When summer finally arrives, nothing gets me more excited than the fun fashion, both new and old, that are waiting to be worn and discovered. Sure, picking up your latest Vogue would give you a clear, organized outlook on what styles are hitting the street for the most active season of all, but why stop there?

I say, take it to the streets –  Literally.  One would say the looks found in your favorite fashion mag would be refined to the designers’ and editors perspective – and I tend to agree. While these lively pages of excellence are a definite source of inspiration, your creativity tells you, “reach outside of the well printed and orderly box”.

If you live in any major cities, then you are among the lucky ones. This, is where people fear no judgement when it comes to fashion, purposely going against the grain for the sake of reaction or just simply, to be unique. This is the crowd I find myself among.  Those not afraid to experiment, take a chance, where it often results  in looking fabulous. So, where do I get my inspiration?

The answer is simple, everywhere. From the pages of magazines, to the Barcelona boardwalks where trendy women strut their stuff, to the hipster hangouts where you see truly unique vintage in even more outrageous combinations. This is real life, and compared to a somewhat detained magazines, I say this is the number one source.

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Another Love – Printed Pants! Owls! Yayyy

So, from my hours sitting outside writing at my favorite cafe, people watching, sporadically browsing Elle or Vogue online, combined with my own fashion intuition, these are my top five trends I’ll be rocking this summer…

Band T-shirts 

I know, a thing of the past for many, however I haven’t been able to let go of this classic since I started to embellish and destruct my band shirts in 2007. You know how the say,”rock n’ roll never dies”? Well I am a firm believer, and this theory can easily translate into, “rock n’ roll t-shirts never die”. It may be a far stretch, but I think we can make it happen, rock sistas.

For me, when sporting a band/rock t-shirt, it simply has to be cut-up or modified, in some way. I have this stigma that just wearing a t-shirt makes me look like a ‘tomboy’, it just has to be spiced up. There are a million ways to do this, and rather than turn this article into a DIY t-shirt post, I will simply link to a great article I found on this topic.

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My favorite band T with my own touch of the scissors 🙂

Long-sleeve, Over sized, Button-ups

I have to be honest, I don’t know if these are considered fashionable to the wider style audience, but I happen to think they are great. Especially in the summer! Think, beach cover up, but not just for the beach. I know this past winter season the denim shirts for women were a big hit – and I don’t think that trend is ready to die yet! Right now I am literally eyeing my boyfriends denim button up, that is clearly a little over sized on me, and to that, I say “perfect”! I also have a real love for the basic white button up, over sized in thin, flowing fabric. Hey, I would think this could look very ‘rock chic’ with a band t-shirt…

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Over-sized button-up with crop top & high waist skirt

Head Scarves 

I am starting to see a pattern in this blog post, which is that each style I am listing is something I have loved for many years. And if you could guess (or have known me over the past five years), I LOVE head scarves. You can really get creative, with patterns, how to tie them, the size, how to incorporate with your hairstyle, the list goes on.  I have seen something new (for me) here in Barcelona when it comes to headscarves – wrap them like a turban! Ok, sounds weird but I am telling you, it looks awesome! Wear your hair down, long, or tuck your hair up. Takes some practice to master it, but I am a big fan.

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Loving my fun head scarves & trying hard to look fabulous

Long Skirts/High Waist/Crop Top

This is definitely a 2013 Summer trend. Lately I have noticed all of my favorite clothing stores are selling a vast variety of little crop tops for summer. And, while these tops are both very cute and a little too show-y on their own, I say to simply pair it with a long skirt, keeping it somewhat conservative, and pulling it up so it is more high-waisted. Throw on one of my favorite over-sized button-ups, and you’ve got a great summer beach-y look.

Collar Necklace

If you have looked at any fashion magazines over the last year, you have seen the collar-style necklaces. I have to say, about three years ago I had an idea to cut off only the collar from a really cool 80’s denim shirt. I stitched a small patch on it and wore it as a necklace-type accessory. Maybe I have a psychic-fashion sense, or maybe I should give up blogging and be a designer, I don’t know, but what I do know is the collar looks really cool with any low neckline top. Find an old collared shirt and try it 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading about my summer fashion passions as much as I enjoyed writing about it! Fashion is simply another form of creativity and I love to see what other people do to be different 🙂

Please comment below and tell me what trends you like or don’t like, Share with me your fun and creative fashion ideas!