We break out the season's hottest, most wearable trends,and tell you how to get the look from head to toe-from the far east to this side of paradise.
In true eco-friendly style, we're looking into alternate energy sources to keep us cool this summer, and these little floral-printed fans just might be the prettiest option around and tuck easily into any bag for those hot subway slogs.
Bamboo-framed fans, $2 each, get them at Pearlriver.com
It doesn't get more Japanese than a classic silk kimono (which was actually a style of dress the Japanese "borrowed" from China sometime around the fifth century). While traditional kimono are reserved primarily for special occasions, you could most definitely rock this pretty-yet-approachable version while lounging at home, or over a pair of leggings and platforms, no ceremonial occasion required.
Kimono, $49, get it at Pearlriver.com
Prada, Versace, and Haider Ackermann were just three designers who showed shiny, lacquered hair on their spring 2011 catwalks. You too can do the slicked-back look with Kérastase's Chroma Cristal spray.
Kérastase Chroma Cristal shine perfecting mist, $37, get it at kerastase-usa.com
What with constantly being chained to our smartphones, iPads, and laptops, it's not exactly like anyone needs a watch these days. But this is all the more reason to invest in a version of the classic accessory that's a bit more off the beaten path. Whether you're looking for wrist-candy or a cool time-telling machine, this color-block watch is for you.
Nixon 'Time Teller' watch, $60, get it at n ordstrom.com
-Scotch Naturals Nail Polishes
Not only do Scotch Naturals play nice with your hands (these polishes are water-based and nontoxic, unlike most salon staples), they come in arrestingly bright, fun colors for spring. Loch Ness Mystery (a turquoise cream), Leprechaun Lynch (a cool mint cream), and Highland Fling (a vibrant coral cream) are our favorites. But if you really want to take color-blocking to the next level, mix and match your nails with different shades.
Scotch Naturals nail polishes, $15 each, get them at scotchnaturals.com
-Cotton Crewneck Tee
American Apparel has a bold and easy answer to all your color-blocking needs with these bright tees. Opt for coral, fuchsia, poppy, gold, or mint and pair them with an equally vibrant skirt or pants to complete the look.
American Apparel cotton crewneck tee, $18 each, get them at americanapparel.net
-Bamboo Wayfarer Sunglasses
When dealing with bamboo, it's easy to get lost in kitsch. But Chinese eyewear designer Zhuben Takemoto has handcrafted a pair of clean bamboo-frame shades that pass for un-costumey cool on whichever island you call home.
Take by Takemoto polarizing bamboo wayfarer sunglasses, $50, get them at etsy.com
An orchid in the hair doesn't lose one bit of romanticism, even when the orchid is made of polyester.
Topshop violet kirby's hair clips, $15, get them at topshop.com
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