Summer is in full swing, and so are the season's hottest fashion trends. Inspired by runway and avant-garde style, ready-to-wear looks featuring fun patterns and cool structures are popping up everywhere. While designer duds are beautiful and original, they may not suit your price range or personal taste. Here's a little DIY take on the most popular summer styles to fit your budget and personality.
Floral patterns can be pretty (or pretty daring) and are unexpected on denim. Combine this summer's two favorites, florals and denim, with these DIY floral print shorts. Stamp your way into style stardom by pressing a floral stamp onto your favorite shorts, leaving a truly iconic impression. Play around with colors for the print, or pair together trendy colors like Scuba Blue and Lucite Green.
Season to season, fashion trends always change, and this change affects classic pieces such as the skirt. The shape and length of the skirt varied on runways, but a tried-and-true favorite kept showing up: the A-line skirt. Flattering and easy to style, a DIY A-line skirt allows you to create to your desired length or in your favorite pattern. For a double fashion whammy, create the skirt in a bohemian-style lace or in big floral prints.
Turn an outdated dress into a DIY matching set. These fun pieces pair as an instant outfit or can act as separates. This is summer fashion with versatile possibilities. Polished and pretty, matching sets are a darling trend to easily obtain. Reworking a piece breathes new fashionable air into something you already own.
Gingham is a very popular pattern this season, so a DIY gingham top would complement anyone's summer style perfectly. With the off-shoulder effect, this top also channels this summer's 70s hippy boho trend and keeps you cool on those hot mid-summer days. Pair this top with denim cutoffs and a floppy sun hat to achieve the ultimate summer-style status.
Summer means fun in the sand and sun, and fashion is no exception to this. Swimsuits come in so many different shapes, colors and patterns that it is hard to choose even one piece to buy. Rather than spending money on an expensive suit, try transforming one of your old bikinis into a trendy summer comeback: the one-piece. This DIY one-piece swimsuit features a unique and lovely lace overlay and delicate beading that surely trumps mass-manufactured store suits. You'll become the trend-setting beach bunny with this gorgeous swimsuit.