Take a trip to any major city and you’ll leave with inspiration for a new look. Black women are inarguably the most innovative when it comes to style, so we spoke to the hottest bloggers around the nation to give us the top summer trends of their fast-paced cities.
ATLANTA: Belle Meets Boho
“Contrary to what reality TV would like you to believe, Atlantans - whether transplants or lifelong residents - don’t clomp around in bandage dresses and platform heels every day. True southern stylistas favor soft, feminine looks with an unexpected eclectic touch like a bright thrifted clutch. We’re big on ensembles with movement, often flaunting peeking shoulders and a bronzed décolletage. Billowy blouses, bright cotton shorts and sultry sheer pieces keep us cool and chic for the summer.
In the makeup department, we’re all about a dewy face and a bold lip in smoldering red, coral or magenta. ATL has literally become the natural hair capital, so texture is king in the south.”
– Kimberly Walker, Contributing Beauty Expert, EBONY.com, @kimmygotsoul
CHICAGO: Retro Rewind
“Chicago, known for its amazing skyline and breath-taking views, is also home to many trendsetters. This summer, Chicagoans have taken to the neon trend by implementing pops of electric color into their outfits and on their nails. We are loving the ode to the early 90’s, and have also engaged in the vintage high-waisted shorts trend, which looks great with just about anything from a cropped top to a flowy, less contouring lacy frock.
In the sweltering heat, a naturalista’s hair choice is critical and we have seen an increase of protective styles and a rise in pinned-up long twists, which offers style versatility.”
– Meechy & Vaughn Monroe, Meechymonroe.com, Youtube.com/msvaughntv, @meechymonroe, @msvaughntv
WASHINGTON D.C.: Star Power
“Ditch your preconceived notions of DC style! Our summer style trends are vibrant and vintage. Washingtonians love fusing Hollywood glam with chic sophistication, resulting in clean lines and classic silhouettes for evening. By day, we’re all about bold colors.
Natural-inspired makeup adds just the right touch. However, sometimes we may seduce you with a smoky eye and candy-paint lips. It’s been a hot summer thus far, so protective styling is key in the hair department. The top knot is a polished and fashion forward option that works with almost every look.”
– Krystin Hargrove, Beloudbeyou.com, @Only1krystin
LOS ANGELES: Laidback Luxe
“LA style is just as eclectic as the people who live here. When you arrive at any fashion event in LA, you will cross paths with everything from the bohemian to the rocker to the glam goddess. One thing that you will see is a freedom to be just who you are without judgment. LA style is effortless and laidback, yet polished with an understated glam.
Makeup is minimal and hair is free flowing for day activities, but amped up with a bit of drama for the evening.”
– Marie Denee, Thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com, @mariedenee