The sun is here!

It’s here! It’s here! The sun is here! And with those beautiful, warm rays comes even more reason to get excited! With this season’s hottest trends coming off the runway and into your closet, our Port- land boutiques have just what you need to get you looking your best for Summer ’13. From vintage silhouettes to colors and patterns that are a treat to the eye, your favorite summer dresses have never been so fun. So, whether you’re hosting a summer shindig, taking a break by the pool, or enjoying a perfect, summer’s day walk around town, this season will have you jumping for joy as you soak up this season’s sun in your stylish new looks.

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Summer can’t help but inspire smiles and bright colors. Whether you prefer a monochrome statement piece or have your heart set on fun, fresh patterns and prints—the color wheel is at your disposal this season for endless combinations of bold lines and cool designs. And don’t forget about bringing in the hip hint of vintage with this summer’s 60s-inspired cuts—boutiques like Mabel and Zora (748 NW 11th Ave) have got you covered for stylish looks, both vibrant and fun. From the top of your head to your sweet feet, and all your favorite accessories in between, now is the time to shine! While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out Bonnet at their new location (1129 NW Flanders St) for a favorite new hat!

SIMPLICITY IS KEY

Image_075Need a break from the bright, but don’t want to sacrifice making a statement? Go simple yet elegant, and find your balance with a more minimalist approach. Summer offers a time to relax and just be yourself, which means keeping cool and calm in your favorite natural hues as well. Simple lines, breathable fabrics and a no-nonsense approach—boutiques like Silkwood (809 NW11th Ave) offer a cool take on some of this season’s most minimal designs. Then keep it playful by dressing up with a perfectly matched ring or earrings from local designer line, betsy & iya with a perfect match ring or earrings from local designer line, betsy & iya.

SUNNY INSPIRED STYLE

A sunny day is an invite for fun! From splashing around to running through town, Portland shopping has everything you need. Pool party coming up? Jump into your suits and sandals from Popina’s Pearl (318 NW 11th Ave) or East (2030 NE 42 Ave) locations for some rockin’ swimwear that matches any mood. Then keep your look cool and fresh with a fun twist on wedges or low-cut boots from Johnny Sole (815 SW Alder St). Night on the town coming up? Grab a cute clutch or bag from Mabel and Zora! No matter the occasion, remember that this summer is g those finishing touches that turn any look into a statement piece; from uber color to super simple, this summer is your time to shine.

About The Author: Jillian Rabe