How to Harness the Summer Pattern Craze

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Summer time fashion can be hassle free. Sun kissed tans look lovely with fun, stylish patterns. It’s an easy way to liven up any look and it requires minimal make up because the blast of pattern will speak volumes while everything else can (and should) be maintained at a low-key level. This is the beauty of summer time -- keeping it fresh and letting your beauty shine along with some eclectic patterns.

Let’s jump into a crazy but gorgeous curve hugging number. Pair this ultra sexy dress with some sharp stilettos and you’ll be the “it” gal at the party. Perhaps you can also class it up with a sophisticated strappy pair to balance out this dress’s over the top personality. The orange and blue spray paint look really gives this dress a powerful and gorgeous contrast. The cutout patterns on top in midsection differentiate this dress from the rest.

Topshop Airtex Bodycon Dress

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Now I want to show everyone something a little bit more on the breezy side. I am crushing over this simple, yet totally eccentric shift dress. The high neckline and its loose fit are great options for this time of year. Its colors are happy and bright and the random scattered geometrical designs make this dress eye popping and uber cool.

Wear this with gladiator flats or your favorite strappy summer heel. It’s a transitional dress that you can appropriately wear to many occasions. You can always pair it with a sleek white blazer and classic pumps before summer ends or even extend its stay in your closet by toning it down with a darker jacket and pump for fall.

Mara Hoffman Pleat Front Shift Dress

→ Buy the Mara Hoffman Pleat Front Shift Dress, $184.80 (was $264.00), at

Check out this dress -- it’s a slam-dunk of patterns. I love the exotic look and I believe the designer brilliantly executed the random green plaid. The length and cut of this dress is so couture.

Clover Canyon Magic Armor Neoprene Dress

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My next feature is for ladies that don’t like too many colors colliding with one another. Check out this red and black orchid pattern dress. Although its style is very similar to the last dress, the designer toned it down many notches. Pair this one with patent leather black pumps and wear it year round for wow-factor.

Ted Baker London Jungle Orchid Print Neoprene Midi Dress

→ Buy the Ted Baker London Jungle Orchid Print Neoprene Midi Dress, $216.90 (was $325.00), at; shipping and returns are free.

Who doesn’t like a deal and who doesn’t like to take advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? This photorealistic floral print is feminine and adorable. The fit and flare gives it a comfortable edge over other choices and it keeps you looking fun and flattering from all angles. This is perfect for a night of dancing.

Chelsea28 Photorealistic Print Fit and Flare Dress

→ Buy the Chelsea28 Photorealistic Print Fit and Flare Dress, $70.80 (was $118.00), at; shipping and returns are free.

Kim Moshtaghi
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Real Living Real Estate, specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.