With scorching temperatures continuing in an endless parade of days, you may be wishing for the first leaves of fall or even a few of winter’s snowflakes to cool things off, but don’t wish summer away just yet. Some of the hottest trends of the year are out this season and sure to turn your frown upside down and help you put your best fashion foot forward!

Anything orange… Orange, or more specifically, tangerine, is hot, hot, hot this season! You can rock this color with accessories like necklaces and handbags or take a dip into your daring side and ditch your little black dress for a scene steeling ensemble in orange.

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Hat’s off to you… Weather you prefer cowgirl or oversized, hats are hot this season. Sure, they help to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and gracefully hide your bad hair days, but hats have also become a much sought after accessory this season. Stick to the basic colors like black, beige and grey for daytime and then go wild with bright, bold colors and animal prints for evening.

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1950’s flashback… If you’ve rapidly grown tired of the maxi-dress trend, lucky for you there’s a new style in town. Flowy and demure dresses ala 1950’s are popping up everywhere this season. From the tulle fabrics and full skirts, to the pretty and feminine patterns, these dresses will have you feeling like a lady again in no time flat.

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All that glitters is GOLD… Gold is another hot trend this season. Whether you’re rocking the color gold in a dress, shirt or shorts, or choose to simply accent with jewelry in gold, this color embraces the heat of summer with just a hint of sexy and sophisticated.

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Flapper is back… With all the buzz from the upcoming release of The Great Gatsby movie, women everywhere have been strapping on their shimmy dresses and pairing them with beaded necklaces. This look gives a new twist of class to eveningwear, and the dazzling colors and fabrics will truly give you a chance to shimmer. Try a shimmy dress in silver or gold and then pair with a long string of pearls or metallic beads… hmm, now all you need is Leo on your arm and the night is perfect!

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PENCIL me in… It seems as though the pencil skirt has somehow managed to carry throughout the changing times. The simple structure of the pencil skirt offers instant professionalism with undeniable sex appeal. Whether paired with a white blouse and jacket or even a fitted sweater and skinny belt, the pencil skirt is one go-to item that can take you from daytime meetings to midnight rendezvous and leave either party completely at your mercy.

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So make the most of the dog days of summer and embrace your favorite fashion trends. Whether opting for a daring new look or a new twist on an old favorite, summer is full of fashion!

Sian Bitner-Kearney