4 Ways to Master Summer’s Trickiest Fashion Trends

The countdown to summer 2015 is officially on. At this point you’ve got your essentials and you’ve got most of the latest trends down. But there are a few trends every summer that are always a bit tricky to pull off. Enter Claire Distenfeld, owner of the posh New York City boutique, Fivestory. With news of the three-year-old boutique launching e-commerce this week, we decided to peruse the site and see how the fabulously fashionable Distenfeld models some of the most chic, but challenging, looks out there.


Balmain cardigan, Gap T-shirt, Lyn Devon trousers, and Chloe espadrilles.

Printed Pants: “I always say balance, balance, balance,” muses Distenfeld as she models pineapple print trousers with a Gap white T-shirt and crisp white cardigan. “If the pants are fun and loud, keep the top and shoes as simple as possible—white T-shirts are my favorite, white button downs are great, too.” She also advises to avoid wearing colored tops with printed pants. But at the end of the day it’s not just what you style them with. Says Distenfeld, “You have to own them! Strut in them and let them speak to your personality.”


Cushnie et Ochs top, Giamba culottes, Chloe espadrilles, Smoke and Mirrors sunglasses.

Crop Tops: Crop tops have become a perennial summer trend, but if you’re shy about baring your midriff, choose an in-between option. This Cushnie et Ochs shirt has a crop top underneath with a flowing tank overlay, giving you the crop top feel but covering you from the front and back. “As I said before, balance is my mantra,” says the store owner. “Crop tops allow me to get there, whether it’s with wide leg pants, a long flowy skirt, or a pair of culotte shorts.”


Cushnie et Ochs dress, Alexandre Birman sandals, and a Rauwolf clutch.

Cutouts: “Cutouts are always a great way to take something average and add a little pizzazz to it,” says Distenfeld. “The little glimpses of skin that one does not usually show create such a moment of feminine power.” In order to avoid looking too sexy in cutouts, choose a neutral color, like this khaki green dress. “In its essence, khaki is a workman’s fabric so it creates a nice balance of masculine and feminine.”


Emilia Wickstead romper, Nicholas Kirkwood platforms.

The Dressy Romper: Get ready to trade in your cocktail dress for a fancy romper! When looking for a dressy romper, consider the color and cut. “This romper’s high neck and conservative cut keeps the elegance on top while being playful and fun on the bottom,” Distenfeld says. “I’d definitely wear it to a cocktail party or a non-black-tie event.”

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