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06/07/2013 09:59 am ET Updated Aug 07, 2013

VIDEO: Top 5 Summer Trends


1. Brights

Summer is a season of colors. While past seasons were all about pastels, no one should escape the brights this season. Sunny yellows, poppy peds, Monaco blues and hot pinks are other possibilities. Just keep details to a minimum (brights look best in minimal shapes) and go easy on the accessories to let the dress and its color take center stage.

2. Cut-outs

Cut-outs are a quirky but modest way to show off summer skin. It was all about the peekaboo effect at the 2013 Met Gala: Miranda Kerr, Dakota Fanning and Emma Watson took advantage of this trend. Word of wisdom: don't overdo it: cutout dresses are best with just a hint of skin.

3. Leather

Leather in the summer is tricky, but it can be done! Number one rule: wear the smallest dose of it. This dress only features the front leather detailing with the rest of the dress - more summer appropriate. Rule number 2: make sure the silhouette is summer appropriate: go for a loose, flowy outfit over a tight one giving your skin room to breathe.

4. Sheer

Sheer is a huge trend this summer. Showing off a hint of skin via see-through detail is an effortlessly chic way to indulge your feminine side. But let's be honest -- it's not the easiest trend to pull off. They key to success is confidence and class. The safest way to embrace the trend remains highlighting your assets through sheer elements subtly injected in your clothing.

5. Maxi Dresses

The maxi dress is surprisingly versatile style must-have for the summer. Wear a maxi during the day pairing with gladiator sandals and loose locks or enjoy the after-dark hours by pairing the look with high heels and statement jewelry.

You can always mix and match between these trends to make the summer your own.

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