Now that we're in the heart of the heat (or getting there, at least!) we talked summer trends with Elizabeth Bean Smith, local stylist and co-owner of style Wardrobe Therapy.

Now that we're in the heart of the heat (or getting there, at least!) we talked summer trends with Elizabeth Bean Smith, local stylist and co-owner of style Wardrobe Therapy.

What summer trends are you loving?

Long, maxi dresses and Grecian-influenced dresses that are soft and feminine. Love the knit versions that are perfect for day with a gladiator sandal... and then (you can) add a few bold accessories and it can be taken into evening. One-shoulder asymmetrical dresses are a nice option to the ever popular strapless dress (that doesn't always seem to pulled off correctly). It's an easier version to wear because it's harder to get wrong! High-waisted bottoms are still so popular. I love this look with a simple knit tee tucked in and a cotton, classic blazer, with the sleeves rolled up. A summer favorite! Bold accessories - especially if there's a budget involved. If you update your accessories (with costume pieces), you will be updated instantly.

What summer trends are you hating?

Ripped up denim. This is great for a younger girl or a total fashionista; however, it can easily begin to look a little too casual (even trashy), even for the most casual places. Neon. This trend should be left to the very young. It's definitely a tough one to pull off with skin colorings. It actually can be more of a fashion distraction than anything.

What one piece should every woman try this summer?

Ok, two things for this season:

A chic tote. A go-to that can be matched back to the majority of your wardrobe, make sure that when picking one, you pick according to your height and body size! An undergarment that smoothes the waistline. These are such an easy fix and make us women feel more confident in our summer-weight knit dresses and tees! We like the ones by Yummie Tummie.

What's the most popular question being asked by your clients right now?

Where can I find comfortable, fashionable Grecian sandals that are reasonably priced? There's a line called Dolce Vita. It's sold everywhere from local boutiques to DSW or online at www.shopdolcevita.com. The styles are endless and are so perfect with the summer knit dresses (both long and short) or Bermuda shorts and a tee.

What's one summer piece you personally cannot live without?

My sunglasses! I just picked up a new pair of Jimmy Choo sunglasses when Nordstrom was having its half-yearly sale. I love them! They are always the last piece I put on when heading out the door.


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Kristy Eckert is editor of Capital Style.