Summer Trends. Dream Vacation Without the Passport.

July 3, 2009 • Fashion


The arrival of July means summer is officially in full swing. The holidays, the long weekends, and finally being able to take some time off are all definitive parts of this most treasured of months. Now is the time for daydreams of exotic locales; of breathtaking cliffsides, crystal clear waters, and vibrant colors of a faraway landscape. But if the past year hasn't been too kind to your wallet and you were unable to stow away travel funds as easily as vacation days, then fear not—many designers are using this season to evoke the energy of various cultures. The pieces that have come out of this global design trend are as breathtaking and intricate as the places to which they pay homage.

No matter where you yearn to be, envelop yourself in every corner of the globe with ethnic pieces that illustrate Spanish, Indian, African, Native American, and Asian heritage. Bold colors, tribal graphics, and dramatic embellishments make each statement making piece unique to the culture it embodies. Many of the pieces this season, such as the beautifully patterned dresses, should be worn on their own and paired with minimal accessories for maximum effect. An ethnic-inspired accessory, such as a beaded bag or fringed heel, can pack an exotic punch to an otherwise neutral ensemble.

So if you're singing the travelers blues in the coming weeks, scoop up a few of these pieces for your own private getaway. Just because you may be planning a staycation this year, doesn't mean you can't spend every second of it feeling worldly and fabulous.

1. Chelsea Flower Lobster Silk Beaded Fringe Tank Dress,  $231

2. Nicole Miller Indian Sapphire Gold Fringe Earrings,  $88

3. Nanette Lepore Coaxing Dress,  $395

4. Nicole Miller Light Blue Tribal Crepe V-Neck Dress,  $198

5. Rachel Pally Mexico Dress,  $224

6. Nell Couture Ethnic Printed Day Dress,  $240

7. Jimmy Choo Cora Fringe T-Strap Sandals,  $1,450,  Sale $676.94

8. Torn Black Jersey ‘Adrienne Dashiki’ Racerback Tunic,  $51

9. Matty M ‘Indian Summer’ Embroidered Top,  $78

10. Nicole Miller Purple Mosaic Silk Seamed V-Neck Dress,  $231

11. Joie Brown Embroidered Gauze ‘Summer Rain’ Tunic,  $119

12. Miss Bikini Ethnic Design Wedge,  $75

13. Moyna Indian Print Fold Over Clutch,  $159

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-Alia Rajput

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