you’re ready for whatever your vacation brings your way.

         

        Hi-Lows Are Still Haute

         

        If there’s one style of vacation dress that every lady needs within her vacation wardrobe, it’s a high-low! These styles are incredibly comfortable, and can be taken from the beach to the bar with a quick switch of the shoes! It bares enough leg in the front to give you some sun without weird tan lines, but is long enough at the back to cover the booty.

         

        Cabana Ready

         

        There’s nothing that says “vacation” more than this summer dress. The blue floral print is perfect for everything from the sandy shores, to sipping margaritas at the cabana. The crochet detailing on the neckline takes this stunning vacation dress from casual to chic.

         

         

        Clubbing on Vacation

         

        When the sun goes down, and the night-lights turn on, it’s time to slip into this vacation dress! The asymmetrical hem gives off that fringe appeal, which is perfect for dancing the night away! The best part is that this dress is a loose fit, so you truly won’t have to battle the heat of the dance floor. It’s time to take advantage of the nightlife available on your vacation.

         

        Versa-style

         

        This is yet another vacation dress that is incredibly versatile. You can wear it with both flip flops or high heels to completely change up the look. The A-Line fit is super worthy of the sandy shores, lunch dates, dinners and nightlife, and the peak of print adds a contrast that is undeniably fashionable.

         

        The key to packing for vacation is to truly bring summer clothing that can be worn in more than just one way. Since you have limited space, you need to be able to get the most out of the few fashion items you’ve brought with you. These vacation dresses will have you covered, whether you’re getting sandy, shopping or doing the salsa at the cabana clubhouse! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, so you never have to miss out on the incredible fashion finds and tips!