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Summer Trends: A Blast from the Past

Previous decades continue to creep into modern style with everything from ’90s square-toe heels to ’60s wallpaper.

Michigan is known for its unpredictable weather. We make jokes about it snowing one day and being 80 degrees the next. In most places, people can count on breaking out their summer outfits starting in June, but it seems impossible to make shorts work when it’s 60 degrees at 9 a.m., 80 degrees at noon and 45 degrees by sunset. That doesn’t mean you have to skip summer fashion — it just means you have to get more creative with it.

‘90s Square-Toe Heels

‘90s Square-Toe Heels

If you’ve been paying attention to the runways or footwear in general over the past year, you’ve probably noticed chunky shoes are in. The square-toed heels of the 1990s are back and giving summer fashion a cool old-turned-new vibe. Closed toe or open toe — it doesn’t matter as long as you’re working the square toe.

Move Over ‘80s, Neon is Back

Neon Fashion is Back

What says summer more than bright, fun colors? Designers created their new lines with a nod to the neon greens, pinks, oranges, yellows and blues of the 1980s when they premiered their summer lines this year. You can bet we’ll be seeing these colors all summer long — and the best part is they can be in pants, shorts, dresses or whatever the weather allows.

‘60s Wallpaper

60s Wallpaper Fashion

If unique patterns are your style, then this is your summer. What Harper’s Bazaar is lovingly calling “’60s wallpaper” after the psychedelic wallpaper patterns of the 1960s and 1970s, the retro prints are cute, fun and workable for warm or cool weather.


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