Hi, I’m Mary. It may shock you to see me co-writing this season’s fashion trends article and to be honest, it shocked me too. When Katie asked me to help her track down this season’s trends (animal print, tie dye and summer suits to name a few) I was thoroughly confused. She knows I wear the same T-shirt every day right?
But when I thought about it, having me help write this was a really good idea. I’ve always complained that Katie’s fashion round-ups mean nothing to me because everything looks good on her yoga body. Instead of just sitting around complaining, Katie was giving me a chance to do something about it. So here you are, Charlotte. Now you can see what this season’s hottest trends look like on a size 2 and a size 12.
Here are the stores we visited this time:
Boem – 3920 Sharon Road
Capitol – 4010 Sharon Road
Charlotte’s – 901 Providence Road
CRIV – 1111 Metropolitan Ave.
Girl Tribe – 1800 Camden Road
Julie’s – 4145 Park Road
K|LA – 4123 Park Road
McKenzie Claire – 1419 East Blvd.
Poole Shop – 4010 Sharon Road
Vestique – 1532 East Blvd.
Can’t stop, won’t stop. This is the #1 hottest trend right now in Charlotte. We saw it back in the spring, but it’s carried over into summer in a big way with a whole menagerie — snake, leopard, tiger and even Dalmatian — showing up in pretty much all the stores we visited.
Every girl in Charlotte is about to own a silk-ish leopard midi skirt (if she doesn’t already) paired with a vintage band T-shirt. Trust.
Better Then Ever leopard skirt, $56 at Vestique
Victory Lap snakeskin dress, $38 at Vestique
Cheetah, Pleats skirt, $44.99 and Tyche white top, $29.99 at Julie’s
Yellow Dalmatian print dress, $88 at CRIV
Frankie Tunic dress, $149 and Time of your Life jacket, $100 at Boem
Ellison leopard print midi skirt, $48 at Boem
Snakeskin dress, $248 and Color Block sweater, $128 at Charlotte’s
I thought we’d see a lot more of this than we did and, honestly, was hoping for some much bigger, shaggier statement pieces. Instead, the fringe we found around Charlotte is more subtle — limited mostly to detailing and hems.
Zinab fringe slip dress, $355 at McKenzie Claire
Andi Fringe dress, $298 at Charlotte’s
Santorini dress, $80 at Boem
Hannah Fringe white jeans, $96 and Smoke Rose top, $54 at K|LA
It’s not shocking that maxi dresses are all over Charlotte. This is the go-to when it’s too hot for pants and you “forgot” to shave your legs for a week.
Walt it Out maxi, $52 and Rise Up sneakers, $28 at Vestique
We can’t hide our excitement about this one. Tie Dye is back in style and now you have a reason to bust out all those old T-shirts you made at camp.
Sacai Tiedye shirt, $445 and Valentino skirt, $1,189 at Capitol
Rhett tie dye dress, $495 at McKenzie Claire
Arya tie dye crop top, $38 at Girl Tribe
Ok so sweaters in the summer don’t really fly around here, but the fashion powers that be say they’re in, so here we are. Keep in mind, however, that knits don’t necessarily mean big chunky turtleneck sweaters. You’ll see light loose-knit sweaters, knit tanks and event sweater-style skirts. Make it work.
Neon tiger knit crop set, $24 top and $68 skirt at CRIV
Neon Dreamin’ sweater, $58 at Girl Tribe
My personal favorite trend of them all reimagines the neat, clean tailoring of a suit with a lighter, shorter, summer-appropriate spin.
Suit Up, shorts $36 and blazer $56 at Vestique
This trend was the hardest to track down in Charlotte stores. But all your cool friends in other cities are going to be rocking neon green this summer, so CLT better catch up.
Floral Twill dress, $3,980 at Capitol