Nikki already named neoprene as a summer essential, and it’s true—neoprene is the ultimate in summer fabrics. Though typically reminiscent of a scuba suit, designers are doing so many awesome things with the material this season. It’s sporty and cool, but that doesn’t mean your look can’t be girly!
The appeal of neoprene is structure. Without much more than the fabric itself, designers have created sculptural masterpieces that walked down the runway for spring. From Tommy Hilfiger’s more casual polo shift, to DKNY’s strapless cocktail dress, and then to J.Crew’s fluted floral skirt, the beauty of the pieces is in the shapes they form.
Scuba sweatshirts and shorts are awesome for summer (and we fully suggest you run out to buy a few casual pieces immediately!), but the skirts and dresses are definitely worth a hard look. See below for some silhouettes to inspire the urban surfer inside you.