Spring and summer styles are always something to revel. As the heavy sweaters and coats come off, we welcome and embrace the light and airy, bright flairs of the seasons. Here is a list of some of spring and summer’s hippest trends for 2011.

1) Time to step on the pale scale! This season is all about brilliant neutral tones such as soft pinks and peaches. These tones have been hitting the racks in all sorts of ways. From soft lace dresses to nude platform pumps, neutral tones emulate the spring. ASOS CURVE offers this exclusive tailored drapey jacket. Add dark skinny jeans, a white soft-cotton v-neck, and colorful flats for a casual yet fresh look.

ASOS CURVE Tailored Drapey Jacket

2) Feels like True Romance. Make your honey (or that guy you’ve got your eye on) swoon with a romantic lace top. Always a favorite, lace or chiffon tops are a beautiful and understated way to make an outfit flirty plus it perfectly suits spring and summer weather. Torrid carries a great all-over crochet lace bat wing top with peplum waist that would pair wonderfully with denim shorts. Top the look off with some brown leather sandals and your ready for an afternoon date in the park, done al fresco!

Torrid Crochet Lace Bat Wing Top

3) Get carried away with this season’s hottest bag, the framed brown leather satchel. Nothing has excited me more than lengthy-strapped shoulder bags re-emerging into the fashion world. Brown leather satchels happen to be a fashionista favorite. Not only are these beauties timeless pieces but they are the perfect cross-body bag. This tooled leather buckle bag by Patricia Nash can be found at Urban Outfitters and makes for an impressive addition to your wardrobe.

Patricia Nash Tool Buckle Cross-body Bag
Ferragamo Metallic Dress

4) Snap, CRACKLE and pop! One of the season’s hottest looks is adorning the tips of your digits with crackle nail polish. This fun fad has spread almost as fast as it actually takes to crackle. Whether coating it atop icy chromes or playing with contrasting hues, crackle is a hit! Mia Secret Crackle polishes come in an array of colors, but the most popular color is black. Try OPI’s Black Shatter, a key element in the Katy Perry collection, and use it on any bright color such as hot pink or lime green.


OPI Black Shatter Nail Polish

5) Hey Ho Palazzo! That’s right, ladies. Palazzo pants are in. Being a child of the 80s, who at times cursed the decade’s fashion sense, I never thought pleated pants would make their way back into the modern world. But like many returning 80s styles (a concept that seems hard to shake off), the palazzo trouser has come back with a vengeance and I must admit, I adore them. Try these nutmeg colored palazzos by Dorothy Perkins with a chic black top (I like mine tucked in), low-healed wedges and a straw hat for a look suited for any world traveler. A caveat: pleated pants are not the best look for us voluptuous girls, but heck, rules are meant to be broken and bigger ladies should not have to sacrifice fashion because of such silly conceptions. So be a little daring and strut around in these pants with confidence!

Dorothy Perkins Palazzo Pants

6) Clog it up! And I’m not talking about traditional Dutch footwear. Since their appearance in Chanel’s spring collection last year, clogs have been bombarding shoe windows all over the country. Though more fitting with a bohemian look, clogs go great with almost everything. Try price-friendly Aldo brand clogs with skinny black pants and an African-printed tunic for an eclectic feel that will have everyone turning heads.

Aldo Oakey Clogs

7) Queens of Neon: Lighten up your threads up with another recurring 80s trend – Fluorescents and Neon. This spring, celebrities have been contrasting the red carpets with splashes of brightly colored neon. If you’re not daring enough to don a fluorescent yellow dress, try snazzing up your LBD with a neon belt or highlighter-hued pumps like these from Brian Atwood.

Brian Atwood Neon Pumps

8) The Cool Cat in a Hat. The Jetsetter mode has been in full effect this year and what better way to transcend that look than to top it off with a straw hat. While fedoras have been a continuing trend, a straw hat with an extended brim like this accessory is super cute and looks great on anyone. The great thing about accessories are that they look good at any size, so try this piece with a light sun dress and leather strappy sandals. You’ll be the envy of all your fashion forward friends.

Straw Panama Hat

9) Read between the Lines. Last year, hard military and biker looks exploded into the style scene. This season, the nautical look burst into our wardrobes. More specifically, stripes. Striped tops are gracing every store window. While hard to find, I’m also a fan of black and white striped pants. But if you’re not keen on the “Beetlejuice” look, try this striped blouse from the Bettie Page Clothing line. With a more figure-friendly vertical stripe, this blouse would look great with wide-legged trousers for office wear and with a black pencil skirt for a night out.

Bettie Page Striped Blouse

10) That 70s Flow. While clogs and leather satchels are part of this season’s super hip trend, nothing exhibits the 70s and spring and summer more than flowy bohemian tunics and skirts, dark-washed bell-bottoms and metal-rimmed, oversized sunglasses. For a night out and without being too literal, try and find clothing items with metallic thread. Also look for flowery prints and slinky long dresses with very low V-necklines. Top your outfit off with ample jewelry including bold stones, plenty of rings and long, beaded necklaces to compliment your look.